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Saint Patrick came through Gods grace to preach in Ireland
Life of St. Patrick (with his Purgatory) in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Patrick, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 60
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 34-41v
First Lines:
SEyn patric com þoru godes grace to preci in irlonde
To teche men hor riȝte bileue on Ihesu to vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Beteþ alle ȝoure sunne her as god wole ȝou grace sende
þat we wiþþoute oþer pyne to parais henne wende
Attributed Title: seyn patryc (f. 34)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden. Paderborn: F. Schoningh, 1875: 151-210.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 10-17
First Lines:
Seyn pateryk com þoru godes grace to preche In irelonde
to teche men here ryȝte be leue Ihesu cryst to vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Now god lete vs so oure synne bete for his holy wounde
So þat we In purgatorye by leue lyte stounde
Attributed Title: Seint patrik þe holy man (f. 10)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 33vb-35vb
First Lines:
Seint Patrik com þorwh God to preche in Irelonde
To teche þe rihte bi leeue of Ihesu crist to vndurstonde…
Last Lines:
…God lete vs her vr sunnes beete for his holy wounde
So þat we in Purgatorie bi leuen a luytel stounde. 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 Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 96v-104
First Lines:
SEint paterik þoru godes grace makede ane put of Irlonde
Þat seint Patrike purgatorie is icleoped ȝeot ase ich onderstonde…
Last Lines:
…God leue us ovre sunnes here so biete for is holie wounde
Þat we ne þoruen in purgatorie bi leue bote luyte stounde
Note: Variant, omitting vv. 1-54; formerly 3039.
Attributed Title: [ ] purgatorio sancti patrici (left margin, f. 96v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden. Paderborn: F. Schoningh, 1875: 177-211.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 199-220.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 17ra-21rb
First Lines:
SEint Patrik com þorw godes grace To preche in yrlond
To preche hem right bileue Ihesu Crist to vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Now god let vs so oure sinne bete for is holi wounde
So þat we may in purgatorie bileue bot a stounde
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 31-39v
First Lines:
SEint Patrik cam þour goddis grace to prechen in þe lond
To teche men here riȝte bi leue of ihesu crist to vndirstond…
Last Lines:
…God lete vs so oure synnes to bete for his holi wounde
So þat we in purgatory duelle but litil stounde
8.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 30-39
First Lines:
[S]eint patryk com þurȝ godes grace to preche in irlond
To teche men hore riȝte bileue & of god vnderstond…
Last Lines:
…Now god lete vs oure sunnes bete for his holy wounde
So þat we in purgatorie leue lute stounde
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto patricio abbate (f. 30)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 154-154v
First Lines:
Sayne Patrike come þurgh goddeȝ grace to preche in irlande
And teche men þe right trouthe of criste til vndrestande
So ful of vermynne was þat men myȝt vnnes gange
Þat had sone harme with venyme or with tange…
Last Lines:
…loude þai sange þe letany & haly watre [ ] plente
& praide til al þe halelis þat þat his h[ ]de be
Note: Ends imperfectly due to loss of folios at end of volume.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 32v-41v
First Lines:
Seint Patrik com þoru godes grace to prechi in irlonde
To teche men hore riȝte bileue of ihesu crist to vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou god lete us so oure sunne bete for his holi wonde
So þat we in purcatorie bileue lute stounde
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: 1.85-110.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 14-16v
First Lines:
…Cold it was and foul it stank him thoȝt that it him slogh
On that oþer half a wynd ther blew his flesh him thoȝt to rend…
Last Lines:
…This kniȝt stod and beheld about & his ryȝt state vnderstode
And rehetid of that liȝt amendid him flesch & blode…
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly due to loss of folios.
Attributed Title: Saynt Patrick (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 151-167
First Lines:
Seint Patrik com þorw gode grace to prechi in Irlonde
To teche men þe riYte by [ ] of Ihesu crist to vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Now god lete vs oure sunnes here bete ffor his woundes ffyue
Þat we in purgatorie by leue lutel stounde after þis wrecchede lyue
Attributed Title: Patricius (RT)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 223-230v
First Lines:
SEint patryk come þorw godes grace [ ] þer be eirlond
To teche men here riȝt byleue of ihesu crist to vnderstond…
Last Lines:
…Now god lete ous so oure synnes bete for his holy wounde
þat we in pyne of purhatorie byleue lytel stounde
Attributed Title: Patryk (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 41-51
First Lines:
SEin patric com þoru godes grace to prechi in yrlonde
to teche men hor riȝte by leue of ihesu crist to vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou god let vs so oure sinne bete for is holy wonde
So þat we in purgatorie by leue lute stonde
Attributed Title: De sancto patricio (f. 41, by scribe in margin beside first line); patricius (RT)
15.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 36
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 119v
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden. Paderborn: F. Schoningh, 1875: 151-210.
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 30v
18.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 24v
19.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS 5043, ff. 4-4v
Note: Fragment.
20.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 76v-84v
First Lines:
SAynt Patrik þurȝ goddes grace in irlond made a pitte
Þat saynt Patrikes purgatorye ȝett men callen hit…
Last Lines:
…God graunte vs to bete oure synnes here for his holy wounde
Þat we in peyne of Purgatorye lenge but a litel stounde
Note: Variant, omitting vv. 1-54; formerly 3039.
Attributed Title: Saynt Patrik (RT)
21.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 187-194v
First Lines:
Seint Patrik come þorgh goddis grace to prech in yrelond
To tech men her riȝt byleue of god to vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…And þonked our swete lord ful fast boþ nyght & day
And siþ on his bare flessh þe holy cros he nome…
Note: Imperfect; ends at D’Evelyn and Mill (1959), 1.701.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Patricij de hibernia (f. 187)