The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 562
By a way wandering as I went / Sore I sighed sad
’Thank God of All’ — up to seventeen 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, alliterative, with refrain, ‘thank God of all’
Note: Number and order of stanzas varies (see Rigg (1968), 55); see also 449.
Title(s): Thank God of All
Subjects: Job; instruction, religious; advice, spiritual
Versification: — alliterative, eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 343, Part IX (SC 6795), ff. 169-170v
First Lines:
By a way wandryg (sic) as I went
ffor sorow sore I sykyt sadde…
Last Lines:
…Pore & ryche þat lowyþ to lowte
And euer þay þankyt haþ godof all
Note: Ten stanzas.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 157-60.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 409ra-409rc
First Lines:
BI a wey wandryng as y went
Sore I syked for serwyng sad…
Last Lines:
…Þouȝ we haue not al vr wil
Euermore þonke we god of al
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.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Die kleinere gedichte der Vernon und Simeon handschrift.” Anglia 7 (1884): 280-315: 306-9.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 688-92.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.38 (1450), ff. 25v-26
First Lines:
By a wey wandrynge as y wente
Soore y sorowed for sownyng sadde…
Last Lines:
…No bettere comforte y can se
But euere thanke god of all
Note: 12 stanzas.
Attributed Title: And euer more thanke god of all (added by later hand, 25v)
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 130vb-130vc
First Lines:
BI a wey wandryng as I went
Sore I syked for sorwyng sad…
Last Lines:
…Þouȝ we haue not al vre wil
Euer more þonke we god of al
Attributed Title: Explicit A song Þonke god of al (f. 130vc)
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, f. 68v
First Lines:
By a wandryng as y wente
well sore I sorowede for sykyng sad
Of harde happis þat I hadde hent
mornyng me made almost mad…
Last Lines:
…Ryche & pore þat lowe wyll lowte
Alway þonk god of al
Note: 12 stanzas. Written two lines of verse per line of MS, with slash to mark line break; ‘Explycyt’ by scribe in lower margin, f. 68v.
Attributed Title: Þonke god of all (by scribe, upper margin, f. 68v); Another: Thanke god for all (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 225-8.
6.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 19v
Note: 11 stanzas.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 56-9.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 59-62.
7.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Garrett 143, ff. 47-49
First Lines:
BI a way wandryng as I went
Wel sore I siȝed for sorowe sad…
Last Lines:
…þus iche man in his degre
I rede he þonke our god of alle
Note: 11 stanzas.
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ þe songe of þonkyng god of al (f. 47)
Root, Robert Kilburn. “Poems from the Garrett MS.” Englische Studien 41 (1910): 360-79: 374-6.