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Merciful Queen as ye best can and may
A prayer to the Virgin Mary and several saints — four 8-line and five 7-line stanzas
Subjects: prayers, to Virgin Mary, and saints; Virgin Mary, prayers to; saints, prayers to
Versification: — eight-line, seven-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 249, ff. 6v-8
First Lines:
Mercyful quene as þe best kan and may after your sone
Of wreches take pyte send your comfort nowe on your…
Last Lines:
…And I schal pray the botefull kateryne
To pray for youre and myn joyfull metyng
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “Lydgatiana.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 131 (1913): 40-63: 46-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 200-2.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum 40-1950 [olim Yates Thompson 83, ‘Talbot Hours’], ff. 132-132v
First Lines:
Mercifull quene as ȝe best can & may
affter ȝoure son of wrechis haue pyte…
Last Lines:
…That he gafe ȝou with his fyrst apparence
Geyn all euyll be ȝe my sure deffence
Note: Added by contemporary hand; variant with 8 stanzas rhyme royal.