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Saint Hippolytus the martyr knight was of great honour
Life of St. Hippolytus in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Hippolytus, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 127-128
First Lines:
Seyn Ipolit þe martir knyȝt was of gret honur
þat seynt laurence In person wuste þoru heste of þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne seynt Ipolit þat he our erande bede
þat god habbe mercy of ous & of alle þat habbeþ nede
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 153v-154v
First Lines:
Seint yppolit þe marter kniȝt was of gret honour
Þat seint laurence in prisoun kepte þorw heste of þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…bring vs to þat blisse þat lesteþ euermore
for þe loue of seint Ipolit þat penaunce þoled sore
Attributed Title: Seint ipolit þe marter (f. 153v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 50rb-50va
First Lines:
SEint Ypolyt þe Martir kniht was wiþ gret honour
Þat seint Laurence in prisun wuste þorwh heste of þe Emperour…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we seint Ypolyt þat he vre erende beode
Þat God haue merci of vs alle and of alle þat habbeþ neode. Amen.
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 Eng. poet. d.200, ff. 8-9
First Lines:
Aynt Ipolite þo martyr grete kniȝt was of honoure
Þat saynt laurans kept in prison thruȝ þo emperoure…
Last Lines:
…Pray we to saynt Ipolit þat he ous erude bede
Þat god hafe mercy on vs al & alle þat has nede
Attributed Title: Ipolite (RT)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 197-198
First Lines:
SEeint ypolyt þe martyr knyht was of gret honour
Þat wuste seint laurence in prisone þrouȝ heste of þe Aumperour…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we nouþe seint ypolyt þat he ore erinde beode
Þat merci he habbe os us alle and all þat habbuth neode
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 480-3.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 390-392
First Lines:
Seint Ypolit þe martyr kniȝt was of gret honour
Þat Seint laurence in prisoun kepte þorw þe heste of þe Emperour…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝeorne Seint ypolit þat he oure erande beode
Þat god of vs haue merci and of alle þat habbeþ neode
Attributed Title: Ypolitus (RT)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 142v-143v
First Lines:
SEint ypolyt þe martire kniȝt was of grete honour
þat seint laurance in prison wyste þorwe heste of þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…oure lord & seint ypolyt oure erende bede
& god haue mercy on ous alle & alle þat habbeþ nede
Attributed Title: ypolyt martirus (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 125
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 213
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 161v-163
First Lines:
SAynt ypolyte þe martir knyȝt was of grete honour
Þat saynt laurence in prison kepte þurȝ hest of þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord & saynt ypolyte so oure ernde bede
Þat god haue mercy of vs alle & of all þat han nede Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt ypolyte (RT)