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A knight there was by old daw lither man enow
The Devil in Service, a miracle of the Virgin, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Virgin Mary, miracles of; miracles
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 55ra-55rb
First Lines:
A Knight þer was bi olde dayes luþer man y now
Strong robber & manguller & to al shrewdenes drow…
Last Lines:
…On Marie what it is miche þi milce & þin ore
So merie it is to telle of þe þat ȝet we mote more
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 53-55v
First Lines:
A knyȝt þer was be olde dayes luþer man y nouȝ
Strong robbere & manquellere to alle scherewednesse drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…O marie þat it is so moche þy milce and þyn ore
So merie it is to telle of þe þat ȝut we mote more
Attributed Title: Miraculum Marie (f. 53)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 108-108v
First Lines:
A knyght it was be olde þat lyfyd il lyfe ynoghe
Strange robber & mansloer to al schrewdnes he droghe
By a heghe way castel he had fer fro ilka tonne
Al þe folk þat come þer forþe he robbed & slogh þaim donne…
Last Lines:
…To þat lady I rede we pray þat is of mercy hende
Þat scho kepe vs night & day & schilde vs fro þe fende
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 86-87
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was bi olde dawe liþer mon Inou
Strong robbare & monquellare to alle ssrewehede drou…
Last Lines:
…On Marie þat is muche þi swete milce and ore
So muri it is to telle of þe þat ȝute me mote more
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: 229.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 304-305
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was by olde dawe þat luþer man was ynow
Strong robbour and manquellere and to alle luþernesse drow…
Last Lines:
…O Marie þat so muche is þi swete mylce & ore
So murye hit is to telle of þe þat ȝut we mote more
Attributed Title: Miraculum [Sancte Marie] (RT)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 233-233v
First Lines:
A knyȝt þer was wyle a luþer man ynowe
a strange robbere & manquellere to al schrewhede he drowe…
Last Lines:
…þer for eche cristen man þat wole do by my lore
grete oure leuedy eche day & byde hure mylce & ore
Attributed Title: Mater de sancta marie (RT, f. 233)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 100v-101v
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was by olde dawe luþer man y nou
Strong Robbare & man quellare to al ssrewede he drou…
Last Lines:
…On marie þat is Muche þi swete milce & ore
So Murye it is to telle of þe þat ȝut me mote more
Attributed Title: Miracula (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.IX, ff. 152-153
First Lines:
[A] kniȝt þer was bi olde dawe luþer man inouȝ
Stronge robbar & manquellar to alle schrewhed he droȝ…
Last Lines:
…On þe marie þat is moche þi swete milce & ore
So murie hit is to tell of þe þat ȝut we mot more
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation. Space left for enlarged ‘A’, which was left blank.
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 302
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 95
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 61
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was bi olde dawes liþer man ynouȝ
Strong robbour & manquellere to alle godnisse wikkednesse he drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…On marie þat is so moche þi milce & þyn ore
So murie hit is to telle of þe þat ȝut we mote more
Editions:
Tryon, Ruth Wilson. “Miracles of Our Lady in Middle English Verse.” PMLA 38 (1923): 308-81: 314-16.