Who shall give unto mine head a well
John Lydgate, ‘A lamentacioun of our lady Maria’ — in 8-line
stanzas (ababbcbc) with varying refrain
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A lamentacioun of our lady Maria’
Subjects: Virgin Mary, lament of
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798)
, ff. 78-81
Who shal yeve vn to myn hed a welle
of bitter terys my sorwys to
…But shewe to them his mercy and his grace
That for ther love
was naylled to a tre
Attributed Title: HEre begynneth a lamentacioun of our lady (f. 78)
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems.
e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 324-9.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251
, ff. 42v
Who shal gyve vnto my hede a welle
Of bitter teeris my sorw to
…But shew to the his mercy and his grace
That for theyr love
was nayled to a tre
Attributed Title: Quis dabit capiti meo fontem lacarimus (f. 42v)
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255
, ff. 66v
Who shal give vnto myn heed a welle
Of bittir teerys my sorwes to
…but shewe to them his mercy and his grace
That for ther love
was nailed to a tre
Attributed Title: Quis dabit capiti / meo fontem lacarimus (f. 66v, in
margin, in rubric)
Liebe des Vokes: eine Festschrift zum sechzijährigen Jubiläum
der…Franz Joseph I.
Karl Gerstenberger von Reichsegg, ed.
Long Melford, Suffolk, Church of the Holy Trinity, Clopton Chapel
Behold o man lefte up thyn eye & see
What mortall peyne I
suffred for your trespace…
…cometh on my frend my brother most entyer
for you I offred my
blood in sacryfice
Stanzas equivalent to numbers 8, 4, 14, 17, 18, 19 of MacCracken (1911)
, some lines now illegible. Located on the west wall of the chapel, opposite where the chapel altar would have been (and where the modern chapel altar is today).
Trapp, J. B.
“Verses by Lydgate at Long Melford.”
Review of English Studies
n.s. 6 (1955): 1-11: 5-7.
Lydgate, John, The lamentacyon of our lady
, [Enprinted at London: In Fletestrete at
the sygne of the sonne, by Wynkyn de Worde, [1510?]]