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IMEV 1747
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Jesu sweet is the love of Thee / nothing so sweet may be
An expansion of the hymn, ‘Iesu dulcis memoria’ — fifty monorhyming quatrains
Note: See also 5077 in which this piece has been combined with 5075
Title(s): Iesu dulcis memoria
Subjects: hymns, to Christ; Christ, hymns to
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 77vb-78va
First Lines:
Iesu suete is þe loue of þe
noþing so suete may be…
Last Lines:
…bote ioie & blisse ant lykyng
suete iesu þare to vs bryng
Attributed Title: Dulcis ihesu memoria (f. 77v)
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 68-76.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 198-205.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.11-24.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 58.
2.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 512 (V.8.15), ff. 33-34
First Lines:
IHesu swete is þe loue of þee
Noon oþir þing so swete may be…
Last Lines:
…Þanne haue I þi wille al wrouȝt
Þat hauest me ful dere bouȝt
Note: Stanzas 1-11 only, monorhyming
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 111-12.
3.Source: Chicago, IL, Newberry Library 31 [formerly Ry8; D26986], f. 135-136v
First Lines:
Ihesu swete his þe loue of þe
Non oþur þyng so swete may be
Al þat I may wyt henn se
To halwn aswetnes lord to þe
No song nys murwor
No no yoth in herte blysfulore…
Last Lines:
…Hou long schal here be
þere I pe þe tasy wyt henn se
Note: In this MS, 80 lines in couplets, aa (Brown and Robbins (1943) says 100 but perhaps in another MS); may be incomplete here since no ‘amen’ at end, followed by pastedown so last leaf of MS. Note last line very difficult to read and may be subject to correction from an edition.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Two Fourteenth-Century Mystical Poems.” Modern Language Review 35 (1940): 320-9: 325-7.