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In a church as I gan kneel
A lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 8-line stanzas. Every second stanza ends with ‘"ffor thy son dyȝed my dere sone dere’
Note: For another version which lacks stanzas 1-3 but inserts two stanzas following 7 and 8 respectively see 4148.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, lament of; laments
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 106-107
First Lines:
In A chyrch As I gan knelle
Thys endres dey for to here messe
I saw A syȝht me lykyd welle
I schall ȝou tell how þat it was…
Last Lines:
…Thynke on hys passyoun And hys blys
ffor thy son dyȝed my dere sone dere
Attributed Title: Lamentacio beate Marie (f. 106)
Editions:
Sandison, Helen Estabrook. The ‘Chanson d’Aventure’ in Middle English. Bryn Mawr College Monographs, Monograph Series 12. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1913: 104-9.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 274-7; 525-8; 615.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 72v-74
First Lines:
In A chirche as I gan knele
This Enders daye to here a masse…
Last Lines:
…Thynke on his passion & he graunteth yow blis
ffor my sonne dyede my dere sonne dere
Attributed Title: Lamentacio beate Marie (f. 106)
Editions:
Sandison, Helen Estabrook. The ‘Chanson d’Aventure’ in Middle English. Bryn Mawr College Monographs, Monograph Series 12. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1913: 104-9.
Cords, Rose. “Fünf mittelenglische Gedichte aus den Handschrifts Rawlinson Poetry 36 und Rawlinson C.86.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 135 (1916): 292-302: 300.