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These make perfect charity after Pauls epistle
‘The XV degrees of charite’ — two eight-line stanzas
Note: Probably copied from Here begynneth a lytyll treatyse schortely compyled and called ars moriendi that is to saye the craft for to deye for the helthe of mannes sowle, [Westminster: W. Caxton, 1491] ; facs. Nicholson (1891); rpr. Blades (1869); or from Betson, Thomas, Here begynneth a ryght profytable treatyse co[m]pendiously drawen out of many [and] dyuers wrytynges of holy men, to dyspose men to be vertuously occupyed in theyr myndes [and] prayers, [Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, 1500] .
Title(s): ‘The XV degrees of charite’
Subjects: charity, degrees of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc (roughly)



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, St John’s College 173, f. 133
First Lines:
Thise make parfyte charite after poulis epistyll
Be pacient contynuelly for ony aduersite
Liberal to the nedy and do good for evyll…
Last Lines:
…that god hathe promysed truste it wel withoute defalcacion
In hope abydybge his rewarde & euerlasting glory
Note: Four quatrains axax where only lines ‘a’ rhyme.
Attributed Title: The xv degrees of charite (f. 133)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 786. Here begynneth a lytyll treatyse schortely compyled and called ars moriendi that is to saye the craft for to deye for the helthe of mannes sowle, [Westminster: W. Caxton, 1491] , sig. A.8v
First Lines:
Thyse make perfyt charyte after poules epistyll
Be pacyente contynuell for ony aduersyte…
Last Lines:
…That god hath promysed trust it well withou [sic] defallacyon
In hope abydyng his reward and euerlastyng glorie
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a lytyll treatyse schortely compyled and called ars moriendi that is to saye the craft for to deye for the helthe of mannes sowle (sig. A.i); The xv degrees of charyte (sig. A.viiiv)