The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4764
IMEV 3053
NIMEV 3053
Saint Sylvester pope was the first that there came
Life of St. Sylvester in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For a wholly distinct Life in one MS see 555.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Sylvester, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 166-167
First Lines:
SEint Siluestre pope was Þe furste þat þare cam
Þat euere hadde Rome in pes to holde up cristindom…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for is swete loue us graunti þulke blisse
Þat Seint siluestre is inne Þat we þar of ne misse
Attributed Title: Hic incipit vita sancti Siluestri (f. 166)
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 391-2.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 269v-270
First Lines:
SEint siluester pope was þe furste þat þer come
þat euer hadde rome in pes to hold vp cristendom…
Last Lines:
…now god for his swete loue ous graunte þulke blys
þat seint siluester is In þat we þer of ne mysse
Attributed Title: Siluester (RT)
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 268v
4.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 164v
5.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 290v-191v
First Lines:
SAynt Siluestre Pope was þe first þat euer come
Þat euer hade Rome in pees to holde vp cristendome…
Last Lines:
…Now god for his swete love vs graunte þat blis
Þat saynt siluestre is in in heuen þat we þerof ne mys. Amen
Attributed Title: SAynt Siluestre (RT)