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David that prophet was ay
‘The Desert of Religion’, incorporating much material from the Speculum Vitae and some passages from the Pricke of Conscience — 940 lines in couplets
Note: For a tag with a picture see 2284.
Title(s): ‘The Desert of Religion’
Subjects: treatises, devotional; allegories
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, ff. 46-66v
Editions:
Hübner, W., and K. Schreiner. “The Desert of Religion Mit dem Bilde des Richard Rolle of Hampole.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 126 (1911): 58-74, 360-4; (pt. 2 by Schreiner): 59-73.
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 291-364.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Faustina B.VI, Part II, f. 3
3.Source: London, British Library Stowe 39, ff. 10v-31v
First Lines:
David þat prophet was ay In þe sauter loke þer here we say
ffleand i fled fro more to les And duelled in herd wyldernes…
Last Lines:
…Vn to þe whilke ioye he vs bryng Þat for our sake on rode gun hang
Þore to duell with holy men With outen ende Amen amen
Note: Two verse lines per manuscript line. Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.