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Ye holy priests remembreth in your heart
John Lydgate, ‘An exortacion to Prestys’ — six 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), including envoy
Note: In MSS 1 and 2 this piece follows 6820 without break.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘An exortacion to Prestys’
Subjects: priesthood; envoys; mass, virtues of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 330-331
First Lines:
Ye holy prestes remembryth in your hart
Toward masse when ye do you dresse
With love & dred first mekely doth adverte
The vertues dygnyte the noblesse…
Last Lines:
…Mekely compyled vnder direccoun
Dyrecte of hart both to more & lasse
Of humble will & no presumpcoun
To folke desposid euery day to say there masse
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 174/95, pp. 453-454
First Lines:
Ye holy prystis remember in youre hert
Towarde masse when ȝe do you dresse…
Last Lines:
…Of humble wyll & no presumpcion
To prestis dysposyd ech day to syng þer masse
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 84-6 (Envoy only).
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 205-205v
First Lines:
yE holy prestes remembreth in your herte
Toward masse when ye do yow dresse
With loue and drede furst mekely doth aduerte
The dignite of vertuous noblesse…
Last Lines:
…lat hym nat out of youre mynde pas
Repast of Aungelles in the heuynly mansyon
Attributed Author: by John Lydgate (added by later hand, f. 205); Lydgate (added by later hand, f. 205v)
Attributed Title: An exortacion to Prestys when they shall sey theyre Masse (f. 205, by scribe)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 84-6.