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Sovereigns and sirs if it be your wille
The Life of St. Anne — 460 lines in quatrains
Subjects: Anne, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 407 (SC 10234), ff. 21-29
First Lines:
SOuereynys and serys ȝyf it be ȝour wylle
To here and to lere of thyng that is good …
Last Lines:
…And god saue vs alle þat al thyng may saue
And bryng vs to þe blys þat lestyth with owtyn ende
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 4012, ff. 130-139v
First Lines:
SOueraines & frendis if hit be your will
To here and to lere a þinge þat is good…
Last Lines:
…God saue vs all þat all þinge may haue & saue
And bringe vs to his blis þat lastiþe withoute ende
Editions:
Parker, Roscoe E., ed. The Middle English Stanzaic Versions of the Life of St. Anne. EETS o.s. 174 (1928); repr. 1987: 110-26.