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Behold mine wounds how sore I am dight
Christ as Man’s Champion, a tag in the Fasciculus morum (except Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 392) — four lines, in three different versions, the first couplet freely translating a distich from Ovid’s Amores
Subjects: Christ, attributes of; Christ, appeal of, to man; crucifixion
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 23v
Transcription:
Be holde my woundes how i am dyght
for all þi wele I won In fyght
I am sore wounded byholde my skyn
& for my loue þu let me In
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 32
Transcription:
By hold my woundes how I am dight
ffor all þi wole I won & fight
I am fore woundyd by hold my skyn
and for my loue þu lete me in
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 124.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 27va
Transcription:
by holde my wondys
Note: Reference line only.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 43
Transcription:
Beholde myne woundes how sore I am dyȝth
Ffor all þe wele þat þou hast I wan hit in fyȝt
I am sore woundet behold on my skyn
Leue lyf for my loue let me comen in
Editions:
Woolf, Rosemary. “The Theme of Christ the Lover-Knight in Medieval English Literature.” Review of English Studies n.s. 13 (1962): 1-16: 7.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 160.
5.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 218, f. 43v
Transcription:
Be hold my woundes wide man and se
My bood þat i schedde in batayl for the
Note: Variant; two lines only.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 160.
6.Source: Oxford, Lincoln College Lat. 52, f. 31rb
Transcription:
By hold my wondes wyde man and see
My blode þat I schadd in batell for the
Note: Variant; two lines only.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.10.15, ff. 41-41v
Note: Variant; two lines only.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 392, ff. 255-255v
Transcription:
By hold my wondys how sore y am dyȝt
for al þy welthe þat þu hast y wan hyt yn fyȝt
y am sore wondyt be hold on my skyn
leue lef for my loue lat me com yn
Note: Not in Fasciculus morum but rather in a sermon on Christ’s Passion, headed, ‘Maria Ihesu Johannes Dunstanus assint principio meo’ (f. 253).
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 33
Transcription:
By hald my woundeȝ how sore I am dygth
ffor all þe wele þat þu has I wanne wyth rygth
I am sore wounded be hald my scyn
leue lef for my loue lat me com In
10.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 56
Transcription:
By hold my wondys sore I ame diȝt
ffor all þi wyl þat þu hast yawn it in fiȝt
I am sor wondyt be halde on my skyn
lef lyfe for my lofe lat me Ine
Note: Written as verse.
11.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iv.2, ff. 21-21v
Transcription:
By hold my wondys how sore þat I am dyht
ffor all þi wele þat þu hasse I wan it in fyght
I am sore wonded by hald in my skyn
Leue lyf for my lofe latt me come In
12.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 51
Transcription:
By holde my wowndes how sore I am dygth
ffor all the wele that thou hast I wan the in fygth
I am sore wownded by holde on my skyn
leve lefe for my lofe lat me com in
13.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 174va
Transcription:
Byholde my wondys hov sore y am dyȝt
ffor al þy welþe þat þu hast y wan hyt on syȝt
y sore wondyd by hold on my skyn
leue lofe for my luf let me come yn
Note: Written as prose.
14.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 45v
Transcription:
Beholde my wondes how sorye I am dyght
ffor all þe welth þat þu has I wan hit in fyght
I am sore woundyde beholde now my skyn
leue lofe lat me come in
Note: Written as prose.
15.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 177ra
Transcription:
by holdit my wondis how sore y an dyght
ffor alle þy welle þat þu hast q wonne hit with ryȝt
Note: Written as prose.
16.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library Q.3, ff. 44-44v
Transcription:
be holde my wondes wyde how sore I am dyȝt
Al þe wele þow hast I wan hit in syȝt
I am wounndyt sore by hold on my scyn
Gentyll lefe fors my loue let me com In
Note: Written as prose.
17.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 24v
First Lines:
Behold my woundys in thys caas
How sor I am dyhte…
Last Lines:
…Der leman for my lof
Late me cum Ine
Note: Expanded version, eight lines.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 161.