The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6501
IMEV 4068.3
NIMEV 4068.3
Wherefore pray we to him to make us steadfast in our fay
On St Thomas the Apostle’s proving our faith, in Mirk’s Festial — two couplets
Author(s): John Mirk
Title(s): Festial
Subjects: Thomas the apostle, saint; faith
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Gough eccl. top. 4 (SC 17680)
Erbe, Theodore, ed. Mirk’s Festial. EETS e.s. 96 (1905); repr. 1987: 20-1.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 373-4.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 96 (SC 4124)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.10.50, f. 13
Thus preuyd he owre feythe & did wondres in hes wey
and grete miracles on his day
þer for worchepe we hym þat he mey
make vs stedfaste in owre feythe & helpe vs in owre long wey
And brynge vs þedur as ys no nyȝt but euerlastyng day
Note: With two preceding lines that also have same rhyme, though of irregular length.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 168/89
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Claudius A.II, f. 15
He doth al so mony wondrus on hys day
for alle þe contre cometh þedur on hys day
& takn hosul of þat hond in þis wyse
þe byschep of þat cyte synguth þe masse þat day
Note: Written as prose.
Reames, Sherry L., ed. Middle English Legends of Women Saints. With the assistance of Martha G. Blalock and Wendy R. Larson. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2003.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2403, f. 14
þus he preveth our feith & did wondres in his wey
& grete myracles on his day
Wherefor pray we hym make vs sted faste in our feith & help vs in our long wey
& þeras is no nyght but euerlasty day
Note: Written as prose.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2417, f. 18v
Þus he preued owr faþ and dude grete wondres in his way
& doth grete myrakeles on his day
And þerfore praye we hym to make vs stedefaste in owr feyth
& to helpe vs in owr long way
and brynge vs þyder as ys noo nyȝt but euerlastyng day
Note: Written as prose.
8.Source: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, f. 13
Thus he provyd oure feyth and dyd wondrys in his wey
and grete myraclis aftyre his deth one his day
Wherfore pray we to hym to make vs stedefast in oure feyth and helpe vs in oure longe wey
and bryng vs þedyre as ye neuer nyȝt but euer day
Note: With two preceding lines that also have same rhyme, though of irregular length; ends in prose, ‘that ys to sey to euerlastyng ioy to the which & cetera’.