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Saint Edmund the holy king I-bore was here by east
Life of St. Edmund the King in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Edmund, king of England, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, f. 199: prose.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 184v-185v
First Lines:
SEyn edmond þe kyng of wan we makeþ feste
Of þe on ende of engelond kyng was bi este…
Last Lines:
…Nou god uor þe loue of seynt edmond þat was so noble kyng
Grante ous þe Ioie þat he is Inne after our endyng
Attributed Title: Edmond kinge (f. 184v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 104v-105v
First Lines:
Seint edemond þe holy kyng of wham we makeþ gret feste
of þe on ende of ingelonde king was her be este…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe loue of seint edemond þat was so noble a kyng
Graunte vs þe ioye þat he is in after oure ending
Attributed Title: Sent edemond þe kyng (f. 104v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 131-132
First Lines:
SEint Eadmund þe holie kyng I bore was here bi este
In þe on ende of Engelonde of ȝwam men makieȝ feste…
Last Lines:
…Novþe god for þe loue of Seint Eadmund þat was so noble king
Graunte us þe Ioye þat he is Inne aftur ovre ending
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Eadmundi regis (f. 131)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 296-9.
Hervey, Lord Francis. Corolla Sancti Edmundi. London: J. Murray, 1907: 362-6.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 109rb-110ra
First Lines:
SEint Edmond þe holy king of whom we make feste
Of þat on ende of engelond king he was here bi este…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe loue of seint Edmond þat was so noble king
Graunte vs þe Ioye þat he is inne After oure ending
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 134
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 42-43v
First Lines:
Saynt Edmonde þe haly kynge of whome we make grete feste
Of ane ende of Ingelande he was kynge be este
ffor of Sothfolke he was he was kynge of al þat contre wyde
ffor þat tyme was in Inglande was kyngeȝ on ilke a syde…
Last Lines:
…Now god for saynt Edmonde lufe þat was þe noble kynge
Graunte vs at our dede day þe blisse withoute endynge
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 506-508
First Lines:
Seint Edmund þe holy kyng of whan we makeþ ffeste
Of þe on ende of Engelonde kyng was by heste…
Last Lines:
…Now ffor þe loue of Seint Edmund þat was so noble a kyng
God vs graunte þe ioye þat he is ynne after oure endyng
Attributed Title: Sanctus Edmundus Rex (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 160v-161v
First Lines:
SEint edmunde þe king of wam we makeþ grete feste
of þe on ende of englonde king was here by este…
Last Lines:
…god for loue of seint edmund þat was so noble a kyng
graunte ous þe Ioie þat he is In after oure endyng
Attributed Title: Edmundus Rex (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 185v
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 114
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 162v
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 87-9.
D’Evelyn, Charlotte, and A. J. Mill, eds. The South English Legendary: Corpus Christi College Cambridge MS. 145 and British Museum MS. Harley 2277, with variants from Bodley MS. Ashmole 43 and British Museum MS. Cotton Julius D.ix. EETS o.s. 235 (1959), 236 (1956); repr. 1967: 2.511-15.
12.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 57-58
First Lines:
Seynt edmund þe holy king of whom we makeþ feste
Of þe on ende of engelonde kyng was her by este…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for loue of Seynt edmond þat was so noble kyng
Graunt vs þe ioyȝe þat he is inne after our endyng
13.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 220-221v
First Lines:
SAynt Edmund þe holy kyng kyng was here by est
Of þe oon ende Of Englond of whom men make grete feste…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe love of saynt Edmund þe kyng
Ȝeue vs þe ioye þat he is ynne after oure endynge Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Edmund þe kyng (RT)
14.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 165-166
First Lines:
Seynt Edmonde þe kynge of whom we make gret feste
On þe oon ende of engelonde a litel here by Este…
Last Lines:
…God for þe loue of him þat was so noble a kynge
Graunte vs þe Ioye þat he is Inne after our endynge. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Edmundi Regis (f. 165)