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DIMEV 3927
NIMEV 2457.77
O gracious Jesu both trusty and kind
‘Spes mea in deo est’, on the instability of the world and need to put one’s trust in God, perhaps based on Psalms 36:3—four cross-rhymed quatrains including refrain, ‘Spes mea in deo est’
Note: For a related work with the same refrain, cf. 6371.
Subjects: transitoriness, of world; mutability; scripture, paraphrases of; Christ, prayers to
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester Covers of Old Law Books, MS 755
First Lines:
O gracyous Ihesu bothe trysty and kynde
Spem meam to put in the me thynketh best…
Last Lines:
…Yet y may nout faile me thynketh be reson>lb/>Yef y hope well spes mea in deo est
Note: Inside front cover once on MS 351. First 8 lines and beginning of ninth repeated in MS 751, front flyleaf.
Editions:
Griffiths, Jeremy. “Unrecorded Middle English Verse in the Library of Holkham Hall, Norfolk.” Medium Ævum 64 (1995): 278-84: 281-2.