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Now Jesu lord and well of all goodness
‘A deuout prayer toward thy bedde at nyght’ — six quatrains (abab)
Subjects: prayers, domestic
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin
Bibliographic Ghosts: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library G9 [olim Berkeley], Art. 2: this MS all in Latin; leaves out ME verse in this Latin text.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), f. 22
First Lines:
Ihesus Lord well of All godnes
ffor thi grete pety I þe pray
ffor gyffe me All my wykidnes
Where with I haue grenyd þe to dey…
Last Lines:
…My body my soule I þe be ken
In nomine patris & filij & spiritus sancti
Note: 23 lines.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 194-5.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 71-2; 452-4; 602.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 276rb-276va
First Lines:
now Ihesu lord welle of all goodnes
ffor þy gret pyte I the pray…
Last Lines:
In nomine patris & filii
Et spiritus sancti
Amen
Attributed Author: John Lydgate (f. 176rb, added by later hand)
Attributed Title: A deuout prayer toward thy bedde at nyght (f. 276rb)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “Lydgatiana.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 130 (1913): 286-311: 304-5.
Perry, Aaron Jenkins, ed. John Trevisa: Dialogus inter Militem et Clericum, Richard Fitzralph’s ‘Defensio Curatorum’ and Methodius: ‘Þe Bygynnyng of Þe World and Þe Ende of Worldes’. EETS o.s. 16 (1925); repr. 1987: cxxx.
3.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library G9 [olim Berkeley], Art. 2
Note: NB: not found in this MS.