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Litany is a song as ye may oft I-see
Letania maior et minor’, in the South English Legendary — 56 lines
Title(s): Letania maior et minor’; South English Legendary
Subjects: litanies
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 42va-42vb
First Lines:
LEtanie is a song þat ȝe mowe ofte seo
to bidde eche halwe aftur oþer oure help to beo…
Last Lines:
…þe feste of holy thorsday & eke of witsonday
In þe gospell who so loke þere he it finde may
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 143v-144
First Lines:
Letanye is asong as ȝe mowe ofte I se
to bidde ech halwe after oþer oure help for to be…
Last Lines:
… Þat we holde so þis precessionis & þe fasting witoute synne
þat frut an erþe com wel forþ to helping to alle man kinne
Note: No heading so treated as part of 4697.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 19va2
First Lines:
Letanye is a song þat ȝe mouwen ofte i seo
To bidde vche seint aftur oþur vre help forto beo…
Last Lines:
…Nou for þulke heiȝe feste þat is Godes sone
Let vs vr sunnes bete her þe fend to ouercome. A.M.E.N.
Note: Here treated as continuation of 5287.
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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 61-62
First Lines:
LEtanye is asong as ȝe mowe ofte ise
To bidde ech halwe after oþer our help uorte be…
Last Lines:
…Vor it nys no neode wenne hi beþ þer to sette hem here also
Vor sette hem here & ek þer it nere noȝt wel ido
Attributed Title: letany (f. 61)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 77-77v
First Lines:
Afterward þe fourtiþe þat he ros fro deþ to lyue
He steigh in to heuyn with his woundis fyue
As it falliþ on halwe þorisday þat he gan to heue styȝe
But arst holi chirche halt þe feste of letanye
Letanye is a song as ȝe moun ofte I se
To bidde eche halwe aftir oþer oure help for to be…
Last Lines:
…þat we holde so þe processiouns & þe fasting wit oute sinne
þat þe frut on erþe come wel forþ to helpe of man kinne…
Note: Begins f. 77, mid-page, possibly a longer unique version, describing two feasts of litany, one the greater — St. Mark’s Day and one the lesser — Rogation; ending imperfectly at bottom f. 77v.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 105
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 33v
First Lines:
Letanie ys a song þat ȝe mowe ofte y seo
To bidde ech halwe after oþer oure help for to beo…
Last Lines:
…ffor it nys no ned whanne hy buþ þer to sette hem here al so
ffor to sette hem here & ek þereit were noȝt wel y do
Note: Written as stanzas of 6 lines, aabbcc.
Attributed Title: A rogaciones (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 60v-61v
First Lines:
Letanie is a song as ȝe moweþ ofte ise
To bidde ech halwe after oþer oure help forto be…
Last Lines:
…ffor it nis no neod wanne hi beoþ þere to sette is here also
fforto sette is here & eke þere hit nere noȝt wel ido
Attributed Title: Letanie maior et minor (f. 60v)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 261-262
First Lines:
Letanye is a song as ȝe mowe ofte yseo
To bydde ech halwe after oþer oure help ffor to beo…
Last Lines:
…ffor hit nys no neod whan hi beoþ þer to sette ham her also
To sette ham her and eke þer hit nore no neode to do
Attributed Title: Letanya (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), ff. 83-83v
First Lines:
letanyȝe is a song as ȝe moun oftyn se
to preyȝe euery seynt after oþer þat he oure helpe be…
Last Lines:
…þe feste of holy þrusday & eke of witsoneday
In þe gospel ho so lokiþ þer hem fynden he may
Note: Followed by ‘Ioachym & Anne’ referring reader to go back to folio 25 to contiue text.
Attributed Title: Rose (f. 83v)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 62-62v
First Lines:
LEtanie is a songe as ȝe mowe wel yse
To bydde echehalwe after oþer oure helpe to be…
Last Lines:
…God for loue of seint marke ous ȝyue here suche grace
Þat we mot in heuene at oure ende habbe a place
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 64v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 142v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 185
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 70v
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 35
17.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 72v-73
First Lines:
LEtanye is a song as ȝe mowe ofte y se
To bidde eche halwe after oþer oure helpe for to be
Last Lines:
…For it nis no nede wanne hy beþ þere to sette it here also
For to sette it here & eke þere it nere noȝt wel y do
Attributed Title: Letania Maior de rogacionibus (f. 72v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Letania Minor, Letania Maior, Letania Minor (f. 72v, down margin )
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 4v-5
First Lines:
Letanye is a songe þat we may ofte s[‘g’ erased]
To pray ich holow after þer oure helpe forto be…
Last Lines:
…Þat he fordo not þat fruyt þat helpe shal al monkynde
Now Ihesu Crist bringe vs to þat blisse þat þow wonest ynne
19.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 36v
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 73v-74v
First Lines:
The letanye is a songe as ȝe mowe oft se
To preye eche seint after oþer our helpe for to be…
Last Lines:
…It is no nede whan þei ben þer to sette hem here also
To sette hem here & eke þer it were but wel ido