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IMEV 2270
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My song is in singing / My life is in longing
Cantus Amoris,’ rhyming lines in the treatise, Ego dormio — 93 lines in varying meters and stanzaic patterns including long-line couplets with or without medial rhyme, monorhyming 3-6-line stanzas, and a six-line stanza aabccb
Note: For a small portion of this piece in slightly varied form see 6482; for another verse piece in the same treatise see 3617.
Title(s): Cantus Amoris’; Ego dormio
Subjects: love, divine and human
Versification: — two-line, three-line, six-line — aa, aaa, aaaaaa, aabccb
Bibliographic Ghosts: Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine 514 ; Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2125, f. 99v: this lyric omitted from this copy of Ego Dormio



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 338vb-339ra
First Lines:
Ihesu crist my song is in syngyng
Mi lyf is in longing…
Last Lines:
…þorw siȝt of þi schinynge
In heuene with outen endynge
Attributed Author: Explicit quoddam notable Ricardi heremite (f. 339ra)
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: 1.60.
Allen, Hope Emily. English Writings of Richard Rolle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1931: 70.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.389 (SC 11272), ff. 98v-99
First Lines:
My song is in sittyng
My lyf is in longyng…
Last Lines:
…þourȝe siȝte of þi shynynge
In heuen wiþoute endynge
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.5.64, Part III, ff. 28-29
First Lines:
My sange es in syhtyng
my lyfe es in langynge
til I þe se my keyng
so fayre in þi schynyng…
Last Lines:
…thorow syght of þi schynyng
in heuen with owten endyng
Attributed Author: Explicit tractatus Ricardi heremite de hampole scriptus quondam monaci de ȝedyngham (f. 29)
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus Ricardi heremite de hampole scriptus quondam monaci de ȝedyngham (f. 29)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.60.
Allen, Hope Emily. English Writings of Richard Rolle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1931: 70.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 171.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 203.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 108-10.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 151rb2-151va
First Lines:
Ihesu crist my song is in syngyng
Mi lyf is in longyng…
Last Lines:
…Þorw siȝt of þi schynynge
In heuene withoute endynge. Amen A M E N
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.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37790, ff. 135-135v
First Lines:
My sange is in sighynge
my life is in langynge…
Last Lines:
…The fyrst degree of luf is Insuperable
the second Inseperable
The thyrde Syngular
Note: Written as prose. The ending of the verse item in this manuscript differs from other manuscript sources significantly.
6.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney]
7.Source: London, Westminster School 3 [olim Westminster School 10.top.17], ff. 230-231
First Lines:
Mi songe is in siȝynge
my lyif is in longynge
til þat I see my swetynge…
Last Lines:
…þan schal we synge
thorow syȝt of þi schynynge
in heuene withouten endynge. Amen So be it . good Ihesu
Note: Written as prose.
8.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, ff. 47-47v
First Lines:
My songe is in seghynge
My lif is in langynge…
Last Lines:
…And I þi loue shal synge
þrogh syght in þy shynynge
In heuyn with outen endynge Amen
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): 32-3.
9.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Ste Geneviève 3390, ff. 107-108v
First Lines:
MI song is in syngyng
my loue is in longyng…
Last Lines:
…þorouȝ siȝt of þi schynyng
In heuene wiþ outen endyng
Attributed Author: Explicit Ricardus Hampole (f. 108v)
10.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 66 [olim Bradfer-Lawrence 10], ff. 28v-29
First Lines:
Mi songe is in siȝinge
Mi loue is in longynge…
Last Lines:
…And I þi loue xal synge
þoru siȝt in þi schynynge
in heuen withoutyn ende
Note: Written as prose.