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DIMEV 3137
IMEV 1922
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Little wot it any man how derne love was found
A song of the love of Christ — five 6-line stanzas with 2-line refrain after each, ‘Ever and o night and day he haveth us in his thoghte / He nul nout leose þat he so deore boghte’
Note: For a similar piece see 3138; for a secular version see 3136.
Subjects: Christ, love of; love, of Christ
Versification: — six-line — ababbb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 512/543, f. 260v
Transcription:
Lytel wotyt onyman hu derne loue was fu[n]de
But he þat was on Rode don and bouth vs wyth his wonde
ffor loue of man he made hym self vn sunde
He haueth y kast a grysligast to grunde
He bouth vs wyth hys suete blod hu myth he don vs more…
Note: Ends imperfectly in second stanza. Written in lower margin below Latin song with notation; perhaps intended to be sung to same tune.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 236; 161.
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 2 vols. Cambridge: at the UP, 1907: 2.583.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 88; 70-1.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 182.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 128r1
First Lines:
Lutel wot hit anymon hou loue hym haueþ ybounde
þat for vs o þe rode ron ant bohte vs wiþ is wounde…
Last Lines:
…ffor loue of vs his wonges waxeþ þunne
his herte blod he ȝef for al mon kunne
Euer & oo etc.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 236; 161.
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 111-12.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 230-2.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 163-4.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 88; 70-1 (with facs., frontispiece).
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 57-8.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 51-2.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 201-2.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 6, no. 92.