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Our Lady free on Rood tree made Her moan
The Disputation between the Virgin Mary and the Cross — 13-line stanzas, ababababcdddc, with an introduction and conclusion in which the first eight lines are expanded to twelve short lines, aabccbddbeebfgggf
Note: For other MSS that prefix an introductory stanza see 3956. For an edition not based on a specific MS, see Fein (1998).
Subjects: Virgin Mary, as speaker in debates; Cross; debates
Versification: — irregular — ababababcdddc, aabccbddbeebfgggf



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 315vc-316vc
First Lines:
Oure ladi freo on Rode treo made hire mon
Heo seide on þe þe fruit of me is wo bigon…
Last Lines:
…And Marie preiȝers þat ben ful goode
Grant vs þe lyf of grace. Amen.
Note: 528 lines.
Attributed Title: Explicit disputacio inter Mariam / Et Crucem. secundum Apocrasum. (f. 316vc)
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:
Morris, Richard, ed. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion, and Cross-Poems. EETS o.s. 46 (1871); repr. 1973: 131-49.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “Der mittelenglische Disput zwischen Maria und dem Kreuze.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 105 (1900): 22-9: 22-9 (with Latin parallel text).
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 2.612-26.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 124vb-125vb
First Lines:
Oure ladi fre on rode tre made hir mon
Heo seide on þe þe fruite of me is wo bigon…
Last Lines:
…And marie preieres þat bene ful goode
Graunt vs þe lyf of grace Amen
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ A lamentacion þat vre / lady made to þe Cros of hir soone (f. 124vb, rubric); Explicit disputacio inter Mariam et Crucem / et est Apocrasum (f. 125vb)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.