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DIMEV 4614
IMEV 2912
NIMEV 2912
Saint Hilary the holy man of Aquitaine was
Life of St. Hilary in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Hilary, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 34v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 130v-131
First Lines:
Seint illary þe holy man of aquiteyne was
bysschop he was in þilke lond as oure lord ȝef þat cas…
Last Lines:
…He wente to þe ioye of heuen after his lyf anon
now god for þe loue of hym þedir vs bringe echon
Attributed Title: Seint illari þe bysschop (f. 130v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 9va2-9vb
First Lines:
SEint hillare þe holi mon of Aquitayne was
Bisshope he was in þat lond as vr lord ȝaf þe cas…
Last Lines:
…He wende to þe Ioye of heuene aftur þis lyf anon
Nou God for þe loue of hym vs bringe þider vchon A.M.E.N.
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 Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 2-3
First Lines:
SEint hillari þat holi man of equitayne was
Bischop he was of þat lond os oure lord ȝaf hem gras…
Last Lines:
…He wente to þe opye of heuen after þis lyf a non
Now god for þe loue of him bringe us þidere echon
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 7ra-7vb
First Lines:
SEint hyllary þe holy man Of Aquitayne was
Bysshop he was of þilke lond As oure lord ȝaf þe caas…
Last Lines:
…He wente to þe Ioye of heuene After þys lyf anon
God for þe loue of þe vs bryng þider echon
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 3v-4v
First Lines:
Seint hillary þe holy man of aquitayne was
bissop he was of þull elond as oure lord ȝaf þe cas…
Last Lines:
…þis holy man a godes name toward þe deþe drow
& dyȝede two hondr[ ] ȝer & fourty al ariȝt…
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto hy[ ] episcopi & confessori (f. 3v)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 112v-113v
First Lines:
Saynt hillary þe haly man of aquitane he was
Bischope he was of þat lande als our lorde gafe grace
Or þat he was made bischope wedid he had a wyfe
& had a doghtre þat hight Apy þat led ful haly lyfe…
Last Lines:
…He died two hundreth ȝere & fourty rekend ful right
After þat goddeȝ sonne of heuene in þe maiden mayri light
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 2-3v
First Lines:
Seint hillare þe holy man of aquytaine was
Bissop he was of þulke londe as oure louerd ȝaf þat cas…
Last Lines:
…He wende to þe Ioye of heuene after þis lif anon
Nou god for þe loue of him vs bringe þuder echon
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: 1.5-8.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 38-39
First Lines:
Saynt hillarie that holy man of aquitaine he was
And bishop of that ilk lond as god gaf him the gras…
Last Lines:
…And died ij C ȝer and fourty riȝt
Aftirward that our lord swet was in our lady liȝt
Attributed Title: SAynt hillari (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 100-102
First Lines:
Seint Hilari þe holy man as oure lord ȝaf þat kas
Of þe lord of Aquitayne bisschop he was…
Last Lines:
…He wente to þe ioye of heuene after þis lif anon
Now god ffor þe loue of him vs þider bringe echon
Attributed Title: Hillarius (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 26-27
First Lines:
Seint hyllary þe goud man of aquitayne was
byschop he was in þat londe as god ȝaf þat cas…
Last Lines:
…he wend to þe ioye of heuene after þis lyf anon
Now god for þe loue of hym ous bring þudere echon
Attributed Title: hyllary (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 7v-8v
First Lines:
SEynt hillare þe holyman of Aquytayne was
Byssop he was of þat londe as oure lord ȝaf þat cas…
Last Lines:
…He wonde to þe ioy of heuene after þis lyf anon
Nou god for þe loue of him us brynge þuder echon
Attributed Title: De sancto hillare (ff. 7v, 8, RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 2v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 92
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 4
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 49v-50v
First Lines:
SAynt hillarie þat holy man of Aquytaine he was
And bisshop of þat ilke lond as god him ȝaf þe grace…
Last Lines:
…And dyed . ij . C ȝere and fourty riȝt
After þat oure swete lord was in oure lady lyȝt
Attributed Title: Saynt Hillarie (RT)
17.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office C 47/34/1/5, ff. 2-2v
Seynt hyllary þe holi man of aquitayne was
Bischop he was in þulke londe as oure louerd ȝaf þat cas
Ar he bischop were ymad iweddede he hadde a wif
And his douȝter het apie þat ladde wel holy lif
Note: Lines 1-89; ends incomplete due to loss of folio(s).
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 9v-11
First Lines:
Seint Hillari the holy man of aquitaine was
Bisshop he was of that londe as oure lorde ȝaf hym grace…
Last Lines:
…He wente to the ioye of heuene after his lyf anoon
God for loue of hym vs brynge thider euerychon
Attributed Title: De sancto Hillario (9v)