The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
With sharp thorns that beth keen
The Wounds of Christ as Remedies against the Deadly Sins — eight
For other MSS see 6713
; for the
indulgence see 5196
Subjects: Christ, wounds of; sins, deadly
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*)
, f. 150v
Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse.
Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 385-6; 575-9; 626.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.5.13
, ff. 15va
þat þe scheding of cristis blod
is a wasing of mannis
& not only þat of þing
but of svnder maner
…mi body was bllo qwan it was beten
lere at me þi lustes
Note: Seven stanzas; preceded by Latin equivalent, ‘Cristus lauit nos
a peccatis nostris in sanguine suo…’ (f.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38
, f. 33ra
Wyth scharpe þornes þat weren full keene
Myn hedd was
crowned ȝe moun well seene
The blood ranne downe all be my
Thou prowde man þerfore be meke…
…That te þese lessons ouyr wole rede
with þer sowlys fede
Attributed Title: The vii virtues contrarie to þe vii dedli synnes (f.
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson.
Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38.
London: Scolar Press, 1979.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1584
, ff. 108v
With scharp thornys þat wer full kene
My hed was crownyd ye may
The blode Ran down all by my cheke
Thou proude man þerfor
…That þeis lessons will ouyr Rede
And þer with
þair soulis sede
Note: Rubric names of seven deadly sins above each stanza, e.g., ‘a gan
pride’, ‘a gayn wrothe’.
Attributed Title: Here sueth þe vii vertuous a gayn þe vii dedly synnys (f.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049
, f. 38
Doty, Brant Lee,
“An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious
Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 197-9.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339
, ff. 117v
Wiþ scharpe þornes þat were ful kene
Myn heed was
crowned ȝe moun wel sene…
…Þat þese lessouns ouer wole rede
þerwiþ her soulis fede
Attributed Title: Þe vij virtues aȝens þe vij deedli synnes (rubricated, f.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild,
Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford,
Person, Henry Axel.
Cambridge Middle English Lyrics.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 68-9.
8.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 30
, ff. 11-11v
With scharp thornes þat beth kene
My hede was crowned ye may
…That this lesson euer wil rede
And ther with her her soules