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Saint Valentine the martyr good man was enough
Life of St. Valentine in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Valentine, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 11vb-12rb
First Lines:
SEint Valentyn þe martyr god man was y now
And þorw his preching many man To cristendom drow…
Last Lines:
…And his soule to heuene went þo þorw godes grace
Now god for þe loue of him vs bring to þat place
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 13va1
First Lines:
SEint valentin þe Martir good Mon was i nouh
And þoruȝ his prechinge mony mon to cristendam drouh…
Last Lines:
…And his soule to heuene wende al þorwh Godus grace
Now God for þe loue of him vs bringe to þat ilke place. 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.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 24-25
First Lines:
SEyn valentyn þe martir good man was Inouȝ
& þoru is prechyng mony mon to cristendom drouȝ …
Last Lines:
…& is soule to heuene wende þoru godes grace
Nou god uor þe loue of him ous bringe to þulke place
Attributed Title: seynt valentyne (f. 24)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 21v-22
First Lines:
SEint valentyn þe martir good man was I nouh
And þour his preching many men to cristindom drouh…
Last Lines:
…And his soule to heuen wente þo þorugh goddis grace
Nov god for þe loue of him us bringe to sich place
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 51
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 22v-23
First Lines:
[S]eint valentyn þe martir god man was ynow
& þurȝ his prechynge many man to cr[ist]endom drow…
Last Lines:
…& his soule to heuene wende þurȝ godes grace
Now god for his loue vs brynge to þulke place
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto valentino martire (f. 22v)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 126-126v
First Lines:
Þe haly martir valentyne gude man he was ynoghe
Þurgh his prechynge many a man to cristendam he droghe
A grete maistre was þen at rome Cratoun was his name
Þat mekil herde tell of valentyn & of his haly fame…
Last Lines:
…& his saule til heuen went thurgh our lordeȝ grace
Now god for þe lufe of hym brynge vs to þat place
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 23-23v
First Lines:
Sein valentin þe martir god man was Inou
And þoru is prechinge many men to cristendom drou…
Last Lines:
…And is soule to heuene wende þoru godes grace
Nou god for þe loue of him us bringe to þulke place
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: 1.61-2.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, p. 134
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 43-43v
First Lines:
SEint valentyn þe martere goud man was ynow
& þoru preching manye man to cristendom drow…
Last Lines:
…& his saule to heuene wende þorȝe godes grace
god for þe loue of hym ous brynge to þulke place
Attributed Title: Valentyn (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 26
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 11
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 23v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 15
15.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 30v-31
First Lines:
SEyn valentyn þe martir god man was ynou
And þoru is prechynge mani man to cristendom drou…
Last Lines:
…And is soule to heuene wende þoru godes grace
Nou god for loue of him vs bryng to þat place
Attributed Title: Valentino (RT)
16.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 28v-29v
First Lines:
Seint Valentyn þe marter good man was mowe
And þorgh his preching many on to cristendom drowe…
Last Lines:
…His soule to heuene wente al þorgh goddis grace
Nowe god for þe loue of hym bring vs to þat place. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Valentini (f. 28v)