The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 201
All souls day on earth right is to hold high
All Souls’ Day in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Note: For other MSS see 4258; for the version in the ‘expanded’ Northern Homily Cycle see 5690.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: All Souls’ Day
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 166v-169v
First Lines:
Alle soulen dai anerþe riȝt is to holde heie
Vor alle we sculle habbe neode þerto & alle schulle deie…
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesus þat ous dere boȝte þei we do ofte amys
Of oure soule haue mercy & bringe ous to heuene blis
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 71-74v
First Lines:
Alle soulen day an erþe ryȝt is to holden hyȝe
ffor alle we cholle habbe ned þer to & alle we cholleþ deye…
Last Lines:
…& lete vs here oure sinnes bete as we hennes wende
& come to þat ilke ioye þat euer is wit outen ende
Attributed Title: Alle soulen day (f. 71)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 175-179v
First Lines:
Alle Soulene day on erþe riȝht is to holde heiȝe
for alle we schullen habben neode þarto for alle we schullen deiȝe…
Last Lines:
…And led us to oure riȝhte heritage for þou bouȝhtest us þar to
Ne leos nouȝht þat þou deore bouȝhtest þei we sumdel mis do
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 420-31.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 99va-102rb
First Lines:
Alle soulen day on eorþe right is to holden heye
for all we shulle haue neode þerto for all we shole dye…
Last Lines:
…To oure oune eritage þat þou vs boughtest to
Lese not þat þou deore boughtest þei wee mychel mysdo
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 90-93; 89
First Lines:
Alle soulyn day on erthe is to ben halden heye
ffor we schuln alle haue nede whan we alle schal dye…
Last Lines:
…þe soules þat abyden oter rychesse te helpe is al be hynde
Hir sekenees þat seruyn hen so a wykked wey scul þei fynde
Attributed Title: In die animarum (f. 90)
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 120v
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, f. 25-29v
Note: Variant text; formerly 3204.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 466-474
First Lines:
Alle Soulen day on eorþe riȝt is to holde heye
ffor alle we schulleþ nabbe neode þer to ffor alle we schulleþ deye…
Last Lines:
…To oure owe heritage þat þou vs bouȝtest to
Ne leos nouȝt þat þou bouȝtest þey we somdel mys do
Attributed Title: Dies animarum (RT); Quinque purgatoria (RT); Miraculum Thebaldi (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 256-260
First Lines:
Alle saulen day in erþe ryȝt ys to holden heye
for al we schulleþ habbe nede þer to & al we schulleþ deye…
Last Lines:
…To oure owen heritage þat þu ous boȝtest to
Ne les vus niȝt þat þu dere boȝtest þey we somdel mysdo
Attributed Title: Alle Saulen (RT, 256v-260)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 163
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 100v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 165
Note: Missing lines 1-46.
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 144
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: 463.
14.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 37v-42
First Lines:
[a]lle soulen day an erþe riht is to holden heye
ffor alle we schullen habbe neode þerto alle we schollen beyȝe…
Last Lines:
…To our oune heritage þat þou vs bouhtest to
Ne lese nout þat þou dere abouhtest þou we somdel mys do
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 153v-154v
First Lines:
All saules day in erth right is to hold hye
Alle we han nede þerto for all we shul dye…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu þat vs dere bought þow we do oft amys
Of oure saulis haue mercy and bring vs to þi blis. Amen.
Attributed Title: Commemoracio in die animarum (f. 153v)