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As I lay in a winters night / In a darkening before the day
‘þe disputisoun betwen þe bodi and þe soule’ — 61 to 74 eight-line stanzas (abababab) sometimes written as quatrains with medial rhyme
Title(s): ‘þe disputisoun betwen þe bodi and þe soule’
Subjects: body and soul, debate between; debates, body and soul; dialogues
Versification: — eight-line — abababab
Macaronic: French



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 102 (SC 1703), ff. 136-139v
First Lines:
As I lay in a wynter nyȝt
in a derkyng bifore þe day…
Last Lines:
…But þe ioye þat þou hast to vs wrouȝt
graunte vs for þy holy grace
Note: Written as prose
Attributed Title: disputacio inter corpus & animam (f. 136); Explicit disputacio inter corpus & animam (f. 139v)
Editions:
Linow, Wilhelm. Þe desputisoun bitwen þe bodi and þe soule. Erlanger Beiträge zur englischen Philologie 1. Erlangen: Deichert, 1889; repr. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1970: 1.24-105.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 286rc-287rb
First Lines:
Als ich lay In Winteres niht
In a droupnynge to fore þe day…
Last Lines:
…Ac þe Ioye þat þu hast vs wrouȝt
Graunte vs god for þyn holy grace Amen.
Attributed Title: A disputacion by twene þe bodi and þe soule (f. 286rc)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Latin Poems Commonly Attributed to Walter Mapes. Camden Society o.s. 16 (1841): 334-46.
Linow, Wilhelm. Þe desputisoun bitwen þe bodi and þe soule. Erlanger Beiträge zur englischen Philologie 1. Erlangen: Deichert, 1889; repr. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1970: 1.24-105.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 200v-203v
First Lines:
[A]ls i lay in a winteris nyt in a dronkening bifor þe day
vor soþe i sauȝ a selly syt a body on a bere lay…
Last Lines:
…Þo þat sunfol ben i rede hem red to schriuen hem and rewen sore
Neuere was sunne i don so gret þat cristes merci ne is wel more
Note: Followed by a unique 4-line benediction in French.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Latin Poems Commonly Attributed to Walter Mapes. Camden Society o.s. 16 (1841): 334-46.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 1.92-103.
Linow, Wilhelm. Þe desputisoun bitwen þe bodi and þe soule. Erlanger Beiträge zur englischen Philologie 1. Erlangen: Deichert, 1889; repr. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1970: 1.24-105.
Emerson, Oliver F. A Middle English Reader. London and New York: Macmillan, 1905: 47-64.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 20-3; 29-49.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 80va-80vc
First Lines:
Als ich lay In wintres niȝt
In a drounpnyng bi fore þe dai…
Last Lines:
…Þat ich vsede in my ȝouþe
Hedde Ich holden whon I was old…
Note: Lines 1-198 only. Three folios missing following f. 80 (rubric roman numeral foliation on the versos skips from ‘CClxj’ to ‘CClxiiij’ on f. 81v).
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37787, ff. 34-45v
First Lines:
As I lay in a wynteres nyȝt
In a droupuyng to fore þe day…
Last Lines:
…And þe ioy þu hafte vs wroht
Graunt vs god for þine holy grace. Amen
Editions:
Baugh, Nita Scudder. A Worcestershire Miscellany, compiled by John Northwood, c. 1400, edited from British Museum MS. Add. 37,787. Philadelphia, 1956: 107-21.
Garbáty, Thomas, ed. Medieval English Literature. Lexington, MA, and Toronto: D. C. Heath, 1984: 603-19.
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 A.X, ff. 61v-66v
First Lines:
As I lay in a wynter nyght a litel dronknyng be fore þe day
Me thoughte I sey a rewely syght a body þere it on bere lay…
Last Lines:
…Þat þyn hand werk tyne nought In þy blisful stede a place
Þe ioye þat þu to vs hast wrought þu grant vs for þyn holy grace
Note: Two verse lines per manuscript line.
Attributed Title: Explicit disputacio inter corpus et man (f. 66v)
Editions:
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Zu mittelenglischen gedichten: I-III.” Anglia 2 (1879): 225-55: 229-44.
7.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 31vb-35ra
First Lines:
As y lay in a winters niȝt
In a draupening bi for þe day…
Last Lines:
…Þine [ ]
In heu[ ]
Þi pai[ ]
Þer to [ ]
Note: 592 lines; most of f. 35 cut away, with loss of end-lines at end.
Attributed Title: Þe desputisoun bitven þe bodi & þe soule (f. 31vb)
Facsimiles:
Pearsall, Derek, and I. C. Cunningham, eds. The Auchinleck Manuscript. National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 19.2.1. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Laing, David, and William Barclay David Donald Turnbull, eds. Owain Miles &c. Edinburgh, 1837.
Linow, Wilhelm. Þe desputisoun bitwen þe bodi and þe soule. Erlanger Beiträge zur englischen Philologie 1. Erlangen: Deichert, 1889; repr. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1970: 1.24-105.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 23-9.