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Queen of heaven of hell eke empress
John Lydgate, Verses On the Five Joys addressed to the Virgin Mary — seven 8-line stanzas(ababbcbc) and an Envoy of 28 lines (3 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc and four-line verba compilatoris, abba)
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: Virgin Mary, joys of; envoys
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — ababbcbc, abba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 73 (SC 4119), ff. 119v-120v
First Lines:
Qvene of heuen and of helle emperresse
Lady of this worlde verrey lode sterre…
Last Lines:
…To make you strong be ware forgete hem nought
On cristes passioun and on hir Ioyes fyve
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 17-19
First Lines:
Queen of hevene of helle eek Empresse
lady of this world o verray loode sterre…
Last Lines:
…on cristis passioun and on hir Ioies ffyve
to make yow strong be war for get hem nouht
Note: Envoy complete, not only 20 lines as recorded in Brown and Robbins (1943).
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a prayer on to our lady (f. 17)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.48 (SC 11914), f. 80
First Lines:
QVeen of heuene of Helle eek emperesse
lady of this world o varray lood sterr…
Last Lines:
…On cristis passioun and on hir Ioies fyue
make you strong bi war for gete hem nouht
Note: Envoy complete, not only 20 lines as recorded in Brown and Robbins (1943).
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a prayer on to our lady (f. 17)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 110 (SC 9936), ff. 241-241v
First Lines:
Qwene of heuene of helle eeke Emperesse
Lady of thys world Oo verray lood sterre…
Last Lines:
…Thy sounes Passioun knet with hys woundes fyue
Of Modirly Pite by Mediacoun
Note: Lines 1-54; at the beginning in the same hand: ‘Maria Ihesus Iohannes’.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 284-7.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 110 (SC 9936), ff. 244-244v
First Lines:
Qween of heuene of helle eeke Emperesse
Lady of this world O verray loodsterre…
Last Lines:
…On Cristys passyoun and on hir Ioyes fyve
To make you strong bewar forget hem nouht
Note: Second occurrence in this MS; written by a different hand(?); ten 8-line stanzas and one quatrain.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.6, ff. 199-200v
First Lines:
Qvene of heuene of Helle eeke Emperesse
Lady of this Worlde O verrey loode sterre…
Last Lines:
…On cristus Passion & on here Ioyes ffyue
To make ȝow stronge be war for get hem nought
Attributed Author: Lydgate (f. 199); Quod dan Iohn Lydgate (f. 200v)
Attributed Title: Here…begyneth an holy preyer to oure moste blesset Lady Seynt Mari of here V Ioyes. Lydgate (f. 199)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 71v-72v
First Lines:
[O] quene of heuen of hell eeke emperes
Lady of þis worlde o verrey loode sterre…
Last Lines:
…To make you strong be ware forget þam
On Cristes passion and on hir Ioyes fyue
Attributed Title: Incipit de sancta maria (f. 71v)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 167v-168
First Lines:
quene of heuyn of hell eke Emperesse
lady of thys world o verrey loode sterre
To marynerys geyn all martall distresse
In theyre passage that they ne erre…
Last Lines:
…On Crystes passion & on her ioyes fyue
To make yow strong beware foryete hem nought
Attributed Author: Lydgate (added next to ‘lenuoy’, f. 168; added next to ‘Explicit’, f. 168v)
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 111v-113v
First Lines:
Queen of heuene of helle Eek emperesse
lady of this world O verray lood sterre…
Last Lines:
…On cristis passioun and on hir Ioyes fyve
To make you strong be war forget hem nouht
Attributed Author: Explicit quod lidgate (f. 113v)
Attributed Title: Incipit de Sancta Maria (f. 111v, in rubric)
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 344, ff. 11-12v
First Lines:
Qvene of heuene and of helle emperesse
Lady of thys world verrey lood sterre…
Last Lines:
…To make you strange be ware forget her nowght
In crystes passyon and on hyre Ioyes fyve