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Mary Mother of grace we cryen to Thee
A prayer to the Virgin Mary and All Saints (10 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus morum
Note: A translation of Anselm’s Admonitio morienti.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, prayers to; sermons, verse in; translations; prayers, to Virgin Mary, and saints
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 6v
First Lines:
Mary moder of grace we cry to þe
moder of mercy & of pite…
Last Lines:
…Help þat ctyst my gyst forȝyf
þat will hym serue whill I lyfe
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), ff. 8-8v
First Lines:
Mary modyr of grace we cryin to þe
Modyr of mercy and of pyte…
Last Lines:
…Help þat crist my gult for ȝyfe
þat wull hym serue whil I life
Note: Written as prose, 1 x 10.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), ff. 59-59v
First Lines:
Mary moder of grace we crye vn to þe
Moder of mercy and of pyte
Wyte vs fro þe fendes fondynge
And helpe vs at oure last endyng…
Last Lines:
…help þat crist my gylt for ȝiue
And I wol hym serue wil I lyue
Note: Written as verse.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), ff. 15v-16
First Lines:
Mary moder of grace we cryen to þe
Moder of mercy and of pyte…
Last Lines:
…Helpe þat Cryst my gult forȝeue
And I wol him serue whyl þat I leue
Editions:
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 120.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 143-4.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 76-7.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 17v
First Lines:
Mary moder of grace we cry to þe
moder of mercy & of pyte…
Last Lines:
…helpe þat criste my gylth for gyue
& wilt hym serue will I lyue
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Popular Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Modern Philology 36 (1939): 337-50: 345.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 128; 248.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 9ra
First Lines:
Marie moder of grace we crien to þe
Moder of merci hey & al so of pite…
Last Lines:
…Helpyth þat crist mi gilt forȝeue
and i wele hym serue whil i leue
7.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 40v
First Lines:
Moder of mercy & of pitee
defend vs fro þe fendys fondynge…
Last Lines:
…helpe þat crist my gylt for gyf
And swilke hym serue wyl I leyfe
Note: Written as prose; 4 1/2 x 2, or 9 lines in couplets, the first a single.
8.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, ff. 14v-15
First Lines:
Mary moder of grace whe crye to the
Moder of mercy and of pyte…
Last Lines:
…help that criste my syne for yeve
and I woll hym serue whyle I lyue
Note: Latin prose interupts after line 6.
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), ff. 160rb-160va
First Lines:
Mary moder of grace we cri to þe
Moder of mercy & of pyte…
Last Lines:
…helpe þat crys may gylt for gyfe
And I wyl hym serue wile I leue
10.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 164ra
First Lines:
Marie modir of grace we crye to þe
Modir of mercy & of pyte…
Last Lines:
…help þat crist my gylt for ȝefe
And wel wol y serue hym wyle y lyue
11.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 6