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Found Records:
1.   Faber faber fabre fac
DIMEV 1244 Witnesses: 1
A single mnemonic for learning Latin, among others in Latin — one couplet
2.   Fader
See ‘Father’
3.   Failing of friendship oft time we find
DIMEV 1245 Witnesses: 1
‘On the Evils of Covetousness’
4.   Fain I would blessed lord if it like thee [Fayn I wolde blissed lorde yf it like þe]
See 5633
5.   Fain would I love but where about
DIMEV 1246 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar (attrib.): ‘Counsale in Luve’
6.   Fain would I with all diligence
DIMEV 1247 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar (attrib.): ‘The Danger of Wryting’
7.   Fair and discrete fresh womanly creature
DIMEV 1248 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s offer of service — nine lines
8.   Fair freshest earthly creature
DIMEV 1249 Witnesses: 1
A letter from a lover to his mistress — 59 lines in six stanzas
9.   Fair ladies I pray you tell me
DIMEV 1250 Witnesses: 1
A riddle on family relationships — seven lines
10.   Fair lordings if you list to hear [Fayre lordings if you list to heere]
See Jhones printed copy of 2822
11.   Fair maiden who is this bairn
DIMEV 1251 Witnesses: 1
A carol of the Nativity — four quatrains (aabb) and four-line burden (aaaa): ‘Mater ora filium / Vt post hoc exilium / Nobis donet gaudium / Beatorum omnium
12.   Fairest of fair and goodliest on live [Fayrest of fayer and goodleste on lyve]
The introductory stanza (6 lines) to the Envoy (1529) to The Ile of Ladies (6305): the power of his mistress for the poet’s happiness (in Speght, Thomas. The Workes of…Geffrey Chaucer. London, [A. Islip,] imp. G. Bishop, 1598; rev. ed. A. Islip, 1602 (STC 5077, 5080), f. 365v)
13.   Fairness and young blood
DIMEV 1252 Witnesses: 1
John Bristow (?)
14.   False heart may
DIMEV 1253 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial statement about false hearts — one couplet
15.   False love when six setteth against eight
DIMEV 1254 Witnesses: 1
A Political Prophecy — at least twenty lines in quatrains
16.   False Titlaris now grows up full rank
DIMEV 1255 Witnesses: 2
Robert Henryson: ‘Aganis haisty Credence of Titlaris’
17.   Falseness and covetise are feres
DIMEV 1256 Witnesses: 1
‘De Falsitate’
18.   Falseness I understand
DIMEV 1257 Witnesses: 1
De Falsitate’ — two couplets
19.   Far from thy kin cast thee
DIMEV 1258 Witnesses: 4
A moral saw — four monorhyming lines
20.   Far in frith as I can fare [ffer in frithe as I can fare / My self syȝand allone]
See 922
21.   Far in sea by west Spain
DIMEV 1259 Witnesses: 1
The Land of Cokaygne
22.   Fare well my joy my comfort and solace
DIMEV 1268 Witnesses: 1
A ‘Farewell’ anaphora to his mistress — one stanza rhyme royal
23.   Fareth well worship and goodness
DIMEV 1260 Witnesses: 1
A Farewell anaphora to his mistress — ten monorhyming lines
24.   Farewell Advent and have good day [Farewell aduent & haue good daye]
Burden to 1505
25.   Farewell Advent Christmas is come [Farewele aduent cristemas is cum / Farewele fro vs bothe alle and sumee]
Burden (2nd line also refrain) to 6737
26.   Farewell all clever fellows
DIMEV 1261 Witnesses: 1
A farewell to companions — fragment of a couplet
27.   Farewell farewell / All fresh all cheer
DIMEV 1262 Witnesses: 1
‘My true harte hathe slayne me’
28.   Farewell farewell my lady and mistress
DIMEV 1263 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
29.   Farewell joy and welcome pain
DIMEV 1264 Witnesses: 1
Beloved’s mourning for the absence of ‘hanton payell’ — two couplets
30.   Farewell my friends the tide abideth no man
DIMEV 1265 Witnesses: 7
An epitaph, frequently inscribed on monuments or brasses — one stanza rhyme royal
31.   Farewell my heart farewell both friend and foe
DIMEV 1266 Witnesses: 1
A love letter with anaphoric lines — four stanzas rhyme royal
32.   Farewell my joy and my sweet heart
DIMEV 1267 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress: a lover on departing — two cross-rhymed quatrains
33.   Farewell now my lady gay
DIMEV 1269 Witnesses: 2
I take my leve agaynst my wyll’ — four 8-line stanzas, including refrain, ‘I take my leve agaynst my wyll’ with ‘farewell’
34.   Farewell sweet heart [Farewell swet harte]
Envoy to 4010
35.   Farewell that was my lief so dear
DIMEV 1270 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
36.   Farewell this world I take my leave forever
DIMEV 1271 Witnesses: 3
A Farewell to the World
37.   Farewell with glorious victory
DIMEV 1272 Witnesses: 4
John Capgrave
38.   Fart on hill
DIMEV 1273 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet, written as one line
39.   Fast freezen fens fully frosts frere is fowls foe
DIMEV 1273.5 Witnesses: 1
One quatrain of rhyming, alliterative verse, evoking winter.
40.   Fast i-fond far on fold
DIMEV 1273.7 Witnesses: 1
One quatrain of rhyming, alliterative verse, characterizing positively a place, possibly Frode Frith (Frod’s Wood).
41.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost all one
DIMEV 1274 Witnesses: 1
A single couplet
42.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / Almighty God in Trinity
DIMEV 1275 Witnesses: 3
Dialogue between St. Bernard and the Virgin Mary — in 8-line stanzas
43.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / As Thou art Lord of mights most
DIMEV 1276 Witnesses: 2
Hugh Campeden: Sydrac and Boctus
44.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / Great God in Trinity
DIMEV 1277 Witnesses: 1
A carol to the Trinity — three quatrains and burden: ‘Qui natus est de virgine / Saluum me fac domine
45.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / Great God in Trinity
DIMEV 1278 Witnesses: 1
‘Parce michi Domine’
46.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / Great God in Trinity
DIMEV 1279 Witnesses: 1
‘Salvum me fac Domine’
47.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / Lord to Thee I cry and call
DIMEV 1280 Witnesses: 4
A prayer to the Trinity — thirteen 8-line stanzas
48.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / Lord to Thee I make my moan
DIMEV  Witnesses: 0
See 1298-2
49.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost o God in Trinity
DIMEV 1281 Witnesses: 1
The Knight of Christ
50.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / That onefold God is aye steadfast
DIMEV 1282 Witnesses: 6
Northern Homily Cycle
51.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / That art one God of mights most
DIMEV 1283 Witnesses: 6
Robert of Brunne: Handlyng Synne
52.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / That I clepe and call most
DIMEV 1284 Witnesses: 2
A prayer for ‘three boons’ — fifteen 6-line stanzas
53.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / To Thee I cry and call most
DIMEV 1285 Witnesses: 3
Cursor Mundi
54.   Father and Son and Holy Ghost / We knowledge Thee in every coast
DIMEV 1286 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: ‘Te deum verum laudamus’
55.   Father I am Thine only Son
DIMEV 1287 Witnesses: 1
Nolo mortem peccatoris’, Christ’s plea to the Father — twenty-three 6-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Nolo mortem peccatoris
56.   Father I am Thine own child
DIMEV 1288 Witnesses: 1
Nolo mortem peccatoris
57.   Father I may no longer dwell
DIMEV 782.8 Witnesses: 1
English couplets following a Latin tale about a householder who loved a boy ‘carnaliter’ — nine couplets
58.   Father in heaven benign and reverent
DIMEV 1290 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve: To the Chancellor, Archbishop of Canterbury
59.   Father in heaven hallowed be Thy name
DIMEV 1291 Witnesses: 1
‘The vii Peticions to the ffader’
60.   Father my will it is [Fadyr my wyll yt is / Nolo mortem peccatoris]
Burden to 1288
61.   Father of bliss omnipotent / For Thou hast made and create us
DIMEV 1292 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: ‘Te Deum laudamus’
62.   Father of heaven all wielding
DIMEV 1293 Witnesses: 1
A ‘bok of wisdom’ — 208 couplets
63.   Father of heaven all-wielding [Fader of heuen all weldyng / Þat in wisdam made all thyng]
See 3784.3
64.   Father of heaven in Trinity
DIMEV 1293.5 Witnesses: 1
A Meditacioun
65.   Father of heaven omnipotent
DIMEV 1294 Witnesses: 1
The Brome Play of Abraham and Isaac
66.   Father our that art in heaven bliss
DIMEV 1295 Witnesses: 1
Pater noster — twelve lines in couplets
67.   Father ours that is heaven
DIMEV 1296 Witnesses: 4
Pater noster
68.   Father sometime what was thou
DIMEV 1297 Witnesses: 1
Dialogue between the Emperor ‘Antiochenus’ and his dead father
69.   Father Son and Holy Ghost
DIMEV 1298 Witnesses: 2
Oracio devota in anglicis uerbis
70.   Father Son and Holy Ghost / Almighty God sitting in throne
DIMEV 1299 Witnesses: 1
Pricke of Conscience
71.   Father that art in heaven [Fader þat hart in heuene]
See Pavia copy of 4299 [Not ‘2074’ as in Rossell Hope Robbins, and John L. Cutler. Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse. Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press, 1965]
72.   Father to thee bow
DIMEV 1300 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial saying on obedience due to the father, love due to the son — one couplet
73.   Feasts moveable there beth cleped five in the year
DIMEV 1301 Witnesses: 20
South English Legendary
74.   Feeble men waxen doughty
DIMEV 1302 Witnesses: 1
A proverb on the merits of right living — two couplets in a sermon
75.   Feed the hunger the thirst give drink
DIMEV 1303 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: The Seven Works of Mercy
76.   Fele folk in affection / Has Christopher & devocion
DIMEV 1304 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
77.   Felix was I-bore in Rome sometime by old daw
DIMEV 1305 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
78.   Fellow if thou hast thee kid
DIMEV 1306 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial lines in a Latin and English collection — two couplets
79.   Deo Patri sit gloria
Refrain to 5566
80.   Fetys bel chere / Drink to thy fere
DIMEV 1307 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic drinking song in Latin, English, and French — six lines
81.   Few hearers
DIMEV 1308 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
82.   Field hath eye wood hath ear
See 5532
83.   Fifteen tokens I tellen may / Of XV days ere doomsday [Fiftene toknen ich tellen may / Of XV dayes er domesday]
DIMEV 1309 Witnesses: 2
‘Les XV singnes de domesday’
84.   Fili Marie virginis
Burden to 4063
85.   Fili marie uirginis / Succurre nobis miseris
Burden to 4063
86.   Fire cold and tear shedding
DIMEV 1310 Witnesses: 1
‘De penis inferni’
87.   Fire of spoons
DIMEV 1311 Witnesses: 1
A tag translating Latin ‘Ignis quisquiliarum amor garcionum…’ which follows it, in a series of Latin sentences with English translations — two couplets
88.   Fire water wind and land
DIMEV 1312 Witnesses: 13
The use and benefits of prayer: inscriptions accompanying an image of Prayer — four couplets in the Fasciculus morum
89.   First arise early / Serve thy god devoutly [Fyrst a-rysse erly / Serve thy god devly]
DIMEV 0.799 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 799; see New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk] and Oxford, Golden Cross Inn, walls in ‘painted chamber’ of 560
90.   First as the earth increaseth populace
DIMEV 1313 Witnesses: 2
The Origin and Description of Heraldry
91.   First black and white and also red [Fyrst blak and wyte and also rede]
Last portion, or continuation, of On Preparing the Philosopher’s Stone in the Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.14.45 (916) (p.152) copy of 4210
92.   First calcine and after that putrify
DIMEV 1314 Witnesses: 2
‘Secretum super corpus spiritum et animam’
93.   First in they measure look there be no lack [ffurst yn thi mesure looke ther be no lak]
See stanza on Iusticia in 939
94.   First is pride and sithen envy
DIMEV 1315 Witnesses: 1
The Seven Deadly Sins
95.   First largess my king my chief
DIMEV 1316 Witnesses: 2
William Stewart: ‘Largess of this New Year Day’
96.   First look and afterward leap
DIMEV 1317 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet against hasty tongue
97.   First mine uncunning and my rudeness
DIMEV 1318 Witnesses: 2
On the chaunse of the dyse
98.   First of thy rising [First of thy Rising]
See Oxford inscription of 560
99.   First thou shall make knowledge to God of heaven
DIMEV 1319 Witnesses: 1
Forms of Confession, Ten Commandments, Works of Mercy, Fourteen Articles of the Faith, and Seven Principal Virtues — twenty-five couplets in a prose tract
100.   First two and then one then three and then five
DIMEV 1320 Witnesses: 2
‘Seynt Thomas Lottis’
101.   First when a man or woman drinks more
DIMEV 1321 Witnesses: 1
Augustine of Hippo: ‘Augustinus de peccatis venialibus’
102.   First when men ne world was non / Then was no thing…
DIMEV 1322 Witnesses: 2
De incepcione hominis narracio
103.   Five hundred thousand for to say [Five hundreth thowsande for to say]
See 5425
104.   Flattery flowereth
DIMEV 1323 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Brinton
105.   Fleas flies and friars populum domini male caedunt
DIMEV 1324 Witnesses: 2
‘Carmina iocosa’
106.   Flee forsake and withstand
DIMEV 1325 Witnesses: 1
A warning to flee sin — two couplets in an exemplum at the end of a Latin sermon on penitence
107.   Flee from the press and dwell with sothfastness
DIMEV 1326 Witnesses: 29
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘Truth’
108.   Flee the ditch of sin
DIMEV 1327 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
109.   Fleeth the shot of sweet regard
DIMEV 1328 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
110.   Fleshly lust I behote thee [Fleshlich loust ic behote þe]
Second couplet of 2401
111.   Fleshly lusts and feasts / And furs of diverse manner of beasts
DIMEV 1329 Witnesses: 3
‘Destroy the pryde of womens hornes’
112.   Flower of maidens all Tu gloria virginitatis
DIMEV 1330 Witnesses: 1
Pricke of Conscience
113.   Flowers in mine arbor they grow green
DIMEV 1331 Witnesses: 1
Satiric love verse — one long couplet translating ‘Florete flores crescunt viride…’, which follows
114.   Folk discomforted bear heavy conscience
DIMEV 1332 Witnesses: 1
The letter of Dydo
115.   Fools lade pools wisemen eat the fish
DIMEV 1333 Witnesses: 1
Aphorism on difference between fools and wisemen — one couplet
116.   For a man that is almost blind
DIMEV 1334 Witnesses: 1
‘A good medycyn for sor eyen’
117.   For age is a page / For the court full unmeet
DIMEV 1335 Witnesses: 2
John Skelton: ‘Why come ye nat to Courte?’
118.   For all Christian souls pray we [For al Cristen Saulys pray we / Requiem eternam dona eis, Domine]
Burden to 3921
119.   For all the blood I shed for thee
DIMEV 1336 Witnesses: 1
A couplet in a scroll attached to a drawing of the wound in Christ’s heart
120.   For all wealth worship and prosperity
DIMEV 1337 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph for Robert Jannys — two couplets
121.   For and ne love morrow and eve
DIMEV 1338 Witnesses: 1
Description of divine love — four couplets in pairs separated by prose text
122.   For as ye list my will is bent
DIMEV 1339 Witnesses: 3
Thomas Wyatt (attrib.): ‘Even as ye lyst’
123.   For Balliol bred in his book
DIMEV 1340 Witnesses: 10
Peter Langtoft: Chronicle
124.   For better it were still to be
DIMEV 1341 Witnesses: 1
Against the sin of ‘rabylding’ divine service by ‘ianglers, haukers, and hunters’ — three lines in a prose treatise
125.   For but thy help this kingric is forlorn [For but thy helpe this kynrick is forlorne]
Refrain to 5855
126.   For cause all men shall understand
DIMEV 1342 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
127.   For comfort is none alone to be [For conforth ys non alone to be]
Refrain to 1052
128.   For deathlike life my living death I wit
DIMEV 1343 Witnesses: 2
Charles d’Orléans
129.   For dread oft my lips I steek
DIMEV 1344 Witnesses: 1
‘Treuth, reste and pes’
130.   For fair wives
DIMEV 1345 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet, translating ‘Coniuge pro pulcra multi subiere sepulcra’, which follows
131.   For fear or for favor of any false man
DIMEV 1346 Witnesses: 1
Verses against the Duke of Suffolk — one 15-line stanza
132.   For foul lusts I have withstood
DIMEV 1347 Witnesses: 1
Dialogue between the Saved and the Damned — four couplets
133.   For full fain I would do that might you please
DIMEV 1348 Witnesses: 1
The Romans of Partenay or of Lusigen (The Tale of Melusine)
134.   For God is lord of all thing / As prophets tellen I-mene
DIMEV 1349 Witnesses: 2
Cato
135.   For Gods love in Trinity
DIMEV 1350 Witnesses: 4
Amys and Amiloun
136.   For great anguish and for pain [ffor grete angwys and ffore payne]
See Oxford, Corpus Christi College 261 copy of 3777
137.   For he is far
Refrain to 2222
138.   For he is full young tender of age
DIMEV 1351 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘De rege nostro Henrico Sexto’
139.   For he is gone the flower of chivalry [For he is gone the flour of chevalrie]
Refrain to 2438
140.   For he is true
DIMEV 1352 Witnesses: 1
Be faithful in love — one 8-line stanza
141.   For he it saw with sight
DIMEV 1353 Witnesses: 1
Roland and Vernagu
142.   For he may lease and he may find
DIMEV 1354 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s love for man — two couplets in a Latin sermon
143.   For head and saucefleme and wicked humors
DIMEV 1355 Witnesses: 1
Two medical recipes — in couplets
144.   For health of body cover for cold thine head
DIMEV 1356 Witnesses: 59
John Lydgate: ‘Dietary’
145.   For her with woe I wake [ ] is so w[ ]
DIMEV 1357 Witnesses: 1
Love song of which only a fragment survives — about 35 lines, possibly rhyming abab
146.   For His love that bought us all dear
DIMEV 1358 Witnesses: 1
A song of Christ the Fleur-de-lys — four quatrains including refrain, ‘can the flowr de lyce’ (aaab) plus burden (bb): ‘Synge we all for tyme it is / Mary hath born the flowre-de-lice’
147.   For hunger greedy I thee to feeden
DIMEV 1359 Witnesses: 2
The practical works of mercy — seven long lines with internal rhyme, or seven couplets of which two lines written as one in MS
148.   For I am doughty of deed who so will me know
DIMEV 1360 Witnesses: 1
On boasting about deeds, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
149.   For I am poor withouten friends
DIMEV 1361 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
150.   For I wend when any folly me felt
DIMEV 1362 Witnesses: 1
Pupilla Oculi
151.   For if the Lord bid flee [For ȝif þe louerd bidd fle]
See 2390
152.   For impatiency
DIMEV 1363 Witnesses: 1
Incomplete proverb about impatience — one couplet
153.   For in his pipe he made so much joy [For in hys pype he made so mych joy]
Refrain to 5459.4
154.   For in thine help is mine affiance [For in thin helpe is al myn affiaunce]
Refrain to 4068
155.   For in this world may none assure [For in this warld may non assure]
Refrain to 6593
156.   For Ipocras nor yet Galen
DIMEV 1364 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
157.   For it is merry to been a wife [for it is mery to ben a wyfe / deye I wylle and lese my lyfe]
DIMEV 0.827.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 827.5; now included in 5148
158.   For it is privileged as we see [ffor it es pryuelaged als we se]
DIMEV 0.827.8 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 827.8; on the Pater Noster, about 2800 lines from Speculum Vitae: see London, British Library Harley 6718 copy of 423.
159.   For Jesu is His name [For Ihesu ys hys name]
Refrain to 21
160.   For lack of sight great cause I have to pleyne
DIMEV 1365 Witnesses: 2
To his Mistress — eight 8-line stanzas including refrain, ‘Of my desire that I may ce ryghte noghte’, and four-line envoy.
161.   For lore of goods I weep sore
DIMEV 1366 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
162.   For love I mourn and sorrow make
DIMEV 1367 Witnesses: 5
‘Amore langueo’
163.   For love is love and ever shall be
DIMEV 1368 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘De amore dei’
164.   For love of god and dread of pain
DIMEV 1369 Witnesses: 1
Advice advocating mercy — two couplets
165.   For love of God as keepeth remembrance
DIMEV 1370 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
166.   For love of Jesu my sweet heart
DIMEV 1371 Witnesses: 5
A couplet in a Latin homily, Amore Langueo (and repeated passim)
167.   For man without mercy of mercy shall miss [ffor man without mercy of mercy shall misse]
See 118
168.   For meat I hunger me sore
DIMEV 1372 Witnesses: 1
Pleadings from the needy and replies from the merciful on depiction of the Works of Mercy — parts of two couplets
169.   For mine own ware
DIMEV 0.834.5 Witnesses: 0
See Lambeth Palace record of 3129
170.   For more auctoritee as of in this matter
DIMEV 1373 Witnesses: 1
Attribution of the story of Guy of Warwick to Girardus Cambrensis, attributed to Lydgate as the closing stanza of his work, in Part VI of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VI, cap. 185 — one 8-line stanza
171.   For my love He is now I-slawe
DIMEV 1374 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s Love, as an exemplum in a portion of a Latin sermon based on the Gesta Romanorum — two couplets
172.   For my pastime upon a day
DIMEV 1375 Witnesses: 2
A lover’s plaint — four quatrains (abab) plus 2-line burden: ‘Colle to me the rysshys grene Colle to me’ (repeated)
173.   For my sin that I have wrought
DIMEV 1376 Witnesses: 1
The Confession of the Prodigal Son
174.   For no mirth be thou too glad
DIMEV 1377 Witnesses: 1
Counsels of Prudence — one quatrain
175.   For now is the time of Christmas [For now ys þe tyme of Crystmas]
Refrain to 3059
176.   For now lieth dead my dear Son dear [For now lyeth dedd my dere sone dere]
Refrain to 4148
177.   For now upon this first day I will my choice renew
DIMEV 1378 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate
178.   For on a Tuesday Thomas was born
DIMEV 1379 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘De sancto Thome Archiepiscopo cantuariensis’
179.   For outen doubt all avouter
DIMEV 1380 Witnesses: 1
The punishments of the adulterer — five couplets
180.   For peace to make I came in land
DIMEV 1381 Witnesses: 1
Address of Christ to humankind — two couplets
181.   For pensiveness and great distress [For pencynesse & gret distresse]
Burden to 6532
182.   For pride in heart he hates all one
DIMEV 1382 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘Cantalena de puericia’
183.   For right as poverty causeth soberness
DIMEV 1383 Witnesses: 0
Incorrectly listed as a separate record. See 4490 for Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor Medieval 5 [olim Phillipps 8192].
184.   For Saint Matthew in his gospel says us [For saynt Mathew in his gospell says vs]
See 4717
185.   For Scots / Tell I for sots
DIMEV 1384 Witnesses: 11
Chronicle
186.   For Scots at Dunbar [For Scotes at Dunbar]
See 848
187.   For sooth I hold him well and without woe [For sothe I hold hym well & with owt woo / Þat hath ynowgh & can say whoo]
Burden to 2309
188.   For sooth it is their will [ffor suþþe hyt ys here wylle / bote yf y myȝt more þan y may]
Refrain to 1096
189.   ffor soþe
See ‘Forsoth’
190.   For that apple that Eve took
DIMEV 1385 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
191.   For that God is inwardly the wit [ffor þat god is inwardly þe witte]
See 1418
192.   For that power haven not we
DIMEV 1386 Witnesses: 1
Henry Lovelich: The Holy Grail
193.   For that use is general
DIMEV 1387 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
194.   For the beginning of wisdom is
DIMEV 1388 Witnesses: 1
Proverbs — six couplets
195.   For the love of a maiden free [For the loue of a maydon fre / I haue me choson to chastite]
Burden to 869
196.   For the love of Christ Jesu
DIMEV 1389 Witnesses: 1
Appeal to readers to pray for scribe of added texts — one couplet
197.   For the love of God and in the way of charity
DIMEV 1390 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph on John Maners, A.D. 1492 — one stanza rhyme royal
198.   For the meekness of Thy clean incarnation
DIMEV 1391 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Jesus — thirteen roughly monorhyming lines
199.   For the reward of half a year
DIMEV 1392 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
200.   For the temple hallowing
DIMEV 1393 Witnesses: 1
The work of the saints — four monorhyming lines
201.   For thee I wax all bloody upon the rood
DIMEV 1394 Witnesses: 1
Appeal of Christ to Man by the Pains of the Passion — four lines
202.   For thee man I suffer shame
DIMEV 1395 Witnesses: 4
What Christ suffered — one couplet in a Good Friday sermon on Amore langueo, possibly by John Bromyard
203.   For there beth many oxen heads and bones
DIMEV 1396 Witnesses: 1
Instructions of the Mayor of Exeter John Shillingford to his servant, one ‘Germyn’ on removal of oxen heads and bones from the lane beneath ‘Flsssh Folde Yeate’ before arrival, from the Shillingford Letters — three monorhyming lines
204.   For there were they bal[?] burned
DIMEV 1397 Witnesses: 1
Chronicle
205.   For there wits no creature what pain that I endure [For ther wottys no creature what peyn that I endure]
See 522
206.   For thilk ground that beareth the weeds wick
DIMEV 1398 Witnesses: 1
Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde
207.   For thing that is to asken
DIMEV 1399 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
208.   For this world fareth as a fantasy
Refrain to 2335
209.   For thou art comen of good blood
DIMEV 1400 Witnesses: 1
Friar Nicholas Philip
210.   For thou hast played enough I say
DIMEV 0.1401 Witnesses: 1
Gesta Romanorum
211.   For thou were meek and leftest pride
DIMEV 1402 Witnesses: 1
The Reward of the Meek — one couplet
212.   For though I had you tomorrow [For though I had yow to-morow]
Extract (London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], f. 91) from 5823
213.   For thought constraint and grievous heaviness
DIMEV 1403 Witnesses: 16
John Lydgate: Temple of Glas
214.   For thus Thou shed Thy blood for me [ffor þus þou sched þi blood for me]
Refrain to 2901
215.   For thy faith leaping
DIMEV 1404 Witnesses: 1
Admonition to have clean thoughts to advance your faith, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
216.   For thy reins girding
DIMEV 1405 Witnesses: 1
On girding oneself for faith, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
217.   For thy sake man to whom if thou call at a
DIMEV 851.3 Witnesses: 1
On Christ’s pleading — possibly in couplets, with a fragment of a burden: ‘In a f[orest] laytt as I was I…’
218.   For thy soul saving
DIMEV 1406 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s sacrifice for man’s soul, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
219.   For thyself man thou may see
DIMEV 1407 Witnesses: 1
‘How iudicare come in crede’
220.   For to ask graciously he proffereth us
DIMEV 1408 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
221.   For to behold the beauty and manner
DIMEV 1409 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
222.   For to consider is an pain [For to considder is ane pane]
Refrain to 5876
223.   For to crien to God for help in all our needs
DIMEV 1410 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
224.   For to ken the veins for to let blood [For to kenne þe veynes to late blood]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.28 (1440) and London, British Library Egerton 1995 versions of 5395
225.   For to prevent / And after repent / It were Folly
DIMEV 1411 Witnesses: 1
A love song — ten 6-line stanzas
226.   For to say having none authority
DIMEV 1412 Witnesses: 1
John Merely
227.   For to stop the stream of love that draws to sin
DIMEV 1413 Witnesses: 1
A couplet in a Latin sermon
228.   For truth write this dream to thee
DIMEV 1414 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris: Experimentaris…
229.   For us Thou pray unto Thy Child [for vs thou pray vnto thy childe]
Refrain to 3859
230.   For was it never my kind
DIMEV 1415 Witnesses: 3
Nicolas Bozon: Contes moralisés
231.   For weal or woe I will not flee [For wele or woo I wyll not fle / To love þat hart þat lovyth me]
Burden to 5135
232.   For when the hound gnaweth the bone
DIMEV 1416 Witnesses: 1
One proverbial couplet in a sermon
233.   For when the roof of thine hous lieth upon thy nose
DIMEV 1417 Witnesses: 2
Thomas Brinton: ‘Al thys werldly blisse to the ne is worith a pese’
234.   For which that love anon full royally [For which that loue anoon full ryally]
See 6424
235.   For why good Lord Thou hast me saved and kept [For why goode lord thou hast me saved & kepte]
Additional stanza (Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 134v) to 1563
236.   For why now is the time of grace [For why nowe is þe tyme of grace]
Refrain to 5137
237.   For why that God is inwardly the wit / Of man
DIMEV 1418 Witnesses: 36
Benedict Burgh: ‘Cato Major’
238.   For wind or rain for water or cold or heat
DIMEV 1419 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate (attrib.): The Three Kings of Cologne
239.   For Winifred virgin pure [For Winefrede virgine pure]
DIMEV 0.854.5 Witnesses: 0
Former 854.5: see 2977
240.   For woodcock snipe curlew also
DIMEV 1420 Witnesses: 1
Recipe for preparing woodcock, an excerpt from Liber cure cocorum — eleven couplets
241.   For ye have my heart for evermore [for ye haue my hert for euer more]
Refrain to 1421
242.   For you my lady I am nigh slain
DIMEV 1421 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
243.   Forcy as death is likand love
DIMEV 1422 Witnesses: 1
Robert Henryson: On the Annunciation
244.   Forming in me the manner of my life
DIMEV 1423 Witnesses: 1
John Walton; Boethius: Boethius
245.   Forsake thy pride and thine envy
DIMEV 1424 Witnesses: 2
John Audelay: Song of the Seven Deadly Sins
246.   Forsake your sin that done amiss
DIMEV 1425 Witnesses: 1
A couplet (based on Ephesians III) used as heading to Latin sermon
247.   Forsick in woe and far from joyous heal
DIMEV 1426 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
248.   Forsooth all we shall die [Forsothe all we shall dye]
Refrain to 1101
249.   Forsooth I hold him well and without woe [Forsothe I hold hym well and withowt woo]
Burden to 2309
250.   Forsooth I shall praise thee
DIMEV 1427 Witnesses: 1
A tag translating Latin ‘Nimirum a me licebis…’ which follows it, in a series of Latin sentences with English translations — one couplet
251.   Forswore forlore
DIMEV 1428 Witnesses: 1
A tag written in a margin — three monorhyming lines
252.   Forth came a knight of that land [Forht com ay knyth of that land]
See 6734
253.   Forth came one of the Pharisees
DIMEV 1429 Witnesses: 1
The anointing of Jesus’ feet by Mary Magdalene
254.   Forth thou shalt go with joy
DIMEV 1430 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
255.   Forth went we tho unto Dame Hopes place [Forth went we thoo vnto dame hopes place]
Tractatus de Spe’ at end of 5365
256.   Fortis vt mors dileccio
Refrain to 4256
257.   Fortunate is he who hath the hap
DIMEV 1431 Witnesses: 1
‘Felix quem faciunt aliena pericula cautum’
258.   Fortune alas alas what have I guilt
DIMEV 1432 Witnesses: 3
‘Complaint of a Prisoner against Fortune’ — twenty or twenty-one stanzas rhyme royal
259.   Fortune is variant ay turning her wheel / He is wise that is ware ere he harm feel
DIMEV 1433 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet included in a series of six
260.   Fortune O mighty and variable [FOrtune, O myghty & varyable]
Part (?) of 3514 in More, Thomas, The boke of the fayre genty[l]woman that no man shulde put his truste, or confydence in that is to say, Lady Fortune, flaterynge euery man that coueyteth to haue all, and specyally, them that truste in her, she deceyueth them at laste, [London]: Imprinted by me Robert Wyer dwellynge, in Saynt Martyns parysshe, in the Duke of Suffolkes tentes, besyde Charynge Crosse, [ca. 1540] — two stanzas rhyme royal
261.   Fortune unfriendly thou art unto me
DIMEV 1434 Witnesses: 1
Complaint against fortune — one five-line stanza
262.   Forty days after Christ was born was Candlemass Day
DIMEV 1435 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
263.   Forty days fulfilled that tide
DIMEV 1436 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
264.   Foul fiend away thou flee
DIMEV 1437 Witnesses: 1
Gesta Romanorum
265.   Four leaden an ill life
DIMEV 1438 Witnesses: 1
Four victims of tyranny — two couplets
266.   Four manner of folks are evil to please
DIMEV 1439 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Of folkis evill to pleis’
267.   Four points by will ere I hence depart [Ffour poyntis my vvill or I hence departe]
See 2503
268.   Four things dulleth a mans reason
DIMEV 1440 Witnesses: 1
The four things that dull man’s reason — one stanza rhyme royal
269.   Four things ye oft I-seeth
DIMEV 1441 Witnesses: 1
Four sorrowful things — six lines in a poem on Morality
270.   Fowls in the frith
DIMEV 1442 Witnesses: 1
I walk with sorrow — one 5-line stanza
271.   Fra
See ‘From’
272.   France and Flanders then shall rise
DIMEV 1443 Witnesses: 1
A political prophecy — one cross-rhymed quatrain
273.   Free fretteth this world and de confoundeth all
DIMEV 1444 Witnesses: 2
Elegy for the Emperor Frederick, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, translating a Latin couplet that precedes it, Septima Pars, Henrici Tercii — one stanza rhyme royal, translating two lines of Latin which precede
274.   Free lusty fresh most goodly
DIMEV 1445 Witnesses: 1
Opening words only of a love song, preserved with one staff of music
275.   Free was this world that I have wrought
DIMEV 1446 Witnesses: 1
The Newcastle Play of Noah’s Ark
276.   Freedom honour and nobleness
DIMEV 1447 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Of covetyce’
277.   Fresh amorous sights of country fair and strange
DIMEV 1448 Witnesses: 1
John Pympe
278.   Fresh and new I have in mind
DIMEV 1449 Witnesses: 1
A single couplet in an exemplum of a princess who is to keep her knight’s heart as a remembrance
279.   Fresh beauty rich of youth and lustiness
DIMEV 1450 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘Alle thewis goode hath my lady dere’
280.   Fresh flower of womanly nature
DIMEV 1451 Witnesses: 1
To my Lady dear — four 8-line stanzas and concluding couplet
281.   Fresh lusty beauty joined with gentleness
DIMEV 1452 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: ‘A Balade of her that hath all virtues’
282.   Freshest of colour and most amiable
DIMEV 1453 Witnesses: 1
A plea to his mistress — a roundel
283.   Friar Gastkin woe thou be
DIMEV 1454 Witnesses: 1
Against over-wandering friars, with music ‘quod Raff Drake’ — seven quatrains
284.   Friar Thomas Stanfield
DIMEV 1455 Witnesses: 1
John Crophill
285.   Friars friars woe ye be ministri malorum
DIMEV 1456 Witnesses: 1
Macaronic verses against the Friars — twenty-one lines in couplets
286.   Friend and we are far in debt [ffrend an we ar ffer In det]
See London, British Library Harley 3725 version of 4287
287.   Friend of that ere I knew
DIMEV 1457 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress — six quatrains
288.   Friendship faileth and fully fadeth / Faithful friends few
DIMEV 1458 Witnesses: 2
‘Fy on a feynt Frende’
289.   Friendship is felony
DIMEV 1459 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
290.   Friendship that chanceth nought [ffrendschupe þat chawnachit nowth]
DIMEV 0.873.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 873.5: see 3399
291.   Friendship that is worshipful
DIMEV 1460 Witnesses: 1
Three lines linking good conditions and qualities
292.   From all manner of sickness a medicine I shall thee teach
DIMEV 1461 Witnesses: 1
Beginning of a verse remedy [?]
293.   From all manner thieves and untrue men
DIMEV 1462 Witnesses: 1
A charm against thieves — twelve couplets and two Latin quatrains
294.   From all misrule in youth exercised by me
DIMEV 1463 Witnesses: 1
‘A praier for janivere personis’
295.   From chamber went Guy [Fra chamber went Gy]
See 6734
296.   From Christs birth complete nine hundred year
DIMEV 1464 Witnesses: 7
John Lydgate: Guy of Warwick
297.   From folly ever keep thy fare [ffrom foly euyr kepe thy fare]
See 5530
298.   From God and heaven a long parting
DIMEV 1465 Witnesses: 1
Three results of sin — three lines in a sermon
299.   From God was sent an angel bright
DIMEV 1466 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
300.   From heaven in to earth God greeting he send
DIMEV 1467 Witnesses: 1
Fragmentary poem on the Annunciation — eighteen lines in triplets, corrupt in middle
301.   From heaven in to the clerks bower [Fram heven into the clerkes bour]
See 474
302.   From heaven was sent an angel of light
DIMEV 1468 Witnesses: 1
A carol of the Annunciation — seven 5-line stanzas and burden: ‘Now we shuld syng and say newell / Quia missus est angelus Gabriel
303.   From her childhood as I find that she fled [From her childhoode as I fynde that she fled]
Printed as fragment of otherwise unknown ballad by Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818, 1.60; actually a leaf of Canterbury Tales: VII. 2255-65, IX. 9-20: See 6414
304.   From Jove above a spending breath
DIMEV 1468.5 Witnesses: 1
Roger North
305.   From stormy winds and grievous weather [From stormy wyndis & grevous wethir]
Burden to 2394.5
306.   From that the sun doth first ascend
DIMEV 1469 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: ‘A solis ortus cardine’
307.   From the bed to the floor
DIMEV 1470 Witnesses: 1
Sin leads on to death — five English lines in a copy of the Summar predicantium
308.   From the seed of sorrow that is sin
DIMEV 1471 Witnesses: 11
Thomas Lavynham: Litil Tretys
309.   From the time of Brut auctors do specify
DIMEV 1472 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘The Kings of England sithen William Conqueror’
310.   From the time of Christ complete nine hundred year [From tyme of Crist complete nyne hundred yere]
See 1464
311.   From the time that we were bore
DIMEV 1473 Witnesses: 2
‘God send us Pacience in oure Old Age’
312.   From thence that Phebus with his beams bright
DIMEV 1474 Witnesses: 1
‘A solis ortus cardine’
313.   From these sins and fro all other Christ keep through His grace
DIMEV 1475 Witnesses: 1
Closing prayer in Lavynham’s Tretys — one long couplet
314.   From this world beginning
DIMEV 1476 Witnesses: 1
Description of the city of Rome — 70 lines in couplets
315.   From Venice to Port Haifa by the sea
DIMEV 1477 Witnesses: 1
William Wey: Itineraries to Jerusalem
316.   Fulfilled is the prophecy for aye
DIMEV 1478 Witnesses: 1
‘The bisson ledys the blynde’
317.   Full fair flower is the lily
DIMEV 1479 Witnesses: 1
The Virgin Mary the Lily with Five Leaves
318.   Full long I have a servant be
DIMEV 1480 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: ‘The Servant of Cupyde forsaken’
319.   Full oft I muse and has in thought
DIMEV 1481 Witnesses: 4
William Dunbar: ‘Best to be blyth’
320.   Full sick I pine
DIMEV 1482 Witnesses: 1
Complaints of needy responding to corporal works of mercy — fragment of five lines