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Blessed lady O princess of mercy
John Lydgate, ‘Fifteen Joys of Our Lady’ — twenty-eight stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Fifteen Joys of Our Lady’
Subjects: Virgin Mary, joys of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodl. Lat. liturg. e.47, ff. 211; 203; 212-216; 218; 217
First Lines:
O blyssyd lady o princesse of mercy
Modyr callyd of grace and of pety…
Last Lines:
…Þer may be made non comparison
ffor thilk ioy of ioys soueraygnest…
Note: Leaves misbound; order should be 211, 203, 212, 216, 215, 214, 213, 218, 217; 25 stanzas plus 4 lines of 26th, on the fifteenth joy; ends incomplete.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 170-172v
First Lines:
O blessyd Lady o princes of mercy
Modyr callyd of grace and of pyte
Welle of goodnes that sprang most souerenly
Clere as crystall in thy virginite…
Last Lines:
…To loue the best in to my lyfys ende
And ioy euerlastyng when I shall hens wende
Attributed Author: John Lydgate (added by later hand, ff. 170, 172v)
Attributed Title: The xv ioyes of our lady secundum lydgate (added by later hand, f. 170)
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Titus A.XXVI, ff. 157v-160v
First Lines:
Blessed lady O pryncesse of mercy
Moder ecallyd of grace and of pyte…
Last Lines:
…The forto sewe vnto my lyvys ende
And my sovle saue whanne I schale hens wende
Attributed Author: by daun Iohn the monke of Bury (f. 157v)
Attributed Title: To my lordes and ladyes here Begynnen ȝe fyfftene Ioyes of oure lady cleped ȝe XV Ioes (f. 157v); ȝe fifftene Ioyes of oure ladye (RT)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 260-7.
4.Source: London, Law Society 2 (107e), f. 1
5.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 4 [olim Phillipps 8820]
First Lines:
Blessed lady princesse of mercy
Modir callild of grace and pyte…
Last Lines:
…To loue the best vnto my lyfes ende
And Ioy euerlastynge whan I shal hens wende
Note: Third text after Speculum (MS unfoliated; second text after table of chapters of Speculum Viate).
Attributed Title: ffiftene Ioyes of oure lady
6.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 17, ff. 2-7v
First Lines:
Blessid Lady O princesse of mercy
Modir called of grace and of Pite…
Last Lines:
…To love the beste in to my lyvis ende
And Ioye euer lasting whan y shall hense wende
Note: Between each stanza a scroll with refrain, ‘Aue Maria’.