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The Holy Rood I-found was as I you now may tell
Sancta Crux, a composite text combining separate pieces in the South English Legendary as follows: lines 5-126 = ‘Invention of the Cross’, lines 21-142; lines 135-334 = ‘Early History’, lines 3-204; lines 335-354 = ‘Invention’, lines 1-20; lines 357-390 = ‘St. Quiriac’, lines 1-24; lines 391-518 = ‘Exaltation’, lines 1-128; lines 519-614 = ‘Miracles’ of the Cross.
Title(s): South English Legendary ; Sancta Crux
Subjects: Cross; composite texts
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 23-29v
First Lines:
ÞE holie rode i founde was ase ich eov nouþe may telle
Costantyn þe Aumperour muche heþene folk gan a quelle…
Last Lines:
…Nouȝe god for þe rode loue þat þou were on ido
bringue us to þe heiȝe Ioye þat þou us bouȝtest to
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Legenden des ms. Laud 108.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 4 (1872): 395-414: 401 (lines 1-10 only).
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 1-19.
2.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, ff. 39v