The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4560
IMEV 2861
NIMEV 2861
Saint Benedict led holy life that was so holy man
A variant of the Life of St. Benedict in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For the usual version see 4549.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Benedict of Nursia, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 16ra-16rb
First Lines:
SEint Benet ladde holy lyf þat was so holy Mon
Þe Ordre of White Monkes furst stable he bigon…
Last Lines:
…Now God for his swete loue vs graunte þulke blisse
Þat seint Benet is inne in heuene þat we þerof ne misse. Amen.
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
McCann, Justin. “Early English Verses on St. Benedict.” Downside Review 41 (1928): 44-56: 53-55.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, f. 20v
Saint benett lad ful god lif & was a holy man
And the ordre of white monkis he first to stable began
ffrom ȝouth to his deth dayfull holy life he ladde
And the ordre of monkis white & her rewle he radde
Wel holy was his name & bettir was his dede
Note: Lines 1-5 only.
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 88v-90
First Lines:
SAynt Benet lad ful gode luf & was an holy man
And þe ordre of whyte monkes he first to stable began…
Last Lines:
…Þe xxj day of Marche of mydlerd he went y wis
Now god for þe love of hym vs alle bringe to his blisse
Attributed Title: Saynt Benet (RT)