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IMEV 2607
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Of all flowers fairest fall one
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — thirteen 8-line stanzas
Subjects: Virgin Mary, hymns to; hymns, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — twelve-line stanzas, eight-line — ababbcbccdcd, ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 410rc-410vb
First Lines:
Off alle floures feirest fall on
And þat is Marie Moder fre…
Last Lines:
…In heuene of þe to haue a siht
Ladi to þe my mone I mene
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 2.708-11.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 178-81.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 131vc-132rb
First Lines:
Off alle floures feirest fall on
Ajd þat is marie moder fre…
Last Lines:
…In heuene of þe to haue a syht
Lady to þe muy mone I mene
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
3.Source: Arras, Bibliothèque municipale, Arras 184 (254), vol. 1, f. 1v
Transcription:
Of all flours & cetera
Editions:
Friend, Albert C. “Fourteenth-Century Couplets of English Verse.” PMLA 69 (1954): 984: 984.