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When will thou come and comfort me
Rhyming lines in the prose ‘Quia amore langueo’ (in Rolle’s Form of Living) — two 6-line stanzas with medial rhyme, or six quatrains rhyming abab, or other variants
Note: These lines in slightly varying form occur also in the ‘Cantus amoris’: see 4403. For further texts of the prose treatise which may contain these verses see Allen (1927) 256-62.
Title(s): Quia amore langueo
Subjects: Christ, coming of; Christ, love toward
Versification: — six-line, four-line — aaaabb, abab
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.45: Only a fragment of Form of Living, first two folios of chapter I (ff. 1-2v), which do not include this verse (in chapter VIII); Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.1.12: f. 78: Form of Living or Quia Amore Langueo not in this MS; Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.4.9: Form of Living not in this MS; text on ff. 190-197 similar but varies considerably and does not include this verse; Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.55: Form of Living begins imperfectly in Chapter X; Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6691 [Mun.A.7.1]: not in this MS; Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine 514: Form of Living not in this MS



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 110 (SC 1963), f. 148
First Lines:
Whanne wiltow come to comforte me
and bryng me owt of care…
Last Lines:
…In welþe schal be owere walkyng
wiþ owte noye or nyȝt
My loue is euere lastyng
Note: Written as prose
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 18 (SC 1619), ff. 85v-86
First Lines:
Whanne wolt þou come to coumforte m
& bringe me out of care…
Last Lines:
…In welþe ben oure walkyngis wiþ oute noie or nyȝt
my loue is in lastyng & longeþ to þat siþ
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 336vb
First Lines:
Whon wolt þou comen to cumforte me and bringe me out of care
And ȝiue þe to me þat i may seo & hau for euer mare…
Last Lines:
…In welþe beo vre wakynge with oute nuye of niht
my loue is in lastynge and longeþ to þat siȝt
Note: Written as prose. 2 x 6, aaaabb, or 6 x 2, both with internal rhyme.
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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 210 (SC 1292), f. 13v
First Lines:
Whanne wolt þou kome to comforte me
& bringe me out of care
And ȝef me þe þat y may se hauing euere mare…
Last Lines:
…In welthe is our walking wiþ oute nuy or nyght
My loue is in lastynge & euere longeth syght
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.389 (SC 11272), f. 91v
First Lines:
Whenne woltou come to counforte me
& brynge me out of care…
Last Lines:
…Wiþouten noye or nyȝt
My loue is in lastyng & longeþ vnto þat siȝt
Note: Written as prose
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.285 (SC 12143), ff. 51v-52
First Lines:
When wil þou come to comfort me
And bryng me out of care…
Last Lines:
…With outen noy or nyth
My luf es in lastyng
And langes vnto þat sigth
Note: Written as prose
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.34.
7.Source: Oxford, University College 97, f. 146v
First Lines:
Whan wolt þu come to comforte me
and brynge me out of care…
Last Lines:
…My loue is in lastynge
and longeth to þat siȝt
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.5.64, Part III, f. 15
First Lines:
When will þow com to comforth me and bryng me owt of care
& gyf me þat I may se hauand euer mare
þu lufe es ay swettest of al þat euer war
my hert when sal it brest for lufe þan languyst I namare…
Last Lines:
…In welth bees oure wakyng wyth owten noy or nyght
My lufe es in lastyng & langes to þat syght
Note: Underlined in red
Attributed Title: ’Explict forma viuendi’ on f. 22v; see 3290 for the introduction.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.34.
Allen, Hope Emily. English Writings of Richard Rolle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1931: 107.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 669/646, f. 189
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.38 (322), f. 141
First Lines:
Whanne wolt þou come to comfort me
and bring me ouȝt of care
and ȝyue me þat I may þe se
and haue þe euere more…
Last Lines:
…myn soule is euere lasting
& longyng to þat liȝt
Note: Six quatrains, abab; written as prose
Attributed Title: ‘Þe forme of louynge’ (f. 148v)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.1.29 (1053), f. 111v
First Lines:
When will þou come to comforthe me
and brynge me out of kare
And gyfe me the þat I maye see
hauande þe euere mare…
Last Lines:
In welthe sall be oure walkynge
W[i]t[h]outen noye or nyght
My lufe es ni lastynge
Aye langges me to þat syght
Note: 20 lines in 5 cross-rhymed quatrains, abab, the ‘b’ of the first three being the same and the ‘b’ of the last two being the same, written two lines of verse per line in the MS; or five long-line couplets with medial rhyme
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 149rb
First Lines:
Whon woltou comen to cumforte me and bringe me out of care
And ȝiue þe to me þat i mai se and han for euere mare…
Last Lines:
…In weolþe beo vr wakynge withoute nuy of niht
Mi loue is lastynge and longeþ to þat siht
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.
Editions:
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: 224-5.
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37790, f. 131
First Lines:
When wilte þu come tille comforte me
& brynge me oute of kare…
Last Lines:
…The syght of my swetynge
that wendys neuer a way in welthe bees our walkynge
Note: Written as prose.
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney]
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 1022, f. 57
16.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 455, f. 38rb-38va
First Lines:
Whenne wolt þou come to comfort me
& bringe me oute of care…
Last Lines:
…In welþe schal be oure walkinge with oute noy or nyȝt
my loue is in fastinge ofte I longe for to þat siȝt
Note: Written as prose.
17.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Amherst; olim Harmsworth; olim Beeleigh Abbey (Christina Foyle); sold Christie’s June 2000
18.Source: Hereford, Hereford Cathedral Library P.1.9
19.Source: London, Westminster School 3 [olim Westminster School 10.top.17], f. 217v
First Lines:
when wylt þou come to comforth me and bryng me out of care
& ȝyue me þee þat may se and haue for euer mare
ffor al of luf my thoght is feste & I am fayn to fare
I stond a stounde in stylle mornynge of oon lonyst of lare
Mi luyf is luf longynge it draws me to my day
þe londe of lufe brennynge for it haldes me ay
ffro place & fro playnge til þat I gret it may
þe sa syȝt of my swetynge þat wendes neuer a way
In welþe bes owr wakyng with oute noye or nyþt
my luf is in lastynge & longes to þat syȝt
Note: Written as prose.
20.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, ff. 39-39v
First Lines:
When wil þou cum to comfort me & brynge me out of care
And gyf me þe þat I me se hauynge for euer mare…
Last Lines:
…In welth beth our walkynge withouten noy or nyght
My loue is in lastynge and longeth to þat sight
Note: Written as prose but with line divisions marked.
Attributed Title: Canta lena (f. 39)
21.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M818 [olim Harmsworth; olim Ingilby], f. 12
First Lines:
When wil þu come to comforth [sic] & bryng me oute of care
and gyfe me ye þat I see hauande ye euermare…
Last Lines:
…In welthe sal be oure walkyng wythouten noye or nyght
My luf is in lastyng aye langes me to þat sygh
Note: First part written as prose; then last seven lines as verse
Attributed Title: Amore langueo (f. 11)
22.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 127 [olim Powis 327]
23.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Ste Geneviève 3390, ff. 81-81v
First Lines:
Whan wilt þou come to counforte me
& brynge me ouȝt of care
And ȝeue me þe þat I may see
& haue þe for euere mare…
Last Lines:
…Mi loue is in lastyng
& longeþ into þat siȝt
Note: Six cross-rhymed quatrains
24.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 155, pp. 26-27
First Lines:
Whan wolt þou come & comford me
And bring me oute of care…
Last Lines:
…Lord bring me to þat blisse
þat þou art inne aboue
Note: Four quatrains rhyming abab