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A Jesu Christ crown of maidens all
John Capgrave, Life of St Katherine — rhyme royal
Author(s): John Capgrave
Title(s): Life of St Katherine
Subjects: saints’ lives; Katherine of Alexandria, saint, life of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 118 (SC 14611), ff. 1-113
First Lines:
Iesu cryst crowne of maydenys alle
A mayde bare þe mayde ȝaue þe soke…
Last Lines:
…God our lord for his hye mercy
Graunt us heuene aftyr þis mysery
Attributed Author: Par Capgraue (f. 113)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. John Capgrave: the Life of St. Katherine of Alexandria. Early English Text Society o.s. 100 (1893): 2-260 (bks. 1-3).
Winstead, Karen A., ed. The Life of St Katherine. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1999.
2.Source: London, British Library Arundel 20, ff. 1-42v
First Lines:
SVm tym þair was a grete kyng in grece
off surry and cypre both lorde & syre
As clark tell vs in olde storece
All thyng was rewlyd at hys desyre…
Last Lines:
…And specyall succur yn þis perilous pylgrymage
þat after þis lyue we mey cum to thy cage
Note: Lacks prologue. Two verse lines per manuscript line. Final stanzas differ from other manuscript witnesses of the same text.
3.Source: London, British Library Arundel 168, ff. 15ra-65rb
First Lines:
O Jhesu criste croune of maydyns all
A mayde bare þe a mayde ȝaf þe soke…
Last Lines:
…God oure lord for his hye mercy
Graunte vs heuene aftir þis myserie
Note: ‘Amen’ on separate line after end.
Attributed Author: Explicit vita sancte Katerine facta per doctore Capgraue (f. 65rb)
Attributed Title: Explicit vita sancte Katerine facta per doctore Capgraue (f. 65rb)
4.Source: London, British Library Arundel 396, ff. 1-117v
First Lines:
A ihesu crist crovne of maydenes alle
A mayde bare the a mayde ȝave þe sook…
Last Lines:
…God oure lord for his hye mercy
Graunte vs heuene after thys mysery. Amen
Editions:
Hingeston, Francis Charles, ed. Johannis Capgrave liber de illustribus Henricis. Rolls Series 7 (1858; repr. Kraus, 1970): 337-54 (Prologue only).
Horstmann, Carl, ed. John Capgrave: the Life of St. Katherine of Alexandria. Early English Text Society o.s. 100 (1893): 3-403.