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DIMEV 5704
IMEV 3611
NIMEV see 3612/7-8
This is Christs own complaint
The Complaint of Christ to Man and Man’s Answer (stanza 10) — ten twelve-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Why art þou to þy frende vnkynde’
Note: Stanza 9 = stanza 9 of 5707.
Title(s): The Complaint of Christ to Man and Man’s Answer
Subjects: Christ, complaint of, to man; dialogues, Christ and man
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 78 (SC 21652), ff. 5-7v
First Lines:
This is crystes owne complaynte
fro man to man þat he hathe boȝte…
Last Lines:
…With sore wepynge we may say alace
þat euer we were to oure frende vnkynde
Note: At the end: ‘Explicit’.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 234-235
First Lines:
Þis is Crystes owen compleynt
frome man to man
him self he seyþe til vs atteynt
my lewed people what haue I wrought
þen man þat art to me so seynt
And I sofer þy lyf haue sought
To me þyne aunswere no thing þu peynt
for why by cause I knowe þee nought…
Last Lines:
…And Mary mylde swettest of face
prey for wee beon fer byhynde
ffor weepe we may and sey allas
By cause we beo toure lord vnkynde
Attributed Title: Takeþe heed of þis hooly balade conteyned vpon hooly writte made by a maystre of diuynite by duocyoun (p. 233, bottom); þe complaynt of Cryst frome man to man (RT)