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There is no creator but one
‘Do Merci bifore thi Judement’ — eight twelve-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) with this refrain
Title(s): ‘Do Merci bifore thi Judement’
Subjects: mercy, works of; advice, spiritual
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 1704, ff. 26v-27v
Last Lines:
Now Crist put al thy passion
Betwyxe vs and thy Iugement
Amen
Editions:
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 85-8.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], f. 123
Editions:
Brunner, Karl. “Handschrift British Museum Additional 31042.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 132 (1914): 316-27: 321-3.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 39574, ff. 51-52v
First Lines:
There is no creatour but oon
Maker of ech a creature…
Last Lines:
…Now Crist putte al [þi] passyoun
Bitwixe us and þi juggement
Note: Six stanzas.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 65-7.
Day, Mabel, ed. The Wheatley Manuscript: Middle English Verse and Prose in British Museum MS. Additional 39574. EETS o.s. 155 (1921; repr. 1971): 65-7.
4.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 54-58
First Lines:
There is no creature but oon
Maker of euery creature
God a loone & euer more oon
And þre in oon alway to endure…
Last Lines:
…Bileeue is oure saluacioun
With keping of þi comaundement
God putte þin holi passioun
Bitwixe us & þi iugement. Amen
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 18-21.