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Egerton 1821 f. 9v Man of Sorrows
Man of Sorrows
Description: Coloured print with Christ as Man of Sorrows being adored by a Carthsian, pasted to a page painted in red covered with streaming blood. A Carthusian kneels before a bloody Christ, who stands beside his cross. They converse by means of scrolls with texts in latin. The Carthusian petitions Christ: ‘O Lord I beseech, send me salvation’ (Domine obsecro dirige ad me salutem). He replies: ‘Son, shun (temptation, understood), subdue (it), say nothing, keep quiet (Fili fuge, vince, tace, quiesce). The formulation is found in Abelard’s Epistle VII on the foundation of a women’s convent, and the context is how to avoid the temptation to sin. Below is a caption in English: ‘The greatest comfort in al temptacyon Is the remembraunce of Crystes passyon.’ 
Origin: England 


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