The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4597
IMEV 2899
NIMEV 2899
Saint Francis the friar minor that was good man enough
Life of St. Francis in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Francis of Assisi, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 142v-149
First Lines:
SEyn Frances þe frere menour good mon was Inouȝ
In is ȝonghede marchaunt he was & to trewenesse dron…
Last Lines:
…& beþ þer boþe two In Ioie wiþþoute ende
Nou god uor loue of hem ous late þuder wende
Whatley, Gordon E., ed. Saints’ Lives in Middle English Collections. With Anne B. Thompson and Robert K. Upchurch. MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2004.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 55vb-56vb
First Lines:
SEint ffraunceis þe ffrere Menour þat good mon was i nouh
In his ȝonghede Marchaunt he was and to trewenesse drouh…
Last Lines:
…Þis holy mon at stod a while and þouȝte hem sum good teche
And as hit were men of witte þis foules he gon preche…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to loss of folios 57-64.
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: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 41v-46v
First Lines:
SEint fraunceys þe frere Menour þat guod man was i novȝ
Marchaunt he was in his ȝonghede and to eche treuwenesse drovȝ…
Last Lines:
…And þare huy boþe in Ioye with outen ende
Nou god for þe loue of Seint fraunceis late us alle þudere wende. Amen
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 53-67.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 7v-13
First Lines:
Seyn fraunceys þe frer menor þat gode man inogh
In hiis ȝyngthe a merchand was to godenes ay he drogh
Hiis marchandis he made all day in þe cite of assise
In almusdede & pore men he spend hiis marchandise…
Last Lines:
…Þere are ye both in ioy & myrthe sall last wyth owten ende
God grant vs for þe lufe of þem vnto þat blys to wende
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 439-449
First Lines:
Seint ffraunces þe frere Menour goed man was ynow
In his Yonghede Marchaunt he was & to alle truþe drow…
Last Lines:
…And beoþ þere in ioye ynow wiþ oute eny ende
Now god ffor þe loue of ham lete vs alle þuder wende
Attributed Title: Sanctus ffranciscus (RT)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 146v-151
First Lines:
SEynt fraunces þe frere mynour þat goude man was ynowe
Marchaunt he was þe wyle he ȝonge was & to eche gouernesse drowe…
Last Lines:
…& beþ þer boþ two in Ioie with þouten ende
Now god for loue of seint fraunces late ous þydere wende
Attributed Title: ffraunces frere mynor (RT)
7.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 140
8.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 235
Note: Ends imperfectly.
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 146v
10.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 18v-25
First Lines:
Seynt ffraunceys þe frere menour gode man was ynouȝ
In ys ȝonghede marchaunt was & to trewnesse drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…& beþ boþe to in ioie wiþ outen ende
Nou god for þe lous of hym vs lete alle þider wende
Note: Brown and Robbins (1943) lists this as beginning on f. 18r.
11.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 183v-190
First Lines:
SAynt ffraunces þe frere Menour þat gode mon was ynogh
Merchaunt he was whyle he was ȝonge & to all godenes drogh…
Last Lines:
…And ben þere boþe two in þe ioye withouten ende
Now god for þe love of saynt fraunces graunte vs þider to wende Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt ffraunces (RT)