The Wooing of Our Lord and The Wooing Group Prayers
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781551113821 / 1551113821
  • 304 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Wooing of Our Lord and The Wooing Group Prayers

  • Publication Date: July 22, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781551113821 / 1551113821
  • 304 pages; 5½" x 8½"

The Wooing of Our Lord and the Wooing Group prayers occupy a key position in the history of English literature and the development of English religious devotion. Dating from the second quarter of the thirteenth century, they are among a group of texts written in English at a time when the language of literature and the court was Anglo-Norman French, and the language of church and state was Latin. The text for which this group is named, The Wooing of Our Lord is also a highly skilled composition, combining beautiful and poetic expression with a profound affective theology. Its first-person female narrator speaks directly to Christ, becoming the voice of the reader whom the text guides through a passionate meditation upon the magnitude of Christ’s love, his sufferings in his Passion, and the response of the individual soul.

Catherine Innes-Parker’s graceful new translation is paired with the original Middle English dialect in a facing-page format.


“This edition is a long awaited gift for scholars and students alike. Catherine Innes-Parker has produced an extremely fine volume that includes an edition of all the Wooing Group texts in the original, as well as a deft poetic translation. I know it will be frequently used in both my scholarship and my classes.” — Jennifer Brown, Marymount Manhattan College

List of Abbreviations
A Note on the Text: Editorial Practice

Þe wohunge of ure lauerd / The Wooing of Our Lord

On god ureisun of ure lefdi / A Good Prayer to Our Lady

On wel swuðe god ureisun of god almihti / A Most Excellent Prayer to God Almighty

Þe oreisun of seinte Marie / A Prayer to Saint Mary

On lofsong of ure louerde / A Hymn to Our Lord

Appendix A: Þe oreisun of seinte marie: The Prayer to Saint Mary

Appendix B: Bono Oratio: A Good Prayer

Appendix C: Bonum Lectum: A Good Reading

Appendix D: The Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ: A Vision of the Passion

Appendix E: Hypothetical Stemma Codicae of the Wooing Group


Catherine Innes-Parker is Professor of English at the University of Prince Edward Island.