SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 4102
IMEV 2588
NIMEV 2588
O wretched sinner whatsoever you be
John Lydgate, ‘On the Image of Pity’ — five 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘On the Image of Pity’
Subjects: advice, spiritual
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 68v-69
First Lines:
O wrechched synner what so ever þowe be
With hert indurate herder þane þe stoone
Turne hider in haste kneele doune beholde and se
þe moder of criste whas hert was woo begone…
Last Lines:
…þat holsome stories shewed in figur
May rest with vs in moste duwe remembrance
Note: 4 stanzas only.
Attributed Title: Here foloweþe a devoute exortacoun to meeve men devoutely to þe ymage of pyte by orisounes and preyers (f. 68v)
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 129v-130
First Lines:
O wretched synner what so ever thow be
with herte endurat hardar than þe stone…
Last Lines:
…that holsom storyes thus shewyd in fygur
May rest with ws with dewe remembraunce
Note: Ends, ‘Amen / finis lidgat’ (f. 130; all by scribe, John Stow).
Attributed Author: lidgat (f. 130)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 297-9.