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High lord thou hear my boon / That madest middle earth & moon
A prayer of penitence by an old man — 108 lines in alternating 12- and 5-line stanzas
Subjects: penitence; prayers, of confession; mutability
Versification: — twelve-line, five-line — aabaabccbccb, abaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 72ra-72va
First Lines:
Heȝe louerd þou here my bone
þat madest middelert & mone…
Last Lines:
…þat we of sontes habben syht
ant heuene to mede
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 47-51.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 187-80.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 61-4.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 3-7.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 46-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 102-5.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 45.