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Bare was that white breast / And red the bloody side
Augustine’s Candet nudatum pectus — three
For other versions, in four long lines, see 3617
Author(s): Augustine of Hippo
Candet nudatum pectus
Subjects: Christ, Passion of
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21
, f. 120
Bare was þat quite brest
& red þe blodi
þe bodi stark als þu wel sest
þe armes spred out
…þe feet ben þirled an torent
and stremen al on
Note: Written as couplets with medial rhyme.
Attributed Title: Lamentacio dolorosa (f. 120)
The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 30.