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



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 96v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 52-56
First Lines:
SEynte Marie egipciake in egipte was ibore
All hire ȝonge lif heo ladde In sunne & in hore…
Last Lines:
…þus seynt marie Egipciake out of hire fol dede
Turnde to heuene blisse þoru penaunce þat heo gan lede
Attributed Title: seyn Marye Egyptiake (f. 52)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 139v-142
First Lines:
Seint marye egipciake In egipte was I bore
alle here ȝonge lyf ȝhe ladde in synne & ek In hore…
Last Lines:
…so to don aboue þis erþe ar we hennes wende
to come to þe ioye þat ȝhe is in after oure dayus ende
Attributed Title: S Marie gipcien þe holy woman (f. 139v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 17va-18va
First Lines:
SEint Marie Egipcian in Egipte was i bore
Al hire ȝonge lyf heo liuede in sunne and in hore…
Last Lines:
…Þere heo is mid Ihesu crist in Ioye wiþ outen ende
Now God for þe loue of seinte Marie þider us lete wende. A.M.E.N.
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 Eng. poet. e.94 [formerly in printed book 80 G 40 Med], ff. 3-4v; 1-1v
First Lines:
…Frere goȝdne hwo gan þe hider to schuch awrethedmatere
How is þe stat of holicherche iloked & cristindom…
Last Lines:
…[Þ]us seint Mariie egiptiak out of here fo[ul] dede
Turned to heuene riche blesse þutȝ penance þat ȝeo gan lede
Note: Fragments; ff. 3-4 formerly Oxford, Bodleian Library 80.G.40.Med [now with Eng. poet. e.94] (printed book), lines 182-87, 213-19; f. 1 single leaf, lines 293-320, 325-46.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 117v-121v
First Lines:
SEinte Marie egyptiane In egypte was i bore
Al hire ȝounge liif heo liuede in sunne and in hore…
Last Lines:
…Þus seinte Marie egyptiane out of hire fole dede
Wende to heouene blisse þoruȝ penaunce þat heo gan lede
Attributed Title: Vita sancte Marie Egipciace (f. 117v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 260-71.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 38rb-40rb
First Lines:
SEint marie egipciake in egipt was y bore
Al here ȝonge lif she ladde in synne & in hore…
Last Lines:
…Þus marie egiptiake out of hire fool dede
turned to heuene blisse þorw penaunce þat she gan lede
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 85-89
First Lines:
SEinte marie egipcian in egipt was I bore
All hir ȝonge liif sche ladde in synne as an hore…
Last Lines:
…Þus marie egipcian out of hire foule dede
Turned to heuenli blis þour penaunce þat sche gan lede
9.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 26v-30
First Lines:
Seinte Marie Egipciake in Egipt was y bore
Al here ȝonge lyf hy ladde in synne & in hore…
Last Lines:
…þus Seinte Marie Egipciake out of here fol dede
Turnde to heuene riche blisse þorgh penaunce þat hy gan lede
Attributed Title: Sancte Marie Egipciace (f. 26v); Marie Egipciace (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 51v-56
First Lines:
Seinte Marie gipciake in egipte was ibore
Al hur ȝonge lif he ladde in sunne and in hore…
Last Lines:
…Þus seinte marie egipciake out of hur fol dede
Turnde to heueriche blisse þoru penance þat he gan lede
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: 1.136-48.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College 13, Part II, ff. 36v-40v
First Lines:
SEint marie egipciak in egipte was y bore
Al hire ȝonge lif heo ladde in synne and in hore…
Last Lines:
…Þus seint marie Egipciak out of hire fool dede
Turnde to heuene riche blisse þoru penaunce þat heo gan lede
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 246-253
First Lines:
Seint Marie Egypcyake in Egipte was ybore
Al hare ȝonge lyf ȝeo ladde in sunne & in hore…
Last Lines:
…Þus Seint Marie Egypciake out of hure ffol dede
Turnde to heuene riche blisse þorw penaunce þat ȝeo gan lede
Attributed Title: Maria Egypciaca (RT)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 54v-58
First Lines:
SEint marie egypcian in egipte was y bore
alle hure ȝonge lyf heo ladde in synne & in hore…
Last Lines:
…þus seint marie Egiptian come out of hure foul dede
& turnde to heuene blis þorȝe penauns þat heo gan lede
Attributed Title: Mary Egipcian (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 62v-67
First Lines:
SEinte Marie egipcyake in egipte was y bore
al hure ȝonge lyf ȝo ladde in synne & in hore…
Last Lines:
… Þus seint Marie egipciake out of hure foule dede
turnde to eueriche blisse þoru penance þat ȝo gan lede
Attributed Title: De sancta Maria egipciaca (f. 62v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Maria egipciak (RT)
15.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 55v
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 134
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 47
18.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 62v
19.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 25
20.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 C.XVII, ff. 108-112v
First Lines:
SAynt mary gypcyake in egypt was borne
Alle hyre ȝong lyf scho lede in hordome…
Last Lines:
…Vy[?] […]then calle heuen
O[…]vs ywyþer […] for hys names seuen Amen Amen Amen
Note: Affected by damp. Text partially recoverd though use of cold light source.
21.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 90-94
First Lines:
SAynt Marie Egipcian Egipt she was born In
Al hir ȝonge lyf she lad in leccherie & synne…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu Crist of heuen vs alle wisse & rede
And fro þe pyne of helle he ȝeue vs grace to shede Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Marie Egipcian (RT)
22.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 25