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Luke in his lesson leres to me
Verses on the Four Evangelists — twenty-six 6-line stanzas with an ‘O and I’ refrain
Subjects: evangelists, four; Virgin Mary, Annunciation to
Versification: — six-line — aaaaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 175 (SC 14667), f. 132ra-132vb
First Lines:
Luke in his lesson leres to me
How gabryel was graythed in gracyus degre…
Last Lines:
…With ane O and ane I w[ ]
His ioy [ ] full of grace graythed [ ]
Note: Partly unreadable because very faded and worn.
Editions:
Heuser, Wilhelm. “With an O and an I.” Anglia 27 (1904): 283-319: 185-9.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 45896, roll, Art. 2
First Lines:
Luce In hys lessoun lerede me to synge
and specud a speche þat spedi was to springe…
Last Lines:
…to me be hyt Idon at his oune wille
al þat gabriel hast talked me tille
Wit an o and an I þes þey hauen wroust
þat marie by Caste wit a child þat hos alle had Soust
Note: 8 stanzas.
Editions:
Smith, A. H. “The Middle English Lyrics in Additional MS 45896.” London Medieval Studies 2, Part (1951): 33-49: 45-7.