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DIMEV 5349
IMEV 3397
NIMEV 3397
The joy of our heart is ago
A single quatrain occurring in a sermon, Redde racionem villicacionis tue, preached by Wimbledon, translating Deficit gaudium cordis nostri…from Lamentations 5 — four monorhyming lines
Note: For very similar lines see 384, 5216, and 5352; a prose version is in Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 74, f. 179. For numerous printed editions, see STC 25823.3-25839.
Subjects: sermons, verse in; laments, sinners’; scripture texts, Engl. trans. of; translations
Versification: — four-line — aaaa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 74: no verse in this copy; Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 43v: see 5350; Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 334/727 ; London, British Library Addit. 35213 : incorrectly listed by Robbins and Cutler (1965); see 5349-6 below.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. theol. f.39 [olim Helmingham], f. 37
Transcription:
þe ioȝe of oure herte is ago
Oure song is turned in to wo
þe crowne of oure hed is falle vs fro
alas for synne pat we han do so
Note: Written as prose
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 57 (SC 4063), f. 16v
Editions:
Sundén, K. F. A famous Middle English sermon…preached at St Paul’s Cross, London, on Quinquagesima Sunday, 1388. Götesborgs Högskola Årsskrift 31 (1925) [based on Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Hatton 57]: 35.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 51v
Transcription:
y-turned into ioye is al my wo
þou hast wrapped me wyȝt blisse for euere mo
Note: Variant of 2 lines; Stemmler (1975), p. 3 says this is not a variant, but should be a separate entry.
Editions:
Erb, Peter C. “Vernacular Material for Preaching in MS Camb. Univ. Lib. Ii.III.8.” Mediaeval Studies 33 (1971): 63-84: 71.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2125, f. 73v
Transcription:
The ioye of oure herte is ago
Owre song is turned in to wo
Þe crowne of our hed is fallen ous fro
Alas for synne pat we hauep ydo
Attributed Author: Sermo Thome Wymbeldone londone predicatur ad crucem in cimiterio ecclesie sancti Pauli (f. 73v)
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.219.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.38 (322), f. 127
Transcription:
Þe ioye of houre hert is ago
oure song is turnyd in to woo
pe crown of oure heuyd is falle vs fro
alas for synne pat we haue do
Note: Written as prose
Attributed Author: Thomas Wymmyldoun istum composuit sermonem (f. 127)
Attributed Title: Songe (f. 127); Thomas Wymmyldoun istum composuit sermonem ad crucem sancti pauli Londoni qui obiit in die omnium sanctorum amen Ricardi tercii post conquestum xv anus anime propicietur deus amen (f. 127)
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.236.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37677, f. 98
Transcription:
Þe ioye of oure herte is agoo
oure quere is turnyd in to wo
þe corounne of oure hed is falle vs fro
Alas for syne þat we haue do
Note: Written as prose.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2398, f. 153
8.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 A.XVII, f. 198
Transcription:
Þe ioye of oure herte is agoo
oure queer is turned in to woo
Þe corovne of our heed is falle vs fro
Allas for synne þat we hau doo
Note: Written as prose.
9.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 B.XXIII, f. 48v
Transcription:
þe ioye of oure herte is A goye
oure velle is turned in to voo
þe crowne of owre hed is fallon vs fro
Alas for synne þat we haue do
Note: Written as prose.
10.Source: Leeds, Leeds University Library Brotherton 501 [olim Horton Hold Hall, Maggs Bros. Sale Cat. No. 580, Item 450], f. 67v
Transcription:
The ioye of oure herte is go
oure quere is turnyd into wo
the coroun of our hed ys fal vs fro
allas for senne that we haue do
11.Source: Helmingham Hall, Helmingham Hall olim LJ.II.2 [sold Sotheby’s, 14 June 1961, lot 9], at end
Note: Hamer (1995) — lists as unidentified, missing or destroyed



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 25823.3. Wimbledon, Thomas, A sermon no lesse fruteful then famous made in the yeare of our Lorde God M.CCC.lxxxvij in these oure latter dayes moost necessary to be knowen nether addyng to, neyther demynyshynge fro, saue tholde and rude Englysh ther of mended here and there, [S.l.: J. Maylor?, 1540?]