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Queen of heaven make Thou mirth
Regina celi letare’ — two quatrains
Title(s): Regina celi letare
Subjects: Virgin Mary, prayers to; prayers, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 186
Transcription:
Quene of heuen mak þu murth
& prays god with all þi myght
for of þe he tok hys burth
þat is heele lyf & lyght
He rose fro deth so sayd he
Save vs gode in nede moste
Pray for vs þe trinite
ffader & sone & holy gost
Note: Written in verse lines, with rhyme markings to right and Latin supralinear glosses.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 49.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 77.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 665, f. 296
Note: Two stanzas with Latin interspersed.
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 306, f. 132v
Transcription:
Quene of hevyn make thou myrth
And prayse god wyth alle thy myght
ffor of the he toke his byrth
That is heele lyfe and lyght
He rose from deth so sayde he
Saue vs god in nede most
Pra for vs the trynyte
ffader and sonne and holy goste
Note: With the Latin original in alternate lines in rubric.
Attributed Title: Regina celi letare
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 176.