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Ye Briton Martyrs famous in perfectness
John Lydgate, Prayer to British Saints, particularly St. Ursula — three 8-line stanzas and a couplet
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: prayers, to saints; Ursula, saint
Versification: — eight-line, two-line — ababbcbc, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 76v-77
First Lines:
[Y]E briton martirs famous in parfitnes
Of herte a vowid in youre tender age…
Last Lines:
…Shall be menys to þi magnificence
Vs to socoure lorde when we to þe call
Note: ‘Oracio’ in margin beside third stanza
Attributed Title: Incipit de XI mille virginibus (f. 76v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 37, ff. 147-148
First Lines:
YE bruton martirs famous in perfinesse
Off hert anoned in yowre tendir age…
Last Lines:
…Schalle menys to thi magnificence
Vs to socoure lord whan we to the callel
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 169-169v
First Lines:
YE brytoun martyrs famous in parfytenesse
Of hert avowed in yowre tendyr Age
To perseuer in vyrginall clennesse
ffre from the yok & bond of mariage…
Last Lines:
…Shalbe meanes to thy magnificence
Vs to socour lord when we to the call
Attributed Author: Lydgate (added after Explicit by later hand, prob. John Stow’s; f. 169v).
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, f. 116
First Lines:
YE Bryton martirs famous in parfitnesse
Of herte avowyd in your tendir Age…
Last Lines:
…Shal be meenys to thy magnificence
Vs to socoure lord whan we to the calle
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 78-9.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 144.