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Behold me I pray thee with all thy whole reason
Appeal of Christ to Man from the Cross — in 9- or 10-line stanzas with burden: ‘Wofully araid’, and in 10-line stanza versions same ‘Wofully araid’ as refrain
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 256
Subjects: Christ, appeal of, to man
Versification: — nine-line, ten-line, six-line — aaaabbbcc, aaaabbbccd, abbaba
Bibliographic Ghosts: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 678, Boethius, De Disciplina Scholarum, Deventer 1496, [olim Heber Incunabula, Sotheby’s Sale Cat. 1834, Part III, No. 810], f. iii: see Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor B 741 (Boethius de disciplina scholarium; Deventer, 1496) [olim Rosenbach Foundation 678; olim John F. Fleming].



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lyell 24 [olim Quaritch Cat. Illuminated MSS, 1931, no. 66], f. 100
First Lines:
Behold Man and se
with tre son betrayed…
Last Lines:
…lyke A lame offyrd yn to sacrifyce
þus was y slayne yn þe most Cruell wyse
Note: Sixteen lines, added by later hand: variant version of 6-line burden (‘Woefully A rayde / the sone of A mayde…’), and usual second stanza.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 63v-67
Note: Three 10-line stanzas and 6-line burden; music by William Cornish.
Editions:
Hawkins, Sir Thomas. A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. 5 vols. London: T. Payne, 1776: 2.89.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 62-3; (with 2 addit. stanzas from Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor B 741 (Boethius de disciplina scholarium; Deventer, 1496) [olim Rosenbach Foundation 678; olim John F. Fleming] version).
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.141-3.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 1.165-7.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 12-13; 1948, 1959, 11-12.
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, ed. Poems by Skelton. London: W. Heinemann, 1924: 7-9.
Pinto, Vivian de Sola. Skelton: A Selection from His Poems. New York: Grove, 1950: 22-4.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 369-70 [unclear which sources used for which editions].
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 73v-77
Note: Variant of three 10-line stanzas and 6-line burden, with different musical setting from that on ff. 63v-67.
Editions:
Hawkins, Sir Thomas. A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. 5 vols. London: T. Payne, 1776: 2.89.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 62-3; (with 2 addit. stanzas from Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor B 741 (Boethius de disciplina scholarium; Deventer, 1496) [olim Rosenbach Foundation 678; olim John F. Fleming] version).
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.141-3.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 1.165-7.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 12-13; 1948, 1959, 11-12.
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, ed. Poems by Skelton. London: W. Heinemann, 1924: 7-9.
Pinto, Vivian de Sola. Skelton: A Selection from His Poems. New York: Grove, 1950: 22-4.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 369-70 [unclear which sources used for which editions].
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 4012, ff. 109-109v
First Lines:
Be holde me I pray þe with all thyne hole reson
And be not hard hertid for this encheson…
Last Lines:
…I haue puruaide a place full cler
ffor mankynde whom I haue bought dere
Note: Four 10-line stanzas and 6-line burden: ‘Wofully araide / My blode man / For thee ran / It may not be naide / My body blo and wanne / Wofully araide’.
Editions:
Hearne, Thomas, ed. Johannis de Fordun, Scotichronicon. 2 vols. Oxford: Sheldonian, 1722; Edinburgh, 1759: 5.1397-9.
Turner, Sharon. History of England from the Norman Conquest to the Accession of Edward the First…from the Accession of Edward the First to the Death of Henry V…comprising the Reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III and Henry VII. 3 vols. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1814, 1815, 1823; many editions: 2.344-5).
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 202-3.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 156-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 209-10.
5.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor B 741 (Boethius de disciplina scholarium; Deventer, 1496) [olim Rosenbach Foundation 678; olim John F. Fleming], ff. ii-iii
First Lines:
Bee holde me y pray thee with thyn hoole Reeson
And bee nott hard hartyde and ffor thys encheson…
Last Lines:
…Wyth me too Reyn yn endlys welthe
Remember Man thy sawlys helthe
Woofully A Rayd
My blode man
ffor the Rane
hytt may nott be nayd
My body blow and wane
Woyfully A Rayde
Note: Five 10-line stanzas (aaaabbbcc) with five-line burden (deede); in manuscript gathering bound into printed book (see also 4374).
Attributed Author: Explicit quod Skelton (f. iii)
Editions:
Birch, Walter de Gray. “A New Poem by John Skelton.” The Athenaeum (London, November 29, 1873): 2.697: 697.