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O God we pray to Thee in special
A prayer for all souls — three five-line stanzas (aaaabc) with refrain: ‘Et lux perpetua / Et lux perpetua luceat eis’, and 2-line burden: ‘For all cristen saulys pray we / Requiem eternam dona eis domi[ne]
Subjects: prayers, special occasions
Versification: — five-line — aaabc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 51v-52
First Lines:
O god we pray to the in specyall
For all the saulis that sufferd payne infernall…
Last Lines:
…These saulys þou graunte joy & blysse
For wham this day we syng & crye
Et lux perpetua
[Et lux perpetua luceat eis]
Attributed Title: In fine natiuitatis (f. 51v)
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 278.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 211; 1977, 186-7.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 108.