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A knight there was in England by north here beside
The Oxford Scholar, a miracle of the Virgin, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Virgin Mary, miracles of; miracles; miracles
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 56ra-56va
First Lines:
A Knight þer was in engelond bi norþ here biside
A ȝong child he hadd bi his wif As god wolde it sholde bitide…
Last Lines:
…Þe miracle was þo hold soþ of þis holy childe
Wiþ eche thing alday we seoþ oure lady suete & mylde
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 54v-55v
First Lines:
A knyȝt þer was in Engelonde by fore her be syde
A ȝong child he hadde by his wyf as god wolde it sholde be tyde…
Last Lines:
…Þe meracle was þo i holde soth of þis holy childe
with eche þyng al day we seþ oure Leuedy swete and mylde
Attributed Title: Miraculum Marie (RT, f. 54v)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 110-111
First Lines:
A knyght þer was in Ingland þat dwelled in þe north side
A knafe childe he had with his wyfe als god wolde þat tide
His modre a day when he was ȝonge þis childe to kirke sho broght
Þis childe in þe kirke behelde þe rode & þeron he had grete thoght…
Last Lines:
…Þus was þis miracle proued sothe of þis ilk childe
Blissed mot þat lady be þat is bothe meke & mylde
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 88v-89
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was in engelonde by northe here biside
A ȝong sone he hadde bi his wyf as god wolde it ssolde bitide…
Last Lines:
…Þe miracle was þo iholde soþ of þis holy childe
Wiþ ech þing alday we seoþ oure leuedi swete & milde
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: 235.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 308-309
First Lines:
A Kniȝt þer was in Engelonde by Northþe her by syde
A ȝong sone he hadde by his wyf as god wolde so hit more by tyde…
Last Lines:
…Þe miracle was yholde soþ of þis goede childe
Wiþ eche þing al day we seoþ þat oure lady swete is & mylde
Attributed Title: Miraculum [Sancte Marie] (RT)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 24-25
First Lines:
A knyȝt þer was in englonde by norþe here by syde
A ȝong sone he hadde by his wyf as hit dude bytyde…
Last Lines:
…þe myracle was þo yholde soþ of þis holy chylde
In eche þing we sey þat oure leuedy is swete & mylde
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 103-104
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was in engelonde by norþe here by syde
A ȝong sone he hadde by is wif as god wolde it solde bitide…
Last Lines:
…Þe miracle was þo i holde soþ of þis holy childe
Wn eche þing al day we seþ oure lady swete & milde
Attributed Title: Miraculum (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.IX, ff. 154v-155
First Lines:
[A] kniȝte þer was in engelond bi norþe here bi side
A ȝonge sone he hadde bi his wif as god wolde hit scolde bi tide…
Last Lines:
…Þe miracle was þo iholde soþ of þis holi child
Wiþ ech þinge al dai we seoþ oure leuedi swete & mild
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation. Space left for enlarged ‘A’, which was left blank.
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 97
Note: Lacking lines 1-40.
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 63
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 40-2.
Boyd, Beverly May, ed. Middle English Miracles of the Virgin. New York: Columbia UP, 1955; San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1964: 15.