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Jesu Christ my leman sweet that diedest on the Rood-Tree
A prayer of the Five Wounds — one long monorhyming quatrain
Note: For an adaptation to the Virgin Mary see 3024.
Subjects: Christ, wounds of; prayers, by Christ and His Passion
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 114vb2
Transcription:
Ihesu crist my lemmon swete
þat diȝedest on þe Rode tre
Wiþ al my miht I þe be seche
ffor þi woundes two and þre
Þat also faste mot þi loue
In to myn herte ficched be
As was þe spere in to þin herte
Whon þou soffredest deþ for me
Note: Written as eight lines.
Attributed Title: A preyer to þe fiue woundes (f. 114vb)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 22.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 137.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 39.
Comper, Frances M. M. The Life of Richard Rolle, Together with an Edition of his English Lyrics. London: J. M. Dent, 1928, 1933; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1929: 280.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 300rb1
Transcription:
Ihesu Crist my lemmon swete
þat dyȝedest on þe Rode tre
Wiþ al my miht I þe bi seche
ffor þyne woundes two and þre
Þat as depe in to myn herte
Mot þi loue I stiked be
As was þe spere in to þyn herte
Whon þou suffredest deþ for me
Note: Appended to 5988; written as eight lines.
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 476.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 117.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2316, f. 25
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.119.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 68.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 58.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 234.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 90vb1
Transcription:
Ihesu crist me lemmon swete
Þat diȝedest on þe Rode tre
With al my miȝt I þe biseche
ffor þyne woundes two and þre
Þat is deope In to myn herte
Mot þi loue I stiked be
As was þe spere In to þin herte
Whon þou suffredest deþ for me Amen
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
5.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 559, ff. 35-35v
Transcription:
Ihesu criste mi lord swete
that deidist on the rode tre
with all mi hert I the biseche
for thi wundes two or thre
that also fast in hert myn
mote thi loue stykid be
so was the scharpe spere
when thou suffirdist deth for me
Note: Written as prose.