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DIMEV 3510
Mine hearts joy is went away
Two couplets, translating Lamentations 5:15-16
Note: Correct order of lines 1-2, which are reversed in two witnesses. For other translations, see 384, 4307, 5216, 5349, 5352.
Subjects: translations; scripture, translations of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 7 C.I, f. 121
First Lines:
þe joy of hour hert is away went…
Note: Variant (Wenzel describes as ‘garbled’) version.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 67 (first line only).
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 25v
Transcription:
Into sorwe & care turned is oure pley
þe ioyȝe of oure herte wont it is awey
þe garlond of oure heeued fallen it is to grunde
þat we euere sennoden allas þat iche stound
Note: First two lines reversed, and formerly 384; in John Grimestone’s preaching notebook after heading Versus est in luctum chorus noster….
Attributed Title: De Contricione (f. 25v)
Editions:
Patterson, Frank A. “Review of Carlton Brown, A Register of Middle English and Didactic Religious Verse.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 20 (1921): 270-5: 275.
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 67 (first line only).
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 69v
Transcription:
To sorwe & to care turned is my pley
þe ioyȝe of myn herte al it is awey
þe garlond of myng heued falen is to grounde
Þat i euere sennede allas þat ilke stounde
Note: First two lines reversed, and formerly 384; second copy in Grimestone’s notebook, with same Latin text preceding.
Attributed Title: De Inferno (f. 69v)
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 67 (first line only).
4.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.126, f. 29
Transcription:
Myn hertes ioye is went a-way
to wo and sorwe ys turne my play
Of myn heued þe garland ys afallen to grounde
þat I euer sengetheþe weylaway þe stounde
Note: Written as prose
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 6-7.