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Upon the cross nailed was I for thee
John Lydgate, ‘Why artow froward sith I am mercyable?’ — five 8-line stanzas, including one-stanza envoy and one-stanza ‘oracio’ (formerly 1967.5) and refrain ‘Why artow froward sith I am mercyable?’
Author(s): Sheryngham; John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Why artow froward sith I am mercyable?’ (Lydgate)
Subjects: Christ, complaint to man; carols, of Christ’s pleading; envoys; dialogues, Christ and man
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 73 (SC 4119), f. 4
First Lines:
LOrd an alle synful here knelynge on ther kne
Thi pasioun Remembryng with humble affection…
Last Lines:
…Now for thi moder is meke mediacion
At oure requeste be to vs mercyable
Note: Stanza 5 only
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 14v-15v
First Lines:
Up on the cros naylled I was ffor the
suffred deth to paye thy raunsoun…
Last Lines:
…now for thy modris meek mediacioun
at hir request be to us mercyable
Note: Followed by 1967.5.
Attributed Title: HEre crist Ihesu seith thus on to man as he hangeth vp on the roode tre (f. 14v)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 252-4.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 598 (SC 1475), f. 50
First Lines:
Vpon the crosse naylyd was for þe
Suffrid deth to pay thy Raunsom…
Last Lines:
…Now for moderis meke mediation
At hir request be to vs merciable
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526), ff. 31v-32
First Lines:
Apon a crosse nayled I was for the
Suffred deth to pay thi raunsoun…
Last Lines:
…Now for thi modrys meke mediticioun
At this request be to vs merciable
5.Source: Oxford, St John’s College 56, f. 84
First Lines:
…Thenk a geyn pride on my[ ]
Come to scole recorde we[ ]…
Last Lines:
…[ ] be forne
[ ] duplycite
Note: A torn fragment (fragments of the text of 14 ababbcbc stanzas)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 88-88v
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 141.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.6, f. 196v
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 71-71v
First Lines:
[U]Pon a cros nailed I was for the
Suffredith deth to pay þi raunson…
Last Lines:
…Nowe for þi modirs meeke meditacion
At hir request to vs be merciable
Attributed Title: Oracio ad Crucem (f. 70v); In cruce sum pro te qui peccas… (Latin heading for first stanza (f. 70v)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 67v-73
Note: With 10-line burden; Greene identifies music as Sheryngham
Attributed Author: Signature Sheryngham
Editions:
Smith, John Stafford. A Collection of English Songs, composed about the year 1500. London: Bland, 1779: 34.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 63-4.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 187-8; 1977, 165-6.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 371-2.
Stevens, John, ed. Early Tudor Songs and Carols. Musica Britannica 36. London: Stainer and Bell, 1975: 98.
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 131-131v
First Lines:
Vpon the crosse nayled I was for the
soferyd deth to pay thy raunsome…
Last Lines:
…now for thy moders meke medytacion
at her request be to vs merciable
Note: Four stanzas only (1-3, 5), without 10-line burden; ends ‘Amen / finis’ (f. 131v), by scribe (John Stow).
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, f. 134v
First Lines:
Vppon the crosse y nayled was for the
Suffred deth to pay þy raunsome
Last Lines:
…Now for thy modras meke mediacioun
At her Request be to vs merciable
Note: Ends ‘Amen’ at end of last line and ‘Explicit’ by scribe in lower margin, f. 134v.
Attributed Title: Wuinque wlnera (in upper margin f. 134v); Quinque vulnera quinque Gaudia (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents encompassing 1713 as well)
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 111-111v
First Lines:
Upon a cros nayled I was for the
Suffryd deth to pay thy raunsoun…
Last Lines:
…Now for thy moodris meek meditacioun
At hir request be to vs merciable Explicit
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 5396, ff. 294-294v
14.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], ff. 84v-85
First Lines:
Vpponne a crosse nayled I am for the
Suffryng deth to pay thy rawnsomme…
Last Lines:
…Now for thy moders meke meditacion
Atte request of her to vs be mercyable
Note: Six stanzas; preceded by Latin, ‘In cruce sum pro te qui peccas desine pro me / Desine do ueniam dic culpam retraho penam