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O sweetest balm of greatest excellence
An orison to the Virgin Mary — three 8-line stanzas with the refrain, ‘For in thin helpe is al myn affiaunce’
Subjects: Virgin Mary, prayers to; prayers, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.48 (SC 11914), ff. 134-134v
First Lines:
o Swettest bawme of grettest excellence
Lady of this world of helle eeke emperesse…
Last Lines:
…The thrid is that my soule may come to blisse
ffor in thin helpe is all myn affiaunce
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 296-7.