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A knight was while a rich man that honoured much mid all
A miracle of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary comes to Devil instead of Victim, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Note: Cf. 2758, 3913.
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), ff. 55rb-55vb
First Lines:
A Knight was while a riche man þat honoured mich wiþ alle
Oure lady & alle hire festes þat in þe ȝer doþ falle…
Last Lines:
…Of oure lady al day we seoþ ffaire miracles & grete
Þei we haue of somme y told ȝet wile we not lete
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 53v-54v
First Lines:
A knyȝt was whyle a riche man þat honourede moche with alle
Oure Leuedy and alle here festen þat in þe ȝer doþ falle…
Last Lines:
…Of oure Leuedy faire meracles al day we seþ and grete
þeȝ we haue of synne y told ȝut nelle we noȝt lete
Attributed Title: Miraculum Marie (RT, f. 53v)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 109-110
First Lines:
A Knyght was while a rich man þat moste honourde of al
Our lady & hir days al os þai in þe ȝere gon fal
Gret festis he made hade his power ilk a lady day
In honour of our swet lady hir to plese & pay…
Last Lines:
…And when þai died to heuene þai went þurgh our lordeȝ grace
Now goddeȝ modre pray for vs & brynge vs to þat place
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 87-88
First Lines:
A kniȝt was wile a richeman þat honurede muche mid alle
Oure leuedi & al hure festes þat in þe ȝer doþ falle…
Last Lines:
…Of oure leuedy faire miracles we seoþ aldai & grete
Þei we habbe of somme itold ȝute nolle we noȝt lete
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: 231.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 305-307
First Lines:
A kniȝt was while a riche man þat honourede muche wiþ alle
Oure lady and alle hure ffestes þat in þe ȝer doþ ffalle…
Last Lines:
…Of oure lady ffayre miracles al day we seoþ and grete
Þey we habbe of some ytold ȝut nelle we nouȝt lete
Attributed Title: Miraculum [Sancte Marie] (RT)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 246-247
First Lines:
A knyȝt was wyle a ryche man þat honoured muche myd alle
oure leuedy & hure festes þat in þe ȝere doþ falle…
Last Lines:
…& seruys oure leuedy wel þat to hem was myld & hende
& worle goud hii hadde ynow to here lyues ende
Attributed Title: Miraculum (RT, ff. 246v-247)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 101v-102v
First Lines:
A kniȝt was wile ariche man þat honurede Muche wiþ alle
Oure lady & al hure festes þat in þe ȝere doþ falle
Last Lines:
…Of oure lady feyre miracles we seþ al day & grete
Þey we have of somme y tolde ȝut nolle we noȝt lete
Attributed Title: Miraculum (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.IX, ff. 153-154
First Lines:
[A] kniȝt was while a riche man þat honoured moche mid alle
Oure leuedi & alle hire festes þat in þe ȝer doþ falle…
Last Lines:
…Of oure leuedies faire miracles we seoþ al dai so grete
Þeiȝ we habbe of som itolde ȝut wole wel nouȝt lete
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. 302v
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 96
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 61v
First Lines:
A kniȝt was while a riche man þat honurede moche mid alle
Oure leuedi & alle hire festes þat in þe ȝer doþ falle…
Last Lines:
…Of oure leuedi faire miracles we seoþ al day a grete
þeȝ we habbe of summe itold ȝut nole we noȝt lete
Editions:
Tryon, Ruth Wilson. “Miracles of Our Lady in Middle English Verse.” PMLA 38 (1923): 308-81: 316-19.
Boyd, Beverly May, ed. Middle English Miracles of the Virgin. New York: Columbia UP, 1955; San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1964: 11.