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Christ that bread broke
Grace before supper — six or eight lines
Note: Texts vary materially; see also 1602.
Subjects: grace, at meals
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Newnham College 4 [olim Yates-Thompson], f. 109v
Transcription:
God that his brede brake
at his mawde whanne he sate
Among his postyllis twelue
He bles oure brede and oure ayl
Þat we haw and haw schal
and be with vs him selwe
Note: Written as prose; followed by line, ‘In nomine patris & filii & spiritus Sancti / Amen’.
Attributed Title: gracias (left margin, f. 109v)
Editions:
Simmons, Thomas Frederick. The Lay Folks’ Mass Book. EETS o.s. 71 (1879); repr. 1968: 60.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339, f. 122v1
Transcription:
Crist þat breed brak at þe soper þer he sat
Wiþ hise apostlis twelue
Blesse oure breed and oure ale
And þat we haue & haue schale
And fede us wiþ him silf
And graunte us grace of gostli fode
Of breed of liif þat is so goode
To fede wiþ oure soulis amen
Attributed Title: Gracis afore soper (rubricated, f. 122v)
3.Source: Hereford, Hereford Cathedral Library O.4.14, f. 199
First Lines:
Ihesus þat þe bred brac
To hys diciplys þer he sat…
Last Lines:
…And alle that therof ete
And schylde vs from sorwe & tene
Editions:
Bannister, Arthur Thomas. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Hereford Cathedral Library. Hereford: Wilson & Phillips, 1929: 48.
4.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 70, f. 195
Transcription:
Crist þat breed brak
At his soper þere he sat
A mong his postlis twelue
blesse oure breed & oure ale
& þat we haue & haue schal
And fede us wiþ him selue
and graunte us grace of goostli fode
Of breed of liif þat is so gode
To fede wiþ oure soule amen
Þat is to seie goddis word
& cristis fleisch & his blood
Attributed Title: Graces bifor soper (bottom f. 194v)
5.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 229, small vellum fragment bound in at end of volume
Transcription:
Gode þat hys bred[e bra]ke
& wyt hys syplys spake
bleys howr [me]te
& al þat þerof schal hete
& sch[y]w us all fro tene
amen amen pur [charite]
Editions:
Griffiths, Jeremy. “Unrecorded Middle English Verse in the Library of Holkham Hall, Norfolk.” Medium Ævum 64 (1995): 278-84: 282.