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Mercy abide and look all day
On the Mercy of God — five couplets
Note: For an incomplete version see 3482.
Subjects: God, mercy of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 158r3
Transcription:
ȝif sinne nere merci nere non
Wan Merci is cald he comet anon
þer merci is rediest wer sinne is mest
þer merci is lattest were sinne is lest
Merci abidet & loket aldai
Wan mon fro sinne wil torne away
Note: Three couplets, written as prose inserted into Latin, with Latin text separating couplets; third couplet begins “Merci abidet.“
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: 263.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 85
First Lines:
Merci abid an loke al day
Wan man fro senne wil wende awey…
Last Lines:
…& comen to þat iche blisse to
Þat euere sal lesten withouten wo
Note: John Grimestone’s sermon notebook.
Attributed Title: De Misericordia (f. 84v)
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 61.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 161-2.