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Saint Giles the holy man ne loved no sin
Life of St. Giles in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Giles, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 134v-136
First Lines:
Seyn gilis þe holi mon ne louede noþing sunne
At atteneis he was ibore he com of kynges kunne…
Last Lines:
…He deide seue hondred ȝer after þat god was ibore
& wende to þe Ioie of heuene þat he of seruede byuore
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 159v-160
First Lines:
Seint gilis þe holyman ne loued noþing synne
at attenes he was I bore he com of kinges kinne…
Last Lines:
…to þilke ioye he vs bring þat is wit outen ende
& graunt vs after oure ending daye þedir alle to wende
Attributed Title: Seint gilis þe holi abot (f. 159v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 52rb-52vb
First Lines:
SEint Gyles þe holy mon louede noþing sunne
In Athenes he was ibore he com of kynges kunne…
Last Lines:
…Now God for þe loue of seint Gyles his swete grace vs sende
Þat we aftur þisse lyue to þe Ioye of heuene wende. 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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 83vb-84vb
First Lines:
SEint Giles þe confessour Loued noþing sinne
At attenes he was y bore Comen of kinges kynne…
Last Lines:
…He diede seuene hondred ȝer after þat oure lord was bore
& went to þe ioye of heuene þat he deserued bifore
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 99
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 142-144
First Lines:
Sein gilis þe holyman ne louede noþing sunne
At attenes he was ibore he com of kinges kunne…
Last Lines:
…He deide sene hondred ȝer after þat god was ibore
And wende to þe ioie of heuene þat he seruede biuore
Editions:
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: 2.384-9.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 403-405
First Lines:
Seint Gyle þe holy man ne louede no synne
In Attenes he was ybore and ycome of heye kynne…
Last Lines:
…He deyde sene hondred ȝer after þat god was ybore
And wente to þe ioye of heuene þat he aseruede by ffore
Attributed Title: Sanctus Egidius (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 76v-77v
First Lines:
SEint gile þis holy man loued no þyng synne
Atte attenes he was ybore & ycome of kinges kunne…
Last Lines:
…he deyed seuene hundred ȝere after þat god was bore
& wende to þe Ioie of heuene þat he serued by fore
Attributed Title: Gyles (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 163-165
First Lines:
SEin gilis þe holy man ne lovede noþing synne
At attenes he was y bore he com of kynges kynne…
Last Lines:
…he deide seue hondred ȝer after þat god was y bore
& wende to the Ioye of heuene þat he seruede by fore
Attributed Title: Sancti egidii confessoris & abbatis (f. 163, by scribe in margin beside first line); Egidii (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 132v
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 219v
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 115
13.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 136-137v
First Lines:
Seynt Giles þe holy man loued noþing synne
At Athenys he was bore and come of kynggis kynne…
Last Lines:
…He deied in þe vijC. ȝere aftere þat god was bore
And went to þe Ioye of heuene which he deserded tofore. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Egidij (f. 136)