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Loved be thou king and thanked be thou king
The first song in Rolle’s Form of Living (Cap. vii) — eight, nine (or eleven) irregular lines
Note: Cf. a Levacion prayer in Lay Folks’ Mass Book (5537), lines 427-35, pr. Horstmann (1895) 2.6. For second song see 6482
Author(s): Richard Rolle
Title(s): Form of Living
Subjects: prayers; songs; Christ, praise to
Versification: — irregular, two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.45: not in this MS; Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.1.12: not in this MS; Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.4.9: text ff. 190-197 similar to Rolle’s Form, but varies considerably; Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.55: this copy of Form of Living begins imperfectly in chapter x; Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6691 [Mun.A.7.1]: not in this MS; Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 155: not in this MS; Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS]: Form of Perfect Living ff. 334ra -338ra but does not include this verse; HM127



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 524 (SC 1049), f. 53
First Lines:
loued be þou kyng
blessyd be þou kyng
Ihesu al my ioyng…
Last Lines:
…þou ȝef me grace tosyng
þe song of þy preysyng
Note: 8 lines rhyming aaabbbaa
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 210 (SC 1292), f. 11v
First Lines:
Worschiped be þou kyng
And þanked be þou kyng…
Last Lines:
…þou ȝef me ioye to synge
þe song of þy worschipinge
Note: 9 lines rhyming aaaabbbaa
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 18 (SC 1619), ff. 83-83v
First Lines:
preisid be þou kyng
& blessid be þou kyng…
Last Lines:
…þou ȝeue me grace to synge
þe songe of þi preisyng
Note: 8 lines rhyming aaabbbcc; written as prose
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 110 (SC 1963), f. 146v
First Lines:
Worschyped be þou kyng
and blessid be þou kyng
Last Lines:
…þou ȝiue me grace to syng
þe song of þi louyng
Note: 8 lines rhyming aaabbbcc; written as prose
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.389 (SC 11272), f. 90v
First Lines:
loued be þou kyng & þanked be þou kyng
of alle þi ȝiftes god þat for me spilledest þi blode…
Last Lines:
…ȝyue me grace to synge
þe songe of þi loue
Note: 5 lines rhyming abba(a); written as prose
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.285 (SC 12143), f. 50
First Lines:
Looued by þou kyng
And thanked be þou kyng…
Last Lines:
…þou gif me grace to syng
þe sang of þi loouyng
Note: 9 lines rhyming aaaabbbaa; written as prose
7.Source: Oxford, University College 97, f. 144v
Transcription:
Worschipeded be þou kyng
& blessed be þow kyng
ihesu al my ioying
Of alle þine ȝiftes goode
Þat for me spildest þi blode
and dydest on roode
Thow ȝeue me grace to synge
þe song of þi louynge
Note: In this MS in sermon on Luke XVI, ‘Redde racionem villicacionis tue luce’ (beg. f. 101); 8 lines in this MS
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.30.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.5.64, Part III, f. 13
First Lines:
Loued be þu keyng
& thanked be þu keyng
& blyssed be þu keyng
Ihesu all my ioyng…
Last Lines:
…þu gyf me grace to syng
þe sang of þi louyng
Note: Nine lines aaaabbbcc
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.30.
Allen, Hope Emily. English Writings of Richard Rolle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1931: 107.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 669/646, pp. 183-184
Transcription:
preisid be þou kinge
blessid be þou kinge
ihesu al my ioyeng
Of al þi ȝiftis good
þat for me spilledist þi blood
& deidest on þe rood
þu ȝif me grace to singe
a songe of þi preising
Note: Eight short lines only, aaabbbcc
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.38 (322), ff. 138v-139
Transcription:
preysed be þou kynge
blessid þu king
Ihesu al my ioyng
of al þy ȝiftes goude
þat for me scheddyst þy blode
and deydist on þe rode
þou ȝyue me grace to synge
þe song of þy praysynge
Note: Written as prose, eight lines
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.1.29 (1053), f. 109v
First Lines:
Looued be þow Ihesu my kynge
and blissed be þou Ihesu myy kynge
Ihesu all my ioyeynge
of all þi giftes gode
þat for me spylte þi blode
and seyn dyed on þe rode
þou gife me grace to synge
þe sange of þi looueynge
Note: Written as prose, eight lines
Attributed Title: Incipit forma uiuendi scripta a beato Ricardo heremita ad margaretam anachoritam suam
dilectam dispulam
(f. 3)
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 1022, f. 55
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: 221.
13.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 455, f. 37vb
First Lines:
Preised be þou kynge
blessid be þou kinge…
Last Lines:
…þou ȝyue me grace to singe
þe song of þe preysinge
Note: Written as prose.
14.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 B.XVII, f. 10
Transcription:
Loued be þu kyng & þanked by þu kyng
& blessid be þu kyng ihesu al my ioying
of alle þi gyftes gode þat for me spilt þi blode
and dyed opon þo rode
þou gyue me grace to singe þo song of þi louing
Note: In 5537.
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: 221.
15.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 149ra
First Lines:
Heried beo þou kyng
and þonked be þou of alle þi ȝiftes
God þat for me spildest þi bodi
and dyedest for me on þe rode
Ȝif me grace to synge þe song of þi loue
Note: Two-column format. Writte as prose and somewhat prosified.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
16.Source: Hereford, Hereford Cathedral Library P.1.9, ff. 146v-147
First Lines:
preisid be þou kyng
blessid be þou king
ihesu al weldyng…
Last Lines:
…þou ȝiue me grace to synge
þe song of þi preisinge
Note: Nine lines in this MS, written as prose
17.Source: London, Westminster School 3 [olim Westminster School 10.top.17], f. 215v
First Lines:
Loued be þou kyng
& þankyd be þou kyng
of all þi ȝyftes goode
þat for me scheddyst þi blod
& deyde on þe roode
ȝyue me grace to synge
þe song of þi lufe
Note: Written as prose.
18.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney], f.
19.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Amherst; olim Harmsworth; olim Beeleigh Abbey (Christina Foyle); sold Christie’s June 2000
20.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, f. 38
First Lines:
preised be þou kynge
& þanked be þou kynge
And blessed by þou kynge
Ihesu al my ioynge…
Last Lines:
…Thou gif me grace to synge
þe songe of þi preisynge
21.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 127 [olim Powis 327], f.
22.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine 514, f. 7
First Lines:
LOuyd be þou kyng
& thanked be þou kyng
and blessid be þu kyng
ihesu my ioying…
Last Lines:
…þou gyf me grace to synge
þe song of þi louynge
Note: Occurs separately as a prayer at the end of prose
Attributed Title: Oracio valde deuota facta per sanctum Alquin (f. 7)
23.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Ste Geneviève 3390, f. 77
First Lines:
Louede be þu kyng
& blissed be þu kyng
ihesu all my ioying…
Last Lines:
…þu gyf me grace to synge
þe sange of þi loueing
Note: Variant; written as prose.
24.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M818 [olim Harmsworth; olim Ingilby], f. 11
Transcription:
Loued be þou kyng
& þanked be þou lord
of alle þi ȝiftes gode
þat for me spildest þin herte blode
& diedest on þe rode tre
ȝiue me grace to synge þe songe of þi loue sweteli
Note: Eight lines, aaabbbcc, written as prose