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DIMEV 1816
IMEV 1130
NIMEV 1130
Having a conceit in my simple wit
John Lydgate, ‘De Profundis’ — twenty-one 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: scripture texts, commentary on; envoys
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 8-11v
First Lines:
Hauyng a conseit in my sympill wyt
Wich of newe ys come to memorye…
Last Lines:
…maugre the malys of Infernal dirknessis
schal them conveie in to thy regne of glorye
Note: Lacks stanzas 20-21.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth Deprofundis in Englyssh (f. 8)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 77-84 (with st. 20-21 from London, British Library Harley 2255).
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 58-60v
First Lines:
[H]auyng a conceyte in my symple wite
Which of newe is come to mencion…
Last Lines:
…With deprofundis whan þat it be sent
At his chirch to hyng it on the wall
Note: 22 stanzas, including envoy.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 40-43v
First Lines:
HAvyng a conceyt in my symple wit
Which of newe is come to memorye…
Last Lines:
…With Deprofundis whan so that it be sent
At his chirche to hang it on the wal
Attributed Author: Explicit quod lydgate (f. 43v)
Attributed Title: Deprofundis clamam ad te domine / domine exandi vocem meam (f. 40, in rubric)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 83-84 (st. 20-21 only; see 1816-1).