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Sweet Saint Anne we thee beseech
John Audelay, an invocation to St. Anne — nine 5-line stanzas (ababc) with ‘Herefore we say’ refrain and burden: ‘The moder of mary þat merceful may / Pray for vs both nyght & day’
Author(s): John Audelay
Subjects: Anne, saint; saints, prayers to; carols, of saints
Versification: — five-line — ababc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 302 (SC 21876), ff. 31rb-31va
First Lines:
Swete saynt tanne we te be seche
þou pray fore vs to oure laday…
Last Lines:
…Sine fyne fore his merce
Here fore I say
Attributed Title: de sancta anna matre marie (f. 31)
Editions:
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. “Fifteenth Century Carols by John Audelay, II.” Modern Language Review 6 (1911): 68-84: 71-2.
Whiting, Ella Keats, ed. John Audelay: The Poems. EETS o.s. 184 (1931); repr. 1988: 200-1.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 214-15; 1977, 189-90.