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Ye that passen by the way
O vos omnes qui transitis per viam — four long lines translating Lamentations 1.12
Subjects: scripture texts, Engl. trans. of; sermons, verse in; Christ, Passion of; Christ, address to humankind; Christ, wounds of
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 59v
Transcription:
Ȝe þat goȝt bi þe weye abideȝt a litul stounde
by holdeȝt & takeȝt hede ȝif þer eny is in peyne ȝliche me ifonde
to þe tre wiȝt nayles þre fete & handes ful faste ystonge & bounde
Witȝ a spere depe & sore to my herte þer is ismete a wounde
Note: An independent insertion into the sermon Christus passus est pro nobis (ff. 59-60).
Editions:
Stemmler, Theo. “More English Texts from MS. Cambridge University Library Ii.III.8.” Anglia 93 (1975): 1-16: 4.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 125vb
First Lines:
Ȝe þat pasen be þe weyȝe
A bidet a litel stounde…
Last Lines:
…with a spere al þoru mi side
to min herte is mad awounde
Note: In John Grimestone’s sermon notebook. Written as one eight-line stanza, abcbdbeb (or four monorhyming long lines).
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 90.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 125.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 64.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 208.