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Thou First Mover that causest all thing
John Lydgate, an Invocation to St. Anne — eleven stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: Anne, saint; saints, prayers to
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 44v-45v
First Lines:
THowe first moever þat causest euery thinge
To haue his keping thorughe þy provydence
And rightfully art called lorde and kyng
Havinge þe lordship of eche intelligence…
Last Lines:
…He graunte vs mercy in þis exyle here
Sith he vs bought with his blode so dere
Attributed Title: Here begynneþe a devoute Invocacoun to sainte Anne by þat solempne Religious Lidegate made at þe commaundement of my ladye Anne Countasse of Stafford (f. 44v)
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, ff. 247-248
First Lines:
Þou first moeuer þat causest euery thing
To haue his keping thoroughe prouyndence…
Last Lines:
…He graunt vs mercy in his exyle heere
Sich he vs bought with his blood so deer
Attributed Author: by Lidegate (f. 247)
Attributed Title: Invocation by Lidegate to Saynte Anne (f. 247)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 130-3.