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Witteth now all that been here
The ‘Short Charter of Christ’ — couplets
Note: Cf. 6768.
Title(s): The ‘Short Charter of Christ’
Subjects: Christ, charters of; instruction, religious
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), f. 106
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
Förster, Max. “Kleinere mittelenglische texte.” Anglia 42 (1918): 145-224; 43 (1919): 191: 195-6.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 274; 521-5; 615.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 189 (SC 6777), f. 109
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6686 [olim Ashburnham 140], p. 270a-270b
First Lines:
Witt all þat now bene here
And aftir sall be boþ leue & dere
That I Ihesu crist of naȝareth
ffor loue of man has suffred deth…
Last Lines:
…And of my bodyly abydyng here
ffully thre & threty yere…
Note: 18 couplets, ends incomplete.
Attributed Title: Carta redempcionis humane (p. 270)
Editions:
Ashe, Laura. “The ‘Short Charter of Christ’: An Unpublished Longer Version, from Cambridge University Library MS Add. 6686.” Medium Aevum 72 (2003): 32-44: 42-4.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.44, f. 1
First Lines:
Knaw now all þat ben here
& aftyr shal bee leef & dere…
Last Lines:
…Thys Iȝef was at kaluary
The first day of gret mercye
Attributed Title: Carta seu testamentum ihesu cristi (f. 1, by scribe)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 230/116, f. 25v
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1036, ff. 7v-8
Note: Variant version.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.15 (37), f. 53
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 118v-122
Note: Written as a carol.
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 69-70.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961.
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 24343, ff. 6v-7
First Lines:
Wittnes nowe al that ben here
And efter schall be leve and dere…
Last Lines:
…This was gyuyne at caluerye
The firste day of gret mercye
Attributed Title: Sciant presentes & futuris & c (f. 6v); Carta Redempcionis humane (f. 7, below end of text)
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 23
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 143-5.
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], ff. 114v-115
First Lines:
Wyte ye welle all þat be here
And shall here aftur leef & dere…
Last Lines:
…And for the more sykernesse
þe wound in my syde serythe witnes
Note: Latin text precedes each couplet, before the first, ‘Carta generis humani Sciant presentes et futuri & c’ (f. 114v)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. “Introduction.” The Winchester Anthology. A Facsimile of British Library Additional Manuscript 60577. With an account of the music by Iain Fenlon. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1981.
12.Source: London, British Library Add. Charter 5960, ff. 114v-115
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, f. 97v
First Lines:
Wetys ye now all þat ben here
And aftyr shall ben leef & dere…
Last Lines:
…And for the more sikernesse
My herte wounded the fele it is
Data et cetera
This was yewyn at caluarie
The firste day of grete mercye
Note: With rubric introduction, ‘Sciant presentes & futuris’, f. 97v; and rubric subheadings in line with prose text, including ‘Data et cetera’ in rubric.
Attributed Title: Carta Redempcionis humane (f. 97v, rubric below end of text)
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 237, f. 100ra-100rb
First Lines:
I haue gyue and mad a grante
heuyns blis withoutyn endynge…
Last Lines:
…Ȝit wald I eft be al to torn
and þe son with draw his lyȝt
And þe stan þat al to [....]
and men þat rais fra ded to lyfe
Note: Much disarranged. Fragment only, written in two columns at bottom of one page.
Attributed Title: Carta humane Redempcionis (rubruc title above first line and repeated also rubric to right of line 406, f. 100)
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 3775, f. 138
Editions:
Riley, Henry Thomas, ed. Annales Monasterii S. Albani, a Johanne Amundesham, Monacho…A.D. 1421-1440. 2 vols. Rolls Series 28e (1870-71); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.457-58.
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 6848, ff. 239v-240
First Lines:
Weetis all that be heere
or that shall beleife and deere…
Last Lines:
…Yeoven at Calvary
The first day of the greate Mercie
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: Noverint universi presentes & futuri (f. 239v)
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
17.Source: London, British Library Sloane 620, f. 11v
Note: Two extra lines at beginning.
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
18.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3292, f. 2
Note: Six extra lines at beginning.
Editions:
Spalding, Mary Caroline. The Middle English Charters of Christ. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1914: 1-16.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Weitere Beiträge zur englischen Lyric des 15 und 16 Jahrhunderts.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 107 (1901): 48-61: 69-70.
19.Source: London, British Library Stowe 620, f. 11v
20.Source: London, British Library Stowe 1055, f. 40
21.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 176, f. 202v
First Lines:
Now knoweth ȝe alle that ben here
And after schal ben bothe leaf and dere
That I ihesus of na
That I ihesus of naareth
ffor loue of man haue suffred deth…
Last Lines:
…This was gyuen on the mount of caluarye
The fyrste day of greet mercye
Attributed Title: Carta redempcionis generis humani (f. 202v)
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Latin Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library at Manchester. Manchester: at the UP, 1921: 1.300.
22.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Richardson 22, ff. 71v-72
First Lines:
now witeþ alle þat been here
and after schal be leve and dere…
Last Lines:
…This was ȝouyn at kaluarye
Þe first day of grete mercye
Note: 34 verse lines plus nine lines of Latin headings; first line preceded by Latin heading, Sciant presentes & futuri nomen cognomen (f. 71v)..
Attributed Title: Sigillum Carte domini nostri ihesu cristi (f. 72)
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Latin Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library at Manchester. Manchester: at the UP, 1921: 1.300.
23.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim J. W. Dod (Hamer (1995) lists as unidentified, missing or destroyed)
Editions:
“Ancient English Poems: from a Manuscript Belonging to J. W. Dod, Esq. of Cloverley, M.P. for the Northern Division of Salop.” Gentleman’s Magazine n.s. 29 (June 1848): 612-14: 612.