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Saint Mark the holy gospeller wide went a-land
Life of St. Mark in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Mark, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 104v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 60v-61
First Lines:
SEyn Marc þe holi gospellare wide wende alonde
Vorto preche cristendom þoruȝ our lordes sonde …
Last Lines:
…& for feste of þe letanye þat byuore may
Holi chirche halt ech ȝer a seyn Markes day
Attributed Title: syn Marke (f. 60v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 143-143v
First Lines:
Seint mark þe holy godspeller wyde wente alonde
for to prechy cristindom þorw oure lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…men goþ wit letanye a processioun in eche cherche by wone
to preye for þe wedering & mankynne & good hit is to done
Attributed Title: Seint Mark þe holy gospeler (f. 143)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 28rb1
First Lines:
SEint Mark þe Godspellere wyde wende aboute in londe
fforte preche cristendom þoruh vr lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…God for þe grete ioye þat lasteþ wiþ outen ende
And for þe loue of seint Mark graunt vs þider to 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.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 155v-156
First Lines:
Seint Marc þe holie godspellare wide wende in londe
for to prechi cristinedom þoruȝ ore louerdes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we nouþe seint Marc ȝwas liif we halbeȝ i heord to þe ende
Þat ore soule mote þoruȝ his Arndingue into heouene i wiende
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Marci ewangeliste (f. 155v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 362-3.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 42rb-42va
First Lines:
SEint Mark þe holy gospeller wide went a londe
fforto preche Cristendom thorwe oure lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…And for þe feste of letanie þat bifore may
Holi chirche halt eche ȝer on Seint Markes day
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 92v-93v
First Lines:
SEint mark þe holi gospeller wide wente in londe
ffor to preche cristindom þour oure lordis sonde…
Last Lines:
…And for þe feste of letanye þat be fore may
Holi chirche halt eche ȝer on seint markis day
8.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 33-33v
First Lines:
Seint Mark þe holy gospellere wyde wente a londe
ffor to prechy cristendon þorgh oure lordis sonde…
Last Lines:
…and for þe feste of letanie þat by fore may
holy cherche halt ech ȝer a seint Markes day
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Marcii (f. 33)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 60-60v
First Lines:
Sein Mark þe holy gospellares wide wende alone
fforto prechi cristendom þoru oure louerdes sonde sone…
Last Lines:
…And for feste of letanie þat biuore may
Holy churche halt eche ȝer a sein markes day
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: 1.159-60.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 260-261
First Lines:
Seint Mark þe holy gospellere wyde wende a londe
ffor to prechi cristendom þorw oure lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…And ffor þe ffeste of þe Letanye þat by ffore may
Holy chirche halt eche ȝer on Seint Markes day
Attributed Title: Marcus (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), f. 61v
First Lines:
SEint mark þe godspellere wende wyde in londe
for to preche cristendom þorȝ oure lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…& for þe feste of letanye þat is by for may
þat holychurche holt eche ȝere on seint markes day
Attributed Title: Mark (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 71v-72v
First Lines:
SEyn Mark þe holy gospellare wide wende alone
forto prechy cristendom þoru oure lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…And for þe feste of letanye þat by fore May
Holy chirche halt eche ȝere a sein Markes day
Attributed Title: De sancto Marco (f. 71v, by scribe in margin beside first line); sancto Marco (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 64
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 142
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 54
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 70
17.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 34v
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 95v-96
First Lines:
SAynt Marke þe gospelere wel wyde went in londe
fforto preche cristendome þurȝ oure lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Saynt Marke dyed in ful stronge peyne as did mony mo
To þat ioye þat he is ynne god graunte vs all to go. Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Marke (RT)
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 73-73v
First Lines:
Seynt Marke þe holy gospellere wide went in londe
Forto prech cristendom þorgh our lordys sonde…
Last Lines:
…And for þe grete letany þat bifore may
Holy chirch holdeth ech ȝere on seint Markis day