The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3275
IMEV 2007
NIMEV 2007
Love is life that lasts ay there it in Christ is fast
A song of the Love of Christ, a direct translation of Rolle’s Incendium Amoris, ch. xl, xli — in monorhyming quatrains with medial rhyme
Note: A Text: Northern Version (24 stanzas); B Text: Southern Version (combined with 2854, which is here inserted between stanzas 17 and 18).
Author(s): Richard Rolle
Title(s): Incendium Amoris
Subjects: Christ, love of; love, of Christ; translations; devotional treatises
Versification: — four-line — aaaa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.5.64, Part III, ff. 38-40
First Lines:
lYf es lyf þat lastes ay þar it in criste es feste
ffor wele ne wa it chaunge may als wryten hsmen wyseste…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu on vs now & ay for þe we halde oure keyng
Ihesu gyf vs grace as þu wel may to luf þe withowten endyng
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.76-8.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 102-6.
Allen, Hope Emily. English Writings of Richard Rolle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1931: 43.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 37-9.
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: 248-51.
Nicholson, Daniel Howard Sinclair, ed. The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1916, et seq: 1-6.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, and Norman Holmes Pearson, eds. Poets of the English Language. Viking Portable Library vol. 1. New York, 1950: 1.35-40.
Hanna, Ralph, ed. Richard Rolle: Uncollected Verse and Prose. EETS o.s. 329 (2007): 25-8.
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 90-102
First Lines:
LOue is lijf þat lastiþ ay
Þere it is in crist made felt
Whanne wele ne wo it slake mauy
As writen han men wisest…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu þinke on us now and ay ffor þee we holde oure kyng
Ihesu ȝeue us grace þat weel may To loue þe withoute eendynge AMEN
Note: Written as prose. Quire [6] bound before Quire [5], which the page number takes into account.
3.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, ff. 51v-53
First Lines:
Love is lif þat lesteth ay þer hit in crist is feste
Whan wel ne wo hit chaunge may as written hath men wisest…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu þynke on vs nowe & ay ffor þe we hold oure kynge
Ihesu þou gif vs grace as þou wel may to loue without endyge Amen
Note: Written as verse.
Attributed Title: de amore dei (f. 51v)
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 22-31.
Wilson, Sarah. “The Longleat Version of ‘Love is Life.’” Review of English Studies n.s. 10 (1959): 337-46: 342-6.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 177-82.
Ogilvie-Thomson, J. S., ed. Richard Rolle: Prose and Verse. EETS 293 o.s. 293 (1988): 42-4.