The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 374
As I wandered here by west / Fast under a forest side
‘Ay Merci God and Graunt Merci’ — twelve 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), alliterative, including refrain, ‘With marcy Lorde & gramarcy’ or ‘mercy god and graunt merci’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 198.
Subjects: penance; prayers
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 409va-409vc
First Lines:
AS I wandrede her bi weste
ffaste vnder a fforest syde…
Last Lines:
…þi swete face þat we may se
Nou Merci God And Graunt Merci
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.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Die kleinere gedichte der Vernon und Simeon handschrift.” Anglia 7 (1884): 280-315: 313-15.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 696-9.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 54-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 164-7.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 105-7.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 311-313
First Lines:
As I walked here by west
Ferre vnder a forest side…
Last Lines:
…Thi swete face þat we may se
With marcy Lorde & gramarcy
Note: 11 stanzas.
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 160-2.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 54-7.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 131rb-131rc
First Lines:
AS I wandrede here by weste
ffast vndur a forest syde…
Last Lines:
…Þi swete face þat we may se
Nou Merci god & graunt Merci
Note: 11 stanzas.
Attributed Title: Explicit A song Merci god & graunte Merci (f. 131rc)
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, f. 91
First Lines:
As I wandurd here be weste
ffast vndur A forest syde…
Last Lines:
…All myȝty god haffe mercy on me
Þat forr my synne þi blode dyd schede
Note: Lines 1-12 only; 2441 follows immediately as if part of same work; not Advocates’ 19.31.1 as in Brown and Robbins (1943).
Attributed Title: Serves is no heritage (added and probably referring to 2441, f. 91)
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.