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Mercy God of my misdeed / For Thy mercy that mickle is
Maydestone’s paraphrase of the Fifty-first Psalm — twenty 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Note: With Latin quotations at head of each stanza, first, ‘Miserere mei deus secundum magnam misericordiam tuam; for other MSS containing all seven of the Penitential Psalms see 3207 and 5978.
Author(s): Richard Maydestone
Subjects: psalms, penitential; scripture texts, paraphrases; paraphrases
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 114ra-114rb
First Lines:
…So let me neuere werk bi ginne
Lord but ȝif hit like þe…
Last Lines:
…ffor teres þat his Modur wepte
He schylde vs alle from helle fere
Note: Lines 1-22 missing due to loss of folios 106-113; in 8-line stanzas, abababab.
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 12-16.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 141 (SC 21715), ff. 145v-148
First Lines:
Mercy god of my mysdede
Vp þi mercy þat mechel is…
Last Lines:
…ffor teres þat hys moder wepte
He schylde vs alle fro helle fere
Editions:
Kreuzer, James R. “Richard Maidstone’s Version of the Fifty-First Psalm.” Modern Language Notes 66 (1951): 224-31: 226-31.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.891 (SC 12725), f. 127v
First Lines:
Mercy god of my mysdede
vp þy mercy þat mechel ys…
Last Lines:
…þat ho so cryeþ tho þe merci
ys endeles [ ] In þi memorye
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 226-228
First Lines:
Merci lord god of my mysdede
for thi mercy þat mekil is…
Last Lines:
…for þe teris his moder wepte
he schilde vs alle fro here helle fere
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10036, ff. 96v-100
First Lines:
Mercy god of my mysdede
ffor þi mercy þat myschef ys…
Last Lines:
…ffor þo teeris þat þi modre wepte
Thow schelde fro þe fendes fere amen
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: 279-85.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 403-4.
6.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 97-97v; 87-89
First Lines:
Mercy god of my mysdede
ffor þi mercy þat mykull his…
Last Lines:
…ffor þe teres his moder þer wepte
he schylde vs frome helle fyre
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
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: 279-85.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 403-4.