The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1018
IMEV 624
Christ that was in Bethlehem born
A charm to staunch blood — varying number of lines and rhyme
Note: Cf. 1023, 1622, and 3188; edition for which MS not identified [not Sloane 88] Wright and Halliwell-Phillipps (1845), 1.315.
Subjects: charms; irregular
Versification: — eight-line — aabbbbbb
Bibliographic Ghosts: Boston, MA, Boston Public Library med. 124 (1546) [olim Sowter, Sotheby Sale, May 20, 1947, Lot 371; olim Le Neve, Horae], ff. 109v-110v: French verse.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 243 (SC 3548), f. 1v
First Lines:
God þat was borne in þe borough of bethehem
& baptized in þe water of flem Jordayne…
Last Lines:
…I doe blesse thee bloude
by vertue of the childe so good
Note: Eight lines: a couplet and six monorhyming lines; written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 243 (SC 3548), f. 2
First Lines:
Iesus Christ of a mayde was borne
baptized he was in þe water of flem Jordayne…
Last Lines:
…he comaunded þe floude
& still yt stoode
so shall þe bloude of N cease
Note: Second occurrence in MS; seven lines: two couplets and three monorhyming; written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 243 (SC 3548), f. 3
Iesus þat was in bethelem borne
and baptized in flem Jordayne
& stint þe water vpon þe stone
so stinte the bloude of this man N
Note: Third occurrence in MS; four lines: abab; written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodl. Lat. liturg. g.1 (SC 31379), f. 10v
First Lines:
Crist that was in Bedelem born
& baptisyde was in flume iordane…
Last Lines:
…In the name of good & seynt Iohn
and the baptyme that crist toke in flume Iordane
Note: 9 lines.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.26 (1438), f. ivv
Cryst þat was born in bedlem
And baptyȝed in flem Iordan
þat flod was wod
þu sesedyst hys mod
so sesy þy blod
Attributed Title: Ad restringendum sanguinem (f. ivv)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 33381, f. 151v2
Criste was born in bedlem
baptised he was in flume Iordan
he man and child was gode
þat flod with stode
thorich þe vertu of is name & is word
So do hour ache our accesse our wykyd hevil wild wind
water and blod þoruch þe vertu of goddis name and is word
Note: 7 lines, variant. Written as prose.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 33996, f. 147
Oure lord Ihesu cryst com to flem Iordan
He bad þe water come & hit com
He bad þe water stande & þe water stod
So per vertu of hym now so þy .N. blod
Heinrich, Fritz. Ein mittelenglisches Medizinbuch. Halle: N. Neimeyer, 1896: 122.
8.Source: London, British Library Egerton 833, f. 20v
Note: 8 lines.
9.Source: London, British Library Royal 12 B.XXV, f. 60v
Note: 4 lines.
10.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 A.VIII, f. 49v
Crist was born in betlehem
& cristend in flom iordane
& als þe flom stode als a stane
stand þi blode N neuen his name
In nomine patris et filii & spiritus sancti Amen
Note: Written as prose.
Gray, Douglas. “Notes on Some Middle English Charms.” In Chaucer and Middle English Studies in Honour of Rossell Hope Robbins. Beryl Rowland, ed. London: Allen and Unwin, 1974: 62.
11.Source: London, British Library Sloane 56, f. 100v
Note: 14 lines.
12.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2584, f. 103v
Note: 6 lines.
13.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 404, f. 19
A nother christ that was borne yn bethelem
& folued yn fleme Iurden
also the flume a stod
also stond thy blod
Note: Folio number (in pencil) supercedes older ink foliation (20) Written as prose.
14.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 406 [olim Loscombe, olim Ashburnham 122], f. 4v
A noþer crist was I bore in bedlem
I fullyd in flymiordane
as þe flym stode
so stonde þi blode
Attributed Title: Sey þis charme þries ne darstow noȝ noȝt rech ware þe man be bote þou cane his name (f. 4v)
15.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 542 [olim Payne], f. 9
16.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 1086 [olim Hoe], f. 176v
Ihesu that was in bedelem borne
& baptyȝed in flem iorden
thou command the blode of thys man
(here name hym) that hyt stynte & stonde ageyn
Note: Followed by prose, ‘in the honor of oure lordes fyue wondes & the honour of our lades fyve [ ] say fyve pater noster fyue aues & a crede Amen.
Attributed Title: To staunche blode (f. 176v)
Hanna, Ralph, ed. “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: A Checklist of Addenda.” Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980): 235-58: 241.
Dutschke, C. W. Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. 2 vols. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1989: 2.391 (lines 1-3).