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Saint Ecgwine the holy man was here of England
Life of St. Ecgwine in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Ecgwine, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 52vb-53ra
First Lines:
SEint Egwyne þe holy mon was here of Engelonde
Bisschop he was of Wircetre as ich vndurstonde…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe loue of him lete vs here such lyf lede
Þat we mote to heuene come and forȝiue vs vre misdede. Amen.
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 266v
3.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 221v
4.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 142v-144
First Lines:
Seynt Egewyn þe holy man was herre of engelonde
Bischop he was of wurcestre as ich am vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesus for þe loue of him let vs suche lyf lede
þat we moten to heuene come & vorgiue vs our mysdede
Note: “Amen” at end.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10626, ff. 7-7v
First Lines:
Seint Egwyn þe holy man was here in englonde
Bischepe of Wircetre he was as y vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…Þo þey openede þis fysch in his wombe þey founde
Þe keye of þe veterus þat was caste in avene grounde…
Note: Lines 1-46 only.