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Bare was that white breast / And red the bloody side
Augustine’s Candet nudatum pectus — three quatrains
Note: For other versions, in four long lines, see 3617 and 6540.5.
Author(s): Augustine of Hippo
Title(s): Candet nudatum pectus
Subjects: Christ, Passion of
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 120
First Lines:
Bare was þat quite brest
& red þe blodi side
þe bodi stark als þu wel sest
þe armes spred out wyde…
Last Lines:
…þe feet ben þirled an torent
and stremen al on blode
Note: Written as couplets with medial rhyme.
Attributed Title: Lamentacio dolorosa (f. 120)
Editions:
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 30.