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Seven Sleepers were holy men as me hath I-told before
Legend of the Seven Sleepers in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For another version, see 690.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: legends; Sleepers, Seven, legend of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 122v-124v
First Lines:
Seue sleparis were holi men as me haþ itold biuore
In þe site of ephese hi were alle ibore…
Last Lines:
…Nou god þat In þulke holi men so vair miracle sende
Bringe ous to þulke Ioie þat hor soule to wende
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 121-122v
First Lines:
Þe seue sleperis were holy men as men haþ ȝou I told be fore
In þe cyte of ephese hy weren alle I bore…
Last Lines:
…& bring vs to þe ioye þat neuer ne chal mysse
& oure soule þer to reste In heuen ryche blisse
Attributed Title: þe seue sleperis (f. 121)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 47rb-47vb
First Lines:
SEue slepers were seli Men as me haþ ou i told bi fore
In þe Cite of Effese heo weoren alle i bore…
Last Lines:
…God þat in þulke Men so feir Miracle sende
Bring vs to þat Ioye þat heore soules to wende. 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.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 380-383
First Lines:
Seue Sleperes were holy men as me haþ ytold byffore
In þe cite of Ephese hi were alle of hare moder ybore…
Last Lines:
…Now god þat in þulke holy men so ffayr miracle sende
Bringe vs to þulke ioye þat hare soules to wende
Attributed Title: Septem dormientes (RT)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 75-76v
First Lines:
SEue sleperes were holy men as me haþ told by fore
In þe cite of essese hii weren alle ybore…
Last Lines:
…god þat in þulke holy men so fayre miracle sende
brynge ous to þat hey Ioie þat here saule to wende
Attributed Title: vii sleperes (RT)
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 120v
7.Source: London, British Library Cotton Titus A.XXVI, ff. 202v-204v
First Lines:
The sevyne slepparis were holy men
As ye haue herde of Be fforne …
Last Lines:
…Nowe gode thorow þis holy men that soo ffayre myraclye sende
brynge vus to the Ioye that neuer schall haue Ende
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Huber, Michael. Die Wanderlegende von den Siebenschläfern. Leipzig: O. Harrassowitz, 1910: 165.
8.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 198v
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 124