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DIMEV 4582
IMEV 2882
NIMEV 2882
Saint Denis was in the old law pagan as other were
Life of St. Denis in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Denis, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 150v-151v
First Lines:
SEyn denys was In þe olde lawe payn as oþer were
In þe cite of atteneis þer non oþer nere…
Last Lines:
…þer hi beȝut alle þre as monymen iseþ
God ȝeue ous part of þulke Ioie þat hi Inne beþ
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 184v-186
First Lines:
Sen denys In þe olde laue heþen as oþer were
In þe cyte of attenus þeras non oþer nere…
Last Lines:
…& bringe vs to þat ilke ioye þer þat hy beþ inne
& to oure kende eritage heuen blisse to winne
Attributed Title: Seint denys þe marter (f. 184v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 93vb-94vb
First Lines:
Seint Deonis was in þe olde lawe þaynym as oþere were
In þe Cite of Attenes þere none oþere nere…
Last Lines:
…þere beoþ ȝet alle þreo as men þere y seoþ
God geue vs part of þe ioye þat þei inne beoþ
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
4.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 112v
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 14v-16v
First Lines:
Sayn dinyse was of paynyms law wele he knew þer lore
Wych in þe cite of attenes als all oyer wore
Þe best clerkes of þe werld þat ilc tyme yore were
Dynys was þat same tyme þer maister þem to lere…
Last Lines:
…Þe sawles wyth myrth to heuen went þe bodise left þer all thre
ffor þeir loue god grant it vs in heuen wyth þem to be
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 161-163
First Lines:
Sein denis was in the olde lawe paynim as oþer were
In þe cite of attenis þare non oþer nere…
Last Lines:
…þere hi beoþ ȝute alle þre as many men i seoþ
God ȝiue us part of þulke ioie þat hi Inne beoþ
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: 2.434-9.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 452-455
First Lines:
Seint Denys was in þe olde lawe paynym as oþere were
In þe Cite of Athenes þer none oþere men nere…
Last Lines:
…Þer hi beoþ alle þreo as many man ȝut yseoþ
God ȝiue vs part of þat ioye þat hi ynne beoþ
Attributed Title: Sanctus Dionisius (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 87v-89
First Lines:
SEint Denys in þe old lawe was paynym as many were
In þe cite of attenys þer non oþer paynymes þer nere…
Last Lines:
…þer beþ ȝut alle þre as many men hem seþ
god ȝyue ous parte of þe Ioie þat hii in beþ
Attributed Title: Denys (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 147
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 154
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 134
12.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 26v-28v
First Lines:
Seynt denys in þe olde laws was payȝen as oþer were
In þe cite of athenes þer non oþer nere…
Last Lines:
…þere hii beþ ȝut alle þre as monte men yseþ
God ȝif vs part of þulk ioiȝe þat hii inne beþ
13.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 191v-194
First Lines:
SAynt Denys in þe olde lawe was paynym as oþer mo were
In þe Cite of Athenes non þer þen siche þer nere…
Last Lines:
…Þere þai be ȝett all þre as mony men sen
God ȝeue vs part of þat blis þat þai inne ben Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Denys (RT)
14.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 145v-147v
First Lines:
Seynt Denys in þe olde lawe was panyme as oþer were
In þe Cite of Athenys þer noon oþer ner…
Last Lines:
…Þer þey ben alle þre as many men seeþ
God sende vs grace of þat Ioye þat þei in beþe
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Dionisij martiris (f. 145v)