The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2462
IMEV 1461
NIMEV 1461
In a thester study I stood a little strife to hear
Debate between the Body and the Soul — twenty-seven four-line stanzas, the first with medial rhyme
Note: See also 6339.
Subjects: debates, body and soul; body and soul, debate between
Versification: — four-line — aaaa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), ff. 195v-197v
First Lines:
Hon an þester stude I stod an luitel strif to here
Hof an bodi þat was oungod þer hit lai on þe bere…
Last Lines:
…þenne seiz þe gost weilavei and þer affter alas
Wo worþe þat ilke stounde bodi þat þou boren was
Attributed Title: Hic incipit carmen inter corpus & animam (f. 195v)
Tschann, Judith A., and Malcolm B. Parkes. “Introduction.” Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 EETS s.s. 16 (1996).
Stengel, Edmund. Coducem Manu Scriptum Digby 86…. Halle: Orphanotrophei, 1871: 93-101.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 11-17.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), ff. 29v-32
First Lines:
In an þestrei stude ic stod a lutel strif to iheren
Of an bodi þat was ungoid ser hit lei on one bere…
Last Lines:
…Jesus crist us grantein his seruise to henden
& þe blisse of hevene mid engles into wenden
Note: 31 stanzas
Attributed Title: Hic incipit carmen inter corpus & animam (f. 195v)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 57-58v
First Lines:
IN a þestri stude y stod a lutel strif to here
of a body þat was vn god þer hit lay on a bere…
Last Lines:
…to wroþere hele þat euer we in londe comen here
to þin holp halewen crist bring vs alle yfere amen.
Note: Thirty stanzas, interspersed with couplets
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Latin Poems Commonly Attributed to Walter Mapes. Camden Society o.s. 16 (1841): 346-9.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 235-43.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 4, no. 224922-1 .