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Saint Juliana come of high men as we find I-writ
Life of St. Juliana in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Juliana, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 52
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 25-28
First Lines:
SEyn Iulian com of heie men as we fyndeþ write
Cristene stilliche he bicom þat nomon ne scholde iwite…
Last Lines:
…þo hadde he is owe dom þat he wolde Te maide scende
þus seynt Iulian þe holi maide hir lif broȝte to ende
Attributed Title: seyn Iulyan (f. 25)
Editions:
Cockayne, Thomas Oswald, and Edmund Brock, eds. Þe Liflade of St. Juliana EETS o.s. 51 (1872): 81-7.
Schleich, Gustav. “Die Gloucestershire-Legende der heiligen Juliane.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 151 (1927): 19-51: 25-34.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 13va2-14rb
First Lines:
SEint Iuliane com of heiȝe men as we fyndeþ i write
Cristene stilleliche heo bicom þat no mon scholde hit wite…
Last Lines:
…Now seinte Iuliane þe holy Mayden we biddeþ þe atte ende
Bidde for vs þat we mote to þe Ioye of heuene weende. 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 Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 12rb-13va
First Lines:
SEint Iuliane was comen of hey kyn as we fynde
Cristene stillich heo bicom þat noman sholde wite…
Last Lines:
…þo had he is owne dom þat he wolde þe maide shende
þus seint Iuliane þe holi maide brouhte hire lif to ende
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 22-25
First Lines:
SEint Iulian was comen of hiȝe men as we finde I write
Cristen stille sche be com þat no man schulde it wite…
Last Lines:
…Þo hadde he his owen dom þat he wolde with þe maide schende
Þus seint Iulian þe holy maide hire liif broughte to þe ende
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 23-26
First Lines:
[S]einte Iuliane com of heyȝe men as we findeþ iwrit
Stilleliche ȝe cristene bicom þat noman hit scholde wy[t]…
Last Lines:
…þo hadde he his o[ ]om for h[ ] sche[ ]
þus S Iuliane þe holy [ ] to ende
Note: Portions of text missing due to mutilation of leaves; words of last lines lost due to glue stain and patch.
Attributed Title: De sancta Iuliana virgine & martire (f. 23)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, f. 126v
Transcription:
Sayne Julyan com of hethen men als story witnes it
& priuely cristen sho become þat no man sulde it wit…
Note: Lines 1-2 only due to loss of folio(s).
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 23v-26
First Lines:
Sein Iulian com of heie men as me findeþ iwrite
Cristene stilleliche heo bicom þat no man ne ssolde iwite…
Last Lines:
…Þo hadde he is owedom þat he wolde þe maide ssende
us sein Iulian þe holy maide hure lif broȝte to ende
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: 1.62-70.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 135-140
First Lines:
Seint Juliane com of heye men as me ffyndeþ of hure ywrite
Cristene ȝeo by com stilleliche þat no man hit sholde ywite…
Last Lines:
…Þo hadde he his owe dom þat he wolde hure shende
Þus Seint Juliane þe holy mayde hure lif brouȝte to ende
Attributed Title: Juliana (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 43v-45v
First Lines:
SEint Iuliane com of hey kune as we fyndeþ y wryte
cristyne heo by com stylleliche þat no man schould hit wyte…
Last Lines:
…Þo hadde he hys owne dom þat he wolde þat mayde schende
þus seint Iuliane þe mayde broȝt hure lyf to ende
Attributed Title: Iuliane (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 31-34
First Lines:
SEyn Iulian com of heye men as me findiþ y wryte
Cristine fulleche ȝo by com þat no man ne ssolde y wyte…
Last Lines:
…Þo hadde he is owne dom þat he wolde þe mayde ssende
þus sein Iulian þe holy mayde hure lyf broȝte to ende
Attributed Title: De sancta Iuliana (f. 31, by scribe in margin beside first line); Iulian (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 27
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 111v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 24
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 15v
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 67v-71
First Lines:
SAynt Iulian come of gode men as we hit fynde writen
And cristned she was fully þat lyte in lond þer wisten…
Last Lines:
…Now pray we to Ihesu Crist þat all has made of noȝt
Þat we may to þat blis come þer saynt Iulyan was broȝt Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Iulyan virgyn (RT)
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 29v-31
First Lines:
Seint Ieliane come of hethen men as we fynde write
Cristen stilly she bicome þat no man shulde wite…
Last Lines:
…And so seint Ielian þe virgyne brouȝt her lyf to ende
God ȝeue vs grace for her loue to heuene forto wende. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancte Iuliane (f. 29v)