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Young and old More and less
‘How to hear Mass’ — fifty-seven 12-line stanzas, with one prefatory quatrain
Note: For a later and abridged version see 3242.
Title(s): ‘How to hear Mass’
Subjects: religious observance; Mass, instructions for
Versification: — four-line, twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 302va2-303vc
First Lines:
Ȝong & olde More and lasse
fful god hit is to here Masse…
Last Lines:
…Kep vs from þe pyne of helle
AMEN ffor Charite
Attributed Title: Hou mon scholde here hys masse (see 2007)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Simmons, Thomas Frederick. The Lay Folks’ Mass Book. EETS o.s. 71 (1879); repr. 1968: 128-47.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 493-511.