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Man have in mind how here before
Of Divine Mercy — six quatrains (aaab) + burden (bb): ‘Aske þou mercy whill þou may’, and burden (bb): ‘Man assay assay assay / and aske mercy quyls þat þu may’
Subjects: carols, of repentance; mercy, songs of
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 7v
First Lines:
Man haue in mynde how here by fore
for thy mysdede þe where for lore…
Last Lines:
…Ther fore þu hit seke til hit be founde
Asay
Note: 6 stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: no. xlvi.
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 87-9.
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 106.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 12, 100.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4622
First Lines:
Man haue in mynd how here beforn
for thy mysded thou wast for lorn…
Last Lines:
…& after in hevyn to haue place
Aske þou mercy whill þou may
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 87-9.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 8, 171.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 242-3; 1977, 214-15.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 233-4.
3.Source: Oxford, Lincoln College Lat. 89, f. 27v
Transcription:
Man hafe mynd how here be fore
for thy mysdede þu was for lore
bot mercy thw cry for cryst is bore
assay assay man assay vt supra
Note: Burden & one three-line stanza only; unidentified in Hamer (1995).
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 215.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 42v-43
First Lines:
In synne yf þou þi lyffe haue ledde
Amende þe man & be not adrad…
Last Lines:
…Þen joy & blisse shall be þyn ende
Asay asay
Note: Stanzas 2, 3, 5, and a unique stanza.
Attributed Title: ad placitum (f. 42v)
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 87-9.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 8, 171.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 242-3; 1977, 215.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 275.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 12, 100.