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Brother abide I thee desire and pray / Abide abide…
The Complaint of Christ to Man ‘his Brother Natural’ — twenty-eight stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 284.
Title(s): The Complaint of Christ to Man ‘his Brother Natural’
Subjects: Christ, complaint, to man; complaints
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 6 [olim Helmingham Hall LJ. I. 10], ff. 117-119v
First Lines:
Brother a byde I the desire and pray
A byde a byde and here thy brother speke…
Last Lines:
…by side all this rewardede shalt thou be
In the blysse of hevyn where ther ys no pouerte
Note: Added by sixteenth-century hand.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth a lamentable complaint of our saviour cry[st] kyng eternall to sinfull mane his brother naturall
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 169-75.