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Queen of heaven mother and may
‘Fonde euermore to Say the Beste’ — seven 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with refrain, ‘to sey þe beste’
Note: For another version see 5311.
Title(s): ‘Fonde euermore to Say the Beste’
Subjects: tongue, advice concerning use of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 411va1
First Lines:
Qween of heuene Moder and May
Saue hem alle nou þat ben here…
Last Lines:
…Nou to þis word ȝe take good hede
ffor Marie loue to seye þe beste
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): 2.723-5.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 132vc-133ra
First Lines:
QWeen of heuene Moder & may
Saue hem alle nou þat ben here…
Last Lines:
…Nou to þis word ȝe take good hede
ffor marie loue to speke þe beste
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.