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DIMEV 158
IMEV 91.8
NIMEV 91.8
A solitary here / hermit life I lead
Verses surrounding a picture of Rolle, in two MSS of the Desert of Religion (1099) — four long monorhyming lines with internal rhymes
Note: For alternative text see 2284.
Author(s): Richard Rolle
Versification: — four-line — aaaa, internal



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Faustina B.VI, Part II, f. 8v
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): 74.
Comper, Frances M. M. The Life of Richard Rolle, Together with an Edition of his English Lyrics. London: J. M. Dent, 1928, 1933; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1929: xix, 205.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.xxxiv.
Allen, Hope Emily. Writings Attributed to Richard Rolle. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1927: 310.
2.Source: London, British Library Stowe 39, f. 16v
Transcription:
A solitary here hermyte lyff I ledd
ffor Ihesu lufe so dere
All fleschly lufe I fledd
Þat in my breste bredd
Might men a thousand ȝere
In heuenly strenght hafe stedd
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
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): 63.
Comper, Frances M. M. The Life of Richard Rolle, Together with an Edition of his English Lyrics. London: J. M. Dent, 1928, 1933; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1929: xix, 205.