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Saint James the holy Apostle good is to have in mone
Life of St. James the Great in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; James the Great, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 117-120
First Lines:
SEyn Iame þe apostel riȝt is to habbe In mone
Seynt Iones broþer þe euangelist & godes aunte sone…
Last Lines:
…Nou seynt Iame uor þe holi stude þat þu hast in galis
Help ous & alle þine pilgrims & bring ous to heuene blis
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 43va-44rb
First Lines:
SEint Iem þe holy Apostel riht is to habben in mone
Seint Iones broþer þe Ewangelyst and Godus aunte sone…
Last Lines:
…Mony men for þulke Miracle seint Iem loueþ þe more
Nou bidde we vr lord seint Iem þat he us ȝiue milce and ore. 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.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. d.200, ff. 1-3
First Lines:
…Þes wer lo wondir broþeryn mo suche nie may finde
nou swikedom geþ†nou wel ver vorþ & triwenesse al by hynde…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Iame vor þe holy stede þat þou hast in galis
Helpe vs & alle pilgrime & bringe vs to heuene blis
Note: Imperfect at the beginning.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 34-38
First Lines:
SEint Iemes þe holi Apostle guod is to habbe in mone
Seint Iohanes broþur þe Ewangelist and ore louerdes aunte sone…
Last Lines:
…Þat he for þat holie stude þat he hath in galiȝ
Helpe us and alle is pilgrimes and bringue us to heouene blis
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 33-45.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 73va-76rb
First Lines:
SEint Iame þe gode man right is to haue in mone
Seint Iones broþer þe euangelist godes aunte sone…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Iame for þe holy stede þat þu hast in Galiȝ
help alle þi pilgrims & vs & bring vs to heuene blisse
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 45-52v
First Lines:
Seynt Iame þe holy apostel ryt it is to hauen in mynde
He was seynt Ionis brothir þe wangelist & goddes aunte sone ner of kynde…
Last Lines:
…þe kyng tok hem anon & to strong prison hem brouȝtte
Our lord ihesu for gat hem nouȝt but hastely on hem he þouȝtte
Attributed Title: De sancto Iacobo aplotolo moior (f. 45); Explicit vita beati Iacobi apostoli maioris (f. 49v)
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 84
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 145-147v
First Lines:
Sayn Jame þat broþer was to Jon þe euangelyste
Apostel he was & avut son vnto ihesu criste
His modre was our lady sistre Marie Cleophe
Of goddeȝ kynne he was neghe þe better myght he be…
Last Lines:
…Nou sayne Iame þat worthely in Galieȝ biried is
Bringe vs & þi pilgrimeȝ al vnto heuen blis
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 122-127
First Lines:
Sein Iame þe gode apostel riȝt is to habbe in mone
Sein Iones broþer þe wangelist & godes aunte sone…
Last Lines:
…Nou sein Iame for þe holy stude þat þai hast in galis
Helpe us and al þine pilgrims & bring us to heuene blis
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: 1.327-40.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 366-375
First Lines:
Seint Iame þe goede apostel riȝt is to haue in mone
Seint Iones broþer þe Ewangelist and cristes aunte sone…
Last Lines:
…Now Seint Iame ffor þe holy stede þat þou hast in Galys
Help vs and alle þine pilgrimes and bring vs to heuene blys
Attributed Title: Iacobus (RT); Miraculum Iacobi (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 133-126v
First Lines:
SEint Jeme þe goud apostle ryȝt ys to habbe in mone
seint Jonys broþer þe ewangelyste & godes aunte sone…
Last Lines:
…Many men for þat myracle seint Jeme loueþ þe more
Now bydde we seint Jeme ȝerne þat he ous schelde fram sore
Attributed Title: Jeme apostel (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 140v-146
First Lines:
SEyn Iame þe gode apostel riȝt is to haue in mone
Seyn Iones broþer þe ewangelist & godes ante sone…
Last Lines:
…Nou sein Iame for þe holy stude þat þou hast in galis
help vs & alle þine pilegrims & bringe vs to heuene blis
Attributed Title: De sancto Iacobo (f. 140v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Iacobo (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 114v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 194
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 116
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 97
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 57-9 (one of the miracles only).
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 145-150
First Lines:
Saynt Iame þe holy apostle riȝt s to haue in mone
Saynt Iones broþer þe euangelist & goddes aunte sone…
Last Lines:
…Mony men for þat he of carf euer he did amysse
Now pray we Saynt Iame þat he vs shylde fro sore Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Iame (RT)
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 122-124v
First Lines:
Seynt Iames þe appostel right is to haue in wonne
Seynt Iohnes broþer þe Euaungelist and goddis awnte sone…
Last Lines:
…Seynt Iame for þe holy place þat þow hast in Galys
Hele vs and alle þi pilgrymes and bryng to heuene blysse. Amen.
Attributed Title: vita Sancti Iacobi apostoli (f. 122)