The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4319
IMEV 2718
NIMEV 2718
Our Lady free on Rood tree made Her moan
The Disputation between the Virgin Mary and the Cross — 13-line stanzas, ababababcdddc, with an introduction and conclusion in which the first eight lines are expanded to twelve short lines, aabccbddbeebfgggf
Note: For other MSS that prefix an introductory stanza see 3956. For an edition not based on a specific MS, see Fein (1998).
Subjects: Virgin Mary, as speaker in debates; Cross; debates
Versification: — irregular — ababababcdddc, aabccbddbeebfgggf

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 315vc-316vc
First Lines:
Oure ladi freo on Rode treo made hire mon
Heo seide on þe þe fruit of me is wo bigon…
Last Lines:
…And Marie preiȝers þat ben ful goode
Grant vs þe lyf of grace. Amen.
Note: 528 lines.
Attributed Title: Explicit disputacio inter Mariam / Et Crucem. secundum Apocrasum. (f. 316vc)
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.
Morris, Richard, ed. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion, and Cross-Poems. EETS o.s. 46 (1871); repr. 1973: 131-49.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “Der mittelenglische Disput zwischen Maria und dem Kreuze.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 105 (1900): 22-9: 22-9 (with Latin parallel text).
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 2.612-26.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 124vb-125vb
First Lines:
Oure ladi fre on rode tre made hir mon
Heo seide on þe þe fruite of me is wo bigon…
Last Lines:
…And marie preieres þat bene ful goode
Graunt vs þe lyf of grace Amen
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ A lamentacion þat vre / lady made to þe Cros of hir soone (f. 124vb, rubric); Explicit disputacio inter Mariam et Crucem / et est Apocrasum (f. 125vb)
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;