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Jesu that died on the rood for the love of me
A prayer to Jesus for mercy — one monorhyming quatrain
Subjects: Christ, prayers to; prayers, to Christ
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 114vb3
Transcription:
Ihesu þat diȝedest on þe Rode
ffor þe loue of me
And bouhtest me wiþ þi blode
þou haue Merci of me
What me letteþ of eny þing
ffor to loue þe
Beo hit me lef beo hit me loþ
Þow do hit a wey from me. AMEN.
Note: 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:
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.
2.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], f. 191v
Transcription:
Ihesu that diede one the rude for þe lufe of me
And boghte me with thi precious blode thos hafe mercy of me
Whatt me lettes of any thyng for to luffe the
Be it me lefe be it me lathe do it always fra me
Note: Followed immediately by 2892 as if same work.
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
Perry, George G., ed. Religious Pieces in Prose and Verse from R. Thornton’s MS. EETS o.s. 26 (1867); repr. 1973: orig. ed. 78.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.364.
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: 281.