The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 530
Blessed Edmund king martir & virgin
Lydgate’s ‘Banner of St Edmund’ — ten 8-line stanzas
Note: Prologue to 5422 in several mss
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Banner of St Edmund’ (Lydgate)
Subjects: Edmund, saint; allegories
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 46 (SC 6930), ff. 85v-87
First Lines:
Blyssed Edmond martir and virgine
Had in thre vertues by grace a souereyn prys
By which he venquysshed al venymes serpentine
Adam be aserpent banysshed ffro paradys…
Last Lines:
…The Thrydde Crowne to Receyve in certeyne
ffor his merytes aboue the sterrys sevene
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 347 (SC 10174), ff. 86v-88
First Lines:
[B]lyssed Edmond martir and virgine
Had in thre vertues bygrace a souereyn prys…
Last Lines:
…The thrydde Trowne to receyve in certeyne
ffor his merytes abowe the sterrys sevene
3.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 61, ff. 64v-65v
First Lines:
A Blissid Edmond king martir & virgine
Had in þre virtues by grace a souerain…
Last Lines:
…In þis lyfe here aftirward in heuyne
ffor his meritis above þe sterres seuyne
Attributed Title: Sequitur descripcio primi vexilli Regis predictis armorum suorum, et cetera (f. 64v); Explicit applicacio (f. 65v)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.2.15, ff. 104v-105v
First Lines:
Blyssid Edmund kynge martyr and virgyn
had in thre vertuous by grace of sovereyn pryse…
Last Lines:
…The thyrd crowne to resseyue in certeyne
ffor hys meryte a bove the sterrys seuyn
Note: Follows 1535 as if part of same work
Attributed Title: Sent Edmvnd (f. 105)
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 372, ff. 43v-44v
First Lines:
Blissid Edmund kyng martir & virgyne
had in thre vertues bi grace a souereyne pryce…
Last Lines:
…the thridde crown to receyve in certeyne
ffor his merites aboue þe sterres seuene
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2278, f. 2
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 376-8.
Hervey, Lord Francis. Corolla Sancti Edmundi. London: J. Murray, 1907: 405-8.