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God Thou have mercy of me
The Fifty-first Psalm — 134 alliterative lines, in twelve-line stanzas with two final lines
Subjects: psalms, penitential; paraphrases; Scripture texts, paraphrases of
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], ff. 102-102v
First Lines:
God þou haue mercy of me
After thi mercy mekill of mayne…
Last Lines:
…Flatt me noghte lorde fra thi face
All if I falle in fendynges fele…
Note: Ends imperfectly.
Facsimiles:
Thompson, John J. Robert Thornton and the London Thornton Manuscript: British Library MS Additional 31042. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1987: plates 20b-21a.
Editions:
Thompson, John J. “Literary associations of an anonymous Middle English paraphrase of Vulgate Psalm L.” Medium Ævum 57 (1988): 38-55: 52-5.
Fein, Susanna Greer. “Haue Mercy of Me (Psalm 51): An Unedited Alliterative Poem from the London Thornton Manuscript.” Modern Philology 86 (1989): 223-41: 236-41.