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Hail blessed Lady the Mother of Christ Jesu
John Lydgate, ‘Ave Iesse Virgula’ — nineteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with this refrain
Note: Initial letters of first five lines, stanzas 15-17, read M-A-R-I-A.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Ave Iesse Virgula
Subjects: Virgin Mary, hymns to; hymns, to Virgin Mary; acrostics
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 163-165
First Lines:
hayle blessyd lady the modyr of cryst Ihesu
Of pease and concorde hayle fresshest on lyue…
Last Lines:
…Beleue all tho by thy mercyfull puruyaunce
That syng of hoole hert O Ave Jesse Virgula
Attributed Author: lydgate (f. 165)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 234-235v
First Lines:
hayle blyssyd lady the modyr of cryst Ihesu
Of pease and concorde hayle fresshest on lyue…
Last Lines:
…Releue all tho by thy mercyfull puruyaunce
That syng of hole hert O Aue Jesse virgula
Attributed Author: Lydgate (f. 234; f. 235v)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 30-32v
First Lines:
HAile blissed lady the moder of crist Jhesu
Of pees and concorde haile fresshest on lyve…
Last Lines:
…Releve al tho be thy merciful purviaunce
That syng of hole hert o Ave Iesse virgula
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 299-304.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 140-141v
Note: Stanzas 1-7 wanting.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 299-304.