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Holy ghost thy might / Us wis and read and dight
‘þe sawe of Seint bede prest’ — 373 lines, mostly in 6-line stanzas
Note: For a somewhat earlier text see 5698.
Title(s): ‘þe sawe of Seint bede prest’
Subjects: Bede the Venerable, saint; death, meditations on
Versification: — six-line — aabaab, aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), ff. 127va-130rb
First Lines:
Holi gost þi miȝtte
Ous wisse and rede and diȝte…
Last Lines:
…Among þe hengles briȝte
Amen so hit be mote
Attributed Title: Her biginneþ þe sawe of Seint bede prest (f. 127v)
Facsimiles:
Tschann, Judith A., and Malcolm B. Parkes. “Introduction.” Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 EETS s.s. 16 (1996).
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 505-10.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 765-76.