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O glorious Martyr which of devout humbless
John Lydgate, Prayer to St. Edmund on behalf of Henry VI — eight 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: Edmund, saint, prayer to; Henry VI, prayer on behalf of; prayers, special occasions; prayers, to saints
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 46 (SC 6930), ff. 84v-85v
First Lines:
O gloryous martir which of devout humblesse
ffor Crystes sake wer bounde to a tree
With shot of Arwes suffredyst greet duresse
Thy blood doun Rayllyng that Routhe it was to see…
Last Lines:
…Long to preserve in his victoryous se
As Iust Enherytour of Ingelond and ffraunce
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 22v-23v
First Lines:
Glorious martir þat of devout humblesse
ffor Crystes sake wer bounden til a tree
With shotte of arowes sufferd gret duresse
þy blode dovne rayled þat rouþe it was to see…
Last Lines:
…Longe to presever in his victorious see
As iouste herytier of Englande and ffraunce
Note: followed by Lenvoye (1535-1)
Attributed Title: Here foloweþe a balade ryal of Invocacoun to saint Edmunde at þinstance of kynge Henry þe sixst made by Lidgate (f. 22v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 347 (SC 10174), ff. 84-85v
First Lines:
[O] gloryous martir which of devout humblesse
ffor crystes sake wer bounde to a tre…
Last Lines:
…Long to perseuere in his victoryous se
As Iuste inherytour of yngelond and off ffraunce
Note: 9 stanzas
4.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 61, ff. 63v-64v
First Lines:
Glorious Martir Whiche of deuout Humbles
ffor cristis sake were bounde to a tree…
Last Lines:
…Longe to perseuer in his victorious see
As Iust inheritour of England & of ffraunce
Attributed Title: ffinis oracionis beate Edmundo (f. 64v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.2.15, ff. 103-103v
First Lines:
O Gloryous Martyr wiche of deuout humbles
ffor crystys sake were bond to a tre…
Last Lines:
…long to perseuere In hys victoryous see
As Iust enheritoure of ynglond & fraunce
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 367, ff. 86-86v
First Lines:
Glorious mastir that of devout humblenesse
for christis sake was bounden till a tree…
Last Lines:
…longe to persever in his victoriouse see
as Iust inheritor of England and ffraunce
Note: Written by the hand of John Stow.
Attributed Title: here folowith a ballad Royall of Invocation to seint Edmond at thenstaunce of kynge harry the sixt made by lidgate (by scribe, John Stow, f. 86)
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 372, ff. 42v-43v
First Lines:
O gloryous martir which of deuout humblesse
for cristis sake were bounde to a tre…
Last Lines:
…Beth to his chirche diffence & chaumpioun
Be cause it is of youre ffundacioun
Note: Lydgate, Prayer to St Edmund, eight or nine 8-line stanzas (this manuscript copy has 8 stanzas rhyming ababbcbc plus six-stanza rhyme royal envoy; has heading ‘To the Kyng’ in left margin beside last stanza of envoy (f. 43v).
Attributed Title: Oracio ad beatam Martirem (f. 42v, left margin next to first line)
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2278, f. 117
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 438-9.
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 4826, f. 45-45v
First Lines:
O Gloryous martir which of devout humblesse
ffor Crystes sake wer bonde to a tre…
Last Lines:
…longe to perseuere in his victoryous se
As Iust enherytour of yngleond and ffraunce
Attributed Title: Oracio (f. 45, margin in rubric)
10.Source: London, British Library Yates Thompson 47 [olim Mostyn Hall 84], p. 209
11.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], ff. 282v-284
First Lines:
O Gloryous Martyr Which of devoute humblesse
ffor Crystes sake were bounde to A Tree
Wyth shotte of Arowes suffredest greete duresse
Thy Bloode down Raylyd þat rowth it was to see…
Last Lines:
…Long to preserve In his victoryus see
As luste Enherytoure of ynglond & ffraunce
Note: Followed by one rhyme royal stanza, ‘Goo lytyll Booke…’ envoye to St Edmund: see 5422
Editions:
Ford, James, ed. The Suffolk Garland. Ipswich: John Raw, 1818: 351-5.