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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567)
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 5470; Grid 443 150 (Hants).
Number 4656-2
1.   ff. 110av-113   Saint Katherine of noble kin came by old daw
Life of St. Katharine of Alexandria in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4567-3
2.   ff. 1-1v; ff. 3-10   Saint Brendan the holy man was here of our land
Life of St. Brendan in the South English Legendary — 738 lines in couplets
Number 4742-3
3.   ff. 10-17   Saint Patrick came through Gods grace to preach in Ireland
Life of St. Patrick (with his Purgatory) in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4574-2
4.   ff. 17-21   Saint Christina the holy thing as I you tell can
Life of St. Christina in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4741-2
5.   ff. 21-21v   Saint Oswald the holy king of the one end of England
Life of St. Oswald the King in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 6852-2
6.   ff. 21v-22   Yearsday the holy feast high day is and good
Feast of the Circumcision in the South English Legendary
Number 938-1
7.   ff. 22-23v   By Herodes day the king a priest was of good life
The Expanded Nativity, a revision of a portion of 6380 — 897 long-line couplets
Number 463-1
8.   ff. 23v-25v   Among holy gospels all it is not good to believe
Euangelium In principio’, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 787-2
9.   ff. 25v-41; ff. 171-172v   Before six days of Easter on Palm Sunday eve / Jesu came
South English Legendary
Number 5334-2
10.   ff. 36-36v   The holy feast of Easter cometh after Lent anon
South English Legendary
Number 5809-1
11.   ff. 40v-41   Thomas one of the twelve that his two name was
South English Legendary
Number 1507-4
12.   ff. 41v-66v   Gilbert was Thomas father name that true was and good
The ‘Harley text’ of the Life of St. Thomas of Canterbury, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 4732-3
13.   ff. 66v-67v   Saint Michael the Archangel and his fellows also
Legend of St. Michael in the South English Legendary, Part I — couplets
Number 333-2
14.   ff. 70-71   All hallowen day we holden one time in the year
All Saints Day, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 362-2
15.   ff. 71-74v   All souls day on earth right is to hold high
All Souls’ Day in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 4565-3
16.   ff. 75-76v   Saint Blase well clean life led without any hore
Life of St. Blase in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4773-3
17.   ff. 76v-78v   Saint Wulfstan of Worcester was here of England
Life of St. Wulfstan in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4740-3
18.   ff. 78-81   Saint Oswald the bishop was I-bore in England
Life of St. Oswald the Bishop in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4590-3
19.   ff. 81-83v   Saint Edward the young martyr was king of England
Life of St. Edward the Elder in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4536-3
20.   ff. 83v-85v   Saint Alphege the martyr that good man was enough
Life of St. Alphege in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4584-3
21.   ff. 85v-87v   Saint Dunstan was of England I-come of good more
Life of St. Dunstan in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4535-2
22.   ff. 87v-88v   Saint Aldhelm the confessor was a man of noble life
Life of St. Aldhelm in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4543-3
23.   ff. 88v-89v   Saint Augustine that Christendom brought into England
Life of St. Augustine of Canterbury in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4658-2
24.   ff. 89v-93   Saint Kenelm the young king that holy martyr is
Life of St. Kenelm in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4763-2
25.   ff. 93-94v   Saint Swithin the confessor was here of England
Life of St. Swithin in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4661-2
26.   ff. 94v-96   Saint Leonard the confessor aland yode here
Life of St. Leonard in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4699-2
27.   ff. 96v-98v   Saint Martin was I-bore in the land of Savaria
Life of St. Martin in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4587-2
28.   ff. 99-104v   Saint Edmund the Confessor that lieth at Pountney
Life of St. Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4588-2
29.   ff. 104v-105v   Saint Edmund the holy king I-bore was here by east
Life of St. Edmund the King in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4577-2
30.   ff. 105v-110av   Saint Clement was I-bore at Rome by old daw
Life of St. Clement in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4618-1
31.   ff. 113-113v   Saint Jacques in the land of Persia of great high men come
Life of St. Jacques the Martyr in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4540-2
32.   ff. 113v-115   Saint Andrew the apostle was Saint Peters brother
Life of St. Andrew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4737-2
33.   ff. 115-119   Saint Nicholas the holy man that good confessor was
Life of St. Nicholas in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4576-2
34.   ff. 119-121   Saint Christopher was a Saracen in the land of Canaan
Life of St. Christopher in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4816-2
35.   ff. 121-122v   Seven Sleepers were holy men as me hath I-told before
Legend of the Seven Sleepers in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4752-3
36.   ff. 122v-123v   Saint Philip and Saint Jacob apostles weren tway
Lives of SS. Philip and James in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4745-2
37.   ff. 123v-126   Saint Paul was a lither man ere he I-converted were
Life of St. Paul in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4652-3
38.   ff. 126-127v   Saint Julian the good harbinger of noble kind come
Life of St. Julian Hosteler in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4571-3
39.   ff. 127v-128v   Saint Bridget the holy maid of Ireland was
Life of St. Bridget (longer version) in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4532-3
40.   ff. 128bv-130v   Saint Agnes that holy maid well young she began
Life of St. Agnes in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4614-2
41.   ff. 130v-131   Saint Hilary the holy man of Aquitaine was
Life of St. Hilary in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4593-2
42.   ff. 131-132   Saint Fabian by old daw goodman was inow
Lives of SS. Fabian and Sebastian (longer version, 114 lines) in the South English Legendary — 24 lines (Fabian) and 90 lines (Sabastian), as in 4594
Number 4772-3
43.   ff. 132-134   Saint Vincent in Spain to a Christian bishop came
Life of St. Vincent in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4579-3
44.   ff. 134-135   Saint Cuthbert was I-bore here in England
Life of St. Cuthbert in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4549-3
45.   ff. 135-136v   Saint Benedict he was I-bore in the land of Nursia
Life of St. Benedict in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 1301-3
46.   ff. 136v-137   Feasts moveable there beth cleped five in the year
South English Legendary
Number 4704-3
47.   f. 136v   Saint Mary in Lent among other days good
The Feast of the Annunciation in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 3048-3
48.   ff. 137-139   Lent came there afterward that six week I-lasteth
South English Legendary
Number 5334-3
49.   ff. 139-139v   The holy feast of Easter cometh after Lent anon
South English Legendary
Number 4702-3
50.   ff. 139v-142   Saint Mary Egyptian in Egypt was I-bore
Life of St. Mary of Egypt in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4603-3
51.   ff. 142-143   Saint George the holy man as we findeth I-write
Life of St. George in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4697-3
52.   ff. 143-143v   Saint Mark the holy gospeller wide went a-land
Life of St. Mark in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 3127-2
53.   ff. 143v-144   Litany is a song as ye may oft I-see
Letania maior et minor’, in the South English Legendary — 56 lines
Number 4746-2
54.   ff. 144-144v   Saint Peres the friar preacher in the city of Verona
Life of St. Peres (Peter) in the South English Legendary
Number 5339-2
55.   ff. 144v-145v   The Holy Rood the sweet tree right is to have in mind
The ‘Early History’ of the Cross in the South English Legendary
Number 133-2
56.   ff. 146v-147v   A noble emperor come sith that hight Constantine
The Invention of the Cross, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 5338-1
57.   ff. 147v-150   The holy Rood that was I-found as thee wit in May
The ‘Exaltation’ of the Cross in the South English Legendary
Number 5338-3
58.   f. 147v   The holy Rood that was I-found as thee wit in May
The ‘Exaltation’ of the Cross in the South English Legendary
Number 4609-3
59.   ff. 150v-151v   Saint Gregory the confessor in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Gregory in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4651-3
60.   f. 150v   Saint Julian the confessor was I-bore at Rome
Life of St. Julian the Confessor in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4731-2
61.   ff. 151v-154   Saint Michael in November hath yet another day
Part II of ‘St. Michael’ in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4659-2
62.   ff. 152-153v   Saint Lawrence good man was and in strong Martyrdom
Life of St. Lawrence in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4615-2
63.   ff. 153v-154v   Saint Hippolytus the martyr knight was of great honour
Life of St. Hippolytus in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4703-2
64.   ff. 154v-156v   Saint Mary Gods mother from the apostles nas not
The Assumption of Our Lady in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4547-2
65.   ff. 156v-159   Saint Bartholomew the holy man of kings blood
Life of St. Bartholomew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4605-2
66.   ff. 159v-160   Saint Giles the holy man ne loved no sin
Life of St. Giles in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4655-2
67.   ff. 161-163   Saint Justina of high men in Antioch come
Life of St. Justina in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4611-1
68.   ff. 163-164   Saint Guthlac was I-bore here in England
Life of St. Guthlac in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4592-2
69.   ff. 164-167   Saint Eustace the noble knight of heathen law was
Life of St. Eustace in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4583-1
70.   ff. 167-170v   Saint Dominic the holy friar in Spain was I-bore
Life of St. Dominic in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4728-3
71.   ff. 170v-171   Saint Matthias Apostle is as ye shullen all I-wite
Life of St. Matthias in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 6853-1
72.   ff. 171-171v   Yet came Jesu to the time ere he went to heaven
‘Southern Resurrection’
Number 5329-1
73.   ff. 172-175   The high feast of Gods blood that late was I-found
Feast of Corpus Christi, in some MSS of the South English Legendary — 268 lines
Number 4728-4
74.   f. 177   Saint Matthias Apostle is as ye shullen all I-wite
Life of St. Matthias in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 5517-1
75.   ff. 177-183   The valley hight Spoletan there Saint Francis was I-bore
Life of St. Francis in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 2328-1
76.   ff. 183v-184v   I wot in ferne country so men me tolden to
Life of St. Faith, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4582-2
77.   ff. 184v-186   Saint Denis was in the old law pagan as other were
Life of St. Denis in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 236-1
78.   ff. 186-187   After that Saint Denis was thus I-brought adawe
Life of St Nycasie in one MS of the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 2608-1
79.   ff. 187-188v   In the land of Rome I-bore was Saint Calston
Life of Pope Calixtus, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 6698-1
80.   ff. 189-189v   Winifred was an holy maid so I understand
Life of St. Winifred, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4675-2
81.   ff. 190-190v   Saint Luke the Evangelist none apostle nas
Life of St. Luke in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 1500-1
82.   ff. 190v-192   Gaza is a noble town in a far country
Life of St. Illarion, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4385-1
83.   ff. 192-195   Polemius was a noble man in Alexandria I-bore
Lives of Saints Crysanthus and Daria, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 1184-2
84.   ff. 195v-197   Eleven thousand of virgins for our Lord I-martyred were
The Eleven Thousand Virgins, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 3574-1
85.   ff. 197-198v   Much harm I have I-told and more I tell can
Lives of SS. Crispin and Crispinian in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 1209-1
86.   ff/ 198v-199v   Evarist the holy pope so I understand
Life of St Evarist, in one MS of the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 4758-2
87.   ff. 199v-201v   Saint Simon and Saint Jude two brethren were
Lives of SS. Simon and Jude in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4596-1
88.   ff. 201v-202v   Saint Firmin the bishop was of holy life
Life of St. Firmin in one MS of the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 6146-1
89.   ff. 203-203v   Vital was a noble mon in the land of Rome
Life of St. Vital in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4535-3
90.   ff. 204-204v   Saint Aldhelm the confessor was a man of noble life
Life of St. Aldhelm in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4248-1
91.   ff. 204v-208   Old and young I rede you your follies for to let
The Life of St. Margaret (thirteenth-century version) — 175 long-line couplets
Number 2580-1
92.   ff 208-212v   In some time weren in England kings swith rife
Life of St. Oswin in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4647-2
93.   ff. 212v-216   Saint John was the best bairn the holy baptist
Life of St. John the Baptist in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 2954-1
94.   ff. 216-217   John and Paul brethren were in the borough of Rome
‘Seint ihon & seint poul twey breþerin of rome’, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 5728-1
95.   ff. 217-217v   This lion the young in holy writ I-cleped is
Life of Pope Leo II, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 3408-1
96.   ff. 217v-218v   Marius was a good man from Cappadocia I-come
Life of St. Marius, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4749-2
97.   ff. 218v-223v   Saint Peter was with our Lord of all Apostles highest
Life of St. Peter in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4763-3
98.   ff. 223v-224   Saint Swithin the confessor was here of England
Life of St. Swithin in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4534-2
99.   ff. 224-225   Saint Alban the holy man was here of England
Life of St. Alban in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 2437-1
100.   ff. 225-226   Illurin the pope that holy martyr is
Life of St. Illurin (al. Silverius), in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4257-1
101.   f. 226   On a time reigned in Rome the Emperor Decius
Life of St. Paulin (or Paul) the Hermit, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 555-1
102.   ff. 227-229av   Anon tho the Emperor Constantine had his false gods forsake
Life of St Sylvester, in one MS of the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 2965-1
103.   ff. 228v-302   John of Damascene telleth us the story / of Barlaam…
Barlaam and Josaphat, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 5333-1
104.   ff. 229va   The holy bishop Remegius in France was I-bore
Life of St. Remigius, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4541-1
105.   ff. 231-231v   Saint Anicet the holy man that sometime pope was
‘Seint Anicet þe holy pope’, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 5010-1
106.   ff. 231v-232   Sother the holy pope in Champagne was I-bore
Life of St. Sother the Pope
Number 1499-1
107.   ff. 232-233   Gay the holy pope that good man was and hend
Life of Pope Caius, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4533-1
108.   ff. 233-233v   Saint Agnes woned in Rome so I you tolden ere
Life of ‘St. Emerentiana þe Virgin’, in one MS of the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4616-1
109.   ff. 233v-234   Saint Hyginus the holy pope in Rome was I-bore
Life of Pope Hyginus in one MS of the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 3463-1
110.   ff. 234-235   Melchiades [Miltiades] the pope in Africa I-bore was
Life of Pope Miltiades, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4580-1
111.   ff. 235-235v   Saint Damas the pope was I-bore in Spain
Life of Pope Damas in one MS of the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 147-1
112.   ff. 235v-236v   A priest sometime was in Rome me cleped Saturnine
Life of St Saturninus, in one MS of the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 5336-1
113.   ff. 236v-237v   The holy Pope Innocent so God gave the case
Life of Pope Innocent I, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 1305-1
114.   ff. 237v-238   Felix was I-bore in Rome sometime by old daw
Life of Pope Felix III, in one MS of the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 6085-1
115.   ff. 238-239   Tway emperors in some time was in the land of Rome
Lives of SS. Simplice and Faustine, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4526-1
116.   ff. 239-240   Saint Abdon and Saint Ceman tway brethren were
Lives of SS. Abdon and Ceman in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4604-1
117.   ff. 240v-241v   Saint Germanus the holy man in Antissiodorum was I-bore
Life of St. Germanus in one MS of the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 226-1
118.   ff. 241rb-242v   Aethelwold the good clerk was I-bore in England
Life of St Aethelwold, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 3410-2
119.   ff. 242v-244v   Martha was a good woman all so ye heareth tell
Life of St. Martha and St. Fronton in the South English Legendary
Number 6690-1
120.   ff. 244v-249   Will ye wit when and how the feast shall be y-held
South English Legendary
Number 4663-2
121.   ff. 249-251   Saint Lucy that holy maid in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Lucy in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4767-2
122.   ff. 251-254v   Saint Thomas the good Apostle I-martyred was in Inde
Life of St. Thomas the Apostle in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4537-2
123.   f. 254v   Saint Anastasia was I-born at Rome by old dawe
South English Legendary
Number 6380-1
124.   ff. 255-257v   When men hear tellen of that they love they haven joy and bliss [When men here tellen of thing þar thai louen Ioie thai]
South English Legendary
Number 4537-3
125.   ff. 257v-258v   Saint Anastasia was I-born at Rome by old dawe
South English Legendary
Number 4762-3
126.   ff. 258v-260   Saint Stephen was a Jew and of Jews he came
Life of St. Stephen in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4634-4
127.   ff. 260-265   Saint John the evangelist that Apostle is
Life of St. John the Evangelist in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4219-1
128.   ff. 265-266v   Of the holy feast of Innocents that ended their life in great tourment
‘Of þe holi feste of inocens’ in one MS of the South English Legendary — 166 long lines, mostly in couplets written as a single line
Number 4707-2
129.   ff. 266v-270   Saint Mary Magdalene that God forgave her sin
Life of St. Mary Magdalene in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4561-2
130.   ff. 270-271v   Saint Berinus the confessor that goodman was enough
Life of St. Birinus in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4178-1
131.   ff. 271v-272v   Of joy and bliss is all my song care to believe
The Conception of Mary and the Expanded Nativity in the South English Legendary, beginning with an 84-line prologue — 280 lines in couplets with internal rhyme, plus 898 lines
Number 4660-2
132.   ff. 272v-273   Saint Leger a bishop was and holy man enough
Life of St. Leger in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4589-1
133.   ff. 273-279v   Saint Edward the good king right is to have in mind
Life of St. Edward the Confessor in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4591-1
134.   ff. 279v-280   Saint Etheldreda of Ely good woman was and hende
Life of St. Etheldreda in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4599-1
135.   ff. 280v-282   Saint Fronton the holy man though they martyred were
Life of St. Fronton in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4598-1
136.   ff. 280v-282   Saint Frideswitha that holy maid was here of England
Life of St. Frideswitha in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4585-1
137.   ff. 282-283v   Saint Eadburh the holy maid was here of England
Life of St. Eadburh in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4753-2
138.   ff. 282v-284v   Saint Quintin the martyr of the country was of Rome
Life of St. Quintin in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4754-2
139.   ff. 284v-285   Saint Quiriac that bishop was preached Gods law
Life of St. Quiriac in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4569-2
140.   ff. 285-286   Saint Brice with Saint Martin was his deacon on earth here
Life of St. Brice in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4572-2
141.   ff. 286-288v   Saint Cecilia of noble kind I-bore was at Rome
Life of St. Cecilia in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4733-1
142.   ff. 302-303v   Saint Mildred the holy maid to tell by right doom
Life of St. Mildred in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4545-2
143.   ff. 303v-304v   Saint Barnabas the apostle that good was & hende
Life of St. Barnabas in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4750-1
144.   ff. 304v-305   Saint Petronilla the holy maid right is to have in mind
Life of St. Petronilla in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4566-1
145.   ff. 305v-306   Saint Botolph the holy monk and eke his brother
Life of St. Botolph in the South English Legendary — couplets