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Whilom when fierce Diocletian
Osbern Bokenam, ‘Life of St. Faith’ — rhyme royal
Author(s): Osbern Bokenam
Title(s): ‘Life of St. Faith’
Subjects: Faith, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — seven-line — aabbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 327, ff. 66-74
First Lines:
Whylom whan fers dyoclycian
Exercisyd hys cruel tyrannye…
Last Lines:
…Of lyuyng so to be clensyd fro synne
Wych on þi day to hyuyn fyrst dyde begyn.
Attributed Author: Translated into englys be a doctor of dyuyinte clepyd Osbern Bokenam…Wrytyn in Cambryge by hys sonn ffrer Thomas Burgh (index, f. 193)
Attributed Title: Her begynnth þe lyf of seynt feyth (rubric, f. 66) And seynt feyth (index, f. 193)
Editions:
Clive, Edward Gerbert, earl of Powis. Osbern Bokenham, The lyvys of seyntys. Roxburghe Club 5. London: Nicol, 1835: 103-16.
Horstmann, Carl. Osbern Bokenams Legenden Heilbronn: Hennnger, 1883: 91-102.
Serjeantson, Mary Sidney, ed. Osbern Bokenham: Legendys of Hooly Wummen. EETS o.s. 206 (1938); repr. 1988: 98-110.