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The great God full of grace
‘All way fond to say the Best’ — ten 8-line stanzas
Note: For another version see 4430.
Title(s): ‘All way fond to say the Best’
Subjects: advice, spiritual
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, f. 68
First Lines:
The grete god full of grace
of whom all goodnesse grew & gan
And all þat lestneth me a space
god shylde hem fro þe fend Satan…
Last Lines:
…ffor goddes loue so full of grace
Alwey fonde to say þe best
Note: Written two lines of verse on each line of MS, with slash to mark line breaks; ‘Explicit’ by scribe in lower margin, f. 68.
Attributed Title: All way fond to say þe best (by scribe, upper margin f. 68); Another poeme intitled A way found to say the best (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
2.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Garrett 143, ff. 45-46v
First Lines:
The grete god so ful of grace
of whom al godnes growe ganne…
Last Lines:
…ffor godis loue so ful of grace
Al way fond to say þe best
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ þe songe of saing þe best (f. 44v)
Editions:
Root, Robert Kilburn. “Poems from the Garrett MS.” Englische Studien 41 (1910): 360-79: 371-4.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 191-3.