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IMEV 3443
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The number of Jesu Christs wounds
The number of the Wounds of Christ and the number of the Drops of Blood from these Wounds — nine lines
Subjects: Christ, wounds of; devotional verse; illustrations, verse accompanying; Christ, wounds of; crucifixion
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 1 (SC 21575), ff. 70v-71
First Lines:
The numbre of the droppes of blode
that Ihesu Criste shed for manhode …
Last Lines:
…ffyue thousande also grete and small
Here is the nombre of them all
Note: Six lines only and omits mention of Wounds; written as prose.
Attributed Title: Thus endeth the prayers of the passion of oure lorde (at the end)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lat. misc. c.66 [olim Capesthorne], f. 129v
Transcription:
Fyve thowsande & iiii hundreth
iii score & fiftene ffull grithe
were goddis woundis to safe vs wyth
Note: Written above heart illustrating the wounds Christ received on the cross; 3 lines monorhyming.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 407 (SC 10234), f. 10v
First Lines:
The novmbre of thes dropes all
I wyll reherse in generall …
Last Lines:
…Vc also gret & small
Here is the nombre of hem alle
Note: Six lines only and omits mention of Wounds.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), f. 278va
First Lines:
The nombre of these dropys all
ffyue hundred thousand for to tell
And seuen & fourty thousand well…
Last Lines:
…ffyue hundred also gret & small
Here ys þe nombre of hem all
Note: Follows immediately 2419; six lines only and omits mention of Wounds.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 24
Transcription:
The nowmer of Jhesu Cristes wowndes
Ar fyve thowsande foure hondreth sexty and fyfteene
The whilk in his body war felt and sene
Note: Three lines only.
Editions:
Comper, Frances M. M. The Life of Richard Rolle, Together with an Edition of his English Lyrics. London: J. M. Dent, 1928, 1933; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1929: 318.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 401; 1977, 409 (3 lines only).
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 156.
6.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 632 [olim Pullen], a roll