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Saint Leger a bishop was and holy man enough
Life of St. Leger in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Leger, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 141v-142v
First Lines:
SEyn liger þat biscop was & holi mon Inouȝ
þoru is prechinge monion to our lord he dronȝ…
Last Lines:
…Nou god uor loue of seynt liger is suete grace ous sende
þat we after þisse lyue to þe Ioie of heuene wende
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 272v-273
First Lines:
seint leger þe bysschop holy mon was I nowȝ
þorw his preching mony on to oure lord he drowȝ…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of sen leger soche grace vs sende
þat we alle to þe ioyȝe of heuin moot wende
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 55va-55vb
First Lines:
SEint Leger a Bisschop was an holi mon also i nouh
Moni mon þorwȝ his prechinge to vr lordus lawe he drouh…
Last Lines:
…Now God for þe loue of seint Leger his swete grace vs sende
Þat we aftur þisse lyue to þulke ioye mote wende. 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. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 52-52v
First Lines:
SEint Leger a bischop was and holi man i nouȝ
Mani a man þoruȝ is prechingue to godes lawe he drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe loue of Seint Leger is swete grace us siende
Þat we aftur þusse liue moten to þe Ioye of heouene wiende
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 81-3.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 6v-7v
First Lines:
Seyn legger a byschop was a haly man i nogh
Many man thurgh hiis prechyng to goddis lads he drogh
A schrewed iustice was þat tyme Ebrom was hiis name
He herd as he went about of seyn legger fame…
Last Lines:
…Now god for lofe of seyn legger hiis swete grace vs send
Þat we aftir þis lyfe to þe ioy of heuen may wend
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 438-439
First Lines:
Seint Leger a Bisschop was and holy man ynow
Wiþ his preching many man to oure lord he drow…
Last Lines:
…Now god ffor þe loue of Seint Leger his swete grace vs sende
Þat we after þis lyue to þe ioye of heuene mote wende
Attributed Title: Sanctus Leodegarius (RT)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 145v-146v
First Lines:
SEint legere a byschop was & holy man ynow
Many men þorw his prechynge to godes lawe he drowe…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of seint legere þy swete grace ous sende
þat we after þis lyue mote to þe Ioie of heuene wende
Attributed Title: leger episcopus (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 139
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 234v
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 152
11.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 17v-18v
First Lines:
Seynt leger byschop was & holy mon inouȝ
þoru is prechyng mony mon to oure lord he drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe loue of seynt leger is swete grace vs sende
þat we after þis lyue to þe ioyȝe of heuene vs wende
12.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 183-183v
First Lines:
SAynt leger a bisshop was an holy mon y nogh
Mony men þurgh his prechinge to cristendome he drogh…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of saynt leger þe ioye of heuen mot wende
Þat we after þis lyf to þe ioye of heuen mot wende Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt leger (RT)