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Jesu that hast me dear I-bought
A meditation on the Passion — 154 lines in couplets
Subjects: Passion, meditations on; Christ, Passion of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 850 (SC 2604), ff. 90ra-92vb
First Lines:
Ihesu þat hast me dere boȝt
write nowe gosteli in my thouȝt…
Last Lines:
…As þou rose on estir day
In ioy in blisse to haue ay
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 232 (SC 3657), ff. 62-65v
First Lines:
Ihesu þat hast me dere I boȝt
Write þou gostly in my þoȝt…
Last Lines:
…As þou rose vp on estre day
In ioy & blisse to lyue Ay
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. E.4 (SC 29110), roll
First Lines:
Ihesu þat haste me der abouȝte
write þou gostly in my þouȝte
þat y mow wiþ deuocione
þinke vpon þi passione…
Last Lines:
…As þou rose vpe on estyr daye
In ioye and blisse to lyuen aye
Note: At the start of the poem: ‘In seyinge of þis orisone stinteþ & abideþ at euery crose and þinkeþ whate ȝe haue seide ffor a more deuout prayer fonde y neuer of þe passione who so abidingly sey it’.
Editions:
D’Evelyn, Charlotte. “Meditations on the Life and Passion of Christ, from British Museum MS. Additional 11307.” EETS o.s. 158 (1921); repr. 1987: 60-4.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2125, f. 76v
First Lines:
Ihesu þat hast me dere ybouȝt
Writ now gostly in my þouȝt…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu þat art so mychel of myȝt
Writ in myn herte…
Note: This MS lines 1-70 only; incomplete at end; written as prose.
Attributed Title: Memoriale de ligno crucis cristi domini nostri (f. 76v)
5.Source: London, British Library Sloane 963, f. 17
Note: Begins imperfectly.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 39574, ff. 1-4v
First Lines:
Ihesu þat hast me dere bought
Write now gostely in my thought…
Last Lines:
…Os thow roos on estre day
In Ioye and blys to lyue for ay. Amen.
Editions:
Day, Mabel, ed. The Wheatley Manuscript: Middle English Verse and Prose in British Museum MS. Additional 39574. EETS o.s. 155 (1921; repr. 1971): 1-6.
7.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 559, ff. 134-134v
First Lines:
Ihesu that hast me dere bought
write nowh gostly in my thought…
Last Lines:
…write in myn harte thi speches swete
when iudas the tratyour gan the mete
and ȝet thou callid hym thi frend
god send vs cherite with outin ende. Amen
Note: Lines 1-12 only. Written as prose
8.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney], f. 185v
9.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, ff. 147ra-148rb
First Lines:
Ihesu þat hast me dere I boght
Write þou gostly in my þoȝt…
Last Lines:
…As þou rose vp on estre day
In ioy & blisse to lyue aye
Amen
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 114-19.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 120-5.
10.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 30, ff. 49-51v
First Lines:
IHesu þat hast me dere bought
Wryte now goostly in my thought…
Last Lines:
…In ioy & blis þar lasteth ay
Amen amen for charite
God yeue vs grace so mot hit be
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 142 [olim Bement], ff. 45-47v
First Lines:
Ihesu þat hast me dere bought
Write now goostly in my þought…
Last Lines:
…In ioy and blisse þat lesteth ay
Amen amen for charite
God yeue us grace so mote hit be
Note: This MS with added verses, 177 lines in all.