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Why have thee no ruth on my child
The Appeal of the Virgin Mary to the Jews — two quatrains in John Grimestone’s preaching notebook
Subjects: Virgin Mary, appeal of, to the Jews; Virgin Mary, compassion of
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 24
First Lines:
Wy haue ȝe no reuthe on my child
Haue reuthe on me ful of murnig…
Last Lines:
…Als loue me bindet to my sone
so lat vs deyȝen boþen i same
Attributed Title: De Beata Virgine (f. 23v)
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 81.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 119.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 249.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 214.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 93; 224.