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Saint Mary clean virgin
St. Godric’s hymn to the Virgin — eight lines
Note: Critical edition: Zupitza (1888), 415-21.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, hymns to; hymns, to Virgin Mary; Godric, saint
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 6 (SC 3886)



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 207 (SC 21781), ff. 125vb-126ra
First Lines:
Seinte marie clane virgine
moder iesu crist nazarene…
Last Lines:
…deliuere mine sennen regne in mi mod
brig me to blisse wit þi self god
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Stevenson, Joseph. Libellus de Vita et Miraculis S. Godrici, Heremitae de Finchale auctore Reginaldo Monacho Dunelmensi. Surtees Society 20 (1847): 119.
Hewlett, Henry G., ed. Rogeri de Wendover: Liber qui dictiur Flores Historiarum ab anno Domini MCLIV annoque Henrici Anglorum regis Secundi primo. 3 vols. Rolls Series 84 (1886-89; repr. Kraus, 1965): 1.73.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 172.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 413 (SC 970), f. 39v
First Lines:
Sainte Marie uirgine
moder ihesu cristes nazarene
on fo scild help þin Godric
On fang bring eghtlech
Wiþ þe in godes riche…
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.4.28, f. 149rb
First Lines:
sancte Marie uirgine
moder iesu cristes nazarene
on fo scild help þin godric
on fang bring hehtlic
wid þe i godes Riche…
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.199.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 26, f. 130rb
First Lines:
Seinte marie clane uirgine
moder iesu cristes nazarene…
Last Lines:
…dilivre mine sennen rixe in min mod
bring me to þin ine widh self god
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Nero D.V, f. 150va
First Lines:
Seinte marie clane virgine
moder iesu cristes nazarene…
Last Lines:
…dilie mine sennen rixe in min mod
bring me to þin ine ƿidh self god
Note: Written as prose.
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton Otho B.V, Part II, f. 32v
Editions:
Hewlett, Henry G., ed. Rogeri de Wendover: Liber qui dictiur Flores Historiarum ab anno Domini MCLIV annoque Henrici Anglorum regis Secundi primo. 3 vols. Rolls Series 84 (1886-89; repr. Kraus, 1965): 1.73.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 153, f. 26
Transcription:
Seinte Marie virgine
moder Iesu cristes nazarene
vn to child help þin Godric
on tong bring hehliche word þe in godes ric
Note: Written as prose amidst Latin prose text.
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 322, f. 74v
Transcription:
Seinte Marie virgine moder iesus cristes nazarene
onfong schild
help þin godrich
onfong bring heȝliche
wiþ þe ine godes rich
Note: Line division uncertain since written without line breaks below staves.
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph. Bibliographia Poetica. London: Roworth, 1802: 1-4.
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 1620, f. 172rb
10.Source: London, British Library Royal 5 F.VII, f. 85r2
First Lines:
Sainte marie uirgine
moder ihesu cristes nazarene…
Last Lines:
…dilie min sinne rix in min mod
bring me to þinne þið þe selfe god
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph. Bibliographia Poetica. London: Roworth, 1802: 1-4.
Rankin, J. W. “The Hymns of St. Godric.” PMLA 38 (1923): 699-712: 700.
Hall, Joseph. Selections from Early Middle English, 1130-1250. 2 parts. Oxford: Clarendon, 1920, 1951: 1.5.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 51.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 549.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 103.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 120; 242-4.
11.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 51, f. 175ra
Transcription:
Seinte Marie uirgine
Moder ihesu cristes Nazarene
onfor þin child
help þin Godric
onfang and bring ehtliche
þider þe in Godes Riche
Note: Written as prose.
12.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine 1716