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Saint Nicholas the holy man that good confessor was
Life of St. Nicholas in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Nicholas, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 202-208v
First Lines:
SEyn Nycholas þe holi mon þat good confessour was
Icome he was of heie men In þe cite of patras …
Last Lines:
…Nou god þat for seynt Nichol such myracle hast ido
Schulde ous fram þe pyne of helle & fram dedlich sunne also
Attributed Title: seynte Nicholas (f. 202)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 115-119
First Lines:
Seint necolas þe good man þat good comfessour was
I come was of hy kim in þe cite of patras…
Last Lines:
…Bring vs to þat blisse þat is wit outen ende
& whan þat we beþ hennus I went oure soules þedir wende
Attributed Title: Seint nicolas þe bischop (f. 115)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 67rb-68vb
First Lines:
Seint Nicholas þe holi mon þat god confessor was
I come was of heȝe men in þe Cite of Patras…
Last Lines:
…Now God þat for seint Nicholas such Miracle hast i do
Schild vs from þe pyne of helle and dedlych sunne also. 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. 111-115v
First Lines:
SEint Nicholas þe holie man Þat guod confessour was
Of heiȝe men he was icome In þe cite of Patras…
Last Lines:
…Louerd for þe loue of Seint Nicholas mani miracle hast ido
Þou schild us fram þe pine of helle and fram dedliche sunne also
Note: Missing lines 361-448.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Nicholai amen (top f. 115v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 240-55.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 126vb-130va
First Lines:
SEint Nicholas þe confessour Swiþe godeman was
I come he was of heye men In þe cite of Patras…
Last Lines:
…Nou god þat for seint Nicholas suche miracle hast do
Shild vs fro þe pyne of helle & fro þe dedly synne also
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 34v-40v
First Lines:
SEynt Nicholas þat holy man a good confessor was
And y come of heye blood in þe c[ ]atras…
Last Lines:
…Now good god for seynt Nicholas many merakelis þou hast do
þou kepe vs fro þe peynes of helle & dedly synne also
Attributed Title: De sancto Nicholao (f. 34v)
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 146v
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 60v-66v
First Lines:
Sayne Nicholas þe haly man þat gude confessour was
Was comen of a noble kynde in þe Cite of Patras
In þat cite he was borne als we fynde in his story
His modre was calde Johanna his fadre Epiphanye…
Last Lines:
…God for sayne Nicholas lufe graunte vs heuen to wynne
And shelde vs fro hell pyne fro dett & dedly synne
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 21-27v
First Lines:
…Tho he herd of this sistren how wo that hem was
Of his fader gold a night a bale of gold he name…
Last Lines:
…Now lord for saint Nicholas love that many myracle hast do
Shild vs fro the peyn of helle and fro dedly synne also
Note: Begins imperfectly due to loss of folios.
Attributed Title: Saint nicolas (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 6-17
First Lines:
Seint Nicolas þe goede man þat goed confessour was
I come was of heye men in þe cite of Patras…
Last Lines:
…Now god þat ffor seint Nicholas Such miracle hast ydo
Saue vs ffro þe pyne of helle & ffro dedlich sunne also
Attributed Title: Sanctus Nicholaus (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 115-120
First Lines:
SEint nycolas þe holy man þat goud conselore was
Come was of hey men in þe cite of patras…
Last Lines:
…god þat for loue of seint nycolas suche miracle haþ do
saue ous fram þe pyne of helle þat lestyt euer mo
Attributed Title: Nycholas (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 207
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 44v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 125
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 193
Note: Missing lines 1-54 and 203 to end.
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 177
Note: Lines 1-4 missing.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 240-55 (lines 361-448).
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: 2.550-66.
17.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 74-80v
First Lines:
Seynt Nicholas þe holy man þe gode confessour was
ycome he was of heye men in þe lond of patras…
Last Lines:
…Now lord for seyn Nicholas bone many a miracle hast ydo
Schilde vs fro þe pyne of helle & fro dedly synne al so
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 240-247v
First Lines:
SAynt Nicolas þe holy mon þat gode confessour was
Comen he was of hegh men in þe Cite of Patres…
Last Lines:
…Now lord for saynt Nicolas love þat mony myracles hast do
Shyulde vs from þe peyne of helle & from dedly synne also. Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Nicolas (RT)
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 178-180v
First Lines:
Seint Nicholas þe Confessoure good holy man was
And was come of grete blode and born in Patras…
Last Lines:
…Now god þat for seint Nicholas faire myracle hast do
Kepe vs from þe pyne of helle and from synne also. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Nicholai Confessoris (f. 178)