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Saint Etheldreda of Ely good woman was and hende
Life of St. Etheldreda in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For a quatrain version, see 4815.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Etheldreda, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 279v-280
First Lines:
Eþeldrede of ely gode mayde was & hende
here fadir was king of ingelond of al þe est ende…
Last Lines:
…of here me makeþ in holy chirche gret feste a ȝer I wis
now god for þe loue of here bring vs to heuin blis
Attributed Title: Eþildrede þe holy virgyne (f. 279v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 33rb-33va
First Lines:
Seint Aeldrede of heli god Mayde was and hende
Hire fader was kyng of Engelonde of al þe Est ende…
Last Lines:
…Of hire me makeþ in Heli gret feste a ȝer i wis
Nou God for þe loue of hire bring vs to heuene blis. A.M.E.N.
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.
3.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 163