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O eternal God of power infinite
Robert Henryson, ‘Prayer for the Pest’ — eleven 8-line stanzas, sometimes followed by three-stanza epilogue
Author(s): Robert Henryson
Title(s): ‘Prayer for the Pest’
Subjects: prayers, special occasions; plague
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], pp. 20-21
First Lines:
O eterne god of power infinyt
To quhois knawlege na think is obscure…
Last Lines:
…Be swerd or deid withouttin remissioun
and hes iust caus to send ws pestilens
Note: Eight stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 1.35; 2.58.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 24-25v
First Lines:
O eterne god of power infinyt
To quhois hie knawlege na thing is of obscure…
Last Lines:
…Thairfoir Evirmoir be gloir To thy godheid
Lat nocht be tynt that thow sa deir hes bocht
Note: Second occurrence in MS; eleven stanzas including 3-stanza epilogue.
Attributed Author: ffinis [‘quod henrysone’ added later hand] (f. 25v)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 61-4.
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.162-8.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 1.35; 2.58-60.
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 39.
Wood, Henry Harvey. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh, London: Oliver and Boyd, 1933; 2nd ed. rev., 1958: 163-5.
Elliott, Charles, ed. Robert Henryson: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1963/1974: 122-4.
Fox, Denton, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Oxford: Clarendon, 1981: 167-9 (critical edition).
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 90-3.