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Jesu Lord welcome Thou be / In form of bread as I Thee see
A prayer at the ‘Leuacion’ — in couplets
Note: For very similar lines see Mirk’s Instructions for Parish Priests (1581), lines 290-301; and the ‘Freemasonry’ poem, 6641, lines 643-54. A longer version in 38 lines is 2878.
Subjects: prayers, for use in church
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lyell 30, f. 300v
First Lines:
Ihesu lord wel come ye be
In forme of bred as i you see…
Last Lines:
…My rught beleve er i be ded
Hovfull be my last bred
Note: 10 lines; scribe writes, ffiat amen at end.
Attributed Title: Oracio devota in anglicis verbis ad eleuationem corpori cristi (f. 300v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.2, ff. 102v-103
First Lines:
Jhesu lord welcome thu be
In forme of brede as y the se…
Last Lines:
…and let me neuer for no syn
lese the bys that thou art In
Note: 10 lines, added to originally blank leaves at end of volume.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Levation Prayers in Middle English Verse.” Modern Philology 40 (1942): 131-46: 137-8.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.2, f. 103v
First Lines:
O Jhesu lorde wellcum thu be
in fforme of bred as y the se…
Last Lines:
…and let me neuer for no syne
Lese the blysse that thu art In
Note: Added to original blank leaf at end of volume.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27924, ff. 231-231v
First Lines:
Ihesu my lord Welcome thou be
In forme of brede as I the se…
Last Lines:
…Ne lete me neuer so forto synne
That I forbere the ioye that thou art inne
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: Quando corpus domini leuatur (f. 231)
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Authors of the Middle English Religious Lyric.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 39 (1940): 230-8: 137-8.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 115.
5.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney], f. 192v
Note: 12 lines.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Gurney Series of Religious Lyrics.” PMLA 54 (1939): 369-90: 378.
6.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 1830, f. 137
Transcription:
Jesu welcome mote þow be
In forme of bred os I þe se
Jesu for þin holy name
Kepe me fro synne & schame
As þou art of a maydyn born
Late me neuere be for lorn
N[e] late me neuere for myn synne
Lese þe ioyȝe þat þou art inne
Note: Last two lines written down side of page; 8 lines.
Editions:
Barratt, Alexandra. “A Middle English Lyric in an Old French Manuscript.” Medium Ævum 5 (1983): 226-9: 229.