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Think man whereof thou art wrought
A mystical poem — seven l0-line stanzas with an ‘O and I’ refrain
Subjects: devotional verse
Versification: — ten-line — ababababcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Don. C.13, f. 166va
First Lines:
Think man whar to þou ert wroȝt þat is sa wlonk in wede
think hou þou was hidir broȝt & of þin end take hede…
Last Lines:
…With an o and an I do as I þe lere
If ȝou wil þat solace se þat seyntis syttis sere
Note: At the end: Explicit.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.32, ff. 3-3v
First Lines:
Thynk man qware off thou art wrought
þat art so wlonk in wade
Thynk hou þu art hedyr bought
& of thyn end take hede…
Last Lines:
…With an O and an I thynk qwat I ye lere
Iff þu wil þat solace se þer seyntis syttes sere
Editions:
Brunner, Karl. “With an O and an J. I.” Anglia 54 (1930): 288-91: 290-1.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 422; 1977, 439 (first four lines only).
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 256-8.