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The Lives of Ss. Edmund and Fremund: Text

MS Harley 2278 fol. 10r
[The initial letter of the stanza is lightly decorated.]

Now glorious martir / of Bury cheef patrou[n]
In Saxonie born / of the blood roial
Conueie my mater / be my protecciou[n]
Sithe in thi support / myn hope abidith al
Directe my penne / of that I write shal
ffor so thi fauour / fro me nat ne twynne
Vpon thi story / thus I wil be gynne
[There is here an illumination, the equivalent of two stanzas in size, showing a queen and king seated, with four ladies standing in attendance on the left and four men standing in attendance on the right: King Alkmund, his queen and court?]

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