The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6744
IMEV 4200
NIMEV 4200
With sharp thorns that beth keen
The Wounds of Christ as Remedies against the Deadly Sins — eight quatrains
Note: For other MSS see 6713; for the indulgence see 5196.
Subjects: Christ, wounds of; sins, deadly
Versification: — four-line — aabb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), f. 150v
Shuffleton, George. 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-16ra
First Lines:
þat þe scheding of cristis blod
is a wasing of mannis mod
& not only þat of þing
but of svnder maner begyning…
Last Lines:
…mi body was bllo qwan it was beten
lere at me þi lustes to leten
Note: Seven stanzas; preceded by Latin equivalent, ‘Cristus lauit nos a peccatis nostris in sanguine suo…’ (f. 15va).
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, f. 33ra
First Lines:
Wyth scharpe þornes þat weren full keene
Myn hedd was crowned ȝe moun well seene
The blood ranne downe all be my cheke
Thou prowde man þerfore be meke…
Last Lines:
…That te þese lessons ouyr wole rede
And ther with þer sowlys fede
Attributed Title: The vii virtues contrarie to þe vii dedli synnes (f. 32vb)
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1584, ff. 108v-109
First Lines:
With scharp thornys þat wer full kene
My hed was crownyd ye may well sene
The blode Ran down all by my cheke
Thou proude man þerfor be meke…
Last Lines:
…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. 108v)
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 38
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 197-9.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339, ff. 117v-118v
First Lines:
Wiþ scharpe þornes þat were ful kene
Myn heed was crowned ȝe moun wel sene…
Last Lines:
…Þat þese lessouns ouer wole rede
And þerwiþ her soulis fede
Attributed Title: Þe vij virtues aȝens þe vij deedli synnes (rubricated, f. 117v)
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 227-8.
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 68-9.
7.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2275, f. 245
Note: Stanzas 4 and 8 only.
8.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 30, ff. 11-11v
First Lines:
With scharp thornes þat beth kene
My hede was crowned ye may sene…
Last Lines:
…That this lesson euer wil rede
And ther with her her soules fede
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 142 [olim Bement], f. 10
Note: Inserted in 4083.