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Jesu was of Mary born / For sinful man that was forlorn
A Dialogue between Christ and Man — 76 lines in couplets
Subjects: dialogues, Christ and man
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], f. 32
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian A.III, ff. 94vb-95rb
First Lines:
Ihesu o maria born
for sinful man þat was for lorn…
Last Lines:
…þat we mai quen we heþen wend
Cum to þi ioi wit vten end
Note: Incorporated in Cursor Mundi.
3.Source: Göttingen, Göttingen University Library Theol.107, f. 114va-134ra
First Lines:
Ihesu of mari born
for sinful man þat was for lorn…
Last Lines:
…langage of þe norþeren lede
þat can nan oþer englis rede
Note: Incorporated in Cursor Mundi.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 978-82.
4.Source: Tokyo, Keio University Library Hopton Hall MS [olim Hopton Hall, Sotheby 1989, post Quaritch], f. 13-13v
First Lines:
Ihesus was of mary borne
for synfulle man þat was forlorne…
Last Lines:
…And so owre mys here for to amendyn
in lestande lyfe þat we may lende
Note: Seventy-four lines written two lines of verse per line of manuscript, signed ‘Amen quod Hall’ (f. 13v).
5.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 15 [Sotheby’s, 10 Dec. 1969, Lot 43; acquired by Takamiya in 1976], f. 83vb-84ra
First Lines:
Ihesu of mari þat was borne
ffor synfull man þat was forlorne…
Last Lines:
…þat we may when we bethen wende
Come to þe ioy with owten ende
Note: followed by ‘Amen’.
Attributed Title: Bona meditatio de bonitate domini nostri ihesu cristi (f. 83vb)