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Jesu Lord Thy blessed life
One couplet as conclusion to Wycliffite trans. of St. Bonaventure, Speculum Vite Christi
Note: Many other copies occur at end of Love’s prose Mirror, e.g. Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6578, f. 124; Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6686 [olim Ashburnham 140], p. 233. In Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.4.9 it follows the Northern Passion.
Subjects: devotional verse
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Brasenose College 9, f. 150v
Transcription:
Jhesu lorde thy blessid lyf
helpe & conforte oure wrecchid lyf
Note: End flyleaf; at end of Speculum Vitae.
Attributed Title: Explicit Speculum vite cristi complete (f. 150v)
Editions:
Coxe, Henry Octavius. Catalogus codicum mss. qui in collegiis aulisque oxoniensibus…. Oxon: e Typographeo academico, 1852: 2.
2.Source: Oxford, University College 123, f. 74
Transcription:
Ihesu lorde þi blesside life
helpe and counforte oure wrechede life
Note: Not fol. 74v as in IMEV.
Attributed Title: Speculum Vite Cristi (f. 1); Explicit Speculum Vite cristi complete (follows couplet; f. 74)
Editions:
Coxe, Henry Octavius. Catalogus codicum mss. qui in collegiis aulisque oxoniensibus…. Oxon: e Typographeo academico, 1852: 37.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Popular Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Modern Philology 36 (1939): 337-50: 348.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 19901, f. 86v
Transcription:
Jhesu lord þi blessed life
helpe & confort our wrechede life
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 4011, f. 2vb
First Lines:
heyle holiest body of oure lorde Ihesu Criste
þat art now sothfast conteyned here in…
Last Lines:
…departyng þat y may come with þe to life euerlastyng
Ihesu lord by uertewe & grace of þi life blessid without endyng
Note: Extract, written as prose.
Attributed Title: A devovte orysoun to þe holy sacrament (f. 2vb, above first line, by scribe)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 3259. Bonaventura, trans Nicholas Love, [Speculum Vitae Christi], Caxton, 1484
Editions:
Blades, William. The Biography and Typography of William Caxton, England’s first printer. London: Trübner, 1877; repr. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1971: 2.195-6.