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Almighty God father of heaven / For Christs love that died…
Oracio deuota de Trinitate — five cross-rhymed quatrains
Note: Incorporated into composite poem, 3918.
Title(s): Oracio deuota de Trinitate
Subjects: prayers; Trinity, devotion to
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 789 (SC 2643), ff. 146-146v
First Lines:
Almiȝti god fader of heuene
For cristis loue þat deide on rode…
Last Lines:
…Al miȝti god of merci moost
Lord þu haue merci on me
Note: Four stanzas only, written as prose.
Attributed Title: þis is an orisoun to þe holi trinite (f. 146)
Editions:
Hirsh, John C. “Prayer and Meditation in Late Mediaeval England: MS. Bodley 789.” Medium Ævum 48 (1979): 55-66: 59.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.8.2, f. 6ra
First Lines:
Almyghty god fader of heuen
for Cristes love that deyed yn roode…
Last Lines:
…And that I may haue grace or þat I daye
Rightfully to Amende me
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Private Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Studies in Philology 36 (1939): 466-75: 472.
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 2-3.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.43, ff. 20-20v
First Lines:
allmyȝtty god fadyr of heuen
for cristes sone þat dyde on rode
y prey þe lord to here my steuen…
Last Lines:
…Almyȝtty god of mercy most
lord ihesu haue mercy on me
Note: Four stanzas only.
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 1.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.43, ff. 99v-100
First Lines:
aLmyȝty god fadyr of heuen
ffor cristys loue þat dyed on rode…
Last Lines:
…lorde haue mercy on mee
And on all þat mercy nede for charite
Note: Four quatrains (abab) and one five-line stanza (ababb).
Attributed Title: Oracio deuota de trinitate valde bona (f. 99v)
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 2.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2406, f. 8v
First Lines:
Almyghty god fadir of heuene
For cristis loue þat dyde on rode…
Last Lines:
…ffader and sone and holy gost and personys iij
Almyghty god of myghtes most lord þou haue mercy on me
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 79-80.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 194.
6.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, f. 57v
First Lines:
Almyghty god fadyr of heuyne for cristes loue þat deied on rode
I prey þe lord þou hyre my steuene & my delyte fulfulle in goode…
Last Lines:
…ffadyr & son & holy gost Al one god persons thre
Al myghty lord of mercy most lord Ihesu haue mercy on me
Note: Four stanzas only.



Inscriptions:
1.Source: olim Bawburgh, Norfolk triptych, formerly owned by Mr Clark of Beauthorp, Norfolk
First Lines:
Almightie God in his eternall maiestie
disposing all things by his providence…
Last Lines:
…with Ghostly support to doe correction
Thee to reforme as they see need
Note: Now destroyed; seventeenth-century transcription in London, Lambeth Palace Library 935, art. 8, dated 29 September 1658.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. “Lives of Saint Walstan.” Norfolk and Norwich Archaelogical Society, Proceedings 19 (1917): 238-67: 250-66.