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DIMEV 950
IMEV 583
NIMEV 583
By west under a wild wood side / In a land…
Mercy Passes all Things — sixteen 12-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Mercy passeth alle thinge’
Subjects: mercy
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 407ra-407rc
First Lines:
BI west vnder a wylde wode syde
In a launde þer I was lente…
Last Lines:
…Bi fore þi face þat we mai sai
Now Merci passeþ alle þinge
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:
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Die kleinere gedichte der Vernon und Simeon handschrift.” Anglia 7 (1884): 280-315: 282-7.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 658-63.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 125-31.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 162-6.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 128vb-129ra
First Lines:
BI west vnder a wilde wode syde
In a launde þer I was lent…
Last Lines:
…Byfore þi face þat we may say
Now Merci passeþ alle þing
Attributed Title: Explicit a songe of Merci (f. 129ra)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 118-24.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], f. 123v
Editions:
Brunner, Karl. “Handschrift British Museum Additional 31042.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 132 (1914): 316-27: 323-7.