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Feed the hunger the thirst give drink
John Audelay, The Seven Works of Mercy — five 5-line stanzas (ababc) including ‘I cownsel þe’ refrain plus burden (cc): ‘Wele is him and wele schal be / That doth the vii werkis of merce’
Author(s): John Audelay
Title(s): The Seven Works of Mercy
Subjects: mercy, works of; carols, of religious counsel
Versification: — five-line, two-line — ababc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 302 (SC 21876), f. 28ra
First Lines:
ffede þe hungere þe þirste ȝif drenke
cloþ þe nakid as y ȝoue say…
Last Lines:
…þus wil þai playn ham to heuen kyng
I cownsel þe
Attributed Title: De septem opera misericordie (f. 28ra)
Editions:
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. “Fifteenth Century Carols by John Audelay.” Modern Language Review 5 (1910): 473-91: 480-1.
Whiting, Ella Keats, ed. John Audelay: The Poems. EETS o.s. 184 (1931); repr. 1988: 183.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 224; 1977, 198.