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To love I will begin
‘A Mournyng Song of the Loue of God’ — thirty-two 8-line stanzas
Title(s): ‘A Mournyng Song of the Loue of God’
Subjects: God, love of
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 299vb-300rb
First Lines:
TO loue I chulle be ginne
Ihesu boþe day and niht…
Last Lines:
…fful dreri is here mon
Þi pyne is al þe mare
Note: Followed without break by 2818.
Attributed Title: A Mournyng song Of þe loue of God (f. 299vb)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987: 469-76.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 14-15 (6 stanzas only).
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 90rc-90vb
First Lines:
To loue Ichulle bi ginne
Ihesu Boþe day and niht…
Last Lines:
…fful dreri is heore mon
Þi pyne is al þe mare
Note: The ‘o’ of the first line (second letter) is almost entirely overpainted by the illuminated initial ‘T’. Followed without break by 2818
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.