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Sweet Lady Saint Mary
A prayer to the Virgin Mary — twenty-two lines in couplets
Subjects: Virgin Mary, prayers to; prayers, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 114va2-114vb
First Lines:
Swete lady seinte Marie
fful of alle Curtesie…
Last Lines:
…And also alle cristene men
God lord Ihesu Amen AMEN
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 1.20-1 (lines 45-66).
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 52.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.14.26, part III, ff. 44-44v
First Lines:
Swete lady virgen seynte mary
ffulle of grace and curtesy…
Last Lines:
…And alle cristen men
Swete ihesu cryste amen
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.43, ff. 91v-92
First Lines:
SWete ladye seynt marye
ffull of all curtesye…
Last Lines:
…And all cristen men
Swete ihesu cryst Amen
Attributed Title: oracio bona de sancta maria Sequens (f. 91v)
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37787, ff. 15-15v
First Lines:
Swete lady seynt marie
fful of alle curtesye…
Last Lines:
…And also alle cristen men
Swet Jhesu amen amen
Editions:
Baugh, Nita Scudder. A Worcestershire Miscellany, compiled by John Northwood, c. 1400, edited from British Museum MS. Add. 37,787. Philadelphia, 1956: 102.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 210, ff. 35v-36
First Lines:
SWete leuedi synte marie
fful of grace and curteysie
Moder of merci & of pite
Min hop of help is al on þe…
Last Lines:
…And ȝif ham god lif and gode hende
And ioie whan þei hennis wende
And cristenemen SWete ihesi am
Note: Written as prose.
6.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 114, ff. i-iv
First Lines:
Swete lady seynt mary
fful of al curtesy…
Last Lines:
…[ ] alle crysten men
Swete ihesu amen amen
Note: 18 lines only.
Editions:
Borland, Katherine R. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Western Medieval Manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library Edinburgh: University Press, 1916: 334.
7.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown Quaritch Sale, 1931, item 82; Cat. 609, 1943, Lot 500; then Witten Cat., 1983, no. 22
Note: See Quaritch (1931)