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O Queen of grace and of comfort
James Ryman, a hymn to the Virgin Mary — seven quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘O mater ora filium’ and burden: ‘To heuyn blis that we may come / O mater ora filium’
Author(s): James Ryman
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, carols to
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, f. 3
First Lines:
As we rede in diuinite
Thou hast born in virginite…
Last Lines:
…The sone of god in diuinite
O mater ora filium
Note: Two variant stanzas.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 17-17v
First Lines:
O quene of grace and of conforte
Whose vertu we cannot reporte…
Last Lines:
…That for oure synne we lost not be
O mater ora filium
Note: An additional stanza, marked vacat, written after stanza 2.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 176-7, 327.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 144-5; 1977, 128.