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DIMEV 5070
IMEV 3231
NIMEV 3231
Sweet Jesu Christ to Thee / A guilty wretch I yield me
A Prayer of Confession — in couplets
Note: For other MSS see 5072.
Subjects: prayers, of confession
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 114va1
First Lines:
SWete Ihesu crist to þe
A gulti wrecche Ich ȝelde me…
Last Lines:
…In to þat blisful Empyre
þer þat þou regnest lord and sire
Attributed Title: A confessioun to Ihesu crist (f. 114va)
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:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 19-20.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 50-2.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.8.2, f. 6ra-6rb
First Lines:
Swete Ihesu to the
A gylty wrecche I yelde me…
Last Lines:
…to that kynges euerlestyng empire
Where he reigneth bothe lorde and sire
Note: 17th-century transcript Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.14.26, ff. 42v-44.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37787, ff. 14-15
First Lines:
Swete Ihesu cryste to the
A gulti wreche I yelde me…
Last Lines:
…In to þat blisful empyre
Ther as þou regnest lord & syre
Editions:
Baugh, Nita Scudder. A Worcestershire Miscellany, compiled by John Northwood, c. 1400, edited from British Museum MS. Add. 37,787. Philadelphia, 1956: 101-3.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 210, ff. 34v-35
First Lines:
SWete ihesu crist to þe
A gulti wrecche y ȝulde me…
Last Lines:
…In to þat blessede empire
þer þou regnest lord and sire
5.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 114, f. i
First Lines:
…[ ] myn endyng day
[ ] synne dey i may
with shrift & hosel at…
Last Lines:
…In to þat blys empere
þer þu reynest lord & sere
Note: Last 8 lines only.
Editions:
Borland, Katherine R. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Western Medieval Manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library Edinburgh: University Press, 1916: 334.
6.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 559, f. 15v1
Transcription:
…lord and sere
Amongys the sayntis and aungelis brighte
The whiche all be schinynge in thi lighte
ffor me alwaye to the bysechynge
That theder I may come at myn ending
Amen
Note: First three lines on this folio rubbed out.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.440-1.