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DIMEV 1164
IMEV 701
NIMEV 701
Early in the morning Jesu the Jews gin take
The Hours of the Cross — 26 lines per hour; abcbdbebfgf followed by refrain of aabcbcdcecfgfhh
Subjects: Cross, hours of
Versification: — eleven-line, fifteen-line — abcbdbebfgf, aabcbcdcecfgfhh



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 116ra3-116va
First Lines:
Erliche in þe morwenyng
Ihesu þe Jewes gunne take…
Last Lines:
…Cristes passion heuene kyng
Bring us to blisse þat is wiþ outen endyng. AMEN.
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 37-43.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 175/96, pp. 118b-120a
First Lines:
Erly in a morewe þe iewes ihesu gan take
Hys frendys & hys dysciplis sone hym hadde fforsake…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ an O & an I ihesu off þy grace
Þou sende v vs here oure sustenaunse And in heuene a place
Note: In this MS with addition of an ‘O’ and ‘I’ refrain; 6-line stanzas, aaaabb, sometimes written in half-lines.
Editions:
Heuser, Wilhelm. “With an O and an I.” Anglia 27 (1904): 283-319: 312-14.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37787, ff. 12v2-14
First Lines:
Erlich in a morninge þe Jues Jhesu con take
His frindes & his disciples had him son for sake…
Last Lines:
And shewd him to mari madalyn to peter & mani mo
Crist honered mot þu be þat bouhtest al þe world on a tree
Note: With 6-line verse rubric, 5438.
Editions:
Baugh, Nita Scudder. A Worcestershire Miscellany, compiled by John Northwood, c. 1400, edited from British Museum MS. Add. 37,787. Philadelphia, 1956: 98.
4.Source: London, British Library Royal 19 B.V, f. 103
Note: With an ‘O and V’ refrain.