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DIMEV 4623
IMEV 2922
NIMEV 2922
Saint Jerome was swithe good clerk and wise through all thing
Life of St. Jerome in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Jerome, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 139v-141v
First Lines:
SEyn Ierom was swiþe good clerc & wis In alle þinge
Much he made of godes seruice þat men in chirch doþ singe…
Last Lines:
…þer Inne him burede is monekes þis was is lyues ende
Nou god ous bringe to þilke ioie þat is soule gan to wemde
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 54va-55ra
First Lines:
SEint Ierome was swiþe god clerk and wis þorwh alle þinge
Muche he made of Godus seruise þat men doþ in chirche singe…
Last Lines:
…Þer Inne him buriede his Monkes þis was his lyues ende
Now God us bringe to þulke Ioye þat his soule gon to wende. 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.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 92va-93vb
First Lines:
SEint Gerom was swiþe gret clerk & was þorw al þing
Miche he made of godes seruise þat men in chirch sing…
Last Lines:
…þer in him beried his monkes þat was his liues ende
God vs bringe to þilk Ioye þat his soule gan to wende
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
4.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 111
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 4v-6v
First Lines:
Sayn Jerom a doctor was a wyse man of all thyng
Mecull he made of goddis seruyce þat now men in kyrk syng
When thoedose þe emperour was lord of grete myght
He saw þe office of holy kyrk was noght of eynd ryght…
Last Lines:
…ffoure skore ȝere & eght of age god hym lende
God bryng vs to þat mecull blys þat hiis saule gan to wende
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 159-161
First Lines:
Sein Ieromin was swaþe god clerk & wis þoru alle þinge
Muche he made of godes seruise þat me deþ in churche singe…
Last Lines:
…Þer Inne him burede þis monkes þat was is liues ende
Nou god us brynge to þulke ioie þat is soule gan to wende
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: 2.428-34.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 434-438
First Lines:
Seint Ierom was a goed clerk and wys þorw alle þinge
Muche he made of godes seruise þat me doþ in chirche singe…
Last Lines:
…Þer ynne he was yburyed at his lyues ende
Now god to þulke ioye vs bringe þat his soule to wende
Attributed Title: Sanctus Ieronimus (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 144v-145v
First Lines:
SEint Jerome was wel goud clerke & wys þorwe al þyng
Muche he made of godes seruise þat me doþ rede & synge…
Last Lines:
…þer in was þe goud man ybured þis was his lyues ende
Now god ȝyue ous parte of þe Ioie þat his saule gan to wende
Attributed Title: S Ierom (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 135v-137
First Lines:
Seynte Ierome was a full good clerke & wyse þorow all þynge
Moche he made of goddes seruyce þat men in cherche done synge…
Last Lines:
…Ther Inne hym byryedde hys monkes þis was his lyues ende
Nowe god vs brynge to þat Ioye þat his sowle dede in wend
Note: Ends ‘Amen’ at end of last line and ‘Explicit’ in lower margin, by scribe, f. 137.
Attributed Title: Ierome (in upper margin, f. 135v, and as RT on 136v); Four poemes of St Jerom and St Eustace (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents, encompassing 4592 as well)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 137
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 232v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 144v
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 132
14.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 15v-17v
First Lines:
Seynt Ierom was a gode clerk & wys þoru alle þynge
Muche he made of godes seruyse þat me doþ in churche synge…
Last Lines:
…þerinne yburede is monkes þis was is lyres ends
Nou god vs brynge to þilke ioye þat his soule gan to wende
Note: After last line, “amen.”
15.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 181-183
First Lines:
SAynt Ierome was wel gode clerk & wys þurȝ all þinge
Miche he made of goddes seruise þat men dos in chirche singe…
Last Lines:
…Þer yne þis gode mon was buried þis was his lyves ende
Now god ȝeve vs part of þe ioye þat his soule con to wende Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Ierome (RT)
16.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 142v-144
First Lines:
Seynt Ierom was a good clerke and wis in alle þinge
Moche he made of goddis seruise þat men in church doþ singe…
Last Lines:
…Þer Inne hym buried his monkes þis was his lyues ende
God bring vs to þat Ioie to which his saule did wende. Amen.
Attributed Title: vita sancti Ieromini presbiteri (f. 142v)