The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2940
IMEV 1781
NIMEV 1781
Jesu thy sweetness who so might it see
A Song of Love to Jesus — fourteen 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Subjects: love, toward Jesus; Christ, love toward
Versification: — eight-line — abababab

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 750 (SC 6621), f. 100rc
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnes wo so myght it se
All erþely loue bittur shuld be…
Last Lines:
…Aftur þi loue to haue longyng
And in þi loue to haue lykyng
Note: Stanza 1 only.
Attributed Title: oracio (f. 100rc, margin)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 41 (SC 6921), f. 136
Note: Lines 1-92 wanting.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 141 (SC 21715), ff. 148-149v
First Lines:
Iesu þi swetnes who myȝte hit se
And þer of hadde a clere knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And bryng me to þin endeles blys
Wiþ þe to wone wiþ outen ende
Attributed Title: Cantus amoris (f. 148)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 322 (SC 21896), f. 8ra-8rb
First Lines:
Ihesu thy swetnesse who myght hit se
And therof had a clere knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And brynge me to thyne endles blys
With the to dwell withoutyn ende Amen
Attributed Title: Canticus Amrois (f. 8ra)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 116vb-116vc
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnesse whose miht hit se
And þer of haue a clene knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And led me lord in to þi blis
Wiþ þe to wone wiþ outen ende. Amen.
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.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 45-8.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 18-20 (7 st. only).
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.389 (SC 11272), ff. 104va-105rb
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnes who myȝte hit se
And þerof haue aclene knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And lede me lord in to þi blis
Wiþ þe to wone wiþouten ende
Note: 15 stanzas.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 175 (SC 14667), ff. 93vb-94rb
First Lines:
A Ihesu þi swetnes wha may it se
And þarof haue a clere langyng…
Last Lines:
…Bot bryng me lord vnto þi blys
With þe to won with outen ende
Note: 15 stanzas.
Attributed Title: Se amor dei (f. 93v)
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 61-5.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6693 [olim Ashburnham App. 236], f. 179
ihesu þi swetteness who myght hit see
An þer haue a clere…
Note: First 1½ lines, added on flyleaf, blank space following Pricke of Conscience.
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney], f. 185v
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 9
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339, ff. 78-81v
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnesse who myȝte it se
Þer of to haue a cleer knowynge…
Last Lines:
…And lede me lord into þi blis
To wone wiþ þee wiþouten ende
12.Source: London, British Library Sloane 963, f. 19
Comper, Frances M. M. The Life of Richard Rolle, Together with an Edition of his English Lyrics. London: J. M. Dent, 1928, 1933; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1929: 288-92.
13.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 14-20
First Lines:
IHesu þi swetnes who so myȝte it se
And þerof haue a cleere knowynge
Al erþeli loue bittir schule be
Saue þin a loone without lessinge…
Last Lines:
…ffor þi mercy forȝeue me my mys
Þat wickid werk my soule neuere schende
And lede me lord in to þi blis
Withj þee to wone withoute eende Amen
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 8-11.
14.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 219ra-219v
First Lines:
Ihesu thi swetnes wha moght it se
And þare of hafe A clere knaweynge…
Last Lines:
…Bot brynge me lorde vn to þi blysse
With þe to wonne withowttene ende
Note: With added line in stanza 7 (abaababab).
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Perry, George G., ed. Religious Pieces in Prose and Verse from R. Thornton’s MS. EETS o.s. 26 (1867); repr. 1973: 92-6.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.368-9.
15.Source: Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Museum MS 6, f. ii
Note: Five stanzas.
16.Source: Windsor, St George’s Chapel, Windsor E.I.I, f. 30v
17.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 170v-173
First Lines:
ihesu þi swetnes who myght hit se
And þer of have clene knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And lede me lord in to þi blys
with the to wonne withowte ende Amen Amen
Note: Immediately follows 4312 as if same work.
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
18.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 520 (V.8.23), pp. 366-371
First Lines:
Ihesu þi swetnesse whos myȝt it se
Þer of to haue a cleer knowyng…
Last Lines:
…And lede me lord in to þi blisse
Wiþ þee to wone wiþ oute ende
Attributed Title: Alia bona oratio (p. 366)
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 15 [Sotheby’s, 10 Dec. 1969, Lot 43; acquired by Takamiya in 1976], ff. 83rb-83vb
First Lines:
Jhesu þi swetnes who so might se
And þer of had a clere knowing
Alle erthly loue bytter shuld be
Bot þin alone with oute lesyng…
Last Lines:
…And bring me to þi brightful blis
With þe to wone with outen ende
Note: Followed by ‘Amen Explicit’.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 18846. Origen, Omelia Origenis de Beata Maria Magdalena, ed. W. Menyman, [W. Faques, 1505?] , f. 10
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 3.11 (16 lines).