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



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 23v-24
First Lines:
SEyn Scolace þe holi maide holi was of lyue
Leuere heo hadde nonne be þen be iwedded to wyue…
Last Lines:
…So god leue þat we mote wiþ cristenemen be
Ibured at our ende day & to heuene fle
Note: 64 lines.
Attributed Title: seynt scolace þe holy mayde (f. 24)
Editions:
Whatley, Gordon E., ed. Saints’ Lives in Middle English Collections. With Anne B. Thompson and Robert K. Upchurch. MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2004.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 13rb-13va
First Lines:
SEint Scolace þat holy Mayde holy was of lyue
Leuere heo hedde Nonne be þen beo wedded to wyue…
Last Lines:
…So God leue þat we mote wiþ cristene men beo
I buried at vr endyng day and to heuene fleo 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.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 96-96v
First Lines:
SEinte scholace þat holie mayde heo was of clene liue
Leouere heo hadde to beon Nonne þane beon iweddet to wiue…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we suete Ihesu crist Þat is so fair and hende
Þat we moten þudere comen ase scholace dude i wende
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 197-9.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 11va-11vb
First Lines:
SEint scolace þe holy maide was of holy liue
Leuere heo had nonne beo þan beo wedded to wiue…
Last Lines:
…So god lene þat we mote Wiþ cristene men beo
Beried at oure ending day And to heuene fleo
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 21-21v
First Lines:
SEint scolace þe holi maide sche was of lyue
Leuere sche hadde Nonne to be þan to be weddid to wyue…
Last Lines:
…So leue þat we so mote þat cristene men be
I beried at oure ending day and to heuene fle
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 22-22v
First Lines:
[S]eynte scolasse þe holy maide wel holy was of lyf
leuer ȝe hadde nunne be þan ywedded to wyue…
Last Lines:
…So godde wille þat we mote wiþ cristene men be
Ibured at oure ende day & to heuene fle
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancta scolastica virgine & non martire (f. 22)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 125v-126
First Lines:
Sayn Scolaste þe maiden gude sho lyfed ful haly lyfe
Lauer had hir dede to be þen hafe bene weddid wyfe
Saynt Benet hir broþer was þat firste þe ordre fande
Of blake monkeȝ & of Nonnes þat is in many a lande…
Last Lines:
…Now god for sayn Scolaste lufe & for his nameȝ seuene
lene vs grace so here to lyfe þat we may fly til heuene
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 22-22v
First Lines:
Sein scolace þat holy maide holy was of liue
Leuer heo hadde nonne beo þanne be wedded to wiue…
Last Lines:
…So god leone þat we mote wiþ cristen men be
Ibured at oure endeday and to heuene vle
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: 1.59-60.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 133-134
First Lines:
Seint Scolace þe holy mayde þat holy was of lyne
Leouour hure was nonne to beo þan a wedded wyue…
Last Lines:
…So god leone þat we mote wiþ cristene men beo
Y buryed at oure ende day and oure soules to heuene fleo
Attributed Title: Scolastica (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 42-43
First Lines:
SEint scolace þe mayde holy was of lyf
Leuer heo hadde a nonne to be þan a wedded wyf…
Last Lines:
…So god leuen þat we moten with cristyne men be
bured at oure ende day & to heuene fle
Attributed Title: Scolace (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 29-30v
First Lines:
SEyn scolace þat holy mayde holy was of lyue
leuer ȝo hadde nonne be þan be y wedded to wyue…
Last Lines:
…So god leue þat we mote wiþ cristen men be
y byred at oure ende day and to heuene fle
Attributed Title: Scolastice (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 25
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 110
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 22v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 14
16.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 28-28v
First Lines:
Seint Scolas þat good maide holy was of lyve
Levere she hadde nunne to be þan a wedde wyve…
Last Lines:
…So god leue þat we mote wiþ cristen men be
Yburied at our endingday and heuene fle. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancte Scolastice virginis (f. 28)