The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4688
IMEV 2987
NIMEV 2987
Saint Margaret the holy maid and good
Life of St. Margaret in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Margaret, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 104v-108
First Lines:
SEynt Margarete was holi maide & good
Ibore heo was in antioch Icome of kunde blod…
Last Lines:
…Nou seynt Margarete þat holi maide we biddeþ aten ende
þat þu bidde uor ous þat we mote to þe Ioie of heuene wende
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 39vb-40vb
First Lines:
Seint Margarete was an holi Maide and good
I bore heo was in Antioche i come of kuynde blod…
Last Lines:
…Hire bodi was buried in Assye hire soule wende to heuene blisse
Nou God for þe loue of seinte Margarete ne let vs neuere þerof misse 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. 66va-68vb
First Lines:
SEint Margarete was holy mayden & goed
I bore she was in Antioche y come of heye blod…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Margaret þat holi maide we biddeþ atte nende
Þat þi bidde for vs þat we mote to þe Ioye of heuen wende
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 117-117v
First Lines:
ffaste he [ ]
He sparid for no don[ ]…
Last Lines:
…[ ]ihesu crist I be leve
[ ] þe fend of helle
Note: Fragments.
5.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 237, ff. 12v-16v
First Lines:
Seynt margret whas an holy mayde and a goode
berne sche was in Antyoche & come of kngys blode…
Last Lines:
…And þat we may at doomys day
Come to þat blysse þat lastys ay
Amen amen ffor charyte
Note: First six lines written as prose; thereafter written as if four-line stanzas abcb in two columns and finally as long-line couplets in single column.
Attributed Title: Explycithe vita Sancte Margerete (f. 16v)
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 70
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 136-138v
First Lines:
Sayne Margarete þat was þe haly maiden & gode
Borne sho was in Antioche & comen of gentil blode
Theodose hir fadre hight a grete lordeȝ in his dagheȝ
Patriarche he was also & maistre of þe lagheȝ…
Last Lines:
…Sayne margarete þou maiden suete we pray þe here our steuene
our bale þou bete & bryng vs vnto þe blis of heuene
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 109-113
First Lines:
Seinte margarete was holy maide and god
I bore he was in antioche icome of kunde blod…
Last Lines:
…Nou seinte Margarete þe holy maide we biddeþ atte nende
þat þou bidde for us þat we mote to þe ioie of heuene 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: 1.291-302.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 339-345
First Lines:
Seint Margarete an holy mayde was and goed
Ybore ȝeo was in Antioche and ycome of gret blod…
Last Lines:
… Now Seint Margarete þe holy mayde we þe biddeþ atten ende
Þat Þou bidde ffor vs þat we mote to þe ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: Sancta Margareta (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 125v-127v
First Lines:
SEint margaret þe holy mayde & goude
I bore heo was in auntyoche ycome of hey blode…
Last Lines:
…hire body was buryd in asye hire saule wende to blysse
Now god for þe loue of hire ne late ous þer of mysse
Attributed Title: Margarete (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 126-130v
First Lines:
SEinte Margarete was holy Mayde and god
y bore ȝo was in antyoche ycome of kunde blod…
Last Lines:
…Nou Seinte Margarete þe holy maide we praiþ atte nende
þat þou pray for vs þat we mote to þe Ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: De sancta Margareta (f. 126, by scribe in margin beside first line); Margareta (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 101v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, ff. 182-185v
First Lines:
Seint Margarete was holi maide & god
Boren heo was in antioche & come of heiȝe blod…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Margarete we biddeþ þe ate nende
Bide vor vs þat we mote to þe ioie of heuene wende
Note: Ends ‘Amen’ (f. 185v).
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 79v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 107
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 84v
Cockayne, Thomas Oswald, ed. Seinte Marheret EETS o.s. 13 (1866): 24-33.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 200-7.
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 133v-137v
First Lines:
SAynt Margarete was a holy mayde & gode
Born she was in Antioche comen of kynde blode…
Last Lines:
…She was biryed in Asye hir soule went to blisse
Now god for þe love of hir ne lete vs þerof mysse Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Margaret (RT)
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], f. 108v-112v
First Lines:
Seint Margarete þe virgyne was holy maid and good
Born she was in Antioche and commen of kynggis blood…
Last Lines:
…Seynt Margarete þe holy maide we prey þe at þe ende
Prey for vs þat we mote to þe Ioye of heuene wende. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancte Margarete Virginis (f. 108v)