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O merciful God maker of all mankind
An epitaph — two 6-line stanzas (aabaab) and burden (cc): ‘To dy to dy what haue I / offendit þat deth is so hasty’
Subjects: epitaphs; carols, of mortality
Versification: — six-line — aabaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4391
First Lines:
O marcyfull God maker of all mankynd
What meneth dethe in his mynd…
Last Lines:
…Wherfor how my yf þou be hye
Thynk non oþer but þou shalt dye
Note: Followed by 2659.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 223-4.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 92-3.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 250; 1977, 22.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 122.