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A shield of red a cross of green
The ‘Arms of Christ’ — three couplets
Title(s): ‘Arms of Christ’
Subjects: Christ, ‘arms’ of; heraldry
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 26054 [olim Tollemache, Helmingham Hall], f. 3v: not in this MS.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 622 (SC 2156), f. 116
First Lines:
A scheld of red a crosse of grene
A croune ywriche with thornes kene…
Last Lines:
…Who this schild in herte wul take
A mong his enimes þar he noȝt quake
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.18.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 551.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.VIII, f. 1v3
Transcription:
A scheld of red a crosse of grene
A crown I wrythe wiþ þornes kene
A spere a sponge wiþ nayles þre
A body I bounde to a tree
Who so þis scheld in hert wyl take
Among hys enemyes þahre he not quake
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 120vb
First Lines:
A scheld of red a cros of grene
A corune of þornes wonden kene…
Last Lines:
…Wo so þis seld to him take
ffor is forman þar him nouth quake
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 38.