The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
A son take heed to me whose son Thou was
A dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Son on the Cross — fourteen lines in couplets
Note: Preceded by rhyming address on tribulations of the Virgin Mary: see 705.
Subjects: dialogues, Virgin and Christ; crucifixion
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 149, ff. 12v-13
A sone tak hede to me whas sone þou was
and set me [erasure] wich þe opon þi crosse
Me here to leue & þe hennys þus go
hit is to me gret care & endeles wo
No stynt now sone to be harde to þi moder
þu þat were euer godliche to al oþir
stynt now modir & wep no more
þi sorowe & þi disseise greuyþ me ful sore…
…Þu schalt noȝt now care what þow schalt done
lo Iohan þi cosyn schall be þi sone
Note: Written as prose; preceded by a rhyming prose address to the Virgin on her Sorrows and the contrast between Christ’s Birth and Death: see Coxe (1852), 46.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 228.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 76.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 331, f. 96r2
First Lines:
o son tak hede to my wos son þu was
an set me vp with þe on þe crosse
Last Lines:
…þu schalt noȝt now care wat þu schald doun
lo Ion þi cosyn schal be þi son
Note: With three-line introductory address; see 3849.
Attributed Title: Written as prose.
3.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.10, f. 25
First Lines:
A son tak hede to me whas son þou was
And set me vppe wyt þe on cross…
Last Lines:
…Þou salt noght now kar what þou salt done
lo Ione þi kosyne sal be þi sone
Note: Seven couplets.
Floyer, John Kestell, and Sidney Graves Hamilton. Catalogue of Manuscripts Preserved in the Chapter Library of Worcester Cathedral. Oxford: for the Worcester Historical Society, by James Parker, 1906: 6.
Hulme, William Henry. “Floyer and Hamilton, Catalogue of Manuscripts Preserved in the Chapter Library of Worcester Cathedral.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 8 (1909): 287-96: 292-3.
Owst, Gerald Robert. Literature and Pulpit in Medieval England. Cambridge: UP, 1933: 541-2.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 90-1; 218-19.