The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4083
IMEV 2577
NIMEV 2577
O vernicle I honor him and thee
Meditations on the several instruments of the Crucifixion — couplets, rhyming roughly
Note: Seven texts appear on long rolls, for the significance thereof see Robbins (1939); for a prefatory prayer see 3908; for a concluding prayer (in eight MSS) see 2291; for an indulgence see 5196.
Title(s): Arma Christi
Subjects: crucifixion; Christ, ‘arms’ of; Passion, meditations on
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts:

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. E.4 (SC 29110), roll, first item
First Lines:
…Be þo bondis lord alese me of [ ]
Of unkind dede and alle unkindenes
Thou bare [þe crose and toke þe gate]
Out at [Ierusalimes] ȝate
Thi [fote] steppis swete and goode
Wer [sen]ne þroȝ schedinge of þi bloode…
Last Lines:
…þat schale wiþ outen ende
Now ihesu criste us þeder sende . Amen
Note: Begins with ll. 77-78 in Morris’ edition (Morris (1871), 170-93), 74 lines.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 1 (SC 21575), ff. 56-69v
First Lines:
The veronycle I honour in worschip of the
That made it through thy preuyte…
Last Lines:
…And heuen to haue at my laste ende
Ihesu crist vs thider sende
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley Rolls 16 (SC 2975), item a
First Lines:
The cokke that krewe or hit were daye
When Ihesu Crist was in a fraye…
Last Lines:
…That last shal witoutenn ende
Nowe Ihesu Criste vs thedyre sende Amen
Note: Last 102 lines; accompanied by drawings.
4.Source: Oxford, Queen’s College 207, ff. 165v-174
First Lines:
[ ] hym & the
That the made thurght his priuite…
Last Lines:
…That lastith euer with oute ende
Now ihesu crist ous thedyr sende Amen
Note: Folios are damaged, some text is missing in the middle.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.43, ff. 103-111v
First Lines:
O vernacle I honur hym & þe
þat he made þorow his priuete…
Last Lines:
…þat schall leste with outen ende
Now ihesu cryst vs þyþyr sende
Attributed Title: Incipit oracio hoc modo (f. 103)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 11748, ff. 144v-157
First Lines:
O veronicle I honoure hym & the
Þat the made þurw his pruiyte…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu þat deidest on þe rode tree
Graunte ous þis for charite. Amen.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22029. a roll, a roll
First Lines:
The vernacul I honower hym…
Þat the made throwe hys pri…
Last Lines:
…And lest schal with owt end
Ihesu cryst vs thedyr send
Note: End of first lines damaged.
Morris, Richard, ed. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion, and Cross-Poems. EETS o.s. 46 (1871); repr. 1973: 170-95.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 32006, roll
First Lines:
…And bost with townge allso
Of grett synne þat I haue do…
Last Lines:
…Þat laste schalt with oute ende
Now Ihesu criste vs þider sende Amen
Note: Roll. initial ten lines of text damaged.
9.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 A.XXVII, f. 72v
Morris, Richard, ed. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion, and Cross-Poems. EETS o.s. 46 (1871); repr. 1973: 170-95.
10.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland Deposit 221/9 [Blairs College 13], a roll
First Lines:
O veronicle I honoure him & the
that þe made þorw his priuite…
Last Lines:
…Þat laste schal wiþ owte eende
Ihesu crist vs þiþer seende
Note: 152 lines.
11.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 30, ff. 7-10v
First Lines:
O Vernicle I honoure hym and the
That the made thorow his priute…
Last Lines:
…That laste schal with owt ende
More Ihesu criste vs theder sende
Amen pur charite
12.Source: Stonyhurst, Stonyhurst College 64
First Lines:
The vernacul y honowr hym and the
that the made through his preuete…
Last Lines:
…And last schall withowt heynd
Ihesu crist vs þether Send Amen Amen
13.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, TYP 193, ff. 183-186
First Lines:
O vernecle I honor hym and þe
That þe made þorw is priuete
The cloþe he set to is face
The prent left þer þorw
his mouþ his nose is eiȝen two…
Last Lines:
…þat laste schal with outen hende
Now Ihesu crist vs þeder sende
Note: Written as prose.
14.Source: Philadelphia, Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province (olim Mount St Alphonsus Seminary, Esopus, New York)
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa.24 (roll) [formerly Osborn 22a or 22b; olim Fitzgerald], lots 28 & 29, roll
First Lines:
The vernacul y honowr hym & the
that the made thrugh his piety…
Last Lines:
…and lest schall with ovt hend
Ihesu crist us þethere send
16.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library University Library, Robert H. Taylor MS 17 (olim Thompson (Portland, Oregon) [olim Amherst 20 prior Phillipps]), f. 2
17.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 142 [olim Bement], ff. 7-9
First Lines:
…Wyth a reed he hadde a stroke
Ther with a Iewe his hede to brak…
Last Lines:
…That laste schal with owten ende
Now ihesu cryste us theder sende
Amen pur charyte
Note: Imperfect at beginning due to loss of a folio, begins with Latin heading, ‘Arundines’ (f. 7) for first extant stanza; at end, ‘Amen pur charyte’ (f. 9).
18.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 26054 [olim Tollemache, Helmingham Hall], roll, recto
First Lines:
The vernacul y honowr hym & the
that the made thrugh his priuete…
Last Lines:
…and lest schall withovt hend
Ihesu crist vs þethere send
19.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library B54
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2125