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Saint Vincent in Spain to a Christian bishop came
Life of St. Vincent in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Vincent, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 40v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 10-12v
First Lines:
SEynt Vyncent in spayne was & to acristene biscop com
þat men clupede valleri & nom of him cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Nou Ihesu uor þe loue of him lete ous such lif lede
þat we mote to heuene come & for ȝeue ous oure mysdede
Attributed Title: seynt Vyncent (f. 10)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 132-134
First Lines:
Seint vincsent in spayne was & to a cristin bysschop com
Þat men cleped valerye & nom of hym cristindom…
Last Lines:
…now Ihesu for þe loue of hym lete vs soche lyf lede
þat we mote to heuene come & for ȝeue vs oure mysdede
Attributed Title: Seint vincsent þe marter (f. 132)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 11rb-11vb
First Lines:
SEint vincent in spayne was and to a Cristene Bisschop com
þat me clepede valerian and feng of him Cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe loue of him let vs such lyf lede
Þat we mote to heuene come and for ȝif vs ure misdede 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. 91-93
First Lines:
SEint vincent In spayne to a cristine bischop cam
Þat men cleopeden valentin and cristindom of him nam…
Last Lines:
…Þen musten neuere martyr non þat hadde more torment
Ne þat with som pine ouer come nas bote þe gode man seint vincent
Attributed Title: vita sancti vincentii martiris (right margin, f. 91)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 184-9.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 5ra
First Lines:
…Sore agreued & a shamed Hon [sic] ward þei gonne wende
þe kyng þei tolden al þe cas fro bigynnyng to þe ende…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe loue of him let vs suche lyf lede
þat we mowe to heuene come Whan þat we beoþ dede
Note: Last 18 lines only due to loss of folio(s); written in half lines because in two columns.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 9-10v
First Lines:
SEint uincent in spayne was & to a bischop cam
þat men clepid ualery & tok of hym crystindom…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu for þe loue of him lete us sich liif lede
þat we mote to heuen come & for ȝeue us oure mys dede
8.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 10-12
First Lines:
[S]eint vincent in spayne was & to a cristene bissop com
þat me clupede vallery & nom of him cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu for loue of him let vs such lif lede
þat we mote to heuene come & for ȝyue vs oure misdede
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto vincencio martire (f. 10)
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: 1.25-31.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 118-120
First Lines:
Sayne Vincent was borne in spayne & to a bischope he come
Þat me[n] calde valeriane & of hym toke cristendome
Vincent dwelled with þis bischope in office als it were
& his priue deken he was cristen men to lere…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu criste for þe lufe of hym lene vs slike lyfe to lede
Þat we may comme til heuene blis & forgyf vs our mysdede
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 9v-12
First Lines:
Seint vincent in spaine was & a cristen bissop be bi com
Þat me clupede valleri & nom of him cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Nou Ihesu for þe loue of him lete us such lyf lede
þat we mote to heuene come & forȝiue us oure misdede
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 114-117
First Lines:
Seint Vincent in Spayne was ybore and to a cristene bisschop com
Þat me clepede Valori and tok of him cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu ffor þe loue of him lete vs suche lif lede
Þat we mote to heuene come & fforȝiuenesse habbe of oure mysdede
Attributed Title: Vincencius (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 32-34
First Lines:
SEint vincent was of spayne & to a cristen byschop come
þat me clyped valerie & nome of hym cristendome…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe loue of hym ous lete suche lyf lede
þat we mot to heuene com & for ȝiue oure mysdede
Attributed Title: vincent (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 16-18v
First Lines:
SEynt vincent in spayne was and to cristen bissop com
þat me clepede vallery and nom of him cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesu for þe loue of him lete vs suche lyf lede
þat we mote to heuene come and for ȝif vs oure mysdede
Attributed Title: De sancto Vincencio (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 11v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 99
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 11
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 1v
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 56-58v
First Lines:
SAynt Vincent was in spayne & to a cristen bisshop he come
Þat men called Valerian & toke þere cristendome…
Last Lines:
…Now god vs bringe to þat ioye þat he is now to went
And graunte vs all part of blisse þat he ȝaf to saynt Vincent Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Vincent (RT)
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 16v-18v
First Lines:
Seint Vincent in Spayne was & to a cristen bisshop com
That men cleped Valerie and of hym toke cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe loue of hym leue vs such lif to lede
Þat we mowe to heuene come & forȝeue our mysdede Amen
Attributed Title: de sancto Vincentio (f. 16v)