The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1691
IMEV 1032
NIMEV 1032
Hail be Thou Mary the mother of Christ
Ave regina celorum — six 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), each with Latin final line
Title(s): Ave regina celorum
Subjects: hymns, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, hymns to
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 315-316
First Lines:
Hayle be thow mary moder of cryst
Hayle be thou blessed þat bare a child…
Last Lines:
…for me & all crystyn thow pray
Pro salute fidelium
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 165-6.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 59-60.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.4.20 (652), f. 172
First Lines:
Hayll mary the mod[ ]
and hayll the bles[ ]…
Last Lines:
…hall that Gabryell on [ ]
Saynge Aue regina celi [ ]
Note: Stanza 1 only; right edge torn.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.252.
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 24-26
First Lines:
HEil be þou marie þe modir of crist
Heil þe blessidist þat euere bare child
Heil þat conceyuedist al wiþ list
Þe sone of god boþe meeke & mylde…
Last Lines:
…Heil cheefest of chastite for soþe to say
Lady kepe vs so in oure last day
Þat we may come to þi kingdom
For me & alle cristen þou pray
Pro salute fidelum Amen
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 4-5.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 65-65v
First Lines:
Heyle be þu mary þo moder of clryste
Heyle be þo bleste þat euer bare chylde…
Last Lines:
…for hus and for all odur þu prey
Et pro salute fidelium
Attributed Title: Ave regina celorum (RT)
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald, ed. The Visions of Tundale. Edinburgh: T.G. Stevenson, 1843: 145-6.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 41-2.
5.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 516, ff. 25v-26
First Lines:
Haile be þu maide modir of crist
haile be þu blessidest þat euer bare childe…
Last Lines:
…ffor me and al cristen þu pray
pro salute fidelium
Attributed Author: quod Benett (f. 26)
Attributed Title: A deuow deuowte salutacioun of Aue regina celorum (f. 25v)
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 41-2.