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Abide good man and hold your peace / And hear what God Himselven says until
Appeal of Christ to man, ‘O vos omnes qui transitis’, etc. — three 6-line stanzas
Subjects: Christ, appeal of, to man
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Don. C.13, f. 165vb
First Lines:
Habide gode men and hald ȝou stil
And here what god sais ȝou vntil…
Last Lines:
…& in my mercie haue affiaunce
& þou sal haue grace
Note: Heading naming speaker, ‘Ihesus’ (f. 165vb); followed by five stanzas of 3387.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 175 (SC 14667), f. 80rb
First Lines:
Abyde gud men & hald yhour pays
And here what god him seluen says…
Last Lines:
…And in my mercy haue affyance
And þou sall gett my grace
Note: Accompanied by Latin, ‘O uos omnes qui transitis…’, very faint.
Editions:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 59-60.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 362-3.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 215.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, f. 51va1
First Lines:
Bides a while and haldes ȝoure pais
and heres what god him seluen sais…
Last Lines:
…and in my mercy haue affiance
and þou sall get my grace
Note: 54 lines in 6-line stanzas, aabccb. Rubric Latin heading above first line: ‘Vos qui transitis: si crimina flere nelitis / Per me transite: quia sum ianua inte’.
Editions:
Hall, Joseph. “Short Pieces from MS Cotton Galba E.ix.” Englische Studien 21 (1895): 201-9: 207.
Bad Key: Horstmann1895-6: 2.457.
Fröhlich, Walter. De Lamentacione Sancte Marie: Eine englische Dichtung des 14 Jahrhunderts. Leipzig: Heinrich John, 1902: 94.