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Gaude of virgins the freshest flower
Septem gaudia beate Marie’ — seven 8-line stanzas
Title(s): Septem gaudia beate Marie
Subjects: Virgin Mary, joys of
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 30, ff. 22v-23v
First Lines:
GAude of virgins þe fresshest floure
In maydenhede a lantern of odoure…
Last Lines:
…Nor neue fade nor neuer decrese
But be fresche and dure and euer encrese
Per eterna secula Amen
Note: Fourteen monorhyming 3-line stanzas, with rubric Latin headings for each, including Septem gaudia beate marie before first and Per eterna secula amen after last.
Attributed Title: Septem gaudia beate marie (f. 122v)
2.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 142 [olim Bement], ff. 19-19v
First Lines:
GAude of uirgins þe freshest floure
In maydenhede a launtern of odour…
Last Lines:
…Nor neuer fade ne neuer decrece
But be freshe and dure and euer encrece
Note: Fourteen monorhyming 3-line stanzas, with rubric Latin headings for each, including Septem gaudia beate marie before first and Per eterna secula amen after last.
Attributed Title: Septem gaudia beate marie (f. 19)
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 61-2.