The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4591
IMEV 2838
NIMEV 2838
Saint Etheldreda of Ely good woman was and hende
Life of St. Etheldreda in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For a quatrain version, see 4815.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Etheldreda, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 279v-280
First Lines:
Eþeldrede of ely gode mayde was & hende
here fadir was king of ingelond of al þe est ende…
Last Lines:
…of here me makeþ in holy chirche gret feste a ȝer I wis
now god for þe loue of here bring vs to heuin blis
Attributed Title: Eþildrede þe holy virgyne (f. 279v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 33rb-33va
First Lines:
Seint Aeldrede of heli god Mayde was and hende
Hire fader was kyng of Engelonde of al þe Est ende…
Last Lines:
…Of hire me makeþ in Heli gret feste a ȝer i wis
Nou God for þe loue of hire bring vs to heuene blis. A.M.E.N.
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.
3.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, ff. 163-163v
First Lines:
Seint aeldri of eli god mon was & hende
Hire fader was king of engelond of al þat est ende…
Last Lines:
…Of hire me makeþ in eli gret feste aȝer iwis
Now god for þe loue of hire bring us to heuene blis
Note: Ends ‘Amen’ (f. 163v).