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Jesu Lord blessed Thou be
A morning prayer — seven quatrains
Note: Last stanza occurs separately as 3501.
Subjects: prayers, domestic
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), f. 22
First Lines:
Ihesu lord blyssed þu be
ffor All þat nyght þu hast me kepe
ffrom þe fend & his poste
Wheþer I wake or þat I slepe…
Last Lines:
…ffrom All euyll sprytes þu me defend
And in my desesys to be my socoure
Editions:
Brown, John Thomas Toshach. “The Poems of David Rate, Confessor of King James the First of Scotland.” Scottish Antiquary 17 (1903): 36: 36.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 195-6.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 72-3; 452-4; 602.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), f. 276va-276vb
First Lines:
[I]N nomine patris & filij
Et spiritus sancti Amen

Mercy Ihesu and gramercy
My body and soule I the beken…
Last Lines:
…ffrom euyll spyrtes thow me defende
And in my desease be my socour Amen
Note: Eight stanzas.
Attributed Title: A deuout prayer at thy vprysyng (f. 276va)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “Lydgatiana.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 130 (1913): 286-311: 305.
Perry, Aaron Jenkins, ed. John Trevisa: Dialogus inter Militem et Clericum, Richard Fitzralph’s ‘Defensio Curatorum’ and Methodius: ‘Þe Bygynnyng of Þe World and Þe Ende of Worldes’. EETS o.s. 16 (1925); repr. 1987: cxxxi.