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O mighty Lady our leading to have
Jevan ap Rydderch ap Jevan Lloyd, an English Ode to God and St. Mary, written in Welsh alliterative metre — 100 lines in thirteen stanzas of varying length
Author(s): Jevan ap Rydderch ap Jevan Lloyd
Subjects: Virgin Mary, songs in honour of; odes; God, hymns to
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 14866, ff. 25-26
First Lines:
O meithi ladi owr leding tw haf
at hefn owr abeiding…
Last Lines:
…ei can ne mo tw kwin of meight
O meighti ladi etc
Editions:
Williams, O. T. “Another Welsh Phonetic Copy of the Early English Hymn to the Virgin from a British Museum MS. No. 14866.” Angli 32 (1909): 295-300: 295-8.
Bell, H. Idris. “Welsh Phonetic Copy of the Early English Hymn to the Virgin.” Anglia 36 (1912): 116-21: 117-21.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 353, f. 63
First Lines:
Almightie Ladie Leding to have
Almighti Ladi Leding to haf
hevyn at owr ending
hevyn att owr ending
als at hevyn our abeyding
Into thy feste everlesting
yn tw ddei ffest evyrlesting
I sull [ ] vs to bring…
Last Lines:
…who wedde suche with a rich ring
hwo wed sich wyd a rych ring
as god made this gaye wedding
as god maed t ddys gaie wedding
Note: Written by a hand of the sixteenth century; with left marginal note to indicate that written in two spellings, the first ‘after the inglish’, the second ‘after the welch’; twelve lines only, written double
3.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 98 [olim Hengwrt 479], Part II, p. 69
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “An Early English Hymn to the Virgin (15th century) and a Welshman’s phonetic copy of it soon after.” Transactions of the Philological Society. 1880-81, Pt. 1, Appendix 2, 33*-44*.
Furnivall, Frederick James, and Alexander John Elli. An English Hymn to the Virgin and a Welshman’s Phonetic Copy of it…. English Dialect Society 19, Miscellanies (1880): 300-307; London: Trübner, 1880; repr. from Archaeologia Cambrensis 4th ser. 44: 25.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “Ein ME. Hymnus auf Maria und Christus.” Anglia 64 (1940): 191-5: 191-3.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “Ein mittelenglischer Hymnus auf Maria und Christus und seine kymrische umschrift.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 140 (1920): 33-42: 33.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “Ein mittelenglischer Hymnus auf Maria und Cristus.” Anglica; Untersuchungen zur englischen Philologie. 2 vols. Palaestra: Untersuchungen und Texte aus der Deutschen und Englischen Philologie 148. Leipzig: Mayer & Müller, 1925: 2.70-4: 2.70-2.
4.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 111 [olim Hengwrt 294], p. 287
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “An Early English Hymn to the Virgin (15th century) and a Welshman’s phonetic copy of it soon after.” Transactions of the Philological Society. 1880-81, Pt. 1, Appendix 2, 33*-44*.
Furnivall, Frederick James, and Alexander John Elli. An English Hymn to the Virgin and a Welshman’s Phonetic Copy of it…. English Dialect Society 19, Miscellanies (1880): 300-307; London: Trübner, 1880; repr. from Archaeologia Cambrensis 4th ser. 44: 25.
5.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 196, p. 149