SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 4923
IMEV 3156
NIMEV 3156
Sitteth still withouten strife
Life of St. Alexis — in 6-line stanzas (earlier version)
Note: For other versions, see 379, 382, 2572, 3102, 6486.
Subjects: Alexis, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 44rb-45ra
First Lines:
Sitteþ stille with outen strif
and i wol tellen of a lyf…
Last Lines:
…Graunt vs alle god endyng
and in heuene a wonyng. AMEN Par Charite.
Note: In six-line stanzas, aabccb.
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.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Zwei Alexiuslieder.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 56 (1876): 391-416: 394-401.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Adam Davy’s 5 Dreams about Edward II, etc. from Bodleian Laud Misc. 622. EETS o.s. 69 (1878; repr. 1973): 20-79, 99-100 (lines 1-42).
Schipper, Jakob. Englische Alexiuslegenden aus dem XIV. und XV. jahrhundert. Quellen und Forschungen 20 Strassburg: Trübner, 1877.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 233v-237ra
First Lines:
Sitteþ stille wiþouten strif
And I schal telle ȝoure lif…
Last Lines:
…Graunte vs alle gode endynge
And in heuene a wonynge
Amen par charite
Attributed Title: Vita cuiusdam sancti viri nomine Alex[ ] optima vita (f. 233v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Leben des h. Alexius nach Ms. Laud 108.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 51 (1873): 101-10: 101-10.
Horstmann, Carl. “Zwei Alexiuslieder.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 56 (1876): 391-416: 394-401.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Adam Davy’s 5 Dreams about Edward II, etc. from Bodleian Laud Misc. 622. EETS o.s. 69 (1878; repr. 1973): 20-79, 99-100 (lines 1-42).
Schipper, Jakob. Englische Alexiuslegenden aus dem XIV. und XV. jahrhundert. Quellen und Forschungen 20 Strassburg: Trübner, 1877.
3.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.ii.14, ff. 92-97v
First Lines:
Litteth (sic) stille withouten stryf
And I wille tellen yow of the lyf…
Last Lines:
…And in heuen to haue a wonnyng
Amen amen for charite
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: Uita sancti Alexi confessoris (f. 92); Explicit vita sancti allexi confessoris (f. 97v)
4.Source: Naples, Bibl. Nazionale, Naples XIII.B.29, pp. 80a-86b
First Lines:
[s]ittith stille with outen trife [sic]
ycche wolle yow telle the life…
Last Lines:
…and in heuyn wonnyng
Amen amen pur cherite
Note: On p. 86, following the explicit, is ‘hic pennam fixi penitet me si male Scripci.’
Attributed Title: Explicit vita sancti Alex (p. 86); Explicit vita sancti allexi confessoris (f. 97v)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.64-65 (12 lines only).
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Adam Davy’s 5 Dreams about Edward II, etc. from Bodleian Laud Misc. 622. EETS o.s. 69 (1878; repr. 1973): 100.