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As reason ruled my reckless mind
Filius regis mortuus est’, the lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 12-line stanzas
Title(s): Filius regis mortuus est
Subjects: Virgin Mary, lament of; laments
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 78 (SC 21652), ff. 3-5
First Lines:
As Reson Rywlyde my Rechyles mynde
by wayes & wyldernes as y hadde wente…
Last Lines:
…þou schalte se þi swete son and say
ffilius Regis is a lyve et non mortuus est
Note: 9 stanzas.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 8-13.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 74v-76v
First Lines:
As Ihesu rewlith myn reccheles mynde
Be A wode wylde therby as I went…
Last Lines:
…heuyn blisse shalbe ȝour solace
That filius Regis mortuus est
Note: Eleven stanzas.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 3954, f. 90
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: 233-42.
4.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 74-81
First Lines:
As resoun rewlid my richelees mynde
Bi wielde waies as y hadd went
A solempne citee me fortuned to fynde
To turne þerto was myne entent…
Last Lines:
…If ony man loue me leue me a plase
Where y may wepe my fille & reste
And my sone wole graunte him sum þat he has
ffilius regis mortuus est
Note: Written as prose. Quire [6] is bound before Quire [5], which page numbering takes into account.
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: 233-42.