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DIMEV 1025
IMEV 631.5
NIMEV 631.5
Christian men thou learn of love
Appeal of Christ to sinner, comparing Christ on the cross to a ‘bok of loue’ — nine 6-line stanzas
Subjects: Christ, appeal of, to man
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 492 [olim Brooke (sold Sotheby’s 1921); Harmsworth (sold Sotheby’s 1945); George Smith of Marlborough (sold Sotheby’s Feb. 2, 1960, Lot 317); Bodmer], ff. 105ra-105va
First Lines:
Cristene man þu lerne of loue
For þe ich wolde on erþe come…
Last Lines:
…Þat þou mowe myn blisse yse
Þin owene is þe nede
Note: Listed by Hamer (1995) as missing/unidentified.
Editions:
Mead, Elizabeth V. “‘Cristene Man þu Lerne of Loue’, A Medieval Devotional Lyric.” Modern Language Review 55 (1960): 234-8: 234-5.