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I Thee honour with all my might / In form of bread as I Thee see
A prayer at the ‘leuacion’ — five quatrains
Subjects: prayers, for use in church
Versification: — four-line — abab with all b-rhymes rhyming with each other



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 115ra2
First Lines:
I þe honoure wiþ al my miht
In fourme of Bred as i þe se…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ ffadur and sone and holygost
Þat Regneþ God In Trinite. Amen.
Note: 1 x 8 abababab, 1 x 10 abababcbab
Attributed Title: A preyer at þe leuacioun (f. 115ra)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 25.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 70-1.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 316A, f. 110v
First Lines:
i the honour with al might
Informe of brede as y þe see
Ihesu þat of þat lady bryght
Mary man be cam for me…
Last Lines:
…That he þat mannes soule sleethe
Neuer haue power of me
Note: Added by original scribe to last folio of volume, to fill out quire.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Private Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Studies in Philology 36 (1939): 466-75: 472-3.
3.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 151
First Lines:
In the honour with all myght
In forme of brede as y þe see…
Last Lines:
…That he þat mannes sowle sleeth
Neuer haue power on me
Note: Last item in the manuscript (MS has no foliation).
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37787, ff. 12-12v
First Lines:
Welcome be þu soule fode
Boþe Jhesu god and manne
ffor me þu honge apon þe roode
Þe bodi blike ande wonne
The water & þe blod out of þi side ron
Of my sinnes lorde do me bote
Ihesus god and mon
Graunte me þat I þe loue mote
I þe honour with al my myht…
Last Lines:
…ffadur & son and holigost
That regneþ god in trinite
Note: 26 lines; with two introductory ‘Welcome’ stanzas.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Levation Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Modern Philology 40 (1942): 131-46: 138-9.
Baugh, Nita Scudder. A Worcestershire Miscellany, compiled by John Northwood, c. 1400, edited from British Museum MS. Add. 37,787. Philadelphia, 1956: 97-100.
5.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 559, ff. 32-32v
First Lines:
Lorde I the honoure with all my myght
In forme of bred as i the see
Ihesu that in mari hym lyth
And man bi come for loue of me…
Last Lines:
…And through that ladi of mercie most
mi soule thou take to the
To thi mercie I triste as þow wel wost
Now gracius god graunte it me. Amen
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: This prayer schal be said at agnus dei (f. 32, rubric)
6.Source: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania MS Codex 197 [formerly Eng. 2E.VII olim Quaritch Sale Cat. 328, item 586], ff. 135-135v
First Lines:
I The honour with al my myȝt
in forme of brede as y þee see…
Last Lines:
…That he þat mannes soule sleethe
neuere haue power of me
Note: Written as prose.