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I am elder than I was of winter and of lore
Poema Morale’ — 398 lines in couplets
Title(s): Poema Morale
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 4 (SC 1605), ff. 97-110v
First Lines:
Ic am elder þanne ic wes
a wintre & ec a lore
ic ealdi more þanne ic dede
mi wit oȝhte to bi more…
Last Lines:
…Crist ȝeue us lede swich lif
& habbe swichne ende
þet we moten þider cumen
wanne we henned wende
Editions:
Hickes, George. Linguarum Veterum Septentrionalium Thesaurus Grammatico-Criticus et Archaeologicus. Oxford, 1705: 1.222.
Zupitza, Julius. “Zum poema morale.” Anglia 1 (1878): 5-37: 5-32.
Lewin, Hermann. Das mittelenglische Poema Morale im kritischen text. Halle: Niemeyer, 1881.
Marcus, Hans, ed. Das frühmittelenglische Poema Morale. Palaestra 194. Leipzig, 1934.
2.Source: Oxford, Jesus College 29, Part II, ff. 169-174v
First Lines:
Ich am eldre þan ich wes a winter and ek on lore
Ich welde more þan ich dude my wyt auhte beo more…
Last Lines:
…Bidde nu we leoue freond yonge and ek olde
Þat he þat þis wryt wrot his saule beo þer ac holde
Attributed Title: Tractatus quidam in anglico (f. 169)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, and Walter William Skeat, eds. Specimens of Early English , Pt. I, A.D. 1150-A.D.1300. Oxford: Clarendon, 1882, 2nd ed. 1885; Pt. II, A.D. 1298-A.D.1393, Oxford: Clarendon, 1872, 2nd ed. 1894; Pt. III. Orig. published separately, 1871: 1.196 ff..
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 58-71.
Lewin, Hermann. Das mittelenglische Poema Morale im kritischen text. Halle: Niemeyer, 1881.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 123, ff. 115-120
First Lines:
Ich am elder þane ich was of wintre & of lore
Ich eldi more þane ich dude mi wit aȝte beo þe more…
Last Lines:
…Crist us leue lede suich lif & habbe suicchne ende
Þat we mote to him come whane we henne wende
Note: With verse couplet heading, ‘Þe holi gostes miȝte us alle helpe & diȝte us wissie & us teche / Y scilde us fram þe miþiȝte bi daie & bi niȝte þat þencheþ us bireche’.
Editions:
Paues, Anna C. “A Newly Discovered Manuscript of the Poema Morale.” Anglia 30 (1907): 217-37: 227-37.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.52 (335), ff. 2-9v
First Lines:
Ich am nu elder þan ich was awintre & abre
Ich wealde more þan idude mi wit oh to be more…
Last Lines:
…rest geue us laden her swilch lif & habben her swilch ende
þat we moren þider cume þane we henne wende Amen
Editions:
Morris, Richard, and Walter William Skeat, eds. Specimens of Early English , Pt. I, A.D. 1150-A.D.1300. Oxford: Clarendon, 1882, 2nd ed. 1885; Pt. II, A.D. 1298-A.D.1393, Oxford: Clarendon, 1872, 2nd ed. 1894; Pt. III. Orig. published separately, 1871: 1.196 ff..
Hall, Joseph. Selections from Early Middle English, 1130-1250. 2 parts. Oxford: Clarendon, 1920, 1951: 1.30.
Morris, Richard, ed. Old English Homilies of the Twelfth Century: From the Unique MS. B.14.52 in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge Vol. 2. EETS o.s. 53 (1873); repr. 1973: 220-32.
Lewin, Hermann. Das mittelenglische Poema Morale im kritischen text. Halle: Niemeyer, 1881.
5.Source: London, British Library Egerton 613, ff. 7-12v
First Lines:
I eam elder þan ic ƿas a ƿinter and lore
ic ƿyld more þan ic dude mi ƿit ah to be more…
Last Lines:
…Crist ȝyue us leden her sƿile lif & habben her swile ende
þat ƿe moten þuder come wanne we henne wende. amen
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Old English Homilies of the 12th and 13th Centuries. 2 vols. EETS o.s. 29, 34 (1867, 1868); repr. as one vol., 1988: 288-95.
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 22-35.
Lewin, Hermann. Das mittelenglische Poema Morale im kritischen text. Halle: Niemeyer, 1881.
6.Source: London, British Library Egerton 613, ff. 64-70v
First Lines:
I eam elder þen ic ƿas aƿintre and a lore
Ic waeld more þanne ic dude mi ƿit ah to ben more…
Last Lines:
…Þer is ƿele abute gane & reste abuten swinche
Þe mai and nele ðider comesare hit him scal of ðinche
Note: Lacking last 26 lines.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 81-91.
7.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 487, ff. 59v-65
First Lines:
ich em nu alder þane ich ƿes
a ƿintre and a lare…
Last Lines:
…Þa boð nu mid him in helle
fordon and fordemet
Note: Lines 1-270. Written as prose. First lines in rubric.
Editions:
Hall, Joseph. Selections from Early Middle English, 1130-1250. 2 parts. Oxford: Clarendon, 1920, 1951: 2.312.
Morris, Richard, ed. Old English Homilies of the 12th and 13th Centuries. 2 vols. EETS o.s. 29, 34 (1867, 1868); repr. as one vol., 1988: 158.
Lewin, Hermann. Das mittelenglische Poema Morale im kritischen text. Halle: Niemeyer, 1881.