The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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
Subjects: envoys; complaints, lovers’; composite poems; mercy, plea for
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599)
, ff. 161ra
O merciful and o mercyable
Kyng of kynges & fadyr of
Whos myght mercy ys incomparable
O prynce eterne o myghty lord sey
…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)
Fletcher, Bradford Y.
Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile.
Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
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.
The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper.
London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.562-3.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes
, Speght, 1598