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Glorious cross that with the holy blood / of Christ Jesu
A Litany (to the Cross, God the Father, the Trinity, the Virgin Mary, angels, apostles, saints, etc.) — the complete text comprising sixteen stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 467; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 466.5.
Subjects: litanies
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 437-438
First Lines:
…O most blessid Fader omnipotent
O light most glorious in thy shynnyng…
Last Lines:
…& for þe merites of thy sayntes all
Kepe vs from syn & to thy mercy call
Note: Stanza 1 missing; 105 lines only. ‘Explicit’ in crayon below text (p. 438).
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 220-1.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 62-4.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum 41-1950 [olim Thompson 84, Beauchamp Hours], ff. 54-58v
First Lines:
Glorieux croix that with th[e] holi blod
Of crist Jesu hallwid was by grace…
Last Lines:
…& to his blisse that is celestial
Of mercy bring where lyf is eternal
Note: Missing stanza 16; accompanies a number of illustrations.
Editions:
Gray, Douglas. “A Middle English Illustrated Poem” Medieval Studies for J. A. W. Bennett Peter L. Heyworth, ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1981: 197-204.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum 41-1950 [olim Thompson 84, Beauchamp Hours], ff. 81-82
First Lines:
Glorieux crosse that with the holy blood
Of crist ihesu halowed wast by grace…
Last Lines:
…And for the mente of thi saintes all
Kepe me frome synne & to thi mercy calle
Note: Six stanzas only; stanza 16 is between stanzas 5 and 6; ends, ‘In nomine patris & filii & spiritus’; miniature precedes each stanza.
Editions:
Gray, Douglas. “A Middle English Illustrated Poem” Medieval Studies for J. A. W. Bennett Peter L. Heyworth, ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1981: 204 (final stanza only).
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius B.III, ff. 143-149v
First Lines:
Stephen george christofre & clement
Denys geruays laurens & fabyan…
Last Lines:
…And for þe merite of…sayntes alle
Kepe use from synne & to…
Note: Badly damaged; missing stanzas 1-2; stanzas 11, 12, 9 and 10 precede 3.
5.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1584, ff. 16v-18
Note: Missing stanzas 1-5 and 16.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Private Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Studies in Philology 36 (1939): 466-75: 471 (one stanza only).
6.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland Deposit 221/1 [Talbot Book of Hours] (Blairs College 22, on deposit), ff. 96-98v
First Lines:
Glorieux crosse that with the holy blood
Of crist ihesu halowed was by grace…
Last Lines:
…And for the merite of thi saintes all
Kepe me from synne and to thi mercy calle
Note: Miniature above each stanza.
7.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 30, ff. 17-19
First Lines:
Glorious crosse þat with þe holy blode
Of criste ihesu halewyd was by grace…
Last Lines:
…And for þe merite of these seyntes alle
kepe me from synne & to þi mercy calle
Amen Amen Amen
Attributed Title: To þe holy cros (f. 17)
8.Source: Steeple Ashton, Steeple Ashton Vicarage Horae , last two flyleaves
Note: Missing stanzas 1-5.
Editions:
Wordsworth, Christopher, ed. Horae Eboracenses. Surtees Society 132 (1920): 161-4 (with stanza 1-5 from 1519-9).
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 142 [olim Bement], ff. 15-16
First Lines:
…That þou my helpe I pray þe euer be
Seynt gabriel and raphael with the…
Last Lines:
…And for þe merite of these seyntes alle
Kepe me from synne and to thy mercy calle
Note: Imperfect at beginning, missing lines 1-45; each stanza with rubric heading.
Editions:
Schulz, Herbert. C. “Middle English Texts from the ‘Bement’ Manuscript.” Huntington Library Quarterly 3 (1940): 440-65: 460.
10.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Ashburnham 49
11.Source: York, York Minster Library XI.O.28, ff. 170-172
First Lines:
O Glorious crosse that with holy blode
Of crist Ihu halowed was bi grace…
Last Lines:
…And in his blysse whiche is omnipotent
He graunte me grace for to be permanent
Note: York Book of Hours, Rouen, for Guillaume Bernard and Jacques Cousin, c. 1516 ; fourteen stanzas, each with rubric heading; not in XVI.K.6 as noted in Hamer (1995).
Attributed Title: A glorious oreyson to the holy crosse & to all the sayntes of heuen (f. 170)
Editions:
Simmons, Thomas Frederick. The Lay Folks’ Mass Book. EETS o.s. 71 (1879); repr. 1968: 200 (one st. to Virgin Mary only).
Wordsworth, Christopher, ed. Horae Eboracenses. Surtees Society 132 (1920): 161-4 (st. 1-5).
12.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Lat. 394, ff. 33-33v
First Lines:
Be my help my fautes to redress
And with þi holi hand euere day blesse.
Blessyd Mari, virgine of Naȝareth
And moder to þi myghte Lord of grace…
Last Lines:
…And in is blys wych is omnipotent,
He grant me grace for to be permanen [sic]
Note: Begins 5th flyleaf at the back, unfoliated [33]. 9 stanzas rhyme royal plus two extra as a couplet at the beginning, arranged as a series of prayers to Mary, the Angels, the Patriarchs, etc. Lacks all but the final couplet of the first four stanzas of Glorieux crosse, which are addressed to God the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and the Trinity collectively, as well as the poem’s concluding stanza. For the complete text, edited from Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum 41-1950 [olim Thompson 84, Beauchamp Hours], see Gray (1981) Headings for each addressee, before each stanza, ‘To our Lady’ at the beginning, and ‘To þe Angels’ before the second stanza, ‘To the Patriarcks’ before the third, etc.; ends ‘Amen’; further note at bottom, again in the hand of Thomas Wilson, bookseller: ‘from a MS about 300 Years old in the hands of Mr. Ri[chard] Hey of Leedes, Merchant, 1739’; text copied from an uncatalogued MS now at the Vicarage, St. Mary’s Church, Steeple Ashton, given by Samuel Hey, vicar 1787-1828, son of Richard Hey, drysalter, and earlier Fellow and President of Magdalene College, Cambridge (1777); the text of Glorieux crosse in the Steeple Ashton, Steeple Ashton Vicarage Horae is acephalous.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 15914. Horae Marie Virginis secundum usum Sarum, de Worde, 1513