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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Anonymous. c. 1300
6. A Hymn to the Virgin
OF on that is so fayr and bright 
        Velut maris stella, 
Brighter than the day is light, 
        Parens et puella: 
Ic crie to the, thou see to me,         5
Levedy, preye thi Sone for me, 
        Tam pia, 
That ic mote come to thee 
Al this world was for-lore  10
        Eva peccatrice, 
Tyl our Lord was y-bore 
        De te genetrice. 
With ave it went away 
Thuster nyth and comz the day  15
The welle springeth ut of the, 
Levedy, flour of alle thing, 
        Rose sine spina,  20
Thu bere Jhesu, hevene king, 
        Gratia divina: 
Of alle thu ber'st the pris, 
Levedy, quene of paradys 
        Electa:  25
Mayde milde, moder es 
GLOSS:  on] one.  levedy] lady.  thuster] dark.  pris] prize.

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