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Cross of Jesu Christ be ever our speed
‘þe ABC of deuocion’ — four stanzas rhyme royal
Title(s): ‘þe ABC of deuocion’
Subjects: religious observance
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.408 (SC 11755), f. 3
First Lines:
[Cross] (a picture) Of ihesu criste be euer oure spede
And kepe vs from perel of synnes and payne…
Last Lines:
…Titulle of þi passion Poynt us saue
As to thy [cross] reuerence we may haue
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe A.B.C. of deuocion (f. 3)
Editions:
Clark, Andrew, ed. The English Register of Godstow Nunnery… c. 1450. 3 vols. EETS o. s. 129 (1905; repr. 1971); 130 (1906; repr. with 142, 1971); 142 (1911; repr. 1971): 4.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 137-8.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 149-50.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 209.