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Saint Valentine of custom year by year
John Lydgate, ‘Valentine to Our Lady’ — twenty stanzas rhyme royal, including 2-stanza envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Valentine to Our Lady’
Subjects: Valentine, saint; Virgin Mary, songs in honour of; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 57 (SC 6938), ff. 52-54
First Lines:
SAinteValentyne of custume yeere by yeere
Men haue an vsaunce with in þis Regyoun
To looke and seche Cupides Kalundere
And chese þeire choys by gret affeccyoun…
Last Lines:
…Have on vs mercy whane we for helpe calle
ffor love of hir þat þus excelliþe alle
Note: 19 stanzas (stanza 3 is missing).
Attributed Title: Here foloweþe nowe a glorious Invocacoun to oure blessed ladye made by þat vertuous Lidegate in balade wyse in cheosing of Valantynes at þat selff feeste with þe Refrayde I love one best of alle (f. 52)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 145-149
First Lines:
Seynt Valentyne of custume yeere by yeere
Men haue an vsaunce in þis Regyoun
To looke and serche Cupydes kalundere
And cheese þeyre choys by gret affeccioun…
Last Lines:
…Haue on vs mercy whane we for help calle
ffor loue of hir þat excelleþe alle
Attributed Author: by daun Iohan Lidegate þe Munke of Bury (p. 145)
Attributed Title: Lo here beginneþe a balade made at þe reuerence of our lady by daun Iohan Lidegate þe Munke of Bury in wyse of chesing loues at saint Valentynes day (p. 145); Balade for saint Valentynes daye (RT)
Editions:
Mahir, Otto, ed. Eine religiöse Gedichte John Lydgates. Oberviechtach: Adolf Mahir, 1910: 31-7.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 304-10.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 155-157
First Lines:
Saynt valentyne of custome yeare by yeare
men haue an vsaunce in this regyon…
Last Lines:
…haue on vs mercy whan we for helpe calle
ffor loue of hur þat excelleth all
Note: Ends ‘fynes’ (f. 157)
Attributed Title: Lo here beginneth a balade made at the reuerence of our lady by dane Iohan lidegate þe munke of bury in wyse of chesinge loues at sainte valentynes daye (f. 155)
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 242v-244v
First Lines:
SEynt Valentyne of custom yeere by yeere
Men have an vsaunce in this Regioun…
Last Lines:
…Have on vs mercy whan we for help calle
ffor love of hir that excellith alle