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Blessed must be our heaven Queen
John Audelay, ‘De Virginitate’ — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘For the loue of a maydon fre / I haue me choson to chastite’
Author(s): John Audelay
Title(s): De Virginitate
Subjects: Virgin Mary, songs in honour o; carols, of women; women, praise of
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 302 (SC 21876), f. 30ra-30rb
First Lines:
Blessid mot be oure heuen quene
ffore vergyn & maydyn Sheo was ful cleene…
Last Lines:
…ffore aȝayns þe fynd þai made defense
with þe swerd of chastite
Attributed Title: De virgnitate (f. 30ra)
Editions:
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. “Fifteenth Century Carols by John Audelay, II.” Modern Language Review 6 (1911): 68-84: 76-7.
Whiting, Ella Keats, ed. John Audelay: The Poems. EETS o.s. 184 (1931); repr. 1988: 206-7.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 264-5; 1977, 234.