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Wenne Hic soe on rode idon
Cambridge, St John's College, MS 15, f. 72r

f. 72r (full page) | the poem (enlarged) | description of manuscript

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Description: Montague Rhodes James, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of St John's College, Cambridge  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1913), pp. 19-21.

Parchment, 238mm x 180mm, fols. 143 + 19. The MS is a C15 compilation, binding together a number of religious works copied at different dates, from the 13th to the 15th century. On the flyleaf is a 'common profit' inscription: Liber quondam Magistri Nicholai Kempston'  A.d. 1477 nunquam vendendus secundum ultimam uoluntatem defuncti sed libere occupandus a sacerdotibus instructis ad predicandum uerbum dei ab uno sacerdote ad alterum sine precio tradendus quamdiu durauerit ('This book, which formerly belonged to Master Nicholas Kempston, AD 1477, is never to be sold, according to the last will of the deceased, but to be freely used by well-trained priests for preaching the word of God, to be passed on without charge from one priest to the next as long as it lasts').

James describes the relevant MS section, II, as 'A single quire of cent. xiii, finely written, 47 lines to a page.' It includes distinctiones, which James suggests may be based on Robert Grosseteste's Templum Dei; the poem, in a hand contemporary with that of the main text, is at the foot of f. 72r. It is followed by a second Middle English poem on the Passion, written continuously with it, Loke to thi Louerd, man (ed. Brown (1924), no. 2b, p. 4); this version of the poem (which also survives in a shorter version, Brown (1924), no. 2a, p. 3) draws on two Latin meditations, Respice in faciem Christi (sometimes ascribed to St Bernard of Clairvaux) and Candet nudatum pectus, ascribed in the Middle Ages to St Augustine. A marginal note says, Verba S. Augustini et S. Bernardi anglice ('Sayings of St Augustine and St Bernard in English').

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Set up by Bella Millett, enm@soton.ac.uk. Last updated 30 May 2003 . Cambridge, St John's College, MS 15, f. 72r, reproduced by kind permission of the Master and Fellows; no further reproduction permitted.