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Saint Gregory the confessor in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Gregory in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Gregory, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 59
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 32v-34
First Lines:
SEyn Gregori þe confessour in cicile was ibore
In holinesse he ladde is lif þat is soule nere uorlore …
Last Lines:
…Bidde we him wiþ gode herte apostel of engelonde
þat he byuore our lord crist our neode vnderstonde
Attributed Title: Seyn Gregory (f. 32v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 150v-151v
First Lines:
Seint gregor þe comfessour in sysile was I bore
Im haynesse he ladde his lyf þat he ne were forlore…
Last Lines:
…bidde we him wit good hert apostil of ingelonde
Þat to fore oure lord crist he bere oure erande
Attributed Title: Seint gregori þe pope (f. 150v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 14rb2-14vb
First Lines:
SEint Gregori þe Confessour in Cisyle was i bore
In holinesse he ladde his lyf þat his soule ne were forlore…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we him wiþ gode herte Apostel of Engelonde
Þat he bi fore vr lord crist vr neode vndurstonde AM.EN.
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.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 153-154v
First Lines:
SEint Gregori þe confessour in Ciscile was i bore
In holienesse he ladde is liif þat is soule nere for lore…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we þanne þene holie man apostle of Engelonde
Þat he bi fore ihesu crist ore neode ounder stonde
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Fregorii (f. 153)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 355-9.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 16ra-16va
First Lines:
SEint Gregory þe confessour In Cicyle was y bore
In holinesse he lad his lyf þat his soule nere forlore…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we him with god herte apostel of engelond
þat he bifore oure lord crist oure nede vnderstonde
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), f. 116
First Lines:
ffor he sente vs our cristin dom h[ ]
þat men vsin ȝit with oute les[ ]…
Last Lines:
…þat he be fore our lord ihesu
oure nede he vndirstonde
Note: Last 32 lines only.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 29-30
First Lines:
SEint Gregori þe confessour In Cisile was I bore
In almesse he ledde his liif þat his soule were not lore…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we him wiþ good herte þe apostle of Ingelond
Þat he to oure lord crist oure nede vndirstond
9.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 28v-29v
First Lines:
[S]eint Gregori þe confessor in Cicile was ibore
In holynesse he ladde his lif for his [s]oule ne scholde be forlo[re]…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we þan apostel of engelonde
þat he bifore oure lord crist oure nede vnderstonde
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto Gregorio papa & martire (f. 28v)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 30v-32
First Lines:
Sein gregori confessour in cisile was ibore
In holynesse he ladde is lif þat is soule nere ilore…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we him wiþ gode heorte apostel of Engelonde
Þat he to vore oure louerd crist our neode vnder stonde
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: 1.81-4.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 148-150
First Lines:
Seint Gregori þe confessour in Cysile was ybore
In holynesse he ladde his lif and clene ffram alle hore…
Last Lines:
…Bydde we wiþ goede heorte to him þat Apostoyle is of Engelonde
Þat he by ffore oure lord crist oure neode vnderstonde
Attributed Title: Gregorius (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 49-50
First Lines:
SEint gregory þe confessoure in cicille was y bore
in holynesse he ladde his lyf þat he nere for lore…
Last Lines:
…bydde we hym myldelyche apostel of englonde
þat he to oure lord criste oure nede vnderstonde
Attributed Title: Gregori (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 39-40v
First Lines:
SEin gregory þe confessor in Cysile was y bore
In holynesse he ladde is lyf þat is soule ner for lore…
Last Lines:
…Praye we him wiþ gode herte apostel of engelonde
þat he to fore oure lord crist oure nede vnder stonde
Attributed Title: De sancto Gregorio (f. 39, by scribe in margin beside first line); Gregorio (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 35
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 118
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 29v
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 22v
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 75-76v
First Lines:
SAynt Gregorye þe Confessour in Cisill was he born
In holynesse he lad his lyf to save his soule vnlorn…
Last Lines:
…And þer is called saynt gregory Apostel of Englond
Þonked be god & saynt gregory of his swete sond Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Gregorie (RT); Saynt Gregory (RT)
19.Source: Kendal, Kendal Grammar School. A. de Clavasio, Summa de casibus conscientiae, Nuremberg, 1498 (STC )
Transcription:
…Wals was to þe roch com þe fissers him fettred & fast lond
Pokay was wel son nom & in þe see cast to ground…
Note: Corresponds to lines 127-92 and 572-635 of version found in Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS]. Formerly on cover, now end flyleaves.
20.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 30
21.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 31v-32v
First Lines:
Seynt Gregory þe confessour in Cicile was bore
In holynes he lad his lif þat his soule ner nat lore…
Last Lines:
…Prey we hym wiþ good herte postel of Engelonde
Þat he tofore our lord Crist our erand vnderstonde. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Gregorij (f. 31v)