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Drightin dear with blissful bields
‘The Book of Penance’ (Prologue and three parts), appended to the Cursor Mundi (3474) in some MSS — in couplets
Note: Sometimes extracted from Cursor Mundi and treated as separate work. Cf. 915.
Title(s): ‘The Book of Penance’; Cursor Mundi
Subjects: penance; religious observance
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 14 (SC 3894), ff. 110vb-121vb
First Lines:
Lorde dere wiþ blisful beldis
þat al þis werlde with wilde weldis…
Last Lines:
…for alle þat euer festinis witte
drunkenis stailis hit…
Note: Ends incomplete toward the end of Part II due to loss of folio(s).
Attributed Title: A predicacioun of þe faiþ (f. 110vb)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 1470-1586.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 175 (SC 14667), ff. 80va-93rb
First Lines:
All myghty god þat all has wroght
Heuen & ayre & erth of noght…
Last Lines:
…He graunt vs grace þis to full fyll
And sythen his blys to com vn tyll
Note: Opening lines differ.
Attributed Title: Here bigyns a schort tretyce of schryft (f. 80va)
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 67ra-75ra
First Lines:
HEre will I tell a schort tretice
made of þe seuyn dedly vice…
Last Lines:
…oure blisced fader þou it fulfill
and schild vs euer fro alkinis ill AMEN
Note: Lacks Prologue, part I, and lines 1-1456 of part II.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 1470-1586.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian A.III, ff. 143ra-163ra
First Lines:
[D]rightin dere wit blisful beildes
Þat all þe werld wit wisdom ledes…
Last Lines:
…And steres his cristendame fro
And liuers him to þe find his foo
Note: Space was left for enlarged initial ‘D’, which was left blank.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 1470-1586.
5.Source: Göttingen, Göttingen University Library Theol.107, ff. 169rb-169vb
First Lines:
drightin dere mid blisful beildes
þat al þis werld wid wisdom weildis…
Last Lines:
…And þe angels wor[ ] þar
Of a sinful re[ ]id sare
Note: Lines 1-83 only. Catchwords ‘[ ]n of a hundreth sele of dede’ at bottom indicates once continued; imperfect due to loss of folios.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 1470-1586.