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Harken words wonder good / How Jesu Christ was done on Rood
The Complaint of Christ on the Cross, a meditation — twenty three 7-line stanzas (aaabccb)
Note: Sometimes ascribed to Skelton, but in error; some stanzas incorporated into Towneley Play XXVI — see Taylor (1907), 26-7.
Title(s): The Complaint of Christ on the Cross
Subjects: Christ, complaint of, to man; Passion, meditations on
Versification: — seven-line — aaabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 285, f. 164v
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 151-6.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, ed. Devotional Pieces in Verse and Prose from Ms. Arundel 285 and Ms. Harleian 6919. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 23. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1955: 261-5.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, ff. 67v; 45v
First Lines:
Herkyn wordes swete & goode
Lofely speche with mylde mode…
Note: Seven stanzas corresponding to 1-9 and twelve stanzas corresponding to 10-23.
Attributed Title: Take gode hede wele of þis medytacion (f. 67v); On galows hy…(f. 45v, cropped)
Facsimiles:
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: plate 2 (facing 204, f. 67v only).
Editions:
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 369-71, 283.
3.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 205, ff. 200v-201
First Lines:
Herkyne wordes wonder gud
How Ihesu crist wes done one Rud…
Last Lines:
…grant ws to lyf clen[ ]
And gyf grace to se[ ]
Note: Stanzas 1-20 only, ends imperfectly; stanza 5 formerly edited as if a separate work, 2140
Attributed Title: Take gode hede wele of þis medytacion (f. 67v); On galows hy…(f. 45v, cropped)
Editions:
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 33-7.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?]
Note: Formerly separate 3404; deleted by Robbins and Cutler (1965).
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 20-3.
Editions:
Bliss, Philip, ed. Bibliographical Miscellanies. Oxford, 1815: 48.
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.144.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 1.168-71.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 21-4; 1948; 1959,16-18.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 189-90.