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Now understand both more and less
St. Augustine on the Virtues of the Mass — seventeen couplets
Note: For other MSS see 3746.
Author(s): Augustine of Hippo
Subjects: mass, virtues of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 67-67v
First Lines:
NOwe vnderstonde boþe more and lesse
What mede yee resceyve to here youre messe
As telleþe vs þe doctour Augustyne
þees been hees wordes and not myne …
Last Lines:
…þis grace and pardone for to have
þeire bodye and soule for to save
Attributed Title: Here nexst foloweþe þe wrytinge of þe doctoure saint Austyne what mede man resceyveþe þat devoutely hereþe his messe (f. 67)
Editions:
Lucas, Peter J. “The Versions by John Shirley, William Gybbe and Another of the Poem On the Virtues of the Mass: A Collation.” Notes and Queries n.s. 28 [226] (1981): 394-8: 397.