The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5120
IMEV 3262
NIMEV 3262
Teach each man with charity
The Seven Works of Spiritual Mercy — eight couplets
Title(s): ‘The Seven Works of Mercy gostly’
Subjects: mercy, works of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, f. 32va
First Lines:
Teche eche man with charyte
To kepe goddes heestes buxum to be
To counseyle eche man with mylde steuen
To take the wey that ledyþ to heuene…
Last Lines:
…Of these werkys goostly cryst schall appele
Whan he hys dome schall deme and dele
Attributed Title: Here suen þe vii werkes of merci gostli (f. 32va)
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1584, ff. 106v-107
First Lines:
Teche euery man with charite
to kepe goddes hestis buxom to be
To counceile euery man with mylde stevyn
To take þat wey þat ledith to heuyn…
Last Lines:
…Of their workis gostly crist schall appele
Whan he his dome schall deme and dele
Attributed Title: Thes byn the vii werkys of mercy goostely (f. 106v)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, ff. 207
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339, ff. 119-119v
First Lines:
Teche ech man wiþ charite
To kepe goddis heestis buxum to be…
Last Lines:
…Of þese werkis gostli christ schal apele
Whane he his doom schal deme & dele
Attributed Title: Þese ben þe vij werkis of merci gostly (rubricated, f. 119)
5.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 491, Part II, f. 295vb
First Lines:
Teche ich man with charite
To kepe godes bydynges buxumly…
Last Lines:
…Of al þis werkes criste wyl appele
Whene he hys dome shal deme & dele
Attributed Title: Here begynnes þe vij werkes of gostly mercy (f. 295vb)
Bülbring, Karl Daniel. “über die Handschrift Nr. 491 der Lambeth-Bibliothek.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 86 (1891): 383-92: 389.
6.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 10, ff. 54v-55
First Lines:
Teche iche man with charite
to kepe goddes hestis & buxum to be…
Last Lines:
…of þies uerkes gostely criste shal apeele
When he his dome shal deme and deyle
Note: In Speculum Cristiana, Tercia Tabula.