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The Lives of Ss. Edmund and Fremund: Text

MS Harley 2278 fol. 8r
[The initial letter of each stanza is lightly decorated.]

Which at departyng in Bury / from his place
Lyst of his noblesse / and magnanymite
And of his owyn special grace
Meuyd in hym silf / of his benignyte
Of ther chapitle / a brother forto be
Yeuyng his chapleyns / occasion and matier
Ay to remembre on him / in ther praier

ffor thei conceyue / in ther opynyoun
How the holy martir / which restith in that place
Shal to the kyng / be ful proteccioun
A geyn alle enmies / be vertu and grace
And for his noblesse / procure and purchace
fforto rassemble / by tryumphal victory
To his fadir / most notable of memory

Hopyng ageynward / the kyng shal for his sake
Been to that chirch / diffence and protectour
And into his handis / al her quarel take
To been ther sheeld / and ther supportour
Sithe he allone / is ther roial foundour
Them to releue / ageyn al wordly shoures
Lyk as to forn / dide his progenitoures
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