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He loses His might and waxeth wan
Christ’s suffering for humankind in a Latin sermon (by John Bromyard?), dominica in passione vel in die parasceue or Amore langueo — six lines in couplets
Subjects: love, vicissitudes of; sermons, verse in; Christ, suffering of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 149, ff. 32v-33
Transcription:
He lesus is myth and waxit wan
He syket as a sorfulman
Alone he drawes fro compenye
And ever he herkenes one ys drurie
Loneliche he spekis to his herte
For hym he suffrus peynis smert
Editions:
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 192.
2.Source: Oxford, Magdalen College Lat. 93, ff. 153-153v
Transcription:
he losys his myght and wexyth al wan
he syketh as a sorwfull man
Allone he drawes fro company
and euer herkenes of his drewry
louely he spekes to his hert
for hym that suffred peynes smert
y swete yn hert for mornyng
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.4.24, f. 145rb
Transcription:
He lost hys myȝth & wexit al wan
he sykyth as a sorwful man
A lone he draweth fro companye
And euer he herkneth afftyr hys drewery
louelyche he spekyth to hys herte
for hym he suffreth paynes smerte
Note: Follows 1367; phrases from this repeated in the Latin commentary, f. 146vb.
4.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 277, p. 191
Transcription:
…losys hys myht & waxys wan
…syghys as a sorofull man
Note: Added interlinearly.