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DIMEV 3989
IMEV 2510
NIMEV 2510
O merciful and O merciable
A lover pleading for mercy from his beloved, a pseudo-Chaucerian lyric, but apparently made up of scraps of other poems — thirteen stanzas rhyme royal including 3-stanza envoy
Note: Stanza 10 = st. 19 of Craft of Lovers (5990); st. 1-4 from Lydgate’s Court of Sapience (5365); editions not indicating source include Urry (1721), 556; Bell (1782), 13.27; Anderson (1793), 1.585.
Subjects: envoys; complaints, lovers’; composite poems; mercy, plea for
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 161ra-161va
First Lines:
O merciful and o mercyable
Kyng of kynges & fadyr of pite
Whos myght mercy ys incomparable
O prynce eterne o myghty lord sey we…
Last Lines:
…My goodly masteras þus of her good grace
God graunte hys lysse in heuen to haue a place
Note: 13 stanzas.
Attributed Author: Chaucer (added by later hand, f. 161ra)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Forni, Kathleen, ed. The Chaucerian Apocrypha: A Selection. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2005.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Note: 12 stanzas.
Editions:
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.562-3.
2.Source: STC 5077. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes, Speght, 1598