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Most sovereign lord O blissful christ Jesu / From our enemies
John Lydgate, ‘A Prayer for King Henry VI and his Queen and the People’ — eight stanzas rhyme royal, and an Envoy of four stanzas
Note: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601) (first occurrence), London, British Library Harley 2251, and London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053] have only one stanza of Envoy and alter dedication to Edward IV. Cf. 3200.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): A Prayer for King Henry VI and his Queen and the People
Subjects: prayers, for the nation; Henry VI; Edward IV; historical poems; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 199*v-200v
First Lines:
Most souereigne lord o blessed crist ihesu
ffrom oure enemyes delyuer vs and oure foon…
Last Lines:
…And ay preserve vnder thy myghty honde
hym and hys moder thy peple and thy londe
Note: With a variant envoy of four stanzas with refrain: ‘And preserve vnder thy myghty honde / him and his moder thy peple and thy londe’.
Attributed Author: John lidgat (added in the sixteenth century after ‘Explicit’, f. 200v)
Attributed Title: Ab inimicis nostris defende nos criste (f. 199*v)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Mahir, Otto, ed. Eine religiöse Gedichte John Lydgates. Oberviechtach: Adolf Mahir, 1910: 44-8.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 212-16.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 235-9.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 245-245v
First Lines:
Most souerayn lord O blysfull cryste Ihesu
ffrom owre enemyes defende vs of owre foon
Vnder whos grace and vnder whos vertu
We byn assured where so we ryde or goon…
Last Lines:
…Drede god do law loue trowthe and worthynes
And dryue thy folke agayn to stedfastnes
Note: Nine stanzas (including only one stanza of the Envoy), followed by the Envoy of Chaucer’s ‘Lak of Stedfastnesse’ (see 3190); then ‘[Ex]plicit quod Rogerus Thorney’ (f. 245v).
Attributed Author: John Lydgate (added, f. 245)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “Notes Suggested by a Chaucer Codex.” Modern Language Notes 23 (1908): 212-14: 214 (inserts only).
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 318-319
First Lines:
Most souerayn lord O blysfull cryst Ihesu
ffrom oure enemyes defende vs of oure foon
Vnder whose grace and vndyr whos vertu
We byn assuryd where so we ryde or goon…
Last Lines:
…Drede god do law loue trowthe & worthynes
And dryue thy folke ayene to stedfastnes
Note: Second occurrence in MS; ten stanzas, followed by the Envoy of Chaucer’s ‘Lak of Stedfastnesse’ (see 3190).
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 10v-11
First Lines:
Most souerayne lord o blesful crist Ihesu
ffrom oure enemyes defende vs of oure foon…
Last Lines:
…holy preserve vndir thy myghti hand
hym and his moder his peple and his land
Attributed Title: Ab Inimicis nostris defende nos criste (f. 10v)
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, ff. 19-19v
First Lines:
Moost soueraine lord o blessith crist Ihesu
ffrom oure ennemy deliuere vs and oure foon…
Last Lines:
…And preserue vnther thy mighty hande
Him and his moder the people and thy londe
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.227-9.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 2.8-10.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 69-70v
First Lines:
[M]Ost souerayne lord o blisful crist Ihesu
ffrom oure enemyes defende vs of oure foone…
Last Lines:
…Holy preserve vndir thi myghti hand
Hym and his moder his people and his land
Attributed Title: Ab Inimicus nostris defende nos criste (f. 69)