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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
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 153v1
Transcription:
Wat is he þis þat comet so brith
Wit blodi cloþes al bedith
respondentes superiores dixerunt
He is boþe god and man
swilc ne sawe never nan
for adamis sinne he suffrede ded
and þerfore is his robe so red
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: 231; rev. ed. 259.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 200.
2.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.126, f. 127v
Transcription:
Wat ys he þat comeþ so bryth
wyt blody cloþes al bydith
He ys God ful of myth
þat man bycam for vs to ffyth
For oure sennes he was ded
and þerfor ys hyts robe so red
Note: Second couplet varies significantly; written as prose.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 75.