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Saint Lawrence good man was and in strong Martyrdom
Life of St. Lawrence in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Lawrence, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 124v-127
First Lines:
SEyn Laurance good mon was & In strong martirdom
He endede anerþe is lif & to þe Ioie of heuene com …
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesus uor þe grete pine þat seynt laurence uor þe hadde
Bring ous to þulke Ioie þat þin angles him to ladde
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 152-153v
First Lines:
Seint laurens good mon was And in strong martirdom
he ended on erþe his lif & to þe ioye of heuene com…
Last Lines:
…bringe vs to þat ilke blis þat lesteþ wit outen ende
& graunt vs alle þilke eritage & after oure day þedir wende
Attributed Title: Seint laurens þe marter (f. 152)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 49vb-50rb
First Lines:
SEint Laurence good mon was and in strong Martirdom
He endede here on eorþe his lyf and in to þe Ioye of heuene com…
Last Lines:
…Nou Ihesu for þulke grete pyne þat seint Laurence for þe hadde
Bring vs to þe Ioye of heuene þat þin Angels his soule ladde. 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. 5-7v
First Lines:
SEynt laurance was agod man & in strong martirdom
He endede att erþe is lif & toþe ioie of heuene com…
Last Lines:
…Nou iesus vor þe grete pine þat saynt laurance vor þe hadde
Bringe vs to þe ioie þat þine angeles bin ladde
Attributed Title: Sanctus Laurencius (RT)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 147-149
First Lines:
SEynt Laurence guod man was and in strong martyrdom
He endede here on eorþe is liif and to þe Ioye of heuene he com…
Last Lines:
…Novþe Iesu for þe grete pine þat Seint laurence here hadde
Vs bringue to þulke Ioye þat þine Aungels his soule ladde
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 340-5.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 79rb-80va
First Lines:
SEint Laurence god man was & in strong martirdom
He ended his lif on erþe & to þe ioye of heuen com…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe grete pine þat seint laurence hadde
Bring vs to þilke ioye þat þine angels him to ladde
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 92
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 150-151v
First Lines:
Sayne laurance was a noble man & in grete marterdome
He endid here is lyfe þer þurgh til heuen he come
Decius þe Emperoure til al shrewdneȝ he droghe
And Valeryan his Iustis a cursed man ynoghe…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu for þat grete pyne þat laurance tholed for þe
Bringe vs to þat grete ioy þat neuer sal endid be
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 133-135
First Lines:
Seinte laurence god man was and in strang martirdom
He endede an eorþe is lif and to Ioie of heuene com…
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesu for þe grete pine þat lauerance for þe hadde
Bring us to Pulke ioie þat þin angles him to ladde
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: 2.358-64.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 386-390
First Lines:
Seint Laurence goed man was & in strong martyrdom
Her in eorþe endede his lif or he to heuene com…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu ffor þe grete pyne þat Seint Laurence ffor þe hadde
Bringe vs to þulke ioye þat þine aungeles him to ladde
Attributed Title: Sanctus Laurencius (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 140v-142v
First Lines:
SEint laurance goud man was & in stronge martirdom
he ended in erþe his lyf & to þe Ioie of heuene com…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu for þe grete pyne þat seint laurance for þe hadde
bringe ous to þe Ioie of heuene þat þyn anglis his saule to ladde
Attributed Title: Laurance martirus (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 152v-155
First Lines:
SEin laurence gode man was & in strong martirdom
he endede auerþe is lyf & to Ioye of heuene com
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesu for þe grete pine þat laurence for þe hadde
Bring vs to þat Ioye þat þin angles him to ladde
Attributed Title: De sancto laurencio Martir (f. 152v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Laurencius (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 122v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 210v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 129
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 106
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 159-161v
First Lines:
SAynt laurence gode man was & in stronge martirdome
He ended in erþe here here his lyf & to þe ioye of heuen come…
Last Lines:
Now Ihesu for þe grete pyne þat saynt laurence for þe hadde
Bringe vs to þe ioye of heuen þat þine angels his soule to ladde Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt laurence (RT)
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 127-129v
First Lines:
Seynt Laurence good man was & in stronge marterdome
He ended on erþe his lif and to heuene come…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe grete peyne þat for þe he hadde
Bryng vs to þat ilk Ioie wher þine aungels hym ladde
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Laurencij Martiris (f. 127)