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If I had cunning and eloquence
Osbern Bokenham, ‘Life of St. Anne’ — Prologue in 16-line stanzas; Life in rhyme royal (698 lines)
Author(s): Osbern Bokenham
Title(s): ‘Life of St. Anne’
Subjects: Anne, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — sixteen-line, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 327, ff. 27-39
First Lines:
Iff I hadde cunnyng and eloquens
My conceytes craftely to dilate…
Last Lines:
…Wyche is anne clepyde in worshyp lady of þe
& aftyr to blysse eterne conuey hem alle thre
Attributed Author: Translated into englys be a doctor of dyuyinte clepyd Osbern Bokenam…Wrytyn in Cambryge by hys sonn ffrer Thomas Burgh (index, f. 193)
Attributed Title: Vita Sancta Anna matris Sancta Maria (later hand, f. 27) The lyf of seynt Anne (index, f. 193)
Editions:
Clive, Edward Gerbert, earl of Powis. Osbern Bokenham, The lyvys of seyntys. Roxburghe Club 5. London: Nicol, 1835: 41-61.
Horstmann, Carl. Osbern Bokenams Legenden Heilbronn: Hennnger, 1883: 37-54.
Serjeantson, Mary Sidney, ed. Osbern Bokenham: Legendys of Hooly Wummen. EETS o.s. 206 (1938); repr. 1988: 38-58.