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DIMEV 414
IMEV 239
NIMEV 239
Almighty and merciable Queen / To whom all the world
Chaucer, ABC hymn to the Virgin — twenty-three 8-line stanzas
Note: Inserted in the prose translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine in six MSS: see below. In Lydgate’s verse translation in MS London, British Library Cotton Vitellius C.XIII a space is left at ff. 255-56 for the ABC: see 6850; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 126; also ed. Speght (1602), and many others.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): ABC hymn to the Virgin
Subjects: Virgin Mary, hymns to
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 638 (SC 2078), ff. 204-207v
First Lines:
Almighty & almercyable quene
To whom all this world fleith for socor…
Last Lines:
…Bringe os to that paleis that is bilte
To penitentis that ben to mercy abull
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Bodley 638: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1982.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Odd Texts of the Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 23, 60. London: Trübner, 1868, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 188v-191
First Lines:
ALmyghty and alle mercyable quene
To whom al this worlde fleeth for socour…
Last Lines:
…Brynge vs to that paleyce that ys bilte
To penytentys that been to mercye able
Attributed Author: Chawcers A.b.c. (added by John Stow, f. 188v)
Attributed Title: Chawcers A.b.c. (added by John Stow, f. 188v)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 740 (SC 1239), ff. 103v-106v
First Lines:
Almyghty & al merciable quene
To whom all þis world fleeþ for socour…
Last Lines:
…Bryng vs to þi place þat is bryghte
To penitent þat ben to mercy able
Note: Inserted in the prose translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.30, ff. 112v-115v
First Lines:
Al mihty and al merciable queene
To whom þat al þis world fleeth for socour…
Last Lines:
…Bring us to þat palais þat is bilt
To penitentes þat ben to merci able
Note: Inserted in the prose translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine, capitulum lvi.
Attributed Title: Incipit carmen secundum ordinem litterarum alphabeti (f. 112)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A One-Text Print of the Minor Poems. 2 pts. London: Trübner, 1871, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Supplementary Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 22, 59. London: Trübner, n.d.; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 1.261-71.
Wright, William Aldis. The Pilgrimage of the Lyf of the Manhode, from the French of Guillaume de Deguileville. Roxburghe Club 91. London, 1869: 165-70;.
Furnivall, Frederick James, and Katharine B. Locock, eds. The Pilgrimage of the Life of Man. Roxburghe Club 145. London: Nichols, 1905: 528-33.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 617-9; 1957; 524-6.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 637-41.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 5-7v
First Lines:
Almyȝthy & al merciabele quene
To Whom al þis world fleþ for socour…
Last Lines:
…Brynge vs to þat paleys þat is bylt
To penytentis þat ben to merci abele
Note: Inserted in the prose translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine, capitulum lvi.
Attributed Author: Chaucer (added by later hand, f. 5)
Attributed Title: Chaucers ABC (added by later hand, f. 5)
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2006, pp. 88-90
First Lines:
almyghty and almerciable quene
To whom al this world fleith for socour…
Last Lines:
…And wyth his blode he wrote the blesful bill
Of mercy put that in his remembraunce…
Note: Lines 1-60 only; rest of page blank.
Attributed Author: Chaucer (p. 88)
Attributed Title: Pryer A nostre dame per Chaucer (p. 88)
Facsimiles:
Edwards, A. S. G. “Introduction.” Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile. Magdalen College, Cambridge. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and [Woodbridge, Suffolk]: Boydell and Brewer, 1985.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Supplementary Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 22, 59. London: Trübner, n.d.; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2006, pp. 386-388
First Lines:
Almighty and all mercyable quene
To Whom all þis world fleth for socour…
Last Lines:
…And With his blod put that in his remenbrance he wrot þe blisfull bille
Of mercy put þat in his remenbraunce…
Note: Lines 1-60 only; rest of page blank
Attributed Author: Chaucer (p. 386)
Attributed Title: Priere a nostre Dame per Chaucer (p. 386)
Facsimiles:
Edwards, A. S. G. “Introduction.” Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile. Magdalen College, Cambridge. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and [Woodbridge, Suffolk]: Boydell and Brewer, 1985.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Supplementary Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 22, 59. London: Trübner, n.d.; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.21 (189), ff. 108v-112
First Lines:
Almyghty and alle mercyable Quene
To wham alle this werlde flees ffor Socour…
Last Lines:
…And brynge vs to thy place þat es bilt
To Penitence þat to thy mercy are able
Note: Twenty-three 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, mis-labeled with a red letter to right of each four lines through f. 110, then labeled correctly thereafter beginning ‘N’ at top f. 110v; inserted in the prose translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 175-178v
First Lines:
All Mighty and all mercyable quene
To whom þat all þis worlde fleþe for socour…
Last Lines:
…Bryng vs to þat palais þat is bilt
To penitentes þat ben to merciable
Attributed Title: Incipit carmen Secundus ordinem litteratum Alphabeti (f. 175); Explicit Carmen Amen (f. 178v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Supplementary Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 22, 59. London: Trübner, n.d.; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 49-51v
First Lines:
Al myghti and al merciable qwene
To whom that al this world fleeth for socour…
Last Lines:
…Brynge vs vnto that place that is bilt
To penytentis that ben to mercy Able
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Supplementary Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 22, 59. London: Trübner, n.d.; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 20v
First Lines:
Almithiy and amerciable Queene
To whome that alle the worlde fleeth for socoure…
Last Lines:
…Thine enymy and myn lady take heede
Vnto my deth in ponyte is me to chase
Note: Stanzas 1-6 only.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Supplementary Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 22, 59. London: Trübner, n.d.; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
12.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Acc. 325/1, ff. 75ra-76rb
First Lines:
Almyghti and merciable Quene
To whom þat all þis worlde fleeth for soroe…
Last Lines:
…Brynge vs to the paleis þat is best
To penitentis that ben to merciable
Attributed Title: Here biginneth a preiour of oure ladie þat Geffreie Chaucer made affter the ordre of the A. b. c. (f. 75ra)
13.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.i.9, f. 203
First Lines:
Allmyȝty and all mercyable qwene
To qwome all thys werlde fleethe for socoure…
Last Lines:
…lo hong [ ] thefys seuene chasyn me
helpe la[ ]er thanne my schyppe to breste…
Note: Stanzas 1-2 only; added to originally blank lower half of page at end of volume.
Editions:
Doyle, A. I. “Unrecorded Chacuerian Manuscript [of the A B C, Durham University Library, MS Cosin V.I.9, fol. 203r].” Durham Philobiblon 1, no. 8 (1953): 54-5.
14.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 239 (U.3.12), ff. 80v-83v
First Lines:
Allmyghty and all merciable qweene
To whom that all this wordle fleeth for soukour…
Last Lines:
…bryng vs to that palays that is byllt
to penytentz that been to mercy able
Note: Inserted in the prose translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
15.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library Sion College Arc. L.40.2/E.44, ff. 79-81v
First Lines:
Almighty and almercyable qwene
To whame þat al þis worlde fleeþe for socour
To haue releese of synne and sorowe and teene
Gloryous virgyne of all floures flour…
Last Lines:
…Nowe lady sith þou canst and eeke wilt
Beo to þe seede of Adam mercyable
So bring vs to þat Palays þat is bylt
To penytentes þat been to mercy able
Note: Inserted in the prose translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine.
Attributed Title: Incipit carmen secundum ordinem litterarum Alphabeti (f. 79); A devoute Dytee Of oure Ladye Marye (RT)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Odd Texts of the Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 23, 60. London: Trübner, 1868, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
16.Source: Melbourne, State Library of Victoria *096/G94, ff. 74v-76v
First Lines:
All myghti and all merciable queyne
To whome þat al þis worlde flees for socour…
Last Lines:
…Bryng vs to þat place þat is bilt
To penitent þat ben mercy able. amen quod Bennett
Note: Inserted in the prose translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine, following a picture of the pilgrim accompanied by Grace Dieu, praying before the Virgin
Editions:
Doyle, A. I., and George B. Pace. “Further Texts of Chaucer’s Minor Poems.” Studies in Bibliography 28 (1975): 41-61: 51-5.