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Saint Oswald the bishop was I-bore in England
Life of St. Oswald the Bishop in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Oswald, bishop, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, f. 191: prose.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 55
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 28v-31v
First Lines:
SEyn Oswald þe biscop was ibore her in engelonde
Of heie men he was icome as ic vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Vor is loue our lord haþ þer vair myracle ofte iwroȝt
God lete ous to þe Ioie come þat he is Inne ibroȝt
Attributed Title: seyn Oswald (f. 28)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 78-81
First Lines:
Seint oswold þe bysschop was bore her in ingelonde
of grete lordes he was come as ich ondirstonde…
Last Lines:
…ffor ȝeue þu oure mysdedys þat we doþ ofte amys
& brynge vs in to þy kyngdom In þe ioye of heuene blis
Attributed Title: Seint oswoldþe bysschop (f. 79)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 16va-17rb
First Lines:
SEint Oswold was i bore heere in Engelonde
Of heiȝe men he was i come as ich vndurstonde…
Last Lines:
…ffor his loue vr lord haþ þere feir Miracle i wrouȝt
God lete vs to þe Ioye come þer he is inne i brouȝt. 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. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 14ra-15rb
First Lines:
SEint Oswold þe bisshop Was bore in Englelond
Of heye men he y comen As I vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…ffor his loue oure lord haþ ofte fair miracle wrouthe
God let vs to þe ioye come þer he is inne brouhte
Attributed Title: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 25v-28
First Lines:
SEint Oswold þe holi man was bore in Ingelond
Of hiȝe men he was come as I vndirstond…
Last Lines:
…ffor his loue oure lord haþ þere fair meracle ofte þere wrouȝt
Now god lete vs to þe ioye come þere he is inne brouȝt
7.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 26v-27
First Lines:
[S]eint oswol[d ]þe bissop was ibore in engelonde
Of heȝe men he was icome as ich vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…& oure lord haþ for his loue þere many miracles y[wroȝt]
Now god lete vs to þe ioye come þat he is inne ybroȝte
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto osw[aldo] [ ] (f. 26v)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 26v-29v
First Lines:
Seint oswold þe bissop was ibore here in Engelonde
Of heie men he was icome as ich vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…ffor his loue oure louerd haþ þer vair miracle ofte iwroȝt
Nou god lete us to þe ioie come þat he is Inne ibroȝt
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: 1.71-8.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 141-146
First Lines:
Seint Oswald þe bisschop was ybore in Engelonde
Of heye men he was ycome as ich vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…ffor his loue oure lord haþ þer ffayre miracles ofte ywrouȝt
Now god bringe vs to þe ioye of heuene þat he is ynne ybrouȝt
Attributed Title: Oswaldus (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 46-48
First Lines:
SEint oswold þe byschop was bore here in Englonde
of hey men he was ycome as ic vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…for his loue oure lord haþ fayr myracle y wroȝt
god late ous to þulke ioie come þer he is in ybroȝt
Attributed Title: Oswold (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 34v-38
First Lines:
SEint hoswold þe bissope was y bore here in engelond Of heye men he was y come as y vnder stond…
Last Lines:
…for is loue oure lord haþ þer feire miracle ofte y wroȝt Nou god let vs to þe Ioye come þat he is inne y broȝt
Attributed Title: De sancto oswaldo (f. 34v, in margin beside first line); Oswaldus (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10626, ff. 3-5v
First Lines:
Hit by fel þat þe erchebischope of euerwik was ded
Sire Oskedel in his stede þey nome þorw many mannus red…
Last Lines:
…For his love our lorde haþe þe feyre myracle y wrout
God leve vs to þt Ioye come þat he his inne y brout
Note: Lines 1-98 missing. Text has facing transcription of each folio in a nineteenth-century hand.
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 30v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 114v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 27
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 18v
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 71-74
First Lines:
SAynt Oswald þat gode mon born was in Englond
And comen of riche men & hegh as ȝe shul vnderstonde
Last Lines:
…ffor his love oure lord has here fayre myracles wroȝt
God braunte vs to þat ioye come þat he is in now broȝt
Attributed Title: Saynt Oswald (RT)
18.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 17v