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Sly men and egleche and of redes wise and bold
Life of St. Mary Magdalene according to some MSS of the South English Legendary
Note: For the usual text see 4707.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Mary Magdalene, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 190-197
First Lines:
Sleiȝe men and egleche and of redes wis and bolde
Lustines nouþe to mi speche wise and vnwise ȝongue and olde…
Last Lines:
…O fye Maudeleine þis is þe riȝhte endingue
God us schilde fram peyne and to heouene us bringue
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 462-80.
Horstmann, Carl. Sammlung altenglischer Legenden. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1878: 148-62.
Reames, Sherry L., ed. Middle English Legends of Women Saints. With the assistance of Martha G. Blalock and Wendy R. Larson. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2003.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), f. 127v
First Lines:
HEyȝe men & redy wyse & of wordes bolde
lusteneþ now to my speche boþ ȝonge & olde…
Last Lines:
…of seint marie magdaleyn þus ys þe ryȝt endyng
god ous schulde fra helle pyne & to heuene ous bryng
Attributed Title: Mary Magdaleyn (RT)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 68 (1882): 52-73: (even pages 52-72).
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 137v-145
First Lines:
Slegh men of englissh of redes wise of wordes bolde
listnes now to my speche wise & vnwise ȝonge & olde…
Last Lines:
…Saynt Marie Maudeleyn þis is þe riȝt endinge
God vs shylde fro helle pyne & to heuen vs bringe Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Marie Maudeleyn (RT)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 68 (1882): 52-73: (odd pages 53-73).