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The holy Rood that was I-found as thee wit in May
The ‘Exaltation’ of the Cross in the South English Legendary
Note: This is incorporated in the Laud ‘Sancta Crux’ — see 5337.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Cross, feast of the Exaltation of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 147v-150
Transcription:
Þe holyrode þat was I founde as ȝe wyteþ in may
an haunsed he was in septembre þe holyrode day…
Attributed Title: Þe holirode day in somyr (f. 147v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 68-71
Transcription:
þE holi rode was ifounde as ȝe witeþ in may
& an haused was in septembre þe holi rode day…
Attributed Title: þe holy Rod in May kynge Cosdre (f. 68)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion, and Cross-Poems. EETS o.s. 46 (1871); repr. 1973: 48-57.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), f. 147v
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 30ra2-30vb
First Lines:
ÞE holi Roode was i founde as ȝe witeþ in May
Honoured he was seþþe in Septembre þe holi Rode day…
Last Lines:
…Now God for þe Rode loue þat he was on i do
Bring vs to þe heiȝe Ioye þat he vs bouȝte to
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:
Morris, Richard, ed. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion, and Cross-Poems. EETS o.s. 46 (1871); repr. 1973: 48-57.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 84vb-86rb
First Lines:
ÞE holy Rode was y founde As ȝe witteþ in may
Enhaunced it was in Septembre on þe holy Rode day…
Last Lines:
…Lord Ihesu Crist þat on þe Rode were y do
Bring vs to þe ioye of heuene þat þu vs bouhtest to
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 100v
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 144-145v
First Lines:
ÞE holy rode þat was ifonde as ȝe witeþ in may
An haused he was in septembre þe holi rode day…
Last Lines:
…Moni miracles þer habbeþ ibeo wo so is telle couþe
Of þe swete rode an eorþe suþþe telle me somme nouþe
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: 2.390.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 405-410
First Lines:
Þe holy Rode was yffounde as ȝe wel witeþ in May
An haunsed ȝeo was in Septembre in þe ffourteþe day…
Last Lines:
…Now god ffor þe loue of þe Rodeþat þou were on ydo
Bryng vs in þulke ioye þat þou vs bouȝtest to
Attributed Title: Exaltacio sancte crucis (RT); Miraculum crucis (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 93v-95v
First Lines:
þe holy rode was yfounde as ȝe wytyn on may
on hausyd hit was on septembre þe holy rode day…
Last Lines:
…god for loue of þe rode þat þu were on ido
bringe ous to þe heyȝe Ioie þat þu ous bouȝtyst to
Attributed Title: holy rode (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 165-168
First Lines:
Þe holy rode þat was y fonde as ȝe witeþ in May
An haused he was in septembre þe holy rode day
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe Rode love þat þou were on y do
Bring vs to þe heie Ioye þat þou vs boȝtst to
Attributed Title: De exaltatione sancte crucis (f. 165, by scribe in margin beside first line); Exaltacio sancte crucis (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 71v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 148v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 58
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 133
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2250, ff. 83ra-83v
First Lines:
The holy rode þat was founden as ȝe weten in may
Enhawsid was in Septembre the holy rode day…
Last Lines:
…Now god for thi mecull pyne þat on þe rode was ido
Bringe vs to the hegh ioy þat yow bought vs to
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 117
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 166-169
First Lines:
ÞE holy Rode þat was fonde as weten in Maij
Honoured was in septembre þe holy Rode day…
Last Lines:
…And lete him cristen als soone as he myȝt come þerto
Now god for þe Rode loue þat þou was on y do
Bringe vs to þe ioye of heuen þat þou boȝt vs to Amen
Attributed Title: Exaltacio sancte Crucis (RT)
18.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 45
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 80-81v
First Lines:
The holy rode as we wete wel was found in may
And in þe hede of Septembre is þe holy rode day…
Last Lines:
…Now for þat holy cros þat þou were on ido
Bring vs to þat ilk blisse þat þou vs bouȝtest to. Amen