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IMEV 1640
NIMEV 1640
It seems white and is red / It is quick and seems dead
Rhyming lines on the Host — one quatrain
Note: Cf. The ‘Long Charter’ of Christ, B Text, lines 117-20 (6650), and 5665.
Subjects: Host, description of; riddles
Versification: — four-line, five-line — aaaa, aaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 A.XVI, f. 27v1
Transcription:
Hyt semes quite and is red
Hyt is quike and semes dede
Hyt is ffleshe & semes bred
Hyt is on & semes too
Hyt is god body & no mo
Note: Five lines.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Popular Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Modern Philology 36 (1939): 337-50: 344.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 196.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 64.
2.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.i.12, f. 65
Transcription:
Hit semeth whiȝth & hit is reed
Hit is quyk & semeþ deed
Hit is flessh & semeth breed
and veray god in his godhed
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Popular Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Modern Philology 36 (1939): 337-50: 344.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.444.
3.Source: Copenhagen, Royal Library, Copenhagen Thott 110 4o (29264), f. 163
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Popular Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Modern Philology 36 (1939): 337-50: 344.