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How hard it was and what distress
Christ speaks from the Cross — one monorhyming quatrain in John Grimestone’s sermon book explicating ‘Mors mea quam dura fuir, indicat ista figura’, which precedes it
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: Christ, address to humankind
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 118v
Transcription:
Hou hard it was & wat distresse
my detȝ þe sewith þis liknesse
Þus dere i haue þoru my godnesse
bouth mankende fro wrechednesse
Attributed Title: De Passione Christi (f. 117)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 33.