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DIMEV 860
IMEV 527.5
NIMEV 527.5
Blessed be the sweetest name of our Lord / Jesu Christ
Balade added by Caxton to be said by those pleased with the Lyfe of Our Lady which precedes it in the printed book — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988)TP 264.5; cf. 1534 and 6115; Preceded by Latin prose, ‘Benedictum sit dulcissime nomen…’ of which it is a translation; follows 1534 and 6115.
Author(s): William Caxton
Title(s): ‘Balade’
Subjects: epilogues; prayers, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, prayers to; Christ, praise to; translations
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts:



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], f. 159
First Lines:
Blessyd be the swettest Name of owre lorde
Ihesu Cryste and moste gloryous Marye
His Blessyd modir with Eternall acorde
More than evir to endure In glorye…
Last Lines:
…Blesse vs Marye the mooste holy Vyrgyne
That we Regne In Hevyn with the Ordres Nyne
Note: Copied from Caxton.
Editions:
Duff, Edward Gordon. Fifteenth Century English Books. Bibliographical Society, London: Oxford UP, 1917: 75.
Crotch, Walter John Blythe, ed. William Caxton: Prologues and Epilogues. EETS o.s. 176 (1928; repr. 1973): 85.
Aurner, Nellie Slayton. Caxton: Mirror of fifteenth-century letters; a study of the literature of the first English press. London: Philip Allan, 1926; repr. New York: Russel & Russel, 1965: 294.
Lauritis, Joseph Aloysius, ed. A Critical Edition ofJohn Lydgate’s Life of Our Lady. Duquesne Studies, Philological Series 2. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University, 1961; orig. ed. diss. University Pennsylvania 1951 (Ralph Albert Klinefelter); 1952 (Vernon F. Gallagher), 1958 (Lauritis), in 3 vols: 52.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17023. Lydgate, John, The lyf of our lady, Caxton, [1484] , sig. M.5
First Lines:
Blessid be the swettest name of our lord
Ihesu crist and most glorious marie…
Last Lines:
…Blesse vs marie the most holy virgyne
That we regne in heuen with the ordres nyne
Facsimiles:
Bad Key: Blades: 2.172.
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 1.341.