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Learn to love as I love thee
The Christ Child Shivering with Cold: a dialogue between Christ and the Virgin Mary — five 6-line stanzas (aabccb)
Note: See Woolf (1968), 152, 156-7; and Wilson (1973), 55 for a discussion of splitting this into two different poems, with the second beginning at line 7.
Title(s): The Christ Child Shivering with Cold
Subjects: dialogues, Virgin and Christ
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 135v
Transcription:
Leorne to loue as ich loue þe
On alle my lymes þou mith seo
Hou sore ich quake for colde
ffor þe ich soffre muche colde & wo
Loue me wel and nomo
To þe take and holde
Iesu swete sone dere
on porful bed list þou here
And þat me greueþ sore
ffor þi cradel is ase a bere
Oxe and asse beþ þi fere
Weepe ich mai þar fore
Iesu swete beo noth wroþ
Þou ich nabbe clout ne cloþ
Þe on for to folde
Þe on to folde ne to wrappe
for ich nabbe clout ne lappe
Sote ley þou þi fet to my pappe
And wite þe from þe colde
Note: Stanzas 1-3; lines 1-2 appear separately, f. 154.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 255.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 167-8.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 200.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 154r3
Transcription:
Lere to loue as i loue þe
for on al mi lemes þou mait it se
Note: First two lines only; second occurrence.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 255.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 167-8.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 200.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 122rb
First Lines:
Ler to louen as i loue þe
On al my limes þu þith i se…
Last Lines:
…After þi det me vnderfonge
To ben for euermo Amen
Note: John Grimestone’s preaching notebook.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 91.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 70-1; 198-9.