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DIMEV 4612
IMEV 2892
NIMEV 2892
Saint Helena I thee pray
A prayer to St. Helena — six lines in couplets
Subjects: prayers, to saints; Helena, saint
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: York, York Minster Library XVI.K.6 [formerly XVI.G.5], ff. 98v-99
Transcription:
Seint Elene I þe pray
To helpe me at my last day
To sette þe crosse & his passione
Be twix my synfull saule & dome
Now & in þe houre of my dede
And brynge my soule to requied
Note: Ker and Piper, eds (1969) lists erroneously as IMEV 2891.
Editions:
Simmons, Thomas Frederick. The Lay Folks’ Mass Book. EETS o.s. 71 (1879); repr. 1968: 350.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 72.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 402.