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Saint Kenelm the young king that holy martyr is
Life of St. Kenelm in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For a variant see 4657.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Kenelm, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 100-104v
First Lines:
Sein kenelm þe ȝonge kyng þat holi martir is
Kyng he was of engelond of þe marche of walis…
Last Lines:
…Nou god uor seynt kenelms loue is swete grace us sende
þat we mote to þulke Ioie þat he is Inne wende
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 89v-93
First Lines:
Seint kenelme þe ȝonge kyng þat holy marter is
Kyng he was of ingelond of þe march of Walis…
Last Lines:
…& marye mayde & modir bryȝt of ble þou praye þy swete sone
þat we mot also þorw þe in heuene ryche to wone
Attributed Title: Seint kenelme þa ȝonge marter (f. 89v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 149-153
First Lines:
SEint kenelm þe ȝongue kyng þat holi martyr is
He was kyng in Engelonde of þe Marche of Walis…
Last Lines:
…Nov god for þe loue of Seint Kenelm is swete grace it sende
Þat we moten to þulke Ioie þare he is inne i wiende
Attributed Title: Vita sancti kenelmi Regis (f. 149)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 344-55.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, and G. V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 97-107.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 64rb-66va
First Lines:
SEint Kenelm þe ȝong ling þat god martir is
King was in engelond of þe marche of Walis…
Last Lines:
…Now god for seint Kenelmes loue His suete grace vs sende
Þat we mote to þilke Ioye þat he is inne wende
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 66v
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 104v-109
First Lines:
Seint Kenelme þe ȝonge kyng þat holy martir is
Kyng he was of engelond of þe march of walis…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for sein kenelmes loue is swete grace us sende
Þat we mote to þulke ioie þat he is Inne wende
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: 1.279-91.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 331-338
First Lines:
Seint Kenelm þe ȝonge kyng þat holy Martyr is
Kyng he was in Engelonde of þe March of Walys…
Last Lines:
…Now god ffor Seint Kenelmes loue his swete grace vs sende
Þat we mote come to heuene blisse after oure lyues ende
Attributed Title: Kenelmus (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 69-72v
First Lines:
SEint kenelme þe ȝong king þat holy marter was
king he was of englond of þe marche he was…
Last Lines:
…Now god for seint kenelmes loue his swete grace ous sende
þat we mote to þulke Ioie come þat his saule wende
Attributed Title: Kenelm (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 121-126
First Lines:
SEyn kenelm þe ȝong king þat oure lordes martir is
king he was of engelond of þe Marche of Walis…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for sein kenelmes loue his swete grace vs sende
þat we mote to þat Ioye þat he is Inne y wende
Attributed Title: De sancto kenelmo (f. 121, by scribe in margin beside first line); kenelmo (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 178
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 80
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 47-57.
12.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 103v-108
First Lines:
Seynt Kenelyne þe ȝong king an holy marter is
A king he was of Engelond of þe marche of walis…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of Seint Kenelyne his swete grace vs sende
Þat we mowe come to þat Ioye þer he is without ende
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Kenelmi Regis & martiris (f. 103v)