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Saint Michael the Archangel and his fellows also
Legend of St. Michael in the South English Legendary, Part I — couplets
Note: Part III consists of scientific material and is not related to the legendary material; see 5451. For Part II, see 4731.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: legends; Michael the archangel, saint
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX: Part II only.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 138-139v
First Lines:
Seyn Michel þe archangel & is felawes also
Beþ bituene god & ous to scewe wat we schulle do…
Last Lines:
…Nou god uor þe loue of seynt Michel ous let such lif lede
þat we mote to heuene come after þat we beþ dede
Note: With II elsewhere in the MS (ff. 151v-154).
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 151v-154
First Lines:
SEyn Michel In nouembre haþ ek anoþer day
Biuore þe feste of seynt Luc as ic ȝou telle may…
Last Lines:
…Vor þei hi out of helle be hi ne schulleþ so at route
þat hi þe bernynges of helle wiþ hem ne bereþ aboute
Note: With I elsewhere in the MS (ff. 138-139v).
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 66v-67v
First Lines:
Seint mychel þe arcangel & his felawis al so
beþ by twene god & vs to techen what we scholde do…
Last Lines:
…& for þe mony fayre meraklis þat þoruȝ seint mychel com
hem let halwen myȝelmasseday þorwȝ out al cristindom
Note: With II.
Attributed Title: Seint mychel þe arcaungel (f. 66v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 53va-53vb
First Lines:
SEint Michel þe Archangel and hise felawes also
Beon bitwene God and vs to schewe what we schule do…
Last Lines:
…And for þe Monye feire Miracle þat of Seint Mihel com
He hit halewe Mihelmasse day þorwh al cristendom
Note: With II.
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. 132-133
First Lines:
SEynt MIȝhel þe Archaungel and is felawes also
Huy beoth bi tweone ore louerd and us to schewi ȝwat we schulle do…
Last Lines:
…And also for þe miracle þoruȝ seint Miȝhel com
Miȝheles masse day he hiet halewi þoruȝ al cristindom
Note: With II and III.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Legende des heilige Michael nach MS Laud 108.” Jahrbuch für romanische und englische Sprache und Literatur 13 (1874): 150-80: 154-80.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 299-322.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 87rb-88ra
First Lines:
SEint Michel þe archangel & his felawes also
beoþ bitwene vs & god to teche what we shul do…
Last Lines:
…And for many faire miracles þat þorw seint Michel com
Let halwe Michelmasse day þorw al cristendom
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line; last two lines written in wrong order, corrected by marginal indications.
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 104
Note: With II and III.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 1-4v
First Lines:
Sayn myghell þe archangell & hiis felaws also
Are be twene god & vs to chew what we sall do
A day þei hafe in þe ȝere thuþh all cristindam
Be a meracle of sayn myghell þat holy day ys cam…
Last Lines:
…ffro þat fire he vs cheld þat lord is most of myght
Thurgh þe praier of Sayn Myghell prynce of angels bryght
Note: With II.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 79-80
First Lines:
Sant Michaell þe Archangell & his fellaghes also
Er be twene god & vs to schewe quat we shall do…
Last Lines:
…And ye fayre miracles þat of saynt myghell come
Gart halow myghelmas day thorow out all cristendome
Note: With II and III.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit de sancto Michele (f. 79)
Editions:
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 215-27.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 149-150
First Lines:
Sein Michel þe archangle and is felawes also
Beoþ bitwene god and us to teche wat we ssolle do…
Last Lines:
…And for þe mani vair miracle þat þoru sein michel com
Het halwi myhelmasse day þoru al cristendom
Note: With II.
Attributed Title: De Sancto Michaele in monte Gargano (f. 149)
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: 2.402-28.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 413-415
First Lines:
Seint Michel þe Archaungel and his ffelawes al so
Beoþ by twene god and vs to teche what we schulleþ do…
Last Lines:
…And ffor þe miracle al so þat of Seint Michel com
Le let halwy Miȝelmasse day þorw al cristendom
Note: With II and III.
Attributed Title: Sanctus Michael (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 79-80
First Lines:
SEint mychel þe archangel & his felawes also
beþ by twene god & ous to teche wat we schulle do…
Last Lines:
…& for þe many faire miracle þat þorwe seint michel com
he hete holde mychel masseday þorwe al cristendom
Note: With II and III.
Attributed Title: Mychel (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 170-171v
First Lines:
SEin Michel þe archangel & is felawes also
Beþ by twene god & vs to teche wat we ssolledo…
Last Lines:
…& for þe Many feyre miracle þat þoru sein Michel com
Het halwey Michel masse day þoru al cristendom
Note: With II and III.
Attributed Title: De sancto Michael in Monte gargano (f. 170, by scribe in margin beside first line); Michaele in Monte gargano (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 224v
Note: With II and III.
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 136
Note: With II and III; lines 1-4 missing.
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 122
Note: With II and III.
Editions:
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 137-47.
17.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 3-4
First Lines:
Seynt Michel þe archangel and is felawes echon
beþ in tune god & vs to schewe war we schools don…
Last Lines:
…And vor þe vayre miracle þat þoru Seynt Michel com
Het holde holy seynt Micheles day þoru al crystenedom
18.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 8, ff. 69-70v
First Lines:
SEynte Michel the Arhcuangel and his felawes also
Ben bytwen god and vs to teche vs what we shull do…
Last Lines:
…And for the fayre myracles that thorow seinte Mychel come
He dyd halowe mychelmasse day thurgh all crystendome
Note: With II and III.
19.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 171-172v
First Lines:
SAynt Mighel þe archaungel & his felawes also
Þai ben bitwene oure lord & vs to shewe what we shul do…
Last Lines:
…And also þurȝ þe Miracle þat by saynt Mighel come
Michelmasse day he let halowe þurȝ all cristendome
Note: With I and II.
Attributed Title: Saynte Mighel (RT)
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 139-142v
First Lines:
Seint Michael þe archaungel and his felous also
Bene bitwene god and vs to teche what we shul do…
Last Lines:
…In erþly paradys some beþ also
And in oþer places on erth her penaunce to do
Attributed Title: De sancto Michaele archangelo (f. 139)