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Spell yet I would speak if I could
Dialogue between the Virgin Mary and St. Bernard on the Passion (incorporated in the Cursor Mundi — in 104 6-line stanzas preceded by a six-couplet introduction
Note: For other versions see 1275 and 3066.
Title(s): Cursor Mundi
Subjects: dialogues; Virgin Mary, as speaker in debate; Bernard of Clairveaux, saint; Passion
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 14 (SC 3894), ff. 102ra-106ra
First Lines:
Faine walde I speke if I couþe
Ware ani mirþis in my mouþ…
Last Lines:
…Þat we mai finde hir sone our frende
to toure quen we sal turne
Attributed Title: Compassioun of our lauedi for þe passioun of hir sone (f. 102ra)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 7.1368-1417.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian A.III, ff. 134ra-138rb
First Lines:
[S]pell yeit i wald speke if i cuth
War ani mirthes in mi muth…
Last Lines:
…Þat we mai find hir sun for frend
To ture quen we sal turn. Amen
Note: Space was left for enlarged initial ‘S’, which was left blank.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 7.1368-1417.
3.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 10rb-14rb
First Lines:
[S]pel yet I wald spek if I cuþe
War ani mirþis in mi muþe…
Last Lines:
…Þat we mai find hir son frend
To care quen we sal turne
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 7.1368-1417.
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: xiv (first and last stanzas only).
4.Source: Göttingen, Göttingen University Library Theol.107, ff. 159-163rb
First Lines:
spell ȝeit wold i if i cuth
war ani mirthes in mi muth
for mekil I haue to mote
Of bale to breu sum bote…
Last Lines:
…Þat we mai find hir sun us freind
To dede quen we sal turn
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 7.1368-1417.