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Man sicker help hast thou and prest
The Virgin Mary and her Son, Man’s Advocates — three couplets
Note: Cf. 1054 for a different translation of the Latin passage.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, attributes of; Christ, attributes of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.A.13 (13), Part III, f. 90
First Lines:
Suer help hast thou & prest
qwer the modyr hyr sone schewyt hyr brest…
Last Lines:
…ther no may be noo waryngge
qwer is of loue so gret toknygge
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 158r4
Transcription:
god help hastou man & prest
þe moder here sone sewet here brest
þe sone his fadir ssewet his side
hise wondir wondis depe & wide
þanne mai þer be no maner werning
þerof so gret loue is so gret tocning
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: 235; rev. ed. 264.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 117
Transcription:
Man siker helpe has þu & prest
þe moder þe sone sewit hire brest
þe sone his fader his blodi side
& alle his wondis depe an wyde
þer may ben non werningge
þer love is of so gret sewingge
Note: John Grimestone’s sermon notebook.
Attributed Title: De Passione Christi (f. 117)
Editions:
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 34.