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O well of sweetness replete in every vein
John Lydgate, ‘Legend of Dan Joos’, a miracle of the Virgin Mary — twenty stanzas rhyme royal
Note: A slightly different version occurs in The myracles of oure blessyd Lady, Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, [1496] , no. 15, ed. Whiteford (1990), 54.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Legend of Dan Joos’
Subjects: Virgin Mary, miracles of; miracles
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 165v-167
First Lines:
o Welle of swetnesse replete in euery veyne
That all mankynde preseruyd hast from dethe
And all oure ioy fro langour dydest restreyne
At thy Natiuite o floure of Nazareth…
Last Lines:
…In honour of the that done thy psalmes rede
As was dan Joos so quyte hem for theyre mede
Attributed Author: Lydgate (added by later hand, f. 167)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 311-15.
Neilson, William Allan, and Kenneth Grant Tremaye Webster. Chief British Poets of the 14th and 15th Centuries London: Dent; and New York: Dutton, 1916: 277-9.
Boyd, Beverly May, ed. Middle English Miracles of the Virgin. New York: Columbia UP, 1955; San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1964: 56-61.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 236-237v
First Lines:
o welle of swetnes replete in euery veyne
That all mankynde preserued hast fro deth
And all oure ioy fro langour dydest restreyne
At thy natiuite o flowre of Nazareth…
Last Lines:
…In honour of the that done thy psalmes rede
As was Dan Joos so quyte hem for hyr mede
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Author: Lydgate (added by later hand, ff. 236, 237v)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 70v-72
First Lines:
O welle of swetnes replete in euery veyne
That almankynd preserued hast fro deth…
Last Lines:
…In honoure of the that these psalmes Reede
As was dane Ioos so quyte hem for his mede Amen
Note: Omits stanzas 14-17.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 62-6.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Originals and Analogues of some of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society 2nd ser. 7, 10, 15, 20, 22. London: Trübner, 1872-87: 3.286-8.