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DIMEV 273
Alas for pity I cry alas alas
Lamentation of the Virgin Mary — two stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: Christ, lament to; crucifixion; Virgin Mary, lament of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor Medieval 5 [olim Phillipps 8192], f. 194v
Transcription:
Alas for pite I cry alas alas
With sorowfull sighes and dedly payn fere
I must nedes cry yit oonys alas
Dismayed in my self I can not forbere
Remembring the nayles the scowrges & the spere
Wherwith our saveour was Ryven to the hert
Alas he giltles why shulde he suffre smert
O cruell Iury to harde was thyne hert
To blinde was thy Reason to frowarde was thy moode
O cais caytif (?)pouer perneth vnkinde & over smert
O howe coulde you be so merciles to shede þi maker bloode
Howe coulde you for pite naile him vpone the Roode
Beholding his mekenes & moornyng of his moodre
to her you wert an vnkind childe to her him an vnkind brothre
Note: Added to blank page at end of volume; first stanza repeated to right.
Attributed Author: quod Henry Baradon