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Ye devout people which have observance
John Lydgate, On Kissing at ‘Verbum caro factum est’ — four 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: religious observance
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 56v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 87v-88
First Lines:
YE devout peple which kepe an observaunce
meekly in chirche to kysse stoon or tre…
Last Lines:
…And euere haue mynde on crystys passyoun
wich for thy sake weryd a crowne of thorn
Attributed Title: HEre begynneth a tretis of the knelyng and kyssyng maad at verbum caro factum est (f. 87v)
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 331-332
First Lines:
O devout peple þat kepe an aff observance
Lowly in church to kysse stone or tre
Erth or yren bothe in remembravnce
What they do meane take in moralite…
Last Lines:
…Your mowth first crossid of high devocoun
Kyssyng the tokyns rehersid here be fore
& euer haue mynd on crystes passyoun
Which for your sake werid a crown of thorn
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), f. 72
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 174/95, p. 455
First Lines:
O devout people which kepe an obseruance
louly in chyrch to kysse ston or tre…
Last Lines:
…And euer haue mynd on crystis passion
Which for oure sakys dyd were a crovn of thorn
Note: Scribe ends, ‘Explicit expliciat ludere scriptor est‘ (p. 455)
Attributed Title: Quod ffysshar
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), p. 362
First Lines:
Ye devoute people whiche kepe an observaunce
Meekly in chirche to kisse stone or tree
Eerþe or yren kepeþe remembrance
What þey mene takeþe þe moralitee…
Last Lines:
…And ever haue mynde of cristes passiion
Which for þy sake wered þe crowne of thorne
Note: Scribe John Shirley
Attributed Title: A balade made by þe munk of Bury whiles it is seyde verbum caro factum est (p. 362)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), f. 215
First Lines:
a deuout pepyll whyche kepe an obseruaunce
Lowly in churche to kysse stoone or tre…
Last Lines:
…And euer haue mynde on crystes passioun
Whyche for youre sake weryd a crowne of thorne
Attributed Author: ‘John Lydgate’ (f. 215, added by later hand)
Attributed Title: A lytyll compilacioun declaryng when men kysse in Churche stoone or erthe Tymber or Iron what they shuld remembre therby (f. 215); Verbum Caro factum est (f. 215, added by later hand)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 116-7.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 68-68v
First Lines:
[Y]E devoute peple whiche kepe on observaunce
Mekely in chirche to kysse stone or tre…
Last Lines:
…And euer have mynd on cristes passioun
Whiche for thi sake wered a Crowne of thorn
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 9-9v
First Lines:
Ye devoute people whiche kepe one obseruaunce
Mekely in chirche to kysse stone or tree…
Last Lines:
…And euer have mynd on cristis passioun
whiche for thy sake wered a crowne of thorne
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 60-1.
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, f. 113v
First Lines:
YE devout peeple which keepe an observaunce
Meekly in chirche to kisse stoon or tre…
Last Lines:
…And evir haue mynde on cristis passioun
which for thy sake weryd a crowne of thorn Explicit