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DIMEV 6110
IMEV 3826
NIMEV 3826
Unkind man give keep to me
Appeal of Christ to Man from the Cross — fifteen couplets
Author(s): Richard Rolle (attrib.); Bernard of Clairvaux (attrib.)
Subjects: Christ, appeal of, to man; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 334ra
First Lines:
Un kuinde mon ȝif kep to me
And seo what pyne i soffre for þe…
Last Lines:
…Ouer al þis ȝit I wis
In eorþe my grace in heuene my blis
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.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.5.64, Part III, f. 34
First Lines:
Unkynde man gif kepe til me
and loke what payne I suffer for þe…
Last Lines:
…Þe unkyndenes þat I fynd in þe
þat for þi lufe þus hynged on tre
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.71.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 93.
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: 282-3.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 39.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], fd. 146vb-147ra
First Lines:
Un kynde Mon ȝif kepe to me
And se what pyne I suffre for þe…
Last Lines:
…Ouer al þis ȝit I wis
In eorþe mi grace In heuene my blis
Note: Two-column format. Written as prose.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.