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Christ that art both day and light
John Lydgate’s version of the hymn ‘Criste qui lux es et dies’ — seven 8-line stanzas with Latin cauda as headings to each stanza
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Criste qui lux es et dies
Subjects: Christ, attributes of; hymns, to Christ; paraphrases
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 195-197
First Lines:
Cryst þat art booþe daye and light
And sooþefaaste sonne of al gladnesse
Þat doost awey derknesse of night
And souereyne light of al brightnesse…
Last Lines:
…for which wee sing in Ioye and woo
deo patri sit gloria
Attributed Author: by Lydegate (f. 195)
Attributed Title: Beholdeþe here and seeþe þe translacion of þe ympne Criste qui lux es & dies by Lydegate in wyse of balade (p. 195); Criste qui lux es & dies made by Lidegate (RT)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 235-7.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 235v-236
First Lines:
CRist that art both day and light
And sothfast sonne of al gladnesse…
Last Lines:
…Bien thre and oon per secula
ffor whiche we synge In Ioye and woo
Deo patri sit gloria
Attributed Title: Criste qui lux es et dies (f. 235v, margin)