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The wisdom of the father
The Hours of the Cross, interspersed in the English Prymer — seven stanzas of 8 short lines, or of four long lines rhyming aabb, the passages often followed by refrain-like ‘We worchipe the crist and blesse to the / For bi the holi crois thou hast for bought the worlde’
Subjects: Cross, hours of
Versification: — four-line, eight-line — aabb, abcbdefe



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 85 (SC 2289), ff. 26-50v
First Lines:
The wisdom of the fadir the trewthe of the hy king
God and man was taken in the dawenyng
Of hys knowen disciplis he was sone forsake
Sold and put to peyne mankynde sauf to make…
Last Lines:
…Whit spiceri he was beried holi writ to fulfulle
Thenke we sadli on is deþ that shal saue vs from helle
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 246 (SC 21820), ff. 26-41v
First Lines:
The wysdom of þe fader
þe treuþe of heye kynge
God & mane was takyn
in þe morownynge…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ spicerye he was byryed
Holy wrytte to fulfylle
þenke we sadly on his deeþ
þat schal saufe vs from helle
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 275 (SC 21849), ff. 15-29v
First Lines:
The wisedom of þe fader þe treuþe of heȝe kyng
God and man was taken in þe morwenynge …
Last Lines:
…Wiþ spicery he was buried holiwrit to fulfille
þenke we sadly on his deeþ þat schal saue us from helle
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.699 (SC 12543), ff. 24-40
First Lines:
þe wisdom of þe fadir
þe treuþe of þe hig king…
Last Lines:
…þenke we sadli on his deeþ
þat schal saue vs from helle
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Queen’s College 324, f. 14v
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.11.82, ff. 16v-37
First Lines:
The wisdom of þe fadir
Þe treuþe of þe hiȝ king…
Last Lines:
…þenke we sadli on his deeþ
þat schal saue us from helle
Editions:
Littlehales, Henry, ed. The Prymer or Lay Folks’ Prayer Book. EETS o.s. 105 (1895); 109 (1897); repr. as one volume, 1973: 1.15 seq..
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Emmanuel College III.3.13 (246), ff. 15-26v
First Lines:
The Wisidm of þe fader þe treuþe of þe heie king
god & man was taken in þe morewnyng…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ spicery he was biried holi writ to ful fille
Þenke we sadli on his deeþ þat shal saue vs from helle
8.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.24 (192), ff. 20-38v
First Lines:
The wysdome of the fadir the trewthe of the heye kyng
god and man was taken in the morwenyng…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ spicerye he was biryed holy writ to fulfille
thenk we sadly on his deeth that schal saue us fro helle
We worschipe thee cryst and blesse to the
ffor be thi deeth thow hast bowȝt the worlde aȝee
Note: Seven 6-line stanzas, aabbcc, including two-line refrain as last two lines above; written as prose, interspersed with prose text.
Attributed Title: Patris sapientia (as heading to first stanza, f. 20)
Editions:
Littlehales, Henry, ed. The Prymer or Lay Folks’ Prayer Book. EETS o.s. 105 (1895); 109 (1897); repr. as one volume, 1973: 1.29-50 passim.
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36683, f. 18v
First Lines:
The wisdom of þe fadir þe trewþ of þe king
god & man was takun in þe morewuyng…
Last Lines:
…We worschipen þee crist & blessen to þe
ffor in þi deeþ þou hath bouȝt þe world aȝen
Note: Written as prose.
10.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 472 (V.6.22), ff. 25-36
First Lines:
The wisdome of þe fadir the treuþe of heiȝ king
God & man was taken in þe morownyng…
Last Lines:
…Thenke we sadly on his deþe
þat schal safe us fro helle
We worschipe þe crist & blesse to þe
ffor by þi deþ þou hast bouȝt þe worlde aȝe
Note: 7 x 6, aabbcc including two-line refrain as last two lines of transcription, separate stanzas interspersed in English prymer (hours of the cross).
Attributed Title: Patris sapiencia veritas diuina (f. 25)
11.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 512 (V.8.15), ff. 66-96v
First Lines:
The wysdom of þe fadir þe treuþe of þe hiȝe king
god & man was take in þe morwenyng…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ spicerie he was biried hooly writ to fulfille
þenke we sadly on his deeþ þat schal saue us alle fro helle
We worschipeþ to þee crist & blesse to þee
ffor bi þi deeþ þu hast bouȝt aȝen þe world
Note: Seven stanzas, aabb, plus refrain, cd (i.e. not rhyming in this MS version) as last two lines above, separated and interspersed in English prymer, hours of the cross.
12.Source: Oxford, Queen’s College 324, ff. 14v-50v
First Lines:
The wijsdom of þe fadir
þe truþe of þe hiȝe king…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ spicerye he was biried holi writ to fulfille
þinke we sadli on his deeþ þat schal saue us fro helle
Note: Seven stanzas of 8 short lines each, interspersed with prose text (hours of the cross); written as prose.
Attributed Title: Antym. Patris sapiencia veritas (f. 14v)