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Jesu king of heaven and hell / Man and woman I will thee tell
The ‘Long Charter’ of Christ (A Text) — 234 lines in couplets
Note: For the B and C Texts see 6650 and 1913.
Title(s): The ‘Long Charter’ of Christ
Subjects: charters, of Christ; devotional treatises; instruction, religious
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 89 (SC 1886), ff. 45-49
First Lines:
Ihesu crist of heuene and helle
Man and womman I wolle ȝow telle…
Last Lines:
…To þat blis þat lost oure forme frende
Crist vs bryng wiþ oute ende
Attributed Title: Hic incipit carta cristi (f. 45); Explicit carta cristi (f. 49)
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 18-44.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 317vb-318rb
First Lines:
Ihesu kyng of heuen and helle
Mon and Wommon I wol þe telle…
Last Lines:
…Þe blisse þat loste oure frende
to þe whuche blisce crist us bringe with outen ende
A. M. E. N. Amen.
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. “Nachträge zu den Legenden 5: The Messengers of Death.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 79 (1887): 411-70: 424.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 637-57.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 175 (SC 14667), ff. 94va-95vb
First Lines:
Ihesu kyng of heuen & hell
Man & woman I will þe tell…
Last Lines:
…þe blys þat lost our forme frende
To þe whilk crist vs bring with outen ende
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 18-44.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.280 (SC 29572), ff. 124ra-125rb
First Lines:
Ihesu kyng of heuene & helle
Man & woman I ȝow telle
What loue I haue do for þe
Loke what þu hauyst do for me…
Last Lines:
…þat is to seyn þe blysse of heuyn
Amen for is nams seuyn
Note: 212 lines in this witness; ‘nams’ in last line is written over erasure; at the end: ‘Explicit carta domini nostri Ihesu Christi’.
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 18-44.
5.Source: Oxford, Magdalen College St Peter-in-the-East 18.e, f. 1v
First Lines:
Ihesu kyng of heuen ant helle
man & woman y wil þe telle…
Last Lines:
…þis y made for mankynde
my loue dedys to haue in mynde
Note: The document is one leaf, with the poem written at the back; it looks complete, 62 lines, couplets. At the end: hoc facite in meam comemoracoun.
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 18-44.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2346, f. 51
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 18-44.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 5396, f. 301
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 18-44.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 11307, ff. 89-97
First Lines:
Jhesu kyng of heuene and helle
Man and womman I wole þe telle…
Last Lines:
…The blisse þat loste oure forme frende
Crist vs sende wiþouten ende. Amen
Note: Facing transcription of each folio by a nineteenth-century writer, Joseph Haslewood (see f. 5).
Attributed Title: Acts of Our Saviour (Written in the First Person) (title page, f. 1, nineteenth-century hand)
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 18-44.