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Saint Katherine of noble kin came by old daw
Life of St. Katharine of Alexandria in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Katherine of Alexandria, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, ff. 175-89: prose.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 195v-199
First Lines:
SEynte katerine of noble kunne com bi olde dawe
Hire fader kyng hire moder quene boþe of olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesu crist vor þe suete loue of seynt katerine
ȝeue ous þe Ioie of heuene & schulde ous fram helle pyne
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 110av-113
First Lines:
Seint caterine of nobil cinne come by olde dawe
here fadir king he modir quene in þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Nouȝ Ihesu for þe swete loue of seint cateryne
Ȝif vs þe ioye of heuene & cheld vs fram helle pyne
Attributed Title: Seint caterin þe virgine (f. 110av)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 65va-66va
First Lines:
Seint Katerine of noble kunne com bi olde dawe
Hir ffader kyng hir Modur qwene boþe of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe swete loue of seinte Kateryne
Ȝif vs þe Ioye of heuene and schild vs from helle pyne. A.M.E.N.
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. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 56-59
First Lines:
SEinte Katerine of noble kunne cam bi olde dawe
Hire fader was king hire moder Quyene boþe of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Graunti us þe Ioye of heuene and schilde us fram helle pine
Amen amen segge we alle for is holie tyme
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 92-101.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 113vb-116ra
First Lines:
SEint Katerine of noble kyn Com bi olde sawe
hire fadur king hire moder quen Boþe of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Nou Ihesu Crist for þe suete loue of seinte Katerine
ȝiue vs þe Ioye of heuene & Kepe vs fro helle pyne
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 46-48; 1-2v
First Lines:
When sche was brouȝt be forn hym he sayde wel come fayr damysel
þou hast ben in ful heuy pace in bondes of yryn & of stel…
Last Lines:
…þat we alle may in heuyn blys with outen ende dwellen & be
þat þis holy mayden seynt katerine is Amen amen say alle we
Note: Begins imperfectly.
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 140v
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 53v-56v
First Lines:
Sayne kateryn þe maiden swete come of noble kynde
Hir fadre was kynge hir modre was qwene as we in story fynde
Kynge Costus hir fadre hight he sett hir ȝonge to lore
Til sho couthe þe seuene arses þat heghe scienceȝ wore…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu for þe swete lufe of þi dere spouse Katerine
Brynge vs al þat heuene blisse & shilde vs fro hell pyne
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 525-528
First Lines:
Seint Katerine of noble kyn ycome was by olde dawe
Hure ffader was kyng hure moder queene boþe of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu ffor þe swete loue of þe holy mayde Katerine
Ȝif vs þe ioye of heuene and schulde vs ffram helle pyne
Attributed Title: Sancta Katerina (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 167v-171
First Lines:
SEint kateryne of noble kynne cam by þulke day
hire fader was king hire moder was quene boþ of þe olde lay…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu for þe swete loue of seint katerine
Ȝyue ous þe ioie of heuene & schulde ous fram helle pyne
Attributed Title: Katerine (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 197
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 120
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 166v
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 171
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 90-8.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 1.12-18.
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: 2.533-43.
15.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 67v-71
First Lines:
Seynt katerine of noble kunne cam by olde dawe
Here fader was king her moder quene boþe of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu crist for þe swete loue of seynt katerine
ȝiue vs þe swete ioiȝe of heuene & schilde vs fram helle pyne
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 232v-237
First Lines:
SAynt kateryne of noble kynne com by olde dawe
Hir fader was kyng hir moder was quene boþe of olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu for þe swete love of saynt kateryne
Ȝeve vs þe swet ioye of heuen & shylde vs fro helle pyne Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt katerine (RT)
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], f. 173-176v
First Lines:
Seyn Kateryne of noble kynne cam by þe olde dawe
Her fader was kyng her modere quene be þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe swete loue of seint Kateryne
ȝeue vs þe Ioye of heuene and kepe vs fro helle pyne. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancte Katerine Virginis (f. 173)