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Fire water wind and land
The use and benefits of prayer: inscriptions accompanying an image of Prayer — four couplets in the Fasciculus morum
Subjects: sermons, verse in; translations; prayer
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 184vb
First Lines:
ffyr water wynd & lond
y wylne to haue yn my hond…
Last Lines:
…A noyn y helpe & noyn for sake
Gladly y fyȝth þe maystery to take
Note: Written as prose; every couplet is followed by its Latin version.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 64v
First Lines:
ffuyr water wynd & lond
I wylne to haue In my hond…
Last Lines:
…Smerthy I help & non forsake
Gladly I fight þ maistere to take
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 124
First Lines:
ffyre water wynde & lond
I wyll to haue in my hond…
Last Lines:
…Smertyly I helpe & non forsake
Gladly I fyght þe maystry to take
Note: Written as prose; couplets each separated by a few Latin words.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 79vb
First Lines:
fure water wynd and lond
I wylne to haue in my hod…
Last Lines:
…Smerthly y help an non forsake
gladly I þe maystry to take
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 110v
First Lines:
Fyre watur wynd and long
Y wylne to haue in my honde…
Last Lines:
…[Smertly] I helpe [and non] forsake
Gladly y fyȝt þe maystry to take
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 188.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 69v
First Lines:
ffyre watyr wynd & lond
I will to haue in my honde…
Last Lines:
…smertly I helpe & none for sake
gladly I fygth þe maystry to make
Note: Separated by Latin prose that these couplets translate.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, ff. 107rb-107va
First Lines:
Steer water wynd & lond
I wele to haue in myn hond…
Last Lines:
…Smertly i helpe & non forsake
gladly i fyght maystry to take
Note: Interspersed with Latin prose.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 144v
First Lines:
ffyr water wynd & londe
I wyll to haf in my honde…
Last Lines:
…Smertly I help & none forsak
Gladly I fight þe mastry I take
Note: Written as prose, 4 x 2, separated.
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, ff. 155v2-156
First Lines:
fir & watir wind & lond
i desire bo haue vnder myn hond vel bond…
Last Lines:
…smertlike i helpe & noman forsake
bleþeli i fitte þe maistri forto take
Note: Written as prose inserted into Latin, with Latin separating the couplets.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 233-4; rev. ed. 262.
10.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), ff. 207vb-208ra
First Lines:
for water wynd & lond
I wylle to haue in my hond…
Last Lines:
…Smyrtly I helpe and no man for sake
Gladly I syȝt þe maystre to take
Note: 8 lines, 4 couplets interrupted by Latin introductions to each as first, second, etc. questions.
11.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 118
First Lines:
ffire water wynde and lande
I wyll haue many haue in my hande…
Last Lines:
…Smertly I help & none forsakes
gladly I fyght the maystre to take
Note: Four separate couplets with Latin prose text between; written as prose.
12.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 209vb
First Lines:
ffiere water wynd & lond
y wylle co haue yn my hond…
Last Lines:
…smertly y helpe & noght for sake
gladun in sight mastrie to take
Note: Four separate couplets with Latin prose text between; written as prose.
13.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 72v