The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
What is he this that cometh so bright
Christ comes with bloody Garments — three couplets
Note: Expansion of Isaiah 63:1
Subjects: Christ, sufferings of; scripture, paraphrases of; dialogues, Christ and man
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322
, f. 153v1
Wat is he þis þat comet so brith
Wit blodi cloþes al
respondentes superiores dixerunt
He is boþe god and
swilc ne sawe never nan
for adamis sinne he suffrede ded
þerfore is his robe so red
Furnivall, Frederick James,
Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other
o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 231; rev. ed. 259.
The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 200.
2.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.126
, f. 127v
Wat ys he þat comeþ so bryth
wyt blody cloþes al
He ys God ful of myth
þat man bycam for vs to ffyth
oure sennes he was ded
and þerfor ys hyts robe so red
Note: Second couplet varies significantly; written as prose.
“Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.”
92 (1974): 55-78: 75.