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My truest treasure so traitorly was taken
A song of the Passion — seven quatrains
Note: Followed by 2794; stanza 5 occurs separately in Rolle’s Meditations on the Passion: see 1524.
Subjects: Passion; Christ, Passion of
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.5.64, Part III, ff. 34v-35
First Lines:
My trewest tresowre sa trayturly was taken
Sa bytterly bondyn wyth bytand bandes
How sone of þi seruandes was þu forsaken
and lathly for my lufe hurld with þair handes…
Last Lines:
…Bot wynd vp my wylle to won wyth þe ay
þat þu be berys in my brest & bryng me to blysse
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.72.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 94-5.
Allen, Hope Emily. English Writings of Richard Rolle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1931: 133.
Quiller-Couch, A. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 1.
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: 275-7.
Williams, Charles. The New Book of English Verse. New York: Macmillan, 1936: 27.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 64-5.
Hanna, Ralph, ed. Richard Rolle: Uncollected Verse and Prose. EETS o.s. 329 (2007): 32-3.