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IMEV 2119
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Mary mother well thou be / Mary maiden think on me
An orison to the Virgin Mary in the Speculum Christiani (Octaua Tabula) — twenty-seven couplets
Note: For an expansion into long lines see 3423.
Title(s): Speculum Christiani (Octaua Tabula)
Subjects: Virgin Mary, prayers to; prayers, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. A.268 (SC 29387), ff. 63-64
First Lines:
MArie moder wele þou be
mary maiden þenke on me
maiden & moder was neuer non
to geder ladie but þou allon…
Last Lines:
…& shilde me out of dedly synne
þat I be neuer taken þer inne
Note: In the Speculum.
Attributed Title: Oracio ad sanctam Mariam (f. 63)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 22v-23
First Lines:
Mary moder wele þu be
Mary moder thinke on me
Moder and mayd was neuer none
In þis werld bot þu A lone…
Last Lines:
…That I may fynd it so be
Amen Amen for charyte
Note: Occurs separately, 41 lines.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Private Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Studies in Philology 36 (1939): 466-75: 468-9.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 73-4; 454-6; 602.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 750 (SC 6621), ff. 100-100
First Lines:
Mary moder well the be
Mary maden þenk on me…
Last Lines:
…And schelde me oute of dedely synne
þat I be neuer taken þar Inne
Note: Occurs separately, at the end: ‘Amen’.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 89 (SC 1886), ff. 26v-27v
First Lines:
Mary moder wele you be
Mary mayden thenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And shelde me oute of dedly synne
That I be neuer taken þer Inne
Note: In the Speculum.
Attributed Title: Oracio de beata virgine maria (f. 26v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 61 (SC 2023), ff. 28v-29v
First Lines:
Mary modyr wele þe be
Mary mayden thynk one me…
Last Lines:
…And schyld me owt of dedely synne
þat y be neuer takyn þer Inne
Note: In the Speculum.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 850 (SC 2604), ff. 92vb-93vb
First Lines:
Mary modir well thowe be
mary mayde haue mercy on me…
Last Lines:
…Beseche for me þat I haue grace
In heuen for to haue a place
Note: Occurs separately; written as prose.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. theol. e.16 (SC 32216), ff. 42-43
First Lines:
Mary moder wel thou be
Mary mayden think on me…
Last Lines:
…And schyld me out of dedly synne
That I be neuer take þerInne
Note: In the Speculum.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 97 (SC 4070), f. 33v
First Lines:
MAry moþer wel þow be
Mary maydyn thynke on me…
Last Lines:
…And schyld me owt of dedly syn
þat I be neuer takyn þer in
Note: In the Speculum.
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 513 (SC 1177), ff. 78-79
First Lines:
MAry modyr wel þow be
Mary mayden þink on me…
Last Lines:
…And schelde me owt of dedly synne
þat I be neuyr takyn þer ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 104 (SC 1244), f. 12v
First Lines:
MAry moder wele thou be
Mary mayden thenk on me…
Last Lines:
…And schylde me out of dedly synne
That I be neuer take ther ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
11.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lyell 30, ff. 142-143
First Lines:
Mary modur well thou bee
Mary mayde thynke on me…
Last Lines:
…And that he graunt me that grace
In heuen for to haue a place
Note: Two fragments, 44 lines only; occurs separately.
12.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.401 (SC 12255), ff. 12-12va
First Lines:
Marye moder wele þou be
Marye mayden thenk on me…
Last Lines:
…And shelde me out of dedely synne
That I be neuer takyn þer ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
13.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson liturg. g.2 (SC 15834), ff. 4v-6
First Lines:
Marie moder wel the be
Marie mayde þenk on me …
Last Lines:
…And that we mote thider wende
Ther ioie is with outen ende Amen
Note: Lines 1-48; occurs separately; written as prose.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 216-17.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 77-8.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 121-2; 244-5.
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6150, ff. 20v-21v
First Lines:
Marie moder wel thou be
Marie mayden þenk on me…
Last Lines:
…And schild me out of dedli synne
That I be neuere takyn þer ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
Attributed Title: Oracio ad sanctam Mariam (f. 20v)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.14.26, Part III, ff. 41-42v
First Lines:
Mary moder wele þou be
Mary mayden thenke onn me…
Last Lines:
…Ac shelde me out of dedely synne
That I be neuer takyn þer inne Amen
Note: In the Speculum.
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.14, ff. 68-69
First Lines:
MAri modir wele þu be
Mary madyne thynke on me…
Last Lines:
…And sheld me oute of dedly synne
That I be neuer takyn þer ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 74v-75v
First Lines:
Mary moder wel þu be
Mary mayden thynk on me…
Last Lines:
…Andkepe me out of dedly synne
That I be neuer takyn þer In
Note: Occurs separately.
Editions:
Marsh, George Perkins. Origin and History of the English Language. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1866: 465.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.212-3.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 205-7.
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.1.13, ff. 42v-44
First Lines:
Mary modre wele thou be
Mary modre thenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And shilde me oute of dedely synne
That I be neuer take ther Inne
Note: In the Speculum.
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.43, ff. 93v-94v
First Lines:
mArye modyr well lþu be
Marye mayden þu þenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And þat he send me grace
In heuen to haue a place Amen
Note: 23 stanzas; occurs separately.
Attributed Title: Oracio bona de sancta maria sequens (f. 93v)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.3 (51), ff. 23v-24
First Lines:
Mary moder wele þe be
Mary moder thynk on me…
Last Lines:
…And saue me owt of dedely synne
That I neuer be takyn þere In Amen
Note: In the Speculum.
21.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 285, ff. 26v-27v
First Lines:
Marie moder wil (sic) thou be
Marie and moder thenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And schilde me ouȝt of dedely synne
That I be neuere take þereynne amen
Note: In the Speculum.
22.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.8 (176), ff. 24-25
First Lines:
Mary moder wele þu be
Mare maydyn thynk on me…
Last Lines:
…And kepe me oute of dedely syn
Þat I be neuyr takyn þer In
Note: Last line followed by ‘Pater noster & aue quinquies / Et crede in deum to dices. Amen’.
23.Source: Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 55, ff. 23v-24v
First Lines:
MAry modir well thu be
Mary mayden thynke one me…
Last Lines:
…And schelde me out of dedely synne
That I beneuer taken þar Inne
Note: In the Speculum.
24.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10052, ff. 49-50
First Lines:
Mary modyr well thou be
Mary mayden thenk on me…
Last Lines:
…and shilde me out of deedly synne
That I be neuir take ther ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
25.Source: London, British Library Addit. 15237, f. 8
First Lines:
MAry modyr wel þou be
Mary maydyn thou thynke on me…
Last Lines:
…And shylde me lady fro all synne
That I neuer be take there ine
Note: In the Speculum. Written as prose.
26.Source: London, British Library Addit. 21202, ff. 40v-42
First Lines:
Mary modyr welle thou be
Mary modir thenk on me…
Last Lines:
…And schilde me oute of deedely synne
That y be neuer take ther ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
27.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22121, ff. 42-43v
First Lines:
MAry modir well thou be
Mary modir thynk on me…
Last Lines:
…And shulde me oute of dedely synne
That I be neuer take there ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
28.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37787, ff. 156v-157v
First Lines:
Mari moder wel þe be
Mari mayden þu þenke on me…
Last Lines:
…Helpe me leuedi of þi grace
In heuene forto haue a place
Note: 34 lines; an abridgement of London, British Library Royal 17 A.XXVII and London, British Library Addit. 39574, occurring separately.
Editions:
Baugh, Nita Scudder. A Worcestershire Miscellany, compiled by John Northwood, c. 1400, edited from British Museum MS. Add. 37,787. Philadelphia, 1956: 143-4.
29.Source: London, British Library Addit. 39574, ff. 58r2-59v
First Lines:
MArye modir wel þee be
Marye modir þinke on me…
Last Lines:
…And helpe me to haue þat ilk blisse
That neuere schal mysse
Note: 52 lines; occurs separately.
Editions:
Day, Mabel, ed. The Wheatley Manuscript: Middle English Verse and Prose in British Museum MS. Additional 39574. EETS o.s. 155 (1921; repr. 1971): 74-5.
30.Source: London, British Library Harley 206, ff. 43v-44v
First Lines:
Mary moder weill þou be
Mary maydyn thynk on me…
Last Lines:
…And schild me out of dedly synn
Þat I be neuer takyn þer in
Note: In the Speculum.
31.Source: London, British Library Harley 1288, ff. 16-16v
First Lines:
MAry moder well þou be
Mary madyn thynke on me…
Last Lines:
…Swete lady ful of wynne
ffull of grace and god with inne
Note: In the Speculum; last 4 lines wanting.
32.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, ff. 86v-87
First Lines:
Mary moder well thu be
Mary mayden thenk on me…
Last Lines:
…and kepe me out of dedly synne
that I be not y take ther ynne
Note: Usually in Speculum Christiani, Octava Tabula, but here extracted and occurring separately; ends ‘Amen’ and ‘Explicit’ (f. 87)
Attributed Title: Oracio Sanctam Mariam (ff. 86v-87, in upper margin, as running title, by scribe)
Editions:
Warton, Thomas. The History of English Poetry. London, 1824; rev. ed., William Carew Hazlitt London, 1871: 3.153.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 139-41.
33.Source: London, British Library Harley 5396, f. 274v
Note: Occurs separately.
34.Source: London, British Library Harley 6580, ff. 35v-36
First Lines:
MAry moder wele thou be
Mary moder thynk on me…
Last Lines:
…And schilde me oute of dedly synne
That I be neuer take ther inne
Note: In the Speculum. Written as prose.
Editions:
Holmstedt, Gustaf, ed. Speculum Christiani. EETS o.s. 182 (1933); repr. 1988: 160-9, 336-40.
35.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 344, ff. 38v-39
First Lines:
Mari modir wel þou be
Mari modir þenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And schilde me oute of dedli synne
Þat y be neuere take þere inne
Note: In the Speculum. Folios have been re-numbered to include the flyleaves, and foliation here refers to the new numbers.
Editions:
Holmstedt, Gustaf, ed. Speculum Christiani. EETS o.s. 182 (1933); repr. 1988: 160-9, 336-40.
36.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 E.V, f. 27v
Note: In the Speculum.
37.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 A.XXVII, f. 82
Note: Expanded recension; occurs separately.
38.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 28, ff. 105v-107
First Lines:
Mary modir wel þow be
mary meyden þinke on me…
Last Lines:
…And shelde me out of deedly syn
þat i neuer e takyn þer in
Note: In the Speculum.
Editions:
Bridgett, Thomas Edward. Our Lady’s Dowry. 3rd ed. London: Burns & Oates; New York: Catholic Publishing Society, 1890.
Bonney, Edward, ed. “Some Prayers and Prayer-books of our Forefathers.” Ushaw Magazine 12 (1902): 279-80: 286-7.
39.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 559, ff. 19-21
First Lines:
MAri modir wel þow be
modir and mayde thenke on me…
Last Lines:
…Ladi as I aske in the thes prayers
thou graunt me that we mow haue that blis
that euere shal last with oute mis
Note: Occurs separately. Written as prose
Editions:
Holmstedt, Gustaf, ed. Speculum Christiani. EETS o.s. 182 (1933); repr. 1988: 160-9, 336-40.
40.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, f. 57v; 57
First Lines:
Mary modyr wel þe be Mary modyr þou þynke on me
Modyr & Maid was neuere none To gyddyr mary bot þou alo[ne? (gutter)]
Last Lines:
…Mary I fiche me in the þis prayer graunt þou to me
And help me to haue þat ilk blisse þat euer lesteth without mysshe
AMEN
Note: Occurs separately.
41.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 30, ff. 21v-22v
First Lines:
MAry moder wel thow be
Mary moder thenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And kepe me out of dedly synne
That I be neuer take ther ynne Amen
Note: Occurs separately.
Attributed Title: Sivis dei graciam & vitam eternam obtinere dic / quotidie istam oracionem sequentem de sancta maria / mater domini nostri ihesu cristi Oracio (f. 21v)
42.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 8009 [Mun. A.6.31], ff. 121-121v
First Lines:
Mary moder well thou be
Mary mayden think on me…
Last Lines:
…Shryfte and housell at myn end
To hevyn blis that I may wend
Note: Occurs separately.
Attributed Title: Apayde of oure lady. Explicith
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Kleinere mittelenglische texte.” Anglia 42 (1918): 145-224; 43 (1919): 191: 172-5.
43.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland Deposit 221/1 [Talbot Book of Hours] (Blairs College 22, on deposit), ff. 15-16v
First Lines:
MAry mayden wel þow be
Mary modyr thenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And saue me owte of dedely synne
Þat I be neuer takyn þere Inne
44.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 163 [olim Wagstaff 9, prior Petworth 8], f. 186v
Note: Occurs separately.
45.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa2 [olim Laurence Witten, Cat. 5, item 51; prior Helmingham Hall LJ. V. 14], ff. 84-85
First Lines:
[M]ary moder wel þu be
Mary mayden thenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And schelde me out of dedely synne
þat I be neuer takyn þer ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
Attributed Title: Oracio ad sanctam mariam (f. 84)
46.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Scheide 127, f. 91v
First Lines:
Mary moder well þu be
Euere mylde þenk on me
Moder & mayde was neuer none
To geder lasy but the one
Mary moder & mayde clene
Shyld me fro Sorowe & tene…
Last Lines:
…Shild me lady fro velony
And fro wyckyd company
Swete moder & maide myelde…
Note: Added to blank page at end of volume by a different hand of the fifteenth century; imperfect at end — only five 4-line stanzas rhyming aabb and first line of sixth. Not set out as stanzas, but 21 lines written one after the other without line break between stanzas. Previously registered in Brown and Robbins (1943) as 3279.
47.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 124 [olim Sotheby’s Sale, 11 June 1923, lot 89A], ff. 44-45
First Lines:
Mary modir wel thou be
Mary modir thenk on me
Mayden and modir was neuer noone
To gedir lady but thou alone…
Last Lines:
…And schilde me out of deedely synne
That I be neuer take there ynne
Note: In the Speculum.
48.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 142 [olim Bement], f. 19
First Lines:
Mary moder et cetera…
Last Lines:
…Do my folyes for to blynne
And kepe me oute of deedly synne
That I be neuer take ther Inne
Note: Last three lines only, except for introductory words, as above, which follow the heading on f. 18v and may have been added later.
Attributed Title: Si vis dei graciam et vitam rectam obtinere dic quotidie istam oracionem sequentem de sancta maria mater domini nostri ihesu cristi. Oracio (f. 18v)
49.Source: Urbana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 71 [olim Harmsworth, Sotheby’s sale, 16 Oct. 1945, Lot 2132]
Note: Occurs separately.
50.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 159, ff. 175-176
First Lines:
Mary moder welle þu be
Mary mayden thenke on me…
Last Lines:
…And scheylde me owte of dedely synne
Þat I be neuer take þer Inne
Note: In the Speculum.
Attributed Title: Oracio ad sanctam Mariam
51.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 351, ff. 48v-49v
First Lines:
MAry modere wele þu be
Mary mayden þinke on me…
Last Lines:
…And schilde me owte of dedly synne
That I be neuer taken there Inne
Note: In the Speculum.
Attributed Title: Oracio ad sanctam Mariam
52.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 65 [olim Goldschmidt Cat. 71, 1943, item 1, olim Greg, olim Bradfer-Lawrence 8, olim Huth 153]
53.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 96 [olim Beeleigh Abbey (Foyle)], ff. 20-21
First Lines:
Mary modyr wel þu be
Mary mayden þenk on me
Mayden and modyr was neuer none
To gedyr lady saue þow alone…
Last Lines:
And schild me out of dedly synne
þat I neuer be takyn þer ynne
Note: Occurs separately. Added ‘Amen’ on same line at end.
54.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Borneman [Parke-Bernet Sale, Nov. 1955, Lot 796]
Note: Occurs separately; possibly same as New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 65 [olim Goldschmidt Cat. 71, 1943, item 1, olim Greg, olim Bradfer-Lawrence 8, olim Huth 153].
55.Source: Tokyo, Private owner 3 [Saxby Psalter, Edwards of London Sale Cat. 624, item 247]
Note: In the Speculum.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 26012. Wotton, John, Speculum Cristiani, W. de Machlinia ad exp. H. Vrankenburgh, [1486?]
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 2.13-14.
Pollard, Alfred William. Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse. A Volume of Arber’s ‘English Garner’…. Westminster and New York: Dutton, 1903: xiii.