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Lief Lord my soul Thou spare
The nine lessons of the Dirige or ‘Pety Iob’ — fifty-seven 12-line stanzas with refrain, Parce michi domine
Note: For another version see 431.
Title(s): ‘Pety Iob’
Subjects: devotional verse
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 322 (SC 21896), ff. 10ra-15vb
First Lines:
Lyef lord my soule thow spare
The sothe I sey now sykerly…
Last Lines:
…so that I maye euer with the dwelle
Thorough Parce mihi domine
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the nyne lessons of the Dirige whych Job made in hys tribulacioun lying on the Donghyll and ben declared more opynly to lewde mennes vnderstanding by a solempne worthy and discrete clerke Rychard Hampole and ys cleped pety Job and ys full profitable to stere synners to compunccioun (f. 10ra); Here endeth the ix lessons of the dirige which Job made in his tribulacion (col)
Editions:
Kail, J., ed. Twenty-Six Political and Other Poems…from Bodleian MSS Digby 102 and Douce 322. EETS o.s. 124 (1904; repr. 1973): 120-43.
Fein, Susanna Greer. Moral Love Songs and Laments. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 6ra-10ra
First Lines:
Leef lord my sowle þu spare
þe sothe y seye now sekerle…
Last Lines:
…So that y may euyr with þe dwelle
Thorow parce michi domine Amen
Attributed Title: Here…be gynneþ þe ix s lessons of dyryge whych ys clepyd pety joob (f. 6); Parce michy domine (f. 6); Here endyth Pety Joob…(f. 10)
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1584, pp. 48-62
First Lines:
A leue lord my soule þu spare
The sothe I sey nowe sikule…
Last Lines:
…So that I may euer with þe dwell
Thoroughe Parce mihi domine
Note: In eleven-line stanzas, ababababbab.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth the ix lessons of dyrige that is clepid Pety Jobe (f. 47); Parce michi Domine (f. 48); The lesonis of dirige þat is clepid peti Joob (f. 1, table of contents); Peti Joob (RT); Here endith Pety Joob and… (f. 62)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 38-50v
First Lines:
Ef lord my soule thow spare
The soth I sey now sikerle…
Last Lines:
…So that I may euer with the dwell
Thorough Parce michi Domine
Note: Latin text as headings to each stanza.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the nyne lessons of the Dirige whiche Job made in his tribulacioun lyeng on the dunghill and bien declarid more openly to lewde mennes vndirstondyng bi a solempne worthy and a discrete clerke Richard Hampole and is clepid Pety Job and is ful profitable to stiere synners to compunccioun (f. 38); Parce michi domine michil enim sunt dies mei (f. 38); Here enden the ix lessons of Dirige whyche job made in hys tribulacion (col)
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, ff. 11-15v
First Lines:
Lyeff lord my soule thou spare
The soth I sey now sykerly…
Last Lines:
…So that I may euer with the dwelle
Thorough Parce miche domine
Note: Rubric Latin headings to each stanza.
Attributed Title: Here be gynneth the ix lessons of the diryge whych Job made in his trybulacyon lying on the donghyll and ben declared more opynly to lewde mennes vnderstandyng by a solempne worthy and dyscrete clerke Rychard Hampole and ys cleped pety iob and ys ful profytable to stere synners to conpunccion (f. 11); Parce michi domine mihil enim sunt dies mei (f. 11); Here endeth the ix lessons of dirige whiche iob made in hys tribulacion (col)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.381-9.