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DIMEV 4587
IMEV 2886
NIMEV 2886
Saint Edmund the Confessor that lieth at Pountney
Life of St. Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: South English Legendary
Subjects: Edmund, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, f. 194v: prose.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 177-184v
First Lines:
SEyn edmond þe confessour þet liþ at pounteneie
Of godemen & trewe com þei hi were noȝt wel heie…
Last Lines:
…Nou uor is loue we biddeþ god þat ous dere aboȝte
Bringe ous to þe heie blisse þat is soule to broȝte
Attributed Title: Edmond Confessour (f. 177)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 99-104v
First Lines:
Seint edemond þe comfessour lyþ at pounteneye
of gode men & treue I come þey he were nouȝt wel hye…
Last Lines:
…ffor his loue we bidde god þat vs dere bouȝte
bringe vs to þe hyYe blis þat he his soule brouȝte
Attributed Title: Seint Edemond þe Comfessour (f. 99)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 179v-188
First Lines:
SEint Eadmund þe confessour þat lythy at pounteneye
Of guode men and trewe he cam þes huy neren nouȝht ful heiȝe…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe loue of him and þat us deore bouȝhte
To þulke blisse us bringue þat he is soule brouȝhte
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 431-9.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 105rb-106rb
First Lines:
SEint Edmond þe confessour þat liht at Pountenay
of gode men & trewe he com þauh þei were not fol hey…
Last Lines:
…Nouȝ for his loue we bidde god þat vs deore bouhte
Bring vs to þe heye blisse þat he his soule to brohte
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 128v
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 38-42
First Lines:
Þe haly Bishope saynte Edmonde þat liggeȝ at pontenay
Of gude men & trewe he come þat godde & treuthe lufed ay
In Inglande was he borne in þe tovne of Abyngdone
Glad myght þat modre be þat broght forthe slike a sonne…
Last Lines:
…Now godd for his loue we pray þe als þou ful dere vs boght
To þat blis þat he is in þou graunte þat we be broght
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 2v-7v
First Lines:
SAint Edmond the confessour that lys at pounteney
Of gode men and trew he come thoȝ thai ner not well hey…
Last Lines:
…The grislokest weder that might be come from the west
Swart and derk and grislich and ouerkest all the toun…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to loss of folio(s); catchword in lower margin of f. 7v is ‘and blewe so grislich’.
Attributed Title: saynt edemond (margin, f. 2v); Saynt Edmond (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 493-506
First Lines:
Seint Edmund þe confessour þat liþ at Pounteneye
Of goede man and truwe com þei hi nere nouȝt wel heye…
Last Lines:
…Now ffor his loue bidde we god þat vs deore bouȝte
Bringe vs to þulke ioye þat aungeles his soule to brouȝte
Attributed Title: Sanctus Edmundus Episcopus (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 154-159v
First Lines:
SEint edmunde þe confessour þat lyþ at pounteneye
of goud men & trewe he cam þey hii nere noȝt wel heye…
Last Lines:
…ffor his loue bydde we god þat ous dere boȝt
To brynge ous to þulke blysse þat his saule to broȝt
Attributed Title: Edmund confessour (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 178
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 110v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 175v
Note: Lines 1-494 only.
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 155
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 71-87.
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: 2.492-511.
14.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 51-56v
First Lines:
Seynt Edmond þe confessour þat liþ at Pounteneye
Of gode men & trewe he com þei hii nere nout heye…
Last Lines:
…Nou for is loue we biddeþ god þat us dere abouhte
Brynge vs to þe heye blisse þat he is soule brouhte
15.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 212-220
First Lines:
SAynt Edmund þe confessour þat lys at Pounteney
Of gode men & trewe he come þogh þai nere not wel hye…
Last Lines:
…Now god of þe love of him þat vs dere boȝt
Bringe vs to þe hegh blisse þat he his soule to broȝt. Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Edmond of Pountenay (RT); Saynt Edmund (RT)
16.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 161-165
First Lines:
Seynt Edmonde þe Confessour þat lith at Pountney
Of good men and trewe he come þof þei ner but hey…
Last Lines:
…For his loue prei we god þat vs dere haþ bouȝt
Bryng vs to þat hye blisse þat he was in ybrouȝt. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Edmondi confessoris (f. 161)