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Jesu mercy mercy I cry
‘A deuoyt meditacione’ — twenty-two 8-line stanzas (ababcdcd) with refrain: ‘Ihesu mercy for my mysdede’
Note: Immediately followed by 2937.
Title(s): ‘A deuoyt meditacione’
Subjects: meditations; Christ, prayers to; prayers, to Christ
Versification: — eight-line — ababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.10.12 (223), ff. 53-55
First Lines:
Ihesu mercy mercy I ceþ
myn vgly synnes þu me forgyfe
þe werlde my flesche þe fende fellþ
þai me besale both sranget styfe…
Last Lines:
…Mercy þu graunt amen amen
Ihesu mercy for my myse dede
Attributed Title: A deuoyt meditacione (f. 53)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 103-8; rev. ed. 133-8.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 75-80.
2.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6691 [Mun.A.7.1], ff. 133-134v
First Lines:
Ihesu Ihesu mercy I cry
Myn huge synnes þou me forgyf
þe werld my flesch þe fend felly
þei me be sette boþe strong & styf…
Last Lines:
…Mercy þou grante amen amen
Ihesu mercy for my mysdede
Attributed Title: Incipit oracio deuota ad dominum Ihesum. Oracio (f. 133)
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 222-70.