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DIMEV 5072
IMEV 3233
NIMEV 3233
Sweet Jesu Christ to Thee / Culpable wretch I yield me
A prayer of Confession — in couplets
Note: For other MSS see 5070 and 6120.
Subjects: prayers, of confession; confession, forms of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 302 (SC 21876), f. 12va
First Lines:
Swete ihesu crist to þe
Coubabil wreche y ȝild me…
Last Lines:
…Loke ȝe say þis oresoun
Dewoutle with deuocion
Note: 62 lines.
Attributed Title: de confesione generali (f. 12va)
Editions:
Whiting, Ella Keats, ed. John Audelay: The Poems. EETS o.s. 184 (1931); repr. 1988: 80-1.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.43, ff. 90v-91v
First Lines:
SWete ihesu crist to þe
Culpable wrecche y ȝelde me…
Last Lines:
…In to þat blyssffull empyre
There þat þu reygnest lorde & syre
Attributed Title: Alia oracio bona de ihesu (f. 90v)
3.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Fellowes (Sotheby sale cat., June 7, 1964, Lot 231), f. 166v
First Lines:
Swete ihesu crist to þe
Copable wrecche ich ȝelde me…
Last Lines:
…Yn to þat blisse of [heuene lyght]
Þer þou reynest lo[rd of myght]
Note: Fragment of 36 lines, ends imperfectly.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “A Confession of Sins and a Prayer for Mercy.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 9 (1897): 129-30.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 2.785-6.