see Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum,
vol. 3 (1808), p. 525 (in Latin). Edition: F. J. Furnivall, ed., Political,
Religious and Love Poems from Lambeth MS. 306 an other sources, EETS,
15 (London, 1866): this poem p. 249.
The MS is in a variety of hands, and includes fragments from different
MSS bound together. It includes moral and theological extracts from
Scripture, and from classical and medieval authors, interspersed with
lyrics in French and English, followed by what appear to be
miscellaneous preaching materials. The script used for the poem is
Anglicana Formata, a rather more formal version of the main English
cursive script of the fourteenth century, Anglicana.
The poem is preceded by a Latin passage, attributed in the MS to Bernard
of Clairvaux, on Christ's refusal to scorn the poor or hate the sinner,
even those who crucified him; alongside is written in red Vnde
Anglice ('Hence in English'), linked by an elaborate connecting
bracket in red to the English poem.