The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4707
IMEV 2994
NIMEV 2994
Saint Mary Magdalene that God forgave her sin
Life of St. Mary Magdalene in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For another text see 4928.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Mary Magdalene, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 108-112v
First Lines:
SEynt Marie magdaleyn þat god uor ȝef hire sunne
Lazare soster & martha In come of kynges kunne…
Last Lines:
…Nou seynt Marie Magdaleyn þat broȝte hire lif þus to ende
Bidde god þat we mote wiþ hire to þe Ioie of heuene wende
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 266v-270
First Lines:
Seint mary maudeleyn þat god forȝaf here sinne
lasarus soster & martha þey come of kingus kinne…
Last Lines:
…now mary magdalen þat þus brouȝt here lyf to ende
bidde god þat we moot wit here to þe ioy of heuin wende
Attributed Title: Seint Mary Maudelein (f. 266v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 40vb-41vb
First Lines:
SEinte Marie Magdaleyn þat God for ȝaf hire sunne
Lazarus suster and Martha þei come of kynges kunne…
Last Lines:
…Now seinte Marie Magdaleyn þat þus brouhte hire lyf to ende
Bidde God þat we wiþ hire to þe Ioye of heuene weende. 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 Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 68vb-71rb
First Lines:
SEint marie maudeleyn þat god forȝaf hire sinne
Lazares suster & martha comen of kinges kynne…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Marie Maudelein þat brought þus here lif to end
Bidde god þat we mote wiþ hire to þe ioye of heuen wend
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 77v
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 138v-141v
First Lines:
Saynet Mary Mawdlayne þat god forgafe hir synne
Laȝar sistre & Martha als þai come of kyngeȝ kynne
Mawdleyne was sho calde þis gude woman Mary
ffor of þe castel of Magd[ ]le sho was tuo myle fro betany…
Last Lines:
…Þou bliste maudeleyne þat lufed mekil ihesu criste goddeȝ sonne
Grant vs þurgh þi prayer in heuen blis to wonne
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 113-117v
First Lines:
Seinte Marie Magdaleine þat god forȝaf hure sunne
Lazares suster and martha icome of kinges kunde…
Last Lines:
…Nou seinte Marie magdalein þat broȝte hure lif þus to ende
Bidde god þat we mote wiþ hure to the 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: 1.302-15.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 345-353
First Lines:
Seint Marie Magdalene þat god fforȝaf hure synne
Lazares suster and Martha hi come alle of heye kynne…
Last Lines:
…Now Seint Marie Magdaleyne þat þus þi lif brouȝtest to ende
Bide for vs god þat we mote ffram hennes to þe ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: Maria Magdalena (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 130v-135v
First Lines:
SEynte Marie Magdalene þat god for at god for ȝaf hure synne
Lazares soster & Martha hy come of kynges kynne
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Marie Magdaleyn þat broȝte hire lyf þis to ende
Bidde god þat we mote wiþ hire to þe Ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: De sancta Maria Magdalene (f. 130v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Magdalene (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 105v
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, ff. 185v-190
First Lines:
Seinte Mari Magdalem þat god vorȝaf hire sunne
Lazarus soster & marþas was icome of kinges kunne…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Marie magdelem þat brouȝte hir lif þus to ende
Bidde god þat we moten to þe ioie of heuene wende
Note: Ends ‘Amen’ (f. 190).
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 83v
Note: Ends imperfectly.
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 108
Note: Begins imperfectly.
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 88v
15.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 C.XVII, ff. 99-103v
First Lines:
SAynt Marie magdalen þat god forgaf hyr syne
Lazeres syster & marthas was comen of kynges kyne…
Last Lines:
…And dyd þe cerwys of holykyrk as swulk tyme folk to done
Now saynt Mary magdalene þat broght hyr […] þer to ende
[Pray god?] þat we mot to þe ioy of heuen wende
Note: Affected by damp.
16.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 112v-116v
First Lines:
Seynt Mary Mawdeleyn þat god forȝaf hur synne
Lazers suster & Martha commen of kynggis kynn…
Last Lines:
…Now seynt mary mawdeleyn þat þus wast broȝt to ende
Prey god þat we mote to þe Ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: Vita beata Marie Magdalene Peccatoris (f. 112v)