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Jesu thy sweetness who so might it see
A Song of Love to Jesus — fourteen 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Subjects: love, toward Jesus; Christ, love toward
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 750 (SC 6621), f. 100rc
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnes wo so myght it se
All erþely loue bittur shuld be…
Last Lines:
…Aftur þi loue to haue longyng
And in þi loue to haue lykyng
Note: Stanza 1 only.
Attributed Title: oracio (f. 100rc, margin)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 41 (SC 6921), f. 136
Note: Lines 1-92 wanting.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 141 (SC 21715), ff. 148-149v
First Lines:
Iesu þi swetnes who myȝte hit se
And þer of hadde a clere knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And bryng me to þin endeles blys
Wiþ þe to wone wiþ outen ende
Attributed Title: Cantus amoris (f. 148)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 322 (SC 21896), f. 8ra-8rb
First Lines:
Ihesu thy swetnesse who myght hit se
And therof had a clere knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And brynge me to thyne endles blys
With the to dwell withoutyn ende Amen
Attributed Title: Canticus Amrois (f. 8ra)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 116vb-116vc
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnesse whose miht hit se
And þer of haue a clene knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And led me lord in to þi blis
Wiþ þe to wone wiþ outen ende. Amen.
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): 45-8.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 18-20 (7 st. only).
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.389 (SC 11272), ff. 104va-105rb
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnes who myȝte hit se
And þerof haue aclene knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And lede me lord in to þi blis
Wiþ þe to wone wiþouten ende
Note: 15 stanzas.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 175 (SC 14667), ff. 93vb-94rb
First Lines:
A Ihesu þi swetnes wha may it se
And þarof haue a clere langyng…
Last Lines:
…Bot bryng me lord vnto þi blys
With þe to won with outen ende
Note: 15 stanzas.
Attributed Title: Se amor dei (f. 93v)
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 61-5.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6693 [olim Ashburnham App. 236], f. 179
Transcription:
ihesu þi swetteness who myght hit see
An þer haue a clere…
Note: First 1½ lines, added on flyleaf, blank space following Pricke of Conscience.
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney], f. 185v
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 9
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339, ff. 78-81v
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnesse who myȝte it se
Þer of to haue a cleer knowynge…
Last Lines:
…And lede me lord into þi blis
To wone wiþ þee wiþouten ende
12.Source: London, British Library Sloane 963, f. 19
Editions:
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: 288-92.
13.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 14-20
First Lines:
IHesu þi swetnes who so myȝte it se
And þerof haue a cleere knowynge
Al erþeli loue bittir schule be
Saue þin a loone without lessinge…
Last Lines:
…ffor þi mercy forȝeue me my mys
Þat wickid werk my soule neuere schende
And lede me lord in to þi blis
Withj þee to wone withoute eende Amen
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 8-11.
14.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 219ra-219v
First Lines:
Ihesu thi swetnes wha moght it se
And þare of hafe A clere knaweynge…
Last Lines:
…Bot brynge me lorde vn to þi blysse
With þe to wonne withowttene ende
Note: With added line in stanza 7 (abaababab).
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: 92-6.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.368-9.
15.Source: Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Museum MS 6, f. ii
Note: Five stanzas.
16.Source: Windsor, St George’s Chapel, Windsor E.I.I, f. 30v
17.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 170v-173
First Lines:
ihesu þi swetnes who myght hit se
And þer of have clene knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And lede me lord in to þi blys
with the to wonne withowte ende Amen Amen
Note: Immediately follows 4312 as if same work.
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
18.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 520 (V.8.23), pp. 366-371
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnesse whos myȝt it se
Þer of to haue a cleer knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And lede me lord in to þi blisse
Wiþ þee to wone wiþ oute ende
Attributed Title: Alia bona oratio (p. 366)
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 15 [Sotheby’s, 10 Dec. 1969, Lot 43; acquired by Takamiya in 1976], ff. 83rb-83vb
First Lines:
Jhesu þi swetnes who so might se
And þer of had a clere knowing
Alle erthly loue bytter shuld be
Bot þin alone with oute lesyng…
Last Lines:
…And bring me to þi brightful blis
With þe to wone with outen ende
Note: Followed by ‘Amen Explicit’.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 18846. Origen, Omelia Origenis de Beata Maria Magdalena, ed. W. Menyman, [W. Faques, 1505?] , f. 10
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 3.11 (16 lines).