The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5554
IMEV 3266
NIMEV 3266
Theophilus was a swith great man and good clerk he was also
Theophilus, in the South English Legendary
Note: For other versions, see 10, 3109.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Theophilus, legend of; Virgin Mary, miracles of; miracles
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 128-130
First Lines:
TEofle was a swyþe gret man And guod clerk he was also
Hext Maister bi fore alle oþere under þe bischope i do…
Last Lines:
…Wel fair miracle ore lauedi dude þat brouȝte him of þulke wo
Ase heo hath manye oþere idon and ȝeot heo wole wel mo
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 288-93.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 53rb-54va
First Lines:
SEint Theophle was gret man & gret clerk also
Hexte maister he was ouer al vnder þe bisshop ydo…
Last Lines:
…A fair miracle oure lady dide þat brought him of þilk wo
As she many oþer dide ȝet I mot telle mo
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
3.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 51-52v
First Lines:
Seint Theofle was a gret man and gret clerk al so
Heyȝest maister he was be fore alle opere y do…
Last Lines:
…A fair meracle oure leuedy dude þat broȝte him out of þulke wo
As hy many oþer dude ȝut ich mot telle mo
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Theophili (f. 51); Theophilus (RT)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 2585, Part III, fragment strip
First Lines:
…spedy pass [ ] þe
aminoras [ ]
ette hem in þe face
hym by þe biris þe…
Last Lines:
…oche & þeron it myk
an & þat ȝonder honged
Note: Formerly listed separately as 4741.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 105v-107v
First Lines:
Teofle was a riche manne & with a bischope dwellande
Of al his clerkes gretteste he was & maistre I vnderstande
When his lorde þe bischope was dede theoful was forth broght
To be bischope after hym bot þer of walde ne noght…
Last Lines:
…Blissed mot þat lady be þat broght hym of his wo
to þat lady pray we all þat sho vs helpe right so
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 83-85v
First Lines:
Sein theofle was a gret man & gret clerke also
Heiost maister he was biuore alle vnder þe bissop ido…
Last Lines:
…A vair miracle oure leuedy dude þat broȝte him of þulke wo
As he monye oþere dude ȝute ich mot telle mo
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: 221.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 229-303
First Lines:
Seint Thophile was a gret man and a goed clerk also
heyest mayster he was wiþ þe Bisschop and most ouer alle miȝte do…
Last Lines:
…A ffayre miracle oure lady dude þer þat brouYte him out of þulke wo
As ȝeo monye oþere haþ ydo wher of ȝut ich mot telle mo
Attributed Title: Theophilus (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 66v-68v
First Lines:
SEint teofle was a grete man a grete clerke al so
heyust maister he was þo by for alle vndere þe bischop ydo…
Last Lines:
…A fayre myracle oure leuedy dude þat broȝt hym of suche wo
as heo many oþer dude ic mote telle mo
Attributed Title: Teofle (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 97v-100v
First Lines:
SEint theofle was a grete man & grete clerke also
heyost maister he was by fore alle vnder þe bissop y do
Last Lines:
…Elles hy hadde ssrewen y be for Miracle of þat childe
Of mo miracle me may ȝut telle of oure lady swete & milde
Attributed Title: Theofle (f. 97v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Teofle (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.IX, ff. 149v-151v
First Lines:
[S]Eint Teophle was a gret man & gret clerk also
Hext maister he was of alle vnder þe bischop ido…
Last Lines:
…A faire miracle oure leued dude þat brouȝte him out of þulk wo
As ȝeo mani anoþer dude þat ȝut ic mot telle mo
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation. Space left for enlarged ‘S’, which was left blank.
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 304
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 92
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 58
14.Source: Leeds, Leeds University Library Brotherton 501 [olim Horton Hold Hall, Maggs Bros. Sale Cat. No. 580, Item 450], ff. 117-122v
First Lines:
Seint Teophile was a grete man & a grete clerk also
Heiest man he was byfore all othir vndir the bisshop tho…
Last Lines:
…And ȝeue vs swete lady thy glorious luff þat we may here suche grace wynne
That we may com to the ioye where thi blyssid sone and the arne inne
Attributed Title: Here beginnith Miraculis of our ladi seint Marie wiche is helpere & louere of all senneris þat to hyr do wurship & loue as ye may se here folwing (f. 117); Expliciunt Miracula Sancte Marie (f. 122v)