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Mercy and Truth met on a high mountain
A Praise of Peace, by Lydgate — twenty-four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with ‘pees’ last word of each stanza
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): A Praise of Peace
Subjects: peace
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 37v-41
First Lines:
[M]ercye and truth met on a high mountayn
Bright as þe sonne with his bemys clere…
Last Lines:
…Gladest kalendys to euery cristen Reame
ffor vs to come to ever lastyng pees
Attributed Title: Pax (f. 37v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 290-292v
First Lines:
mErcy and Trowthe met on an hygh monteyne
Bryght as the son with hys beames clere
Pease and Iustyce walkyng on the pleyne
And with iiii sustres most goodly of theyre chere…
Last Lines:
…Gladdest kalendes to euery crystyn Reame
ffor vs to come to euerlastyng Pese
Attributed Author: John lidgatt monke of bury (added by later hand, f. 290)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 21-24*
First Lines:
MErcy and trouthe mette on an hih mounteyn
Briht as the sonne with his beemys cleer…
Last Lines:
…Gladdest kalendis to euery cristen Reem
ffor vs to come to evir lastyng pees
Attributed Author: Explicit quod lydgate (f. 24, in margin)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.209-15.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 785-91.