The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4592
IMEV 2894
NIMEV 2894
Saint Eustace the noble knight of heathen law was
Life of St. Eustace in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Eustace, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 169v-172v
First Lines:
SEyn Eustas a noble knyȝt of heþene lawe was
Ac ar he were icristned men clupede him placidas…
Last Lines:
…Ipassed it was an hondred ȝer & twenti after þat god her com
þat eustas myd is wif & is sones þolede martirdom
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 164-167
First Lines:
Seint eustace a noble knyȝt of heþen laue he was
ac er þan he cristenid was me cleped him placidas…
Last Lines:
…nowidde [sic] we seint eustas al wit outen steuen
þat he preye for vs to god þat he graunte vs þe blisse of heuen
Attributed Title: Seint eustas & his wyf & his twey sonus (f. 164).
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 167-169v
First Lines:
SEint Eustas þe noble knyȝt of heþene londe was
Ake are he i cristned were men cleopeden him placidas…
Last Lines:
…Þus Seint Eustas mid is wif and mid is sones cam
To þe heiȝe Ioye of heouene þoruȝ strong martyrdom
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 393-402.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 19v-23v
First Lines:
Seynt Evstas a worthy knyȝt of þe hethene lawe was
& er he cristned were men callid hym placidas…
Last Lines:
…Marie sone ihesu þat made alle thyng
þou garunte vs alle grace of þat meri duellyng
Attributed Title: De sancto Eustacio mr (f. 19v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 29v-34
First Lines:
Saynte Eustas a noble knyght of he hethen laghe he was
And or he was cristemman men calde hym Placidas
With Traiane þe Emperoure he was moste myghty knyght
ffor he was maister of al his oste in ilk bataile to fyght…
Last Lines:
…Þus saynte Eustas & his wyfe with þaire sonnes comme
To þe endles ioye of heuene thoru þaire martirdome
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 478-485
First Lines:
Seint Eustas þe noble kniȝt of heþene lawe was
And ar he ycristned were me clupede him sire placidas…
Last Lines:
…Þus Seint Eustas and his wyf wiþ his sones com
To þe ioye of heuene þorw strong martyrdom
Attributed Title: Eustachius (RT)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 151-154
First Lines:
SEint Eustas a noble knyȝt of heþene lawe was
Ac or he cristnede were me clyped hym placidas…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu for þe loue of hym ȝif hit be þy wylle
Ne late ous neuer þe dede wurche þat we oure saules spille
Attributed Title: Eustas martirus (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10626, ff. 8-9v
First Lines:
…For summe þey nome & ladde forþe with hem faste y bounde
Summe þey raunsomed for hor lyf of many harde pounde
Last Lines:
…Now god for hure aller love vs graunte þat blysse
Þat þey beþe inne & euer schullen & neuer þer of to mysse. Amen
Note: Lines 1-190 wanting.
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, f. 137v
First Lines:
Seynt eustache a nobull knyȝte of hethen lawe he was
And ere þane he crystened were menne called hym placydas…
Last Lines:
…Our fadur come & ladde vs forth full grette dole he made
And þen we come to a grette water we myȝte not ouer wade…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to loss of folios following f. 139.
Attributed Title: Eustache (in upper margin, f. 137v, and as RT ff. 138v, 139v); Four poemes of St Jerom and St Eustace (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents, encompassing 4623 as well)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 170
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 393-402 (lines 86-179).
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 103v
12.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 42-46v
First Lines:
Seynt Eusthas a noble knyht of heþene lawe was
Ac ar þan he cristned were me clepyde hym placidas…
Last Lines:
…þus seid Eustas myd is wif & myd is sones com
To þe ioye of heuene þoru strong martirdom
13.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 291v-296
First Lines:
SAynt Eustas anoble knyȝt of heþen lawe was
But er he cristened was me cleped hym Placides…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu for þe love of hem ȝif it be þi wille
Lete vs neuer þe dede worche þat oure soule spille Amen
Note: Below the explicit for the Legenda Aurea is ‘To a gode mon of þe same is cleped Thomas of Wottoun’.
Attributed Title: Saynt Eustas (RT); Here endeþe legenda Aurea writen by R. W. of þis toun (f. 296)
14.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 154v-158v
First Lines:
Seint Eustace þe noble knyght of heþen lawe was
But er he cristned were men clept him Placidas…
Last Lines:
…Þus seynt Eustace and his wif wiþ his wonys come
To þe blisse of heuene þorgh stronge marterdome
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Eustachij (f. 154v)