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I-blessed be thou lady full of heaven bliss
An orison to the Virgin Mary — five monorhyming quatrains
Subjects: prayers, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, prayers to
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Egerton 613, ff. 2r2-2v
First Lines:
blessed beo þu lauedi ful of houene Blisse
sƿete flur of parais moder of mildernisse…
Last Lines:
…þu do þat ich for hire sake beo imaked so clene
þat ich noht at daii dai of dome beo flemed of þi exsene
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 457-8; 216-7.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.102-3.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 1.54.
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 195-6.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 146-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 111-13.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 12506; 247-8.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 81-81v
First Lines:
Blessed be þou leuedy ful of heouene blisse
Suete flur of parays moder of mildenesse…
Last Lines:
…bring vs to þin riche þer is ioie most
let vs neuer hit misse for non worldes bost
Note: Nine stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 457-8; 216-7.
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 93-4.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 64-5.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 178-9.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 127-8; 248.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 66.