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Hail be thou Mary Christs mother dear
A salutation of the Virgin Mary — five monorhyming quatrains
Note: Stanzas 2, 3, 4 = stanzas 1, 8, and 11 of 1688.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, salutation to
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 26-27
First Lines:
HEil be þou marie cristis moder dere
þat art queene of heuen fair and sweet of chere
Þat art sterre of heuen schynynge briȝt & clere
Helpe me lady ful of myȝt & heere my preiere Aue maria…
Last Lines:
…Heil be þou marie gloriouse moder hende
Meeknes & honeste with abstynence me send
With chastite & charite into my lyues eende
And þat þoruȝ þi preier lady I mote to heuen blis weende
Aue maria
Note: The line length does not fit this format, with one verse line spreading out over more than one manuscript line.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 6-7.
Watts, Nevile. Love Songs of Sion. New York: Benziger, 1924: 136 (mod.).