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It was upon a Sheer Thursday that our Lord arose
The Bargain of Judas — eighteen couplets
Subjects: Judas Iscariot
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), f. 34
First Lines:
Hit wes upon a scereþorsday þat vre louerd aros
ful milde were þe wordes he spec to iudas…
Last Lines:
…Stille þou be peter wel i þe ic nowe
Þou wolt fur sake me þrien ar þe coc him crowe
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.144.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 1.114.
Child, Francis James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 vols. in 10 parts. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-98: No. 23, 1.243-4, 5.288.
Sargent, Helen Child, and George Lyman Kittredge. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Cambridge edition of the Poets. London: Harrap, 1904: 41.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 38-9.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 168-9.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 470.
Mossé, Fernand. A Handbook of Middle English. Tr. James A. Walker. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1952: 205-6.
Niles, John Jacob. The Anglo-American Carol Study Book. New York: Schirmer, 1948: 5.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 75-7.
Leach, Edward, ed. The Ballad Book. New York: Harper, 1955: 108-9.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 54-6.
Reichl, Karl, ed. Religiöse Dichtung im Englischen Hochmittelalter: Untersuchen und Edition der Handschrift B. 14.39 des Trinity College in Cambridge. Münchener Universitäts Schriften, Text und Untersuchungen zur Englische Philologie 1 Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1973: 375-7.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 196-7.
Axton, Richard. “Interpretations of Judas in Middle English Literature.” Religion in the Poetry and Drama of the Late Middle Ages. Piero Boitani, and Anna Torti, eds. Cambridge: University Press, 1990, 179-97: 191-2.
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 153-5.
Boklund-Lagopoulou, Karin. “Judas: the first English ballad?” Medium Ævum 62 (1993): 20-34: 20.