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



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 174-176
First Lines:
SEyn martin was ibore In þe lond of sabarie
Wel longe he was Inorised In þe lond of papie…
Last Lines:
…Vour score wynter he was old ar he deide also
Nou god ous ȝeue part of þulke Ioie þat is soule wende to
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 96v-98v
First Lines:
Sein martin was I bore In þe lond of salarye
Wel ȝong he was I norched in þe londe of papye…
Last Lines:
…ffoure score winter he was old ar he deyde also
nowȝ god geue vs part of þilke ioye þat he was in I do
Attributed Title: Seint Martin þe bysschop (f. 96v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 185-189
First Lines:
SEint Martyn was ibore in þe londe of Sabarie
Wel ȝong he was i noriced in þe londe of Papie…
Last Lines:
…Four score winter he was old are he was ded also
God ȝiue us part of þulke ioye Þat is soule wende to
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 449-56.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 103va-105rb
First Lines:
SEint Martyn was y bore in þe lond of Thabarye
Last Lines:
ȝong he was norisshed in þe lond of Papye…
…ffoure skore ȝer he was old er he diede also
God vs ȝeue part of þilk ioye þat he was inne y do
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 126
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 34-37v
First Lines:
Sayne Martyne was borne in þe lande of Sabarie
And ful ȝonge he noriste was in þe lande of Papye
His fadre was a grete lorde & maistre of al þe knyghteȝ
Vndre þe emperoure Constantyne in bataileȝ & in fighteȝ…
Last Lines:
…ffoure score wynter he was olde when he gonne hethens twyne
God graunte vs parte of þe ioye þat sayn martyn is Inne
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
…At a gret fest as he shuld the hegh masse sing
To churche went with his men men con again him ring…
Last Lines:
…ffourscore ȝere he was old or he was ded also
God gif vs part of that Ioie ther in is he idoo
Note: Begins imperfectly at line 196.
Attributed Title: Saint Martyn (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 486-491
First Lines:
Seint Martin was ybore in þe lond of Sabarye
Wel ȝong he was ynorissched in þe lond of paimonye…
Last Lines:
…ffour score wynter he was old ar he deyde þere
Now god vs graunty þulke ioye þat aungeles his soule to bere
Attributed Title: Sanctus Martinus (RT); Miraculum Martini (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 238-240v
First Lines:
SEint martyn was ybore in þe londe of arabie
¡onge he was ynorsched in þe londe of apye…
Last Lines:
…foure score ȝere he was olde ar he deyde al so
god ous bringe to þe Ioie þat his saule was in ido
Attributed Title: Martyn (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 173v
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 107v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 171v
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 2250, ff. 48-49v
First Lines:
Saynt martyne was borne in þe londe of savarie
Wel ȝonge he was noryssht in þe londe of papie…
Last Lines:
…Four score wynter he wos olde er he deghid also
Now god gife vs part of þat ioy þat his soule is inne ido
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 152
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: 2.483-92.
15.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 46v-50
First Lines:
Seynt martyn was ybore in þe lond of sabarye
Wel ȝong he was ynorsched in þe lond of papye…
Last Lines:
…ffour score winter he was old ar he dyȝed al so
Nou god vs ȝeue part of þulke ioyȝe þat is soul is inne ydo
Note: Brown and Robbins (1943) lists this as starting on f. 46r.
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 207v-211
First Lines:
SAynt Martyn was born in þe lond of barbarye
Wel ȝonge norisshed he was in þe lond of Papys…
Last Lines:
…ffoure score ȝere he was olde er he was ded also
God ȝeue vs part of þat ioye þere he is in y do Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Martyn (RT)
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 158v-160
First Lines:
Seynt Martyne was ybore in þe londe of Sabari
Ful ȝenge he was norshed in þe londe of Ytalie…
Last Lines:
…iiij ȝere he was olde or he dyed also
God ȝeue vs part of þat blisse þat his saule is in do. Amen.
Attributed Title: De sancto Martino (f. 158v)