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



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 36
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 4-6
First Lines:
Vor þulke þat þe kyng to truste failed he wel uaste
So þat he was bineþe icaste & ouercome ace laste…
Last Lines:
…Vor him me may al day þere mony vair miracle ise
Nou god leue þat we mote wiþ him in þe Ioie of heuene be
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 76v-78v
First Lines:
Seint Wolston bysschop of Wirecestre was her in ingelonde
swyþe holy man was alle his lyf as ich ondirstonde…
Last Lines:
…& brynge vs to þat ilke ioye þer he is inne I brouȝte
Iesus for þat ilke loue þat þu vs so dere abouȝte
Attributed Title: Seint Wolston bysschop (f. 76v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 9vb-10va
First Lines:
SEint Wolston Bisschop of Wircestre was her of Engelonde
Swiþe holi mon al his lyf as ich vndurstonde…
Last Lines:
…ffor him me may al day þere Mony feir Miracle i seo
Now God leeue þat we mote wiþ him in þe ioye of heuene beo 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. 48-50v
First Lines:
SEint Wolston bischop of Wyrecestre was here of engelonde
Swiþe holi man he was al is lif ase ich me vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Þare man may for is holie bodi mani fair miracle i seo
Nou god graunti þat we mote with him in þe Ioye of heouene beo
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 70-7.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 3ar-4vb
First Lines:
SEint Wolston bisshop of Wircestre
Was here in Engelonde
Swyþe holyman al his lyf
As I vnderstonde…
Note: Written in half-lines because in two columns.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 3-6
First Lines:
SEint Wolston bischop of Wircester was here in Ingelond
An holi man in al his lyf he was as I understond…
Last Lines:
…ffor him men moun þere alday manye meraclis se
Now god ȝeue þat we mote for him in heuen þe betere be
8.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 4v-7v
First Lines:
…[ ]þe holye man of lyue as ich vnder stonde
Wis[ ] he was aȝens [ ]uld god lif he had ynow…
Last Lines:
…Now god leue þat we mote wiþ him i heuene be
Note: First line missing in this MS, as also penultimate, due to mutilation of leaves.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 113v-115v
First Lines:
Sayne Wustan bischope of Wircestre was þurgh goddeȝ sande
A ful haly man he was als ȝe sal vndrestande
Of grete men comen he was & borne in Inglande
Of fairer vertus þen he was ay lyfed none þen in lande…
Last Lines:
…ffor his lofe men may ȝet þore many miracle se
Gode graunte þat we may with him in þe Ioe of hevyn be
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 3v-6
First Lines:
Sein Wolston bissop of Wirceter was her in engelonde
Swyȝe holyman al is lif was as ich vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…ffor him memay þer alday many fair miracle ise
Nou god leone þat we mote wiþ hym In þe ioie of heuene be
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: 1.8-15.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 39-41v
First Lines:
Saynt Wolstan bishop of Wircetir was thruȝ goddes sond
A ful holy man he was as ȝe may vnderstond…
Last Lines:
…At Wircetyr ther he lys mony a miracle mon may se
God leue that we may with him in the Ioye of heuen be
Attributed Title: SAynt Wolston (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 102-107
First Lines:
Seint Wolston of Wircestre bisschop was her in Engelonde
Swiþe holy man he was as ich haue vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…ffor al day me may ffor him ffayr miracle y seo
Now god graunte þat we mote wiþ him in þe ioye of heuene beo
Attributed Title: Wlstanus (RT)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 27-29
First Lines:
SEint Wolston byschop of Wyrcestre was in englonde
Swyþe holy man al his lif he was ic vnderstond…
Last Lines:
…for hym me may þer al day many nyracle y se
Nou god lene þat we mote in ioie of heuene be
Attributed Title: Wolston (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 8v-11v
First Lines:
SEynt wolston byssop of wircestre was here in engelonde
Suþþe holy man al is lyf was as y vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…for him me may þer alday many faire myracle yse
Nou god leue þat we mote wiþ him in þe ioy of heuene be
Attributed Title: De sancto Wulstane (RT)
15.Source: London, British Library Arundel 42, ff. 110; 111; 2
First Lines:
Whanne þe dede slep hym ouercome þat he myȝte langor gone
His heued he wolde legge adoun vppon þe hardeston…
Last Lines:
…ffor hym me may þer alday many fayre myracle y se
Now gode leue þat we mote with hym in þe ioye of heuene be
Note: Missing lines 1-14. Folios are out of order; therefore text spans ff. 110 and 111, and 2. Missing lines 1-14. F. 111 is severely damaged.
16.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 4
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 93v
18.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 5
19.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 50v-53
First Lines:
SAynt Wolfstan bisshop of Wircester was þurȝ goddes sonde
A ful holy man he was as ȝe may vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…At wyntre þere he his mony a myracle mon may se
God leve þat we may with hym in þe ioye of heuen be
Attributed Title: Saynt Wolfstan (RT)
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 11-13v
First Lines:
Seint Wolstan was bisshop of wirceter in Engelond
A full holy man he was as I vnderstond…
Last Lines:
…For hym we may alday faire miracle se
God leue that we mote with hym in ioye be Amen.
Attributed Title: De sancto Wlstano (f. 11)