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DIMEV 6719
With busy discretion and with good will
The seven works on bodily mercy, in the Speculum Christiani, tercia tabula — eight couplets
Subjects: mercy, works of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 28, ff. 50v-51
First Lines:
With besy discrecion & with goude wille
þu breke þi brede þe hungre tille…
Last Lines:
…þies ben þe werkes of mercy seuen
fulfille ȝe hem þat wille to heuen
Note: Each of stanzas 2-8 with heading for its work of mercy, ‘Cibare’, ‘Potare’, ‘Hospitare’, etc.