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O High Empress and queen celestial
‘Ane Ballat of Our Lady’, attributed to William Dunbar—six 8-line stanzas
Author(s): William Dunbar (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘Ane Ballat of Our Lady’
Subjects: ballads, religious; Virgin Mary, songs in honour of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbaba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 24 (SC 3354), ff. 137v-138
First Lines:
O hie Emperice and quene celestiall
Princes eterne and flour Immaculate…
Last Lines:
…In euery place blissit mote ȝe be
Eternaly abufe all erdly wicht
Attributed Author: Quod Chaucere (f. 138)
Facsimiles:
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards, eds. Chaucer, Works. Bodleian Library MS Arch Selden B.24: Facsimile Edition. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1995.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 26-8.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 161-2; 273-4.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS], ff. 292-292v
First Lines:
O hie emprys and quene celestiale
Princis eterne and flour Immaculat…
Last Lines:
…Incomperable þe haly gast als fast
In to ȝour Innocens dovne has sent
Note: 5 stanzas; a post-medieval transcript is Edinburgh, University Library La.IV.27-28, item 6; ed. Laing (1834), 1 (suppl.), 305.
Attributed Title: ‘heir followis ane ballat of our lady’ (f. 292)
Editions:
Craigie, William Alexander. The Asloan Manuscript. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 14, 16. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1923, 192: 2.245-6.