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Behold man what pain I dree
Christ’s Appeal from the Cross to sinful man, a tag in the Fasciculus morum (Foster (1940), no.27) — two cross-rhymed quatrains translating the poem ‘Homo inquit vide quid pro te pacior’ of Philip the Chancelor
Note: For other versions, see 3100, 3336, 3341, 3981, 4849, 6110, 6111, 6112.
Author(s): Philip the Chancelor
Subjects: Christ, appeal of, to man; crucifixion; translations
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 25v
First Lines:
By holde mon what peyne I drye
Which is my gref which is my wo…
Last Lines:
…Of all my payn haue I no doute
but lest vnkynde I fynde þe
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 34v
First Lines:
By holde mon what payne I drye
Wyche is my greff wych ys my wo…
Last Lines:
…Off all my peyn haue I no dowte
but leste vnkynde I fynde the
Note: Written as prose, 8 lines, ababcdcd.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 45v
First Lines:
Byholde mon what I dree
Whech is my payne qwech is my woo…
Last Lines:
…Of all my pyne haue I no doute
But ȝif vnkynde I fynde the
Editions:
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 77-8.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 41rb
First Lines:
Be hold man qwat I drie
qwyche is my peyne qwyche is my wo…
Last Lines:
…of al my peyne haue I no doute
but if vnkende I fynde þe
5.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 54v
First Lines:
Be holde man what I drye
wiche is my pyne wiche is my woo…
Last Lines:
…Off all my pyne haue I noo dowte
but ȝif vnkynd I fynde the
6.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 176ra
First Lines:
By hold man what I drye
Wuche is my wo
To þe y clepe now I schall dey
by soth wel fer I mot go…
Last Lines:
…Of al my pyne haue y no þoute
Bot ȝif vnnkynde fynd y þe
7.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 48v
First Lines:
Be hald man what I dry
Whylk is my pyne whylk is my woo…
Last Lines:
…Of all my payne hafe I no dout
bot if vnkynd I fynd þe
Note: Written as prose.
8.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 178va
First Lines:
Lo man by hold wat I dere
Wyche my payn ys
wyche ys my wo…
Last Lines:
…Of alle my pyne haue y no douȝt
Bot y vnkynde finde þe
Note: This MS 10 lines, abcdecfgfg, written as verse.