The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5183
IMEV 3298
NIMEV 3298
That was well on Saint Edmund seen
St. Edmund and the Devil; Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Edmund, saint; devil; Satan
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), f. 200
First Lines:
Yt was on sant Edmund sene
To qwom ye fend was full kene…
Last Lines:
…þat ledes to Ioy þat lastes ay
Amen I red þat we all say
Note: 13 couplets.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 116v-117
First Lines:
þat was on saynte Edmunde sene
On whaim te fende was full kene…
Last Lines:
…þat lastis euer more & aie
Amen Amen i rede we saie
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 189va1
First Lines:
Þat was wel on seint Edmund sene
On whom þe fend was ful kene…
Last Lines:
…Þat ledeþ to Ioye þat lasteþ ay
AMEN I rede þat we alle say. AMEN.
Attributed Title: Edmund (f. 189va)
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.
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 276.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], p. 188
First Lines:
Þat was on Seynt Edmunde sene
Til whome þe fende was ful kene…
Last Lines:
…Þat fedes to ioy þat lastes ay
Amen I rede þat we alle say
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 122-122v
First Lines:
& þat was wel on seynt Edmound sene
on whom þe fend was ful kene
For in his lyf wretin fynde we
þat holi man & good was he…
Last Lines:
…þat lediþ to þe ioye þat lastiþ ay
Amen I rede þat we alle say
Note: Division between this and preceding 4643 comes two lines later in this MS, so begins, ‘For in his…’.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 187v
7.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 36v
8.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 85v-86
First Lines:
þat was wele one saynt Edmunde sene
one wham þe fende was full kene
ffor of hys lyfe wryten fynde we…
Last Lines:
…þat ledes vs to Ioy þat lastes ay
Amen I rede we all þus say
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 99v-100
First Lines:
Þat wos well on seint emoune sene
On whom þe fend wos full kene…
Last Lines:
…Þat ledyth to þe ioy þat lestyth ay
Amen I rede we all say