The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 172
All christian men that walk me by / Behold & see
Lamentacio Peccatoris, Prologue to the Adulterous Falmouth Squire (3348), a lament for the soul of William Basterfield, Knight — 99 lines in the longest text, mostly in 8-line stanzas
Note: See 3348, of which this is prologue; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 114.
Title(s): Lamentacio Peccatoris
Subjects: adultery, tales of; laments, sinners’; prologues; sinner, lament of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 136-138v
First Lines:
All crysten men þat walke by me
Be hold & se þe dulfull syȝht
It helpys not to calle ne cry
ffor I am a dampned a dollfole wyȝht …
Last Lines:
…ffro dedly syne god þe defende
And vnto blys þi saull schall fare
Attributed Author: Amen quod Rate (f. 138v)
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 367-8, 529-30.
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: 123-6.
Bolle, Wilhelm. “Zur Lyric der Rawlinson-HS C.813.” Anglia 34 (1911): 273-307: 292.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 349-51; 558-631; 622.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 4v-6v
First Lines:
All crysten men that walke me by
beholde and See thys dylfull syght…
Last Lines:
…Adewe I here a horne blowe
All cristen men bewarre by me
Leonard, A. L. “Zwei mittelenglisch Geschichten aus der Hölle.” Diss. Zurich, 1891.
Bolle, Wilhelm. “Zur Lyric der Rawlinson-HS C.813.” Anglia 34 (1911): 273-307: 292.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “Liedersammlungen des xvi. Jahrhunderts…IV.” Anglia 31 (1908): 309-96: 317.
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 96-100.
3.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 237, ff. 146-146v
First Lines:
All Cristen men that walkys me by
Be hold and see this dolefull sight…
Last Lines:
…ffare well I here an horne blowe
All Cristen men be ware by me
Note: Added by a later hand.
Fein, Susanna Greer. Moral Love Songs and Laments. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 174-175
First Lines:
All cristenmen þat walkes me by
Be hald & see þis dylfull sigth…
Last Lines:
…And drof an furght fro dey to dey
Þer for i beyd hyr in þes cage
Note: 64 lines (8 stanzas only).
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.
5.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 51v-52
First Lines:
All crystyn men þat wawkes me bye
Be hold & see þis dulful seyght
I beyd nothere to kawl nor to crye
I am so dampyd a woful weyght…
Last Lines:
…Me thynk I heyr a horn blowe
All crystyn men bewar by me
Note: 80 lines (10 stanzas).
Attributed Title: Lamentacio Peccatoris (f. 51v)
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 367-8, 529-30.
Perry, George G., ed. Religious Pieces in Prose and Verse from R. Thornton’s MS. EETS o.s. 26 (1867); repr. 1973: 115-18.
6.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 560, f. 98v
Note: Lines 1-17 only.