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O soothfast sun of all brightness
Lydgate’s paraphrase of the Eight Verses of St. Bernard — in nine or eleven 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Note: Cf. 1508 for another version.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Eight Verses of St. Bernard
Subjects: paraphrases; devotional verse; Saint Bernard
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 27-29v
First Lines:
O sothfast sun of al brightnesse
Enlumyng with thy cleer lyght…
Last Lines:
…Tyl pes be leyd as ffor Ostage
That right and mercy may accorde
Note: Version I, 9 stanzas; each introduced by Latin prose text.
Attributed Title: These be the viij verse folwyng of hooly seynt Bernard who so euer seith hem euery day devoutly shal neuer be dampned but he may neuer be þe bolder to syne (f. 27)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 206-9.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.3, Part XII, ff. 18v-19
First Lines:
O sothefast sonne of all bryghtnesse
Enlumyne with thy clere lyghte…
Last Lines:
…Make me a sygne through y godenesse
And marke me yn my forhede
Note: Six stanzas and first two lines of seventh, i.e. lines 1-50 only.
Attributed Title: Versus Barnardi (f. 18v)
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 126v-127v
First Lines:
O sothefast son of all bryghtnes
enlumen withe thy clere lyght…
Last Lines:
…And when I ere ageynst thy wyll
have mercy or thow do vengeance
Attributed Author: Iohn lydegat (f. 126v); Explicit lidgatt (f. 127v)
Attributed Title: Here begyneth verses of þe whiche þat lynge herry the v whom god assoyle by gret devocion vsyd in his chapell at his hyȝe masses by twene þe levacion and þe concecracion of þe sacrement / translatid by þe monke lydegat dan Iohn (f. 126v, by scribe, John Stow)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 209-11.