The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4615
IMEV 2915
NIMEV 2915
Saint Hippolytus the martyr knight was of great honour
Life of St. Hippolytus in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Hippolytus, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 127-128
First Lines:
Seyn Ipolit þe martir knyȝt was of gret honur
þat seynt laurence In person wuste þoru heste of þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne seynt Ipolit þat he our erande bede
þat god habbe mercy of ous & of alle þat habbeþ nede
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 153v-154v
First Lines:
Seint yppolit þe marter kniȝt was of gret honour
Þat seint laurence in prisoun kepte þorw heste of þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…bring vs to þat blisse þat lesteþ euermore
for þe loue of seint Ipolit þat penaunce þoled sore
Attributed Title: Seint ipolit þe marter (f. 153v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 50rb-50va
First Lines:
SEint Ypolyt þe Martir kniht was wiþ gret honour
Þat seint Laurence in prisun wuste þorwh heste of þe Emperour…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we seint Ypolyt þat he vre erende beode
Þat God haue merci of vs alle and of alle þat habbeþ neode. 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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. d.200, ff. 8-9
First Lines:
Aynt Ipolite þo martyr grete kniȝt was of honoure
Þat saynt laurans kept in prison thruȝ þo emperoure…
Last Lines:
…Pray we to saynt Ipolit þat he ous erude bede
Þat god hafe mercy on vs al & alle þat has nede
Attributed Title: Ipolite (RT)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 197-198
First Lines:
SEeint ypolyt þe martyr knyht was of gret honour
Þat wuste seint laurence in prisone þrouȝ heste of þe Aumperour…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we nouþe seint ypolyt þat he ore erinde beode
Þat merci he habbe os us alle and all þat habbuth neode
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 480-3.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 390-392
First Lines:
Seint Ypolit þe martyr kniȝt was of gret honour
Þat Seint laurence in prisoun kepte þorw þe heste of þe Emperour…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝeorne Seint ypolit þat he oure erande beode
Þat god of vs haue merci and of alle þat habbeþ neode
Attributed Title: Ypolitus (RT)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 142v-143v
First Lines:
SEint ypolyt þe martire kniȝt was of grete honour
þat seint laurance in prison wyste þorwe heste of þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…oure lord & seint ypolyt oure erende bede
& god haue mercy on ous alle & alle þat habbeþ nede
Attributed Title: ypolyt martirus (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 125
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 213
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 161v-163
First Lines:
SAynt ypolyte þe martir knyȝt was of grete honour
Þat saynt laurence in prison kepte þurȝ hest of þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord & saynt ypolyte so oure ernde bede
Þat god haue mercy of vs alle & of all þat han nede Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt ypolyte (RT)