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IMEV 1123.8
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Have mercy upon me O God
The psalm ‘Miserere’ arranged as a translation of the Asperges — in couplets with a 4-line pseudo-burden
Subjects: devotional verse; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 32427, f. 141
First Lines:
Haue mercy uppon me o god
After thy great mercy…
Last Lines:
…And according to the multitude of thy mercys
Do a wey my wyckydness
Note: Burden: ‘Remember your promys made yn baptysm / And crystys mercyffull bloud shedyng / By the wyche most holy sprynklyng / off all your syns you haue fre pardun’. Verse is followed by a ‘glory be’: ‘Glory be to the father & to the sun & to the holy goost. As hyt was yn the begynnyng so now & euer yn the world off worlds so be hytt’.
Editions:
Frere, Walter Howard. Antiphonale Sarisburiense: a reproduction in facsimile…. London: Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society, 1901: 1.78.
2.Source: Salisbury, Salisbury Cathedral Library 152, f. 159v
Facsimiles:
Kingdon, H. T. “An Early Vernacular Service.” Wilshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine 18 (1879): 65-6: facing 66.
Editions:
Kingdon, H. T. “An Early Vernacular Service.” Wilshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine 18 (1879): 65-6: 65-6.
Wordsworth, Charles, and Henry Littlehales. The Old Service Books of the English Church. London: 1904: 51.