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IMEV 490.5
NIMEV TM 253
Behold he said my creature
Christ’s complaint to man — one stanza rhyme royal with 4-line burden (abab): ‘In a slumbir late as I was / I harde a voice lowde call & crye / Amende the man of thi trespace / & aske forgeveness or euyr thou dye’ (repeated)
Note: Burden formerly 1457; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 253.
Subjects: complaints; Christ, complaint to man; crucifixion; crucifixion
Versification: — seven-line, four-line — ababbcc, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 122v; 123; 123v; 124
First Lines:
Beholde he said my creature
Whome I did make solyke vnto me…
Last Lines:
…Fast I was naylyd for thyne offence
Therefore remembir the or thou go hence
Note: Perhaps incomplete.
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 70.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 189; 1977, 167.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 385.