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Saint Oswald the holy king of the one end of England
Life of St. Oswald the King in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Oswald, king, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 228-228v
First Lines:
SEynt Oswold þe holi kyng of þe on ende of engelonde
Kyng was as vel þulke tyme of norþhomblonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou seynt oswold þe martir so our ernde bede
þat god ous sende is swete help & alle þat halbe nede
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 21-21v
First Lines:
Seynt oswold þe gode kyng of þe on ende of ingelonde
Kyng was as fel þulke tyme In norþ homberlonde…
Last Lines:
…Now seynt oswold þe martyre oure erande so bede
Þat oure lord sende helpe to alle þat habbeþ nede
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 49ra
First Lines:
SEint Oswold þe goode kyng of þat on ende of Engelonde
Kyng was as fel þulke tyme of al Northhumberlonde…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Oswold þe Martir vr erende so beode
Þat vr lord vs sende his swete help and alle þat habbeþ neode. 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), f. 38v
First Lines:
SEint Oswold þe holie king of þe on ende of enguelonde
King was ase þulke tyme bi feol in northy homberlonde…
Last Lines:
…Þat he us for ȝiue ore sunnes and us helpe at alle ore neode
And ore soule for is swete loue in to blisse lede
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 45-6.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 79ra-79rb
First Lines:
SEint Oswold þe gode king of þe on ende of Engelond
King was som tyme In Northomberlonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou Seint oswold þe martir oure erande so beode
þat oure lord vs sende help & all þat haue neode
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 91v
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 2585, Part I, (3), f. 1
First Lines:
…As por al þe helpe as seint Oswalde to good alwey þat [ ] we
Cristendome into Ingelonde cam þan faste ynow
Seynt Oswolde [made] þis holy man a byschop in þis lande
Hee was gos god counseylor & þin[ ]d cristes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Now saint Oswolde þe holy kynge aer erand to þu lede
Þat oure lorde send his helpe at oure most need
Note: Fragment: last 34 lines only.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 132v-133
First Lines:
Seint oswold þe holy king of þe on ende of engelonde
Kyng was as uel þulke tyme of al norþhomberlond…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint oswold þe martir oure erende so beode
þat oure louerd us sende is swete help & alle þat habbeþ neode
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: 2.357-8.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 385-386
First Lines:
Seint Oswald þe holy kyng of þe on ende of Engelonde
Kyng was som tyme of al Northomberlonde…
Last Lines:
…Now Seint Oswald þe martyr oure erande so beode
Þat god vs sende his help and alle þat habbeþ neode
Attributed Title: Sanctus Oswaldus (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 150v-152v
First Lines:
SEint oswolde þe holy king of þe on ende of engelonde
king was as wel þat tyme of al norþ homber londe…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint oswolde þe martir oure erande so bede
þat oure lord vs sende is swete help & alle þat hauiþ nede
Attributed Title: Sancti Oswaldi Rigis & Marteris (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 210
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 128