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Saint Agnes life I me purpose
Osbern Bokenam, ‘Life of St. Agnes’ — Prologue in 8-line stanzas; Life in rhyme royal
Author(s): Osbern Bokenam
Title(s): ‘Life of St. Agnes’
Subjects: Agnes, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — eight-line, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 327, ff. 74-86v
First Lines:
Seynt Anneys lyf I me purpose
Aftyr my kunnyng in ynglysh to wryte…
Last Lines:
…And for my guardonn lady purches þou me
She aftyr þis mystery in blysse to se
Attributed Author: Translated into englys be a doctor of dyuyinte clepyd Osbern Bokenam…Wrytyn in Cambryge by hys sonn ffrer Thomas Burgh (index, f. 193)
Attributed Title: The prologue in to seynt agneys lyf (rubric, f. 74) The lyf of seynt Agneys (index, f. 193)
Editions:
Clive, Edward Gerbert, earl of Powis. Osbern Bokenham, The lyvys of seyntys. Roxburghe Club 5. London: Nicol, 1835: 116-36.
Serjeantson, Mary Sidney, ed. Osbern Bokenham: Legendys of Hooly Wummen. EETS o.s. 206 (1938); repr. 1988: 110-29.