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Worlds bliss have good day
A renunciation of the world — twenty-two lines, 8 couplets and two triplets
Note: The first motet with English words
Subjects: world, renunciation of; songs
Versification: — two-line, three-line — aa, aaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 8, f. A recto, following f. 269
First Lines:
Worldes blisse haue god day
Nou fram min heide wand a way…
Last Lines:
…thech min herte riȝt loue þe
ȝwas herte blod was ssed for me
Note: Formerly p. 457; accompanied by musical notation; followed by motet (2528).
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Cambridge: at the UP, 1912: 1.21.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 114.
Bukofzer, Manfred F. “The First Motet with English Words.” Music & Letters 17 (1936): 225-33: 232-3.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 69.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 102-3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 8.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 194.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 124
Transcription:
…A iesu þin lyli heued
With sarpe þornes is beweued
þi faire face is all be spate
With spotele an blod is al be wat
ffro þi crune to þi to
þi bodi is ful of peine & wo
Lord of þi peines þat ben so suete
Lat my soule þer inne han hete…
Note: Lines 9-16 only.
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 42.