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DIMEV 6364
IMEV 3976.5
NIMEV 3976.5
When Jesu Christ was twelve year old
Beginning of story about Jesus — 12 lines
Subjects: Christ, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Laurentius, Frater. Somme des vices et vertus [English] The Ryal Book (Tr. William Caxton). [Westminster: William Caxton, about 1486] (PML 698) , sig. k1
First Lines:
When Jesus Christ was tewle yeare olde
as holie skripters plainelie tolde…
Last Lines:
…then praise the lord both hie and loe
that all the wondrous woe…
Note: Added by a hand of s. xvi in the Pierpont Morgan copy of Caxton, William, trans., Somme des vices et vertus [English] The Ryal Book, [Westminster: William Caxton, about 1486] ; ending incomplete; first line also on sig. o2: ‘When Jesus Christ wase tewlue yeare olde’ in right margin.
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “Owners’ jingles in early printed books.” Studies in Philology 62 (1965): 647-53: 648-9.