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My king the water greet / and the blood he sweat
Meditacio de passione’ in the treatise, Ego dormio — 41 rhyming lines in various stanzaic patterns
Note: For another text see 1813; includes the quatrain, 6540.5; also in this treatise is 3651.
Title(s): Meditacio de passione’; Ego dormio
Subjects: Passion, meditations of; Christ, passion of
Versification: — variable, five-line, two-line — aaaaa, aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine 514 ; Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2125, f. 99v: this copy of Ego Dormio substitutes 1813



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 338va-338vb
First Lines:
Hou þi kyng he watur wepte
and he blod swette…
Last Lines:
…Wolt þu beo my louyng
Þat I þi loue mai syng
Note: Written as prose.
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.57-8.
Allen, Hope Emily. English Writings of Richard Rolle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1931: 77.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.389 (SC 11272), ff. 80v-81
First Lines:
My kynge þe watur grett
and þe blod he swett…
Last Lines:
…thurgh syght in þi schynyng
In heuen wit outen endyng
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.57-8.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.5.64, Part III, ff. 26v-27
First Lines:
My keyng þat water grette
And blude swette
sythen ful sare bette
so þat hys blode hym wette…
Last Lines:
…Þou be my lufyng
þat I lufe may syng
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.57-8.
Allen, Hope Emily. English Writings of Richard Rolle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1931: 67.
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: 228-30.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37790, f. 134v
First Lines:
How he the watyr grette
and the blode swete…
Last Lines:
…euer to hyr thy sange
that is lastand so lang
Note: Written as prose. Omits the final couplet that appears in other manuscripts containing this text
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 151ra-151rb
First Lines:
HOu þi kyng he water wepte
And he blode swette…
Last Lines:
…Wolt þou beo my louyng
Þat I þi loue mai sing
Note: Two-column format. Written as prose.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
6.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney]
7.Source: London, Westminster School 3 [olim Westminster School 10.top.17], ff. 228v-229v
First Lines:
How þi kynge water grett
& blod swet…
Last Lines:
…þi songe þat is lastynge so long
will þou be my louinge
þat I þi loue may synge
Note: Written as prose.
8.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, f. 46
First Lines:
My kynge þe watyre grete
And þe blod he swete…
Last Lines:
…Wil thou be my louynge
þat I þi loue may synge
Note: Written as prose with line divisions indicated.
Editions:
Ogilvie-Thomson, J. S., ed. Richard Rolle: Prose and Verse. EETS 293 o.s. 293 (1988): 30-1.
9.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Ste Geneviève 3390, ff. 103v-105
First Lines:
How þi kyng water wepte
And he blod swette…
Last Lines:
…Wilt þou be my longinge
Þat I þi loue may synge
10.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 66 [olim Bradfer-Lawrence 10], ff. 27v-28
First Lines:
My kynge þe watir he wepte
& þe blood he swett…
Last Lines:
…wilt þou be myn louynge
þat I þi loue may synge
Note: Written as prose.