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It belimpeth for to speak to readen and to sing
A prayer to God (with the Pater Noster as its basis) — nine monorhyming quatrains
Subjects: prayers, to God
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 59, ff. 66-66v
First Lines:
Hit bilimpeð forte speke to reden & to singe
Of him þe no mon mai at reke king of alle kinge…
Last Lines:
…mid þicke speche & false spare & mid lesinge
þu ert hele & help & lif & king of alle kinge
Note: MS incorrectly identified by Morris as CCCO 54 instead of 59.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Old English Homilies of the Twelfth Century: From the Unique MS. B.14.52 in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge Vol. 2. EETS o.s. 53 (1873); repr. 1973: 258-9.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 110-11.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 114-16.