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Deus caritas est
Deus Caritas — seven 8-line stanzas
Title(s): Deus Caritas
Subjects: God, love of; mercy, works of
Versification: — eight-line — abababab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 407vb
First Lines:
Deus caritas est
A deore god omnipotent…
Last Lines:
…þenkiþ nouþe On Deus Caritas
And bring vs alle to good endyng
Facsimiles:
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.
Editions:
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Die kleinere gedichte der Vernon und Simeon handschrift.” Anglia 7 (1884): 280-315: 291-2.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 668-70.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 136-7.
Guddat-Figge, G. Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Middle English Romances. Münchener Universitäts-Schriften 4. Munich, 1976: 269.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 129rc
First Lines:
DEus Caritas est
Adeore god omnipotent…
Last Lines:
…Þenkep nouþe on deus caritas
And bringe vs alle to goode endyng
Attributed Title: Explicit Deus caritas (f. 129rc)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 127-9.
Guddat-Figge, G. Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Middle English Romances. Münchener Universitäts-Schriften 4. Munich, 1976: 145.