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IMEV 158.4
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Alas my child how have ye dight
‘A lamentacioun of our lady for sweryng’, with examples of typical oaths, swearers’ lamentations, and concluding moralization — 83 lines in quatrains, couplets, and rhyme royal
Title(s): ‘A lamentacioun of our lady for sweryng’
Subjects: oaths, criticism of; Virgin Mary, complaint of, against swearers; illustrations, verse accompanying
Versification: — four-line, two-line, seven-line — abab, aa, ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 432, ff. 65-66v
First Lines:
Alas my childe how haue ye dighte
Ye cursed swerers all by dene…
Last Lines:
…Ordend to þe cursed be god for her hyre
Seying goþe cursed into euer lasting fyre
Note: Rubric colophon Hec que coluerunt dedisti summa tormenta. Sapiencie 12o (f. 66v).
Attributed Title: A Lamentacioun of our lady for sweryng (p. 65)
Editions:
Brotanek, Rudolph. Mittelenglische Dichtungen aus der Handschrift 432 des Trinity College in Dublin. Halle: Niemeyer, 1940: 99-102.



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Heydon, Norfolk, Church of Saints Peter and Paul, olim ‘Blasphemy Window’ in north aisle
First Lines:
Alas my chyld qwy have ȝe þus dyth
ȝe cursyd swererys al bedene…
Last Lines:
…Þe Jewys þat on þe cros hym pyte
Þei wyst nowt qwat þei ded inded
Note: One six-line stanza only, reconstructed by Woodforde.
Attributed Title: A Lamentacioun of our lady for sweryng (p. 65)
Editions:
Woodforde, Christopher. The Norwich School of Glass-Painting in the Fifteenth Century. London: Oxford University Press, 1950: 184.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 397.