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Saint Faith that holy maid of swith high men she came
Life of St. Faith in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For a wholly different text in one MS see 2229.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Faith, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, ff. 201-202: prose.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 149-151
First Lines:
SEynte fei þe holi maide of suyþe heie men com
Swiþe ȝong In hire child hod heo turnde to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Nou seynt Fei & hire felawes our ernde beode so
þat we mote to þe Ioie come þat hi beþ Inne ido
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 52v-54
First Lines:
SEinte Fey þat holie maide of swiþe heiȝe men heo com
Swiþe ȝong in hire childhod heo turnede to cristindom…
Last Lines:
…Nou Seinte fey and hire felawes ore erinde beode so
Þat we moten to þe Ioye come þare huy beoth inne ido
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 83-6.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 13-14v
First Lines:
Sayn fayth þe holy maiden of hye kyn che com
Till che was ȝong inchylded che turnd to cristindom
And lyfed holi lyfe inogh hyr worde sprong full wyde
Of hir godenes & hiir lyfyng about on ilc a syde…
Last Lines:
…Sayn faith & þi felawes all to god for vs ȝe pray
Þat blis vs grant þat ȝe are ine at oure endyng day
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 449-452
First Lines:
Seint ffey þe holy mayde of swiþe heye men com
Swiþe ȝong in hure chilhold ȝeo turnde to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Now Seint ffey and hure ffelawes oure erande beode so
Þat we mote to þe ioye come þat hi beoþ ynne ydo
Attributed Title: Sancta fides (RT)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 86v-87v
First Lines:
SEint fey þe holy mayde of wel hey men come
swyþe ȝonge in hure childhod heo turnede to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…To þe Ioie of heuene þe saules alle wende
Now god lene þat we mote oure synnes here amende
Attributed Title: ffey (RT)
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 146
7.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 153
8.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 25-26v
First Lines:
Seynt feye þat holy mayde of swiþe heyȝe men com…
Last Lines:
…Now seynte feyþe & her felawes vr herende bede also
þat we mote to þat ioiȝe come þat hii beþ inne ydo
9.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 190v-191v
First Lines:
SAynt ffey þe holy mayde of wel hegh men come
Swiþe ȝonge in hir childhede she turned to cristendome…
Last Lines:
…To þe ioye of heuen here soules all did wende
Now god graunte þat we mote oure soules here amende Amen
Attributed Title: Sancta ffides (RT); Saynt ffey (RT)
10.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 144-145v
First Lines:
Seynt feiþ þe holy maide of swich hie men come
Right ȝong in hur childhode she turned to cristendome…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Feiþ and hire felowes our erand bede so
Þat we mote come to þat blisse which þei ben Inne do
Attributed Title: vita sante fidis virginis. (f. 144)