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A knight there was in land while great man withall and wise
Saved by learning Two Words, a miracle of the Virgin, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Virgin Mary, miracles of; miracles
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 55vb-56ra
First Lines:
A Knight þer was in lond while gret man with all & wis
Atte last he him bithoughte þat þe world was of litel pris…
Last Lines:
…An y seye hou god it was Oure lady to grete
Ȝet we wole more telle Of hire þat is so suete
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 54v
First Lines:
A knyȝt þer was a londe whyse gret man with alle & wys
atte laste he be þoȝte þat þe worlde was of lite prys…
Last Lines:
…And y seȝe how guod it was oure Leuedy to grete
Ȝut we willeþ telle more of here for hy is guod & swete
Attributed Title: Miraculum Marie (f. 54v)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, f. 110
First Lines:
A knyght þer was whilome in lande a grete lorde & wyse
And ate laste he hym be thoght þis worlde was of litil pris
He put hym to religioune & al þis worlde forsoke
ffor to serue god & our lady to þaim he hym betoke…
Last Lines:
…&sagh þat it was nedeful þinge our lady for to grete
Blissed mote scho euer be boþe maiden & modre swete
Note: 13 couplets.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 88-88v
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was a londe wile gret man wiþ alle iwis
Atte laste he him biþoȝte þat þe worle was of lite pris…
Last Lines:
…And iseie hou god it was oure leuedi forto grete
Ȝute we wolleþ telle more of hure he is so god & swete
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: 234.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 307-308
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was in londe while gret man wiþ alle ywis
Atte laste he him by þouȝte þat þe world was of lutel pris…
Last Lines:
…Þere alle yseye how goed hit is oure lady to grete
Ȝut telle we wolleþ more of hure ffor ȝeo is so goed & swete
Attributed Title: Miraculum [Sancte Marie] (RT)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), f. 247
First Lines:
A Knyȝt þer was wyle grete man myd alle & wyse
Atte laste he hym by þoȝt þat þe worle was of lyte prise…
Last Lines:
…þer by me may yse hou goud hit ys to grete
of oure leuedy marie þat is so mylde & swete
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 102v-103
First Lines:
A kniȝt þer was a londe wile gret man wiþ alle y wis
Atte laste he him by þoȝte þat þe worle was of lite pris…
Last Lines:
…And yseie hou gode it was oure lady forto grete
ȝut we wulleþ telle more of hure ȝo is so gode & swete
Attributed Title: Miraculum (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.IX, ff. 154-154v
First Lines:
[A] kniȝt þer was a lond while gret man wiþ al iwis
Ate laste he him biþouȝt þat þe world was of lute pris…
Last Lines:
…And iseiȝe hou gode hit was oure leuedi forto grete
Ȝut we wolleþ telle more of hire for ȝeo is so gode & swete
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation. Space left for enlarged ‘A’, which was left blank.
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 304
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 63
Tryon, Ruth Wilson. “Miracles of Our Lady in Middle English Verse.” PMLA 38 (1923): 308-81: 319-20.