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Saint Lucy that holy maid in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Lucy in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Lucy, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 212-214
First Lines:
SEynte Lucie þat holi maide in cicile was ibore
Wel ȝong heo gan to seruy god & bileue sunne & hore…
Last Lines:
…þer heo is wiþ ihesu crist In Ioie wiþþouten ende
Nou god for þe loue of hire ous lete þuder wende
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 249-251
First Lines:
Seint lusie þat holy mayde In sysile was I bore
wel ȝong ȝhe gan to serue god & lefte sinne & hore…
Last Lines:
…Þere Yhe is wit Ihesu crist In ioyȝe wit outin ende
now Iesw for þat maydenus loue vs let þedir wende
Attributed Title: Seint lucie þe holi maide (f. 249)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 68vb-69rb
First Lines:
Seint Lucie þe holy maide in Cicile was i bore
Wel ȝong heo bi gon to serue God and bi leuede sunne and hore…
Last Lines:
…Þere heo is wiþ Ihesu crist in Ioye wiþ outen ende
Nou God for þe loue of hire vs lete alle þider 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. 59-60v
First Lines:
SEinte lucie þat holie mayde In Cesile was i bore
Ȝong heo bigan to serui god and bi lefde sunne and hore…
Last Lines:
…Þare heo is with Ihesu crist in Ioye with outen ende
Nou god for seint lucie loue þuddre us late i wende
Note: Double columns written as prose, f. 60v, and crowded into lower margin to fit on f. 60v.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancte Lucie uirginis (margin, f. 59)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 101-6.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 130va-131va
First Lines:
SEine lucie þat holy mayde in Cisile was y bore
Wel ȝong she gan to serue god & leued synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…þere she is with Ihesu Crist in ioye withouten ende
Nou god for þe loue of hire vs lete all þerde þider wende
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 151v
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 66v-68
First Lines:
Sayne lucie þe haly maiden in Cicil borne scho was
Whil sho was ȝonge sho lufed godd & sho was ful of grace
Dame Evtice hir modre hight a hethen woman was scho
A grete sekenes on hir sho had no leche myght it fordo…
Last Lines:
…Þat maiden is in heuene blisse with godd withouten ende
Now sayne lucye make vs worthe vnto þat ioy to wende
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 27v-30
First Lines:
SAynt lucie that holy mayde in Cecile was bore
Well ȝong she began to serve god to leve synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…Ther she is with Ihesu crist in Ioie withouten ende
Now god for saynt lucie love thider graunte vs to wende
Attributed Title: Saint Lucie (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 17-20
First Lines:
Seint Lucie þe holy mayde in sysile was ybore
Holy ȝong ȝeo suede god & fforsok sunne and hore…
Last Lines:
…Eke sat ȝeo stille hit greuede hure noþing
At euere ȝeo prechede faste of Ihesu heuene kyng…
Note: Ends incomplete due to lost folio(s).
Attributed Title: Sancta Lucia (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 171-172v
First Lines:
SEint lucie þat holy maide in Cizile heo was ybore
Wel ȝonge heo gan serui god to leue synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…þer heo is with ihesu crist in Ioie with þouten ende
now god for seint lucie loue late ous þuder wende
Attributed Title: lucie (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 214
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 50
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 131v
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 183
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 101-6.
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: 2.566-71.
15.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 80v-83
First Lines:
Seynt lucie þe holy mayde in cisile was ybore
Wel ȝong heo bygan to seruy god & fle synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…þer heo is myd ihesu crist in ioyȝe wiþ outen ende
Nou god for þe loue of here vs lete alle þider wende
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 247v-250
First Lines:
SAynt lucie þat holy mayde in Cisile was y bore
Wel ȝonge she bigan to serue god to leve synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…Þere she is with Ihesu Crist in ioye withouten ende
Now god for saynt lucie love þider graunt vs to wende. Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt lucie (RT)
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 180v-182v
First Lines:
Seynt Lucy þe holy maide in Cicile was bore
ȝenge she gan to serue god & lete synne and ore…
Last Lines:
…Wher she is wiþ Ihesu crist in Ioye wiþout ende
Now god for loue of þat maide. lat vs þider wende. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancte Lucie Virginis (f. 180v)