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Prayer-poem to the Blessed Virgin by Chaucer, each stanza beginning with a different letter, from A to Z. The first reads:

Almighty, all merciful Queen, to whom all this world fleeth for succor, to have release from sin, sorrow and trouble, Glorious Virgin, flower of all flowers, to thee I fly, confounded in error! Thou mighty, gracious lady, help and relieve me, pity my perilous malady!- My cruel adversary hath vanquished me.