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DIMEV 936
NIMEV 572.55
By Gods heart I have an hind
Oaths by parts of God’s body — six fragmentary lines, including one couplet
Subjects: oaths, criticism of; Christ, body of
Versification: — two-line — couplet



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Heydon, Norfolk, Church of Saints Peter and Paul, olim ‘Blasphemy Window’ in north aisle
Transcription:
Be Goddys hert I haue an hynnde [ ]
Be Goddys yn [þu] stole myn hod
[ ] be Goddys blod
Be Godys feet me thwyt it ryth smale
[ ] i dar swear vpon a booke [ ]
[ ] god fals for mede & nid yt [ ]
Note: Now destroyed; Woodforde (1950) (p. 185) notes possibly similar lines in church at Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk, though now also destroyed.
Editions:
Blomefield, Francis, and Charles Parkin. An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. 8 vols. Fersfield, 1734-75; rpt 11 vols. London, 1805-10: 6.253.
Ewing, William C. “Notices of the Norwich Merchant Marks.” Norfolk Archaeology 3 (1852): 177-228 plus 11 plates: 210.
Woodforde, Christopher. The Norwich School of Glass-Painting in the Fifteenth Century. London: Oxford University Press, 1950: 183.