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DIMEV 62
IMEV 43
NIMEV 43
A hende knight hight Placidas / But a heathen man
Legend of St. Eustace, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: For a variant text see 5594.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Eustace, saint, legend of; legends
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 65v-79
First Lines:
A Hende knight hight placidas
Bot haythen man full lange he was…
Last Lines:
…Amen Amen i rede we saie
ffor þare es ioye lastis aie
Editions:
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 181rb-183va
First Lines:
AN heþene kniht hihte Placidas
But heþene Mon longe he was…
Last Lines:
…AMEN I rede þat we say
ffor now is ende of þis play
Attributed Title: Þe Story off Placidas (f. 181rb)
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. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 262-72.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 121-124
First Lines:
Als it bifell in olde dawe
Of a knyght þat lifed in hethen lawe…
Last Lines:
…And are in heuene with ioy and gle
God gif vs grace we may so be
Attributed Title: narracio de sancto Eustachio (p. 121)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 91v-102v
First Lines:
An hende knyht highte Placidas
an hethene man longe he was…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede we alle say
for þer is non ende of þat play
Note: Break between preceding (3051) and this (62) occurs four lines earlier in this MS, beginning, ‘And þat be a knyht I may ȝou schawe…’ (f. 91v).
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 64-72v
First Lines:
A hend knyght hyght placidas
Bot hethen man full lang he was…
Last Lines:
…And bryng vs tyll þat mekyll blys
Þer ay ys ioye with owt mys
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 64)
6.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 23vb
7.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 40-52v
First Lines:
Ane hende knyght hyght placidas
bot hathyne man full lang he was…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen I rede we say
for bes nane endyng of þat play
Attributed Title: Hic incipit vita et passio sancti Eutacii sociorumque eius (f. 40)
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 59v-73
First Lines:
A hendy knyght heght placydas
Bot hethyn man ful lange he was…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede þat we all say
ffor þare is no endynge of þat play
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 59v)