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Have mercy on me friar
Fragmentary refrain of a popular song
Subjects: popular verses; friars; sermons, verse in



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 352, f. 218
Transcription:
Haue mercy of me broȝir
ȝer y ga
Þin lofe chaungyt my hwe
it dose me michil wa
Note: Quoted in a Latin sermon, lines 3-4..
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “A New Occurrence of an English Poem from the Red Book of Ossory.” Notes and Queries n.s. 30 [228] (1983): 105-8: 106.
2.Source: Dublin, Representative Church Body Library, Dublin D11.1.2 [olim Kilkenny, St Canice’s Library; Red Book of Ossory], f. 71vb
Transcription:
Haue mercie on me frere
Barfote þat y go
Note: Fragment; ‘Haue mercy of me frere’ repeated f. 70vb, 73rb.
Editions:
Historical Manuscripts Commission, Tenth Report, Appendix, Part V: The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, The Earl of Fingall, The Corporations of Waterford, Galway, etc. (1885): 245.
Graves, James. “English and Norman Songs of the Fourteenth Century.” Notes and Queries 1st ser. 2 (1850): 385-6: 385.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. “More Lost Literature in Old and Middle English.” Leeds Studies in English 5 (1936): 1-49: 40.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 187.
Stemmler, Theo. The Latin Hymns of Richard Ledrede. Poetria Mediaevalis 1. Mannheim: Publications of the English Department, 1975: 33, 100.