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Saint Paul the apostle thus says he
The Seven Works of Mercy Bodily — ten couplets
Note: For a different version see 2535.
Subjects: mercy, works of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 32rb-32va
First Lines:
Seynt poule the apostell þus seyþe he
Doyþ all youre werkys in charyte
ffor werke of mercy analylyþ nouȝt
But hyt in charyte be wrought…
Last Lines:
…These ben the werkys seuene
ffulfylle ys them þat wole haue heuene
Attributed Title: Here suen þe vii werkis of merci bodili (f. 32rb)
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 206v
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339, ff. 118v-119
First Lines:
Seint poul þe apostle þus seiþ he
Doiþ alle ȝoure werkis in charite…
Last Lines:
…These ben þe werkis seuene
ffulfille ȝe hem þat wolen haue heuene
Attributed Title: Þese ben þe vij werkis of Ihesu bodili (rubricated, f. 118v)
4.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 491, f. 295va
First Lines:
Saynt paule þe apostyl þus sais he
dos al youre werkes in charite…
Last Lines:
…þise ben þe werkes of mercy seven
ffulfylles þam al þat wyl hafe hevyn
Attributed Title: Here begynnes þe vij werkys of mercy (f. 295va)
Editions:
Bülbring, Karl Daniel. “über die Handschrift Nr. 491 der Lambeth-Bibliothek.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 86 (1891): 383-92: 389.
5.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 28, f. 77
First Lines:
Sent paule apostile þus saithe
do alle ȝoue werkes in charite
ffor werkes of mercy a vailen nought
but þei in charite be wrought…
Note: Immediately follows 765.
Attributed Title: Septem virtutes contra septem peccata predicta (f. 77)