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Be glad and blithe Queen of bliss
On the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin in Heaven in Mirk’s Festial (except London, British Library Harley 210) — of varying length, rhyme and metre
Subjects: Virgin Mary, joys of
Versification: — ten-line, six-line — abcbddeffe, aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Gough eccl. top. 4 (SC 17680), ff. 133-133v
First Lines:
Be glad & blyþe qwene of blys
ffor þi ioy passyng is…
Last Lines:
…of you for to haue a syght
or þat we heþen wende
Note: 8 stanzas.
Editions:
Erbe, Theodore, ed. Mirk’s Festial. EETS e.s. 96 (1905); repr. 1987: 332-3.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 96 (SC 4124), ff. 144v-145
First Lines:
Be glad & blythe quene of blys
for thy ioye passyng ys…
Last Lines:
…of the to haue a syȝt
or we hens wynd Amen Amen
Note: 8 stanzas, written as prose.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.10.50, f. 145
First Lines:
Be glad & blythe quene
ffor thes ioyes vii neuer shalt thow mysse
Well is the that euer thow ware bore
thus to ioy euermore with the kyng of blisse…
Last Lines:
…Of the to haue a syȝt
Or we hens wynde
Note: 8 stanzas, written as prose.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 168/89, pp. 265a-266b
First Lines:
Be glad & blyth qwen of blis
ffor þi ioy passyng is…
Last Lines:
Of ȝow for to haue a syȝt
Or þat we hyne wynd
Note: Eight 6-line stanzas, aabccb.
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Claudius A.II, ff. 102-102v
First Lines:
Be gladde and blythe quene of blysse
ffor þine ioy passing isse …
Last Lines:
…For vs of ȝow to haue a syght
Er þen we hennys wende
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: cxvi.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 210, f. 87
Note: Text occurring separately from Festial.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2403, f. 151
First Lines:
Be glad & blyþe quene of blys
for þy ioye passynge is…
Last Lines:
…of þe to haue suche a siȝt
ar we hens wende
Note: Written as prose.
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2417, f. 70v
First Lines:
Be glad & blythe swete quene of blys
ffor þy ioye passyng ys…
Last Lines:
…Of þe for to haue asyȝt
Ere þen we hennys wende
Note: Written as prose.
9.Source: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, ff. 130v-131v
First Lines:
Be glad and blyþe quene of blis
ffor þy ioy passyng ys…
Last Lines:
…Thus to ioyen euyrmore
Wyth the kyng of blisse
Note: Seven 6-line stanzas, aabccb.