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A man without mercy mercy shall miss
On mercy — one couplet
Note: Cf. 712, 1369, and 1845; Tilley (1950), M 895; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 28.
Subjects: virtues; mercy; aphorisms
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 45, Part I (SC 6926), f. 1
Transcription:
a man with out mercy
mercy shall mysse
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4465
Transcription:
ffor man with owt mercy of mercy shall misse
And he shall haue mercy that merrcyfull is
Note: Immediately preceded by 6341 and 3375 as if part of same text.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 226.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 141.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.28 (195), f. iii (flyleaf at front)
Transcription:
A man without mercy of mercy sall mis
He shall haue mercy þat mercyfull is
Note: Added to flyleaf by a hand of s. xvi; same as ‘ffor the love of…’.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], f. 91v
Transcription:
Man without mercye mercy schal mysse
But he schal haue mercy þat mercyfull ys
Note: Scribe adds haue in the margin.
5.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699, f. 95r1
Transcription:
Aman wythe out marci
Of merci shalle mysse
He shall haue marci
That marci ffulle is
6.Source: London, British Library Sloane 747, f. 58v
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.373.
7.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3215, f. 38v
8.Source: London, British Library Yates Thompson 47 [olim Mostyn Hall 84], f. ix
Transcription:
A man without mercie of mercie shall misse
But hee shall haue mercie that mercifull is
Note: Added to flyleaf by a hand of the sixteenth century.
9.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 230 (U.3.3), f. 248v
Transcription:
A Man wythe owtt mercy mercy schall mys
He schall haue mercy that mercyffull is
Note: Added to end flyleaf by sixteenth-century hand; also in 2728.
10.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 394, p. 90



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 3175. Here begynnethe the boke calledde Iohn bochas descriuinge the falle of princis princessis [and] other nobles tra[n]slated i[n]to englissh by Iohn ludgate mo[n]ke of the monastery of seint edmu[n]des Bury…, [London: Printed by Richard Pynson, 1494 (27 Jan.)] , p. 90
Transcription:
A manne withoute mercye of mercye shall misse
And yet shall have mercye with mercifull is
Note: Huntington R. B. 34001; added by a hand of first half of the sixteenth century; signed, ‘per me William Reyboles’ (sig. H.iiiv).