by: George Shuffelton (Editor)
Item 12, An Evening Prayer
Item 12, AN EVENING PRAYER: FOOTNOTE1 In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen
Item 12, AN EVENING PRAYER: EXPLANATORY NOTESTitle No title or incipit.
14 Fro fowll dremys and fantasys. Dreams were accorded genuine significance in the Middle Ages, either as prophesies or visions (and the latter category could include temptations by the devil).
Item 12, AN EVENING PRAYER: TEXTUAL NOTES1 MS: Initial J is decorated with pen work and five lines tall.
7 this. MS: thus.
Jhesus Lord, well of all godnes,
For thi grete pety I thee pray:
Forgyffe me all my wykidnes
Wherwith I have grevyd thee todey.
Honour and praysing to thee be,
And thankyng for thi gyftys all
That I this dey reseyvid of thee;
Now, curtas Cryst, to thee I calle.
This nyght fro perell thou me kepe,
My bodely rest whyll that I take;
And als long as myn evyn sclepe,
Myn hert in thi servys wake.
For feryng of the fende owre fo,
Fro fowll dremys and fantasys,
Kepe this nyght from synne also,
In clenes that I may upryse.
Save my gode doers fro grevans,
And quyte them that thei on me spend.
Kepe my enmys fro noyans,
And gyffe them grace for to amend.
Mercy, Jhesu, and grante mercy;
My body, my soule, I thee beken,
In nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti, Amen.1
source; goodness (see note); (t-note)
received from you; (t-note)
throughout my evening sleep
keep awake (watch over)
foul; (see note)
repay them (reward them for)
commend to you
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