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Saint Sylvester pope was the first that there came
Life of St. Sylvester in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For a wholly distinct Life in one MS see 555.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Sylvester, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 166-167
First Lines:
SEint Siluestre pope was Þe furste þat þare cam
Þat euere hadde Rome in pes to holde up cristindom…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for is swete loue us graunti þulke blisse
Þat Seint siluestre is inne Þat we þar of ne misse
Attributed Title: Hic incipit vita sancti Siluestri (f. 166)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 391-2.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 269v-270
First Lines:
SEint siluester pope was þe furste þat þer come
þat euer hadde rome in pes to hold vp cristendom…
Last Lines:
…now god for his swete loue ous graunte þulke blys
þat seint siluester is In þat we þer of ne mysse
Attributed Title: Siluester (RT)
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 268v
4.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 164v
5.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 290v-191v
First Lines:
SAynt Siluestre Pope was þe first þat euer come
Þat euer hade Rome in pees to holde vp cristendome…
Last Lines:
…Now god for his swete love vs graunte þat blis
Þat saynt siluestre is in in heuen þat we þerof ne mys. Amen
Attributed Title: SAynt Siluestre (RT)