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At a spring well under a thorn
The Virgin Mary by the fountain of love — four lines in couplets
Subjects: Virgin Mary
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Magdalen College Lat. 60, f. 214
Transcription:
At a sprynge wel vnder a þorn
þer was bote of bale a lytel here a forn
þer by syde stant a mayde fulle of loue y bounde
he so wol seche trwe loue yn hyr hyt schal be founde
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Coxe, Henry Octavius. Catalogus codicum mss. qui in collegiis aulisque oxoniensibus…. Oxon: e Typographeo academico, 1852: 37.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 229.
Mason, Harold Andrew. Humanism and Poetry in the Early Tudor Period. London: Routledge and Paul, 1959: 149.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 212.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 72.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 181.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Preachers, Poets and the English Lyric. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1986: 210.
Millett, Bella. “The Songs of Entertainers and the Song of the Angels: Vernacular Lyric Fragments in Odo of Cheriton’s Sermones de Festis.” Medium Ævum 64 (1995): 17-36: 17.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 61; 189.