The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3777
IMEV 2347
NIMEV 2347
Now late me thought I would begin / My sinful language to abate
A lament of the Virgin Mary — in 12-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) with the refrain, ‘Who can not wepe come lerne at me’
Note: See Holthausen (1918); cf. 6724 for a different poem with the same refrain.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, lament of; laments
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 423 (SC 2322), ff. 192v-205
First Lines:
[N]OW at my thought I wil begynne
My synful lyuynge to abbate…
Last Lines:
…Aske mercy and thou shalt it haue
and withouten ende welcome to me
Note: 76 stanzas; at the end: ‘Thus endith an exhortacyoun of oure lady to mene alle oþer to compassion of wepyng for cirstes peyne and passyon’.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a tretys to lerne to wepe (f. 192v)
Baker, Donald C. “‘De Arte Lacrimandi’: A Supplement and Some Corrections.” Medium Ævum 52 (1983): 222-5: 223-5 (5 stanzas not in London, British Library Harley 2274).
2.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 261, f. 101
First Lines:
ffor grete angwys and ffore payne
he cryed and seyd thys word y thyrst…
Last Lines:
…Where y am euyr in hys syght
In Ioy thatt lestyth eternally
Note: 3 stanzas only; in this MS, with refrain in this MS, ‘There fore to wepe cum lerne off me’.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a tretys to lerne to wepe (f. 192v)
Baker, Donald C. “‘Therfor to wepe, cum lerne of me’: a planctus fragment in MS. Corpus Christi College Oxford F.261.” Medium Ævum 38 (1969): 291-4: 291-4.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2274, f. 35
Note: 72 stanzas.
Garrett, Robert Max. “De arte lacrimandi.” Anglia 32 (1909): 269-94: 270-94.
4.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 160, Part I, ff. 1-13v
First Lines:
Now lat me thought y wyll begynne
þy synfull lysyng to a mend…
Last Lines:
…[ ] thankyd god with many a tere
Therfor to wepe cum lerne at me
Note: Fifty-two stanzas.