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



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 98v-100
First Lines:
SEyn Swiþin þe confessour was of engelonde
Bi side wynchestre he was ibore as ic vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou seynt swiþin þat our biscop was her in engelonde
Bringe ous to þe Ioie of heuene þoru our lordes sonde
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 93-94v
First Lines:
Seynt swiþþyn þe comfessour was her of ingelonde
by syde Winchestre he was I bore as I ondirstonde…
Last Lines:
…& for þe loue of seint swiþþin þat bysschop was her in ingelonde
þu bring vs to þe ioye of heuene þorwe oure lordes sonde
Attributed Title: Seint Swithin þe comfessour (f. 93)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 223v-224
First Lines:
Seint swiþþin þe comfessour was I bore in ingelonde
by syde þe toun of Winchestre also ich ondirstonde…
Last Lines:
…vor he leet þe stronge brigge wit oute þe toun arere
& ford þerto lym & ston & workmen þat þer were
Note: Whole text crossed out in MS.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 39ra-39va
First Lines:
SEint Swithþan þe confessour was her of Engelonde
Bi syde Winchestre he was i bore as ich vndurstonde…
Last Lines:
…Seint Swiþþhan þat vre Bisschop was here in Engelonde
Bring vs to þe Ioye of heuene þorwh vr lordes sonde 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. 63rb-64rb
First Lines:
SEint Swithin þe confessour was here in Engelond
Biside Winchestre he was bore as I vnderstond…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Swithin þat was bisshop here in engelonde
Bringe vs to þe Ioye of heuene þorw oure lordes sonde
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
Editions:
Earle, John. Gloucester Fragments. London: Longman, 1861: 78-83.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 65
Editions:
Earle, John. Gloucester Fragments. London: Longman, 1861: 78-83.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 102v-104v
First Lines:
Sein swiþþin þe confessour was her of engelonde
Biside winchestre he was i bore as ich vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou sein switthin þat oure bissop was here in engelonde
Bring us to þe ioie of heuene þoru oure louerdes sonde
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: 1.274-9.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 329-331
First Lines:
…Ak þat word now habbeþ fforȝute þis heye men echon
Seint Swythin his Bisschopriche to alle goednesse drow…
Last Lines:
…Now Seint Swythun þat oure Bisschop were her in Engelonde
Help vs bringe to þe ioye of heuene þorw oure lordes sonde
Note: Begins imperfectly due to loss of folio(s).
Attributed Title: Swythinus (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 233v-235
First Lines:
SEint swyþyn þe confessoure was here of englonde
by sydes wynchestre boren as ic vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Now seint swyþyn þat byschop was here in englond
To bringe ous to þe Ioie of heuene þorw oure lordes sonde
Attributed Title: Swyþyn (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 119-121
First Lines:
SEyn swiþþin þe confessor was her of engelonde
By syde Wynchestre he was y bore as y vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou Sein Swithim þat oure bissop was here in engelonde
Bring vs to þe Ioye of heuene þoru oure lordes londe
Attributed Title: De sancto switthino (f. 119, by scribe in margin beside first line); Swiþino (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 174
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 78
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 43-7.
13.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 101v-103v
First Lines:
Seynt Swithan þe Confessour was here in Engelond
Beside Wynchester he was bore as I vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Seint Swithan þat bisshop was her in Engelond
Bryng vs to þe ioie of heuene thorgh our lordis sonde. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Swithuni confessoris (f. 101v)