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DIMEV 6115
IMEV 3830.5
NIMEV 3830.5
Unto the holy and undivided Trinity
Balade added by Caxton to be said by those pleased with the Lyfe of Our Lady which precedes it in the printed book — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Preceded by Latin prose, ‘Sancte & Indiuidue trinitati Ihesu cristi…’ of which it is a translation; follows 1534 and 860.
Author(s): William Caxton
Subjects: translations; epilogues; prayers, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, prayers to
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], f. 158v
First Lines:
Vnto the holy and undevidid Tryntyte
Thre persones In one veray godhede…
Last Lines:
…Of every Creature whatsomeuer he be
Worlde withowte end Amen say all we
Note: Copied from Caxton.
Attributed Title: Benedictum sit dulcissime Nomen Ihu x / Gloriosissime matris eius Marie Ineternum / et Vltra Nos cum prole pia benedicat virgo Maria / Amen (f. 158v)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17023. Lydgate, John, The lyf of our lady, Caxton, [1484] , sig. m.5
First Lines:
Vnto the holy and vndeuyded trynyte
Thre personesin one veray godhede…
Last Lines:
…Of euery creature whatsomeuer he be
World withouten ende amen say al we
Attributed Title: Benedictum sit dulcissime nomen Ihesu cryst / gloriosissime marie matris eius ineternum & vltra / Nos cum prole pia benedicat virgo maria Amen (sig. m.5)
Facsimiles:
Blades, William. The Biography and Typography of William Caxton, England’s first printer. London: Trübner, 1877; repr. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1971: 2.172.
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 1.340.
Aurner, Nellie Slayton. Caxton: Mirror of fifteenth-century letters; a study of the literature of the first English press. London: Philip Allan, 1926; repr. New York: Russel & Russel, 1965: 294.
Crotch, Walter John Blythe, ed. William Caxton: Prologues and Epilogues. EETS o.s. 176 (1928; repr. 1973): 85.
Lauritis, Joseph Aloysius, ed. A Critical Edition ofJohn Lydgate’s Life of Our Lady. Duquesne Studies, Philological Series 2. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University, 1961; orig. ed. diss. University Pennsylvania 1951 (Ralph Albert Klinefelter); 1952 (Vernon F. Gallagher), 1958 (Lauritis), in 3 vols: 52.