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Christ that was in Bethlehem born
A charm to staunch blood — varying number of lines and rhyme
Note: Cf. 1023, 1622, and 3188; edition for which MS not identified [not Sloane 88] Wright and Halliwell-Phillipps (1845), 1.315.
Subjects: charms; irregular
Versification: — eight-line — aabbbbbb
Bibliographic Ghosts: Boston, MA, Boston Public Library med. 124 (1546) [olim Sowter, Sotheby Sale, May 20, 1947, Lot 371; olim Le Neve, Horae], ff. 109v-110v: French verse.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 243 (SC 3548), f. 1v
First Lines:
God þat was borne in þe borough of bethehem
& baptized in þe water of flem Jordayne…
Last Lines:
…I doe blesse thee bloude
by vertue of the childe so good
Note: Eight lines: a couplet and six monorhyming lines; written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 243 (SC 3548), f. 2
First Lines:
Iesus Christ of a mayde was borne
baptized he was in þe water of flem Jordayne…
Last Lines:
…he comaunded þe floude
& still yt stoode
so shall þe bloude of N cease
Note: Second occurrence in MS; seven lines: two couplets and three monorhyming; written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 243 (SC 3548), f. 3
Transcription:
Iesus þat was in bethelem borne
and baptized in flem Jordayne
& stint þe water vpon þe stone
so stinte the bloude of this man N
Note: Third occurrence in MS; four lines: abab; written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodl. Lat. liturg. g.1 (SC 31379), f. 10v
First Lines:
Crist that was in Bedelem born
& baptisyde was in flume iordane…
Last Lines:
…In the name of good & seynt Iohn
and the baptyme that crist toke in flume Iordane
Note: 9 lines.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.26 (1438), f. ivv
Transcription:
Cryst þat was born in bedlem
And baptyȝed in flem Iordan
þat flod was wod
þu sesedyst hys mod
so sesy þy blod
Attributed Title: Ad restringendum sanguinem (f. ivv)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 33381, f. 151v2
Transcription:
Criste was born in bedlem
baptised he was in flume Iordan
he man and child was gode
þat flod with stode
thorich þe vertu of is name & is word
So do hour ache our accesse our wykyd hevil wild wind
water and blod þoruch þe vertu of goddis name and is word
Note: 7 lines, variant. Written as prose.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 33996, f. 147
Transcription:
Oure lord Ihesu cryst com to flem Iordan
He bad þe water come & hit com
He bad þe water stande & þe water stod
So per vertu of hym now so þy .N. blod
Editions:
Heinrich, Fritz. Ein mittelenglisches Medizinbuch. Halle: N. Neimeyer, 1896: 122.
8.Source: London, British Library Egerton 833, f. 20v
Note: 8 lines.
9.Source: London, British Library Royal 12 B.XXV, f. 60v
Note: 4 lines.
10.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 A.VIII, f. 49v
Transcription:
Crist was born in betlehem
& cristend in flom iordane
& als þe flom stode als a stane
stand þi blode N neuen his name
In nomine patris et filii & spiritus sancti Amen
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Gray, Douglas. “Notes on Some Middle English Charms.” In Chaucer and Middle English Studies in Honour of Rossell Hope Robbins. Beryl Rowland, ed. London: Allen and Unwin, 1974: 62.
11.Source: London, British Library Sloane 56, f. 100v
Note: 14 lines.
12.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2584, f. 103v
Note: 6 lines.
13.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 404, f. 19
Transcription:
A nother christ that was borne yn bethelem
& folued yn fleme Iurden
also the flume a stod
also stond thy blod
Note: Folio number (in pencil) supercedes older ink foliation (20) Written as prose.
14.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 406 [olim Loscombe, olim Ashburnham 122], f. 4v
Transcription:
A noþer crist was I bore in bedlem
I fullyd in flymiordane
as þe flym stode
so stonde þi blode
Attributed Title: Sey þis charme þries ne darstow noȝ noȝt rech ware þe man be bote þou cane his name (f. 4v)
15.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 542 [olim Payne], f. 9
16.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 1086 [olim Hoe], f. 176v
Transcription:
Ihesu that was in bedelem borne
& baptyȝed in flem iorden
thou command the blode of thys man
(here name hym) that hyt stynte & stonde ageyn
Note: Followed by prose, ‘in the honor of oure lordes fyue wondes & the honour of our lades fyve [ ] say fyve pater noster fyue aues & a crede Amen.
Attributed Title: To staunche blode (f. 176v)
Editions:
Hanna, Ralph, ed. “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: A Checklist of Addenda.” Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980): 235-58: 241.
Dutschke, C. W. Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. 2 vols. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1989: 2.391 (lines 1-3).