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Found Records:
1.   M and A and R and I [M & A & R & I / Syngyn I wyl a newe song]
Burden to 2713
2.   Macer of herb who so he seeks [Macer of erbe who so he sekes / Seth Ypocras as on sett lekes]
DIMEV 0.2026.5 Witnesses: 0
Former 2026.5; two extracted versions of 4171
3.   Madame a trouth not wot I what to say
DIMEV 3305 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
4.   Madame and I durst I would you pray
DIMEV 3306 Witnesses: 4
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘Second Nun’s Prologue’
5.   Madame as long as it doth please you aye
DIMEV 3307 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
6.   Madame as the noble Alphonse king
DIMEV 3308 Witnesses: 1
‘The speche of Boecius’
7.   Madame Catherine because that I and ye
DIMEV 3309 Witnesses: 1
‘The speche of saynt Vrsula’
8.   Madame d’amours
DIMEV 3310 Witnesses: 1
Loyalty to his mistress — two stanzas in eight short lines
9.   Madame DeFrayne
DIMEV 3311 Witnesses: 1
The faithful lover — three stanzas in eight short lines
10.   Madame for your newfangleness
DIMEV 3312 Witnesses: 4
Geoffrey Chaucer [?]: ‘Against Women Inconstant’ (?Chaucer)
11.   Madame I would by God alone
DIMEV 3313 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
12.   Madame sith ye have entered the gates of policy
DIMEV 3314 Witnesses: 1
‘The speche of Noblesse’
13.   Madame when ye most devoutest be
DIMEV 3315 Witnesses: 1
One couplet
14.   Madame when you are disposed to pray
DIMEV 3316 Witnesses: 1
T. Roos
15.   Madame ye been of all beauty shrine
DIMEV 3317 Witnesses: 1
Geoffrey Chaucer: A Balade to Rosamond
16.   Madame ye ought well know to my seeming
DIMEV 3318 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘The small plesere that y haue to me kaught’
17.   Madame your men said they would ride
DIMEV 3319 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘To the Quene’
18.   Madames all as ye be
DIMEV 3320 Witnesses: 1
A moral warning — four couplets
19.   Magi…
DIMEV 3321 Witnesses: 1
A poem apparently on the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem — probably in stanzas of four or five monorhyming lines
20.   Magister Reading
DIMEV 3322 Witnesses: 1
Four kinds of honored men — one quatrain (abab) introduced by Christus fuit in a Latin sermon De corpore Christ
21.   Maid and mother eke thou be [Mayde and moder glade thou be…]
DIMEV 0.2033.5 Witnesses: 0
See 5163 (New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn a1 [olim Laurence Witten MS 5] was purchased from Laurence Witten in 1965)
22.   Maid and mother glad thou be [Mayde and moder glade thou be]
Burden to 5163
23.   Maid and mother mild / for love of thine child
DIMEV 3323 Witnesses: 1
Aȝenbite of Inwit
24.   Maid whither go you
DIMEV 3324 Witnesses: 1
A sophisticated story of love — four quatrains in dialogue (with inserted couplets) and introductory heading: ‘Hey troly loly lo’
25.   Maid without make
DIMEV 3325 Witnesses: 1
A hymn to the Virgin Mary translating: ‘Virgo singularis respice quod quero’, etc. — in quatrains
26.   Maiden and mother come and see / Thy child is nailed to a tree
DIMEV 3326 Witnesses: 1
A dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her son — eighteen couplets in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
27.   Maiden and mother that bore the heaven king
DIMEV 3327 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary and Jesus — five couplets
28.   Maiden in the moor lay
DIMEV 3328 Witnesses: 3
The Maid of the Moor — four rondel-type 7-line stanzas (aabbaac)
29.   Maiden Mother and comely Queen / That art in heaven and ever shall been
DIMEV 3329 Witnesses: 1
‘A salutacioun to vre ladi’
30.   Maiden mother mild / oeiz cel oreysoun
DIMEV 3330 Witnesses: 2
An orison to the Virgin Mary — six monorhyming stanzas with medial rhyme, in English and French
31.   Maidens of England sore may ye mourn
DIMEV 3331 Witnesses: 21
Brut
32.   Make merry at thy meat [Make mery at thy mete]
See lines 63-64 of Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
33.   Make no tarying til to-morn
Refrain to 2433
34.   Make not too many fests [Make nat to many feestys]
See lines 61-62 of Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
35.   Make us merry this new year [Make us meri this new yere]
Burden to 1483
36.   Make we joy now in this fest [Make we ioye nowe in this fest / In quo Cristus natus est / Eya]
Burden to 137
37.   Make we merry both more and less [Make we mery bothe more & lasse]
Burden to 3059
38.   Make we merry both more and less [Make we mery bothe more & lasse / For now ys þe tyme of Crystmas]
Burden to 3059
39.   Make we merry in hall and bower
DIMEV 3332 Witnesses: 1
A carol on the Circumcision — six quatrains (abab) with Latin caudae and burden: ‘To encrease our joy and blysse / Christus natus est nobis
40.   Make we merry in the hall and bower [Make we mery in hall & bowr / Thys tyme was born owr Savyowr]
Burden to 2641
41.   Make we merry in this fest [Make we mery in this fest / For verbum caro factum est]
Burden to 1635
42.   Make we mirth [Make we myrth / For crystes byrth / & syng we yole tyl candelmes]
Burden to 5271
43.   Make we our plenteous feast of gestening
DIMEV 3333 Witnesses: 1
A couplet translating the text of a Latin sermon (I. Cor. v. 8)
44.   Make ye merry as ye may [Mak ye merie as ye may / & syng with me I you pray]
Burden to 2564
45.   Make you merry and do gladly [Make ȝhow mery & do gladly]
Incipit to variant version of 5582
46.   Maken their moan [Makyn here mone]
See 2505
47.   Maketh wrong right [Maket wrong rith]
See 4357
48.   Man among thy mirths have in mind
DIMEV 3334 Witnesses: 2
The XVI Points of Charity — fourteen 8-line stanzas
49.   Man and Woman God hath wrought
Prefatory verses in some printed texts of 4236 (abstracted from 675)
50.   Man and woman in every place
DIMEV 3335 Witnesses: 1
‘Thank God that al hath sent’
51.   Man and woman looketh to me
DIMEV 3336 Witnesses: 1
Appeal of Christ to Man from the Cross — ten lines
52.   Man assay assay assay [Man assay assay assay / and aske mercy quyls þat þu may]
Burden to 3350
53.   Man assay say say [Man asay say say / Make thi mone to mary þat mild m[ay]]
Burden 4147
54.   Man be advised ere thou begin [Man be auised or þu begynne]
See 3237
55.   Man be also merry as those / And let not many be
DIMEV 3337 Witnesses: 1
First twelve lines of a religious poem in 8-line stanzas
56.   Man be glad in hall and bower [Man be glad in halle & bour / This tyme was born our sauyour]
Burden to 2640, 2641
57.   Man be merry as bird on berry [Man be merie as bryd on berie / & al thi care let away]
Burden to 5758
58.   Man be merry I thee rede
DIMEV 3338 Witnesses: 1
A Nativity carol — three quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘Man be joyfull & myrth þou make / For crist ys made man for thy sake’ (repeated)
59.   Man be wise and arise [Man be wys & arys / & thynk on lyf þat lestenit ay]
Burden to 5637
60.   Man behold and thou might hear / Thing full needful for to lere
DIMEV 3339 Witnesses: 2
The Seven Principal Virtues — 198 lines in couplets
61.   Man behold before thee how thy life wasteth [Man byholde byfore þee howe þi lyffe wasteþ]
See 3171
62.   Man behold how now with my hand
DIMEV 3340 Witnesses: 1
Christ triumphant — one monorhyming quatrain
63.   Man behold what I for thee
DIMEV 3341 Witnesses: 1
A paraphrase of ‘O homo vide quid pro te pacior’, etc. — sixteen short lines
64.   Man behooveth oft to have this in mind
Four monorhyming lines on Abuses of Age (cf. 1506) included in an Epitaph: see 4480
65.   Man beware and be no fool [Man be war and be no fool]
See 5198
66.   Man beware and wise in deed [Man be ware & wise in dede]
Burden to 6098
67.   Man beware beware beware [Man bewar bewar bewar / & kepe the þat þou haue no car]
Burden to 5947
68.   Man beware ere thou be woe [Man be war er þu be wo /Þink on pride & let hym goo]
Burden to 4404
69.   Man beware of thine wooing [Man bewar of thin wowyng / For weddyng is the longe wo]
Burden to 3172
70.   Man beware of wicked counsel / He will thee lead…
DIMEV 3342 Witnesses: 1
‘Wyt & Wylle’
71.   Man beware or thou knit thee fast
DIMEV 3343 Witnesses: 1
‘Poverte partyth company’
72.   Man beware the way is slither
DIMEV 3344 Witnesses: 1
Against false executors — four quatrains (aaab) with the refrain: ‘Lytyll ioye ys son done’, and burden: ‘Haue in mynd in mynd in mynd / Secuters be oft onekynd’
73.   Man by any side ere thou begin
DIMEV 3345 Witnesses: 1
Spiritual advice — a three line fragment
74.   Man come and see how shall all dead be
DIMEV 3346 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph, A.D. 1370, on John the Smith — eight line
75.   Man follow Saint Bernards trace
DIMEV 3347 Witnesses: 1
Bernard of Clairveaux
76.   Man for mischief thou thee amend
DIMEV 3348 Witnesses: 7
Story of the adulterous Falmouth Squire — 49 quatrains (abab)
77.   Man have in mind and mend thy miss / While thou art heir…
DIMEV 3349 Witnesses: 1
Memor esto nouissima
78.   Man have in mind how here before
DIMEV 3350 Witnesses: 4
Of Divine Mercy — six quatrains (aaab) + burden (bb): ‘Aske þou mercy whill þou may’, and burden (bb): ‘Man assay assay assay / and aske mercy quyls þat þu may’
79.   Man have it in thy thought / Of what matter thou maked is
DIMEV 3351 Witnesses: 1
‘A good makyng of iour delaye’
80.   Man have mind and thee amend / Of all thy miss…
DIMEV 3352 Witnesses: 1
‘This warld is verra vanite’
81.   Man have this in thy mind
DIMEV 3353 Witnesses: 4
Advice on marriage — one monorhyming quatrain
82.   Man I have bought thy love full dear [Man I haue bocht thi luf full deir]
Three stanzas of 3612 originally missing from copy and added at end by a later hand in Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 34.7.3 (f. 77-77v) copy of 5707
83.   Man I-born of woman ne liveth but a stound
DIMEV 3354 Witnesses: 9
A paraphrase of Job XIV. 1-2 (4 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus morum
84.   Man if that thou wilt flee sin / Never more to come therein
DIMEV 3355 Witnesses: 2
The Seven Virtues opposed to the Seven Deadly Sins, illustrated by Narrationes — 454 lines in couplets
85.   Man if thou a wise man art / Of they goods take thy part
DIMEV 3356 Witnesses: 2
Against leaving goods for executors; one seven-line stanza.
86.   Man if thou has sinned ought / Change readily thy thought
DIMEV 3357 Witnesses: 1
Think on Christ’s Passion — eight quatrains (aab) and burden: ‘Synge we synge we / Gloria tibi domine
87.   Man if thou wilt hear / Right good thing thou might lere
DIMEV 3358 Witnesses: 2
The Seven Works of Mercy, some illustrated by Narrationes — 229 lines in couplets
88.   Man if thou wilt me mercy get
See Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 174/95 version of 4312 (printed as if separate entry in Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962)
89.   Man in heaven it is merry to dwell
DIMEV 3359 Witnesses: 1
John Midwinter
90.   Man in mirth hath measure in mind
DIMEV 3360 Witnesses: 2
‘Mesure is tresure’
91.   Man in the church not idle thou stand
DIMEV 3361 Witnesses: 1
On the Use of the Rosary — ten couplets
92.   Man in the Moon stands and strides
DIMEV 3362 Witnesses: 1
Man in the Moon — five 8-line stanzas (abababab)
93.   Man in thy mind looketh this be best [Man in þi mynd loket þis be best]
Burden to 612
94.   Man in what state that ever thou be
DIMEV 3363 Witnesses: 4
Timor Mortis’ macaronic epitaph of late xv and early xvi century — one quatrain (aaba)
95.   Man is but a frail thing
DIMEV 3364 Witnesses: 1
On mortality — two couplets translating ‘Est homo res fragilis’ which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
96.   Man is deaths underling
DIMEV 3365 Witnesses: 1
Quid est homo?
97.   Man is like the snow melting
DIMEV 3366 Witnesses: 1
What man is like — three rhyming lines
98.   Man is mould
DIMEV 3367 Witnesses: 1
Evils of the times — two couplets in a Latin sermon
99.   Man it behooves thee oft to have in mind
DIMEV 3368 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph on R. Stokys — four lines
100.   Man let be thy cruelness [Man lat be þi cruelnese / And be glad of crystmese]
Burden to 415
101.   Man look thou have this guise [Man loke þu haue þis gys]
The second line of an imperfect moral song: see 5866
102.   Man look you trust ye not too fele
DIMEV 3369 Witnesses: 1
A reminder of mortality — four couplets
103.   Man may long lives ween / Ac oft him lie the wrench
DIMEV 3370 Witnesses: 5
Admonition to prepare for Death — five 10-line stanzas
104.   Man might that all had I-dight [Man of might, that al hed ydyght]
Burden to 5168
105.   Man move thy mind and joy this feast [Man move thy mynd and ioy this fest]
Burden to 596
106.   Man ne hath not grace for God give it not
DIMEV 3371 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone; Saint Anselm of Canterbury (attrib.)
107.   Man of thee self thou have good mind [Man of the self thu haf god mynde]
DIMEV 0.2071 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2071; see 3353
108.   Man on the mould have this in mind [Man on the molde haue this in mynde]
Alternate first line in Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 230 (U.3.3) copy of 3353
109.   Man or woman that will lere [man or woman þat wol lere / Amasse deuouly for to here]
See Cambridge UK, Newnham College 4 [olim Yates-Thompson] version of 5537
110.   Man ought to loven that rhymes ren
DIMEV 3372 Witnesses: 1
Genesis and Exodus
111.   Man remember and have in mind
DIMEV 3373 Witnesses: 1
On the need of foresight — five couplets
112.   Man remember thy end
DIMEV 3374 Witnesses: 1
Memento mori — one couplet
113.   Man remember whence thou come and wither thou shalt
DIMEV 3375 Witnesses: 1
‘& to thyn evyn Cristyn do no wronge’
114.   Man sen thy life is ay in weir
DIMEV 3375.5 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘Advice to spend anis awin gude’
115.   Man sicker help hast thou and prest
DIMEV 3376 Witnesses: 3
The Virgin Mary and her Son, Man’s Advocates — three couplets
116.   Man sigh and sorrow for thy sins
DIMEV 3377 Witnesses: 1
An exhortation to penance and shrift — twenty-six lines (using two rhymes only)
117.   Man take heed on the day or on the night
DIMEV 3378 Witnesses: 1
The Hours of the Cross — thirty-two line
118.   Man that in earth abides here
DIMEV 3379 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Host — three five-line stanzas with refrain ‘Mirabile’, plus burden (bb): ‘Mirabile misterium / In forme of bred ys Godis son’
119.   Man that is of woman born
DIMEV 3380 Witnesses: 1
A translation of Job 14:1-2 in a Latin sermon — 10 lines
120.   Man that life upholdest / think when thou art oldest
DIMEV 3381 Witnesses: 7
Do good while you may (6 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus Morum; listed by Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978 as ‘When þou þy lyfe vp-holdyste…’
121.   Man that was in worship took no heed
DIMEV 3382 Witnesses: 1
A couplet in a Latin sermon Hec est voluntas dei, sanctificacio vestra
122.   Man that will of leechcraft hear [Man that wole of lechecrafte here]
See 3422
123.   Man that will of wisdom hearen / At wise Hendyng he may leren
DIMEV 3383 Witnesses: 3
Hendyng: The Proverbs of Hendyng
124.   Man them plaineth of mickle untruth [Man hem pleynit of mikil untrewthe]
See 3471
125.   Man then well beware / for worldly good maketh man blind
DIMEV 3384 Witnesses: 1
On worldly temptation — a three-line legend on a beam in Crawley Church, Sussex
126.   Man think hereon oft time
DIMEV 3385 Witnesses: 1
John Midwinter: ‘How to escape the pains of Purgatory’
127.   Man thou have thine thought on me
DIMEV 3386 Witnesses: 1
Appeal of Christ to Man — three 5-line stanzas (aaaaa, aabbb), with 2-line heading: ‘þenc man of mi harde stundes &c.’
128.   Man thus on Rood I hang for thee / Forsake thy sin for love of me
DIMEV 3387 Witnesses: 3
‘How Crist spekes tyll synfull man of his gret mercy’
129.   Man to reform thine exile and thy loss
DIMEV 3388 Witnesses: 6
John Lydgate: ‘Complaint þat Crist maketh of his Passioun’
130.   Man upon mould whatsoever thou be
DIMEV 3389 Witnesses: 1
On the need of money — nine quatrains (aaab) with refrain: ‘but þou haue þe peny redy to tak to’
131.   Man weeneth ever for to liven
DIMEV 3390 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
132.   Man which Adam sin made thrall / Who made us free thou heardest tell
DIMEV 3391 Witnesses: 9
Northern Homily Cycle
133.   Man with good advertisement
DIMEV 3392 Witnesses: 1
Forget not the poor, a macaronic introduction to 583 — two couplets
134.   Man without mercy mercy shall miss [Man withoute mercye mercy schal mysse]
See 118
135.   Mane nobiscum domine
Refrain to 2582, 5789
136.   Mane nobiscum domine
Refrain to 2582
137.   Manhood and mercy this land haveth I-chased out
DIMEV 3393 Witnesses: 1
Evils of the Times — three long monorhyming lines
138.   Mankind I call which lyeth in frail
DIMEV 3394 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s Call to Mankind — seven 4-line stanzas (abcb) and 6-line burden: ‘Com home agayne / Com home agayne / Min owine swet hart com home agayne / Ye are gone astray / Owt of youer way / There[fore] com h[o]me agayne’
139.   Mankind was shent and ay forlore
DIMEV 3395 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
140.   Mans fleeting life finds surest stay
DIMEV 3396 Witnesses: 1
Aphorism favoring virtue — one couplet
141.   Mans soul is subtle and quaint
DIMEV 3397 Witnesses: 1
‘Man know þy self and lerne to dye’
142.   Mans soul thou art my make [Mannis soule þu art my make]
Lines 31-32 of 3326, added below 3282 with marker to show where they should be inserted
143.   Mans word first is in heart thought
DIMEV 3398 Witnesses: 1
The power of speech — six rhyming lines in a Latin homily
144.   Manship that rotteth nought
DIMEV 3399 Witnesses: 2
Christ’s singularity — three lines in a Latin sermon in die natali
145.   Many a man blames his wife pardie
DIMEV 3400 Witnesses: 3
Women will have their word — fourteen quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘In villa’ plus burden (b): ‘In villa In villa quid vidistis in villa
146.   Many man is loath to hear
DIMEV 3401 Witnesses: 1
‘A good steryng to heuenward’
147.   Many man singeth
DIMEV 3402 Witnesses: 2
A six-line stanza from The Proverbs of Hendyng
148.   Many men say that in swevenings
DIMEV 3403 Witnesses: 3
Geoffrey Chaucer; Guilliame de Lorris; Jean de Meun: The Romaunt of the Rose
149.   Many men seem wise till they be assayed
DIMEV 3404 Witnesses: 1
Appearance and reality — one couplet
150.   Many men weened / that he ne ween ne tharf
DIMEV 3405 Witnesses: 2
Four lines (lines 160-3) from the Proverbs of Alfred
151.   Many winter witterly / Ere Christ were born of our Lady
DIMEV 3406 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
152.   Many years been I-went / sithen truth out of land is lent
DIMEV 3407 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
153.   Margaret Meek [Margaret meke / whom I now seke]
Introductory heading to 5132
154.   Maria mater gracie / Mater misericordie
Burden to 4031
155.   Maria spes nostra salue
Refrain to 978
156.   Maria virgo assumpta est
Refrain to 4455
157.   Marius was a good man from Cappadocia I-come
DIMEV 3408 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
158.   Mark my words well
DIMEV 3409 Witnesses: 1
Advice to love while young — two couplets
159.   Mark this song for it is true [Marke this songe for it is trewe]
Burden to 5602
160.   Martha was a good woman all so ye heareth tell
DIMEV 3410 Witnesses: 11
South English Legendary
161.   Marvel not Joseph on Mary mild [Meruele noght Josep on Mary mylde / Forsake hyr not tho she be with childe]
Burden to 2201
162.   Marvel nothing Joseph though Mary be with child [Mervell nothyng Joseph thaȝ mary be with child]
Burden to 1067
163.   Mary blissful maid
DIMEV 3411 Witnesses: 1
A simple prayer to the Virgin Mary — one quatrain
164.   Mary flower of flowers all
DIMEV 3412 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — seven quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘Puer natus est nobis’, plus burden: ‘Now syng we wyth joy and blys / Puer natus est nobis
165.   Mary for the love of thee / Glad and merry shall we be
DIMEV 3413 Witnesses: 3
On the Five Joys — seven quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘A a a a / Gaude celi domina
166.   Mary for Thine joys five / Teach me the way to right live
DIMEV 3414 Witnesses: 3
A popular prayer tag — a single couplet
167.   Mary full of grace well thee be
DIMEV 3415 Witnesses: 1
The Angelic Salutation — four monorhyming lines
168.   Mary Gods mother dear
DIMEV 3416 Witnesses: 1
To Our Lady — one 6-line stanza (aabccb)
169.   Mary had worlds weal and riches plenty
DIMEV 3417 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
170.   Mary hath born alone [Mary hath borne alone / The sonne of god in trone]
Burden to 5153, 5920
171.   Mary I pray thee as thou art free [Marie I praye þe as þu art fre]
See 5077
172.   Mary is a lady bright / She hath a son of much might
DIMEV 3418 Witnesses: 1
Carol on the Virgin — five quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and burden: A a a a / Nu[nc] gaudet maria
173.   Mary Jesu mother dear
DIMEV 3419 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary — twenty-two couplets
174.   Mary Madgalene and Mary Jacobee [Marie magdaleyne & Marie Iacobee / Oure leuedi soster etc.]
DIMEV 0.2105 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2105; a section heading to 787
175.   Mary Magdelene early was I-wend / In the darkhede [Marie Magdalene erliche was i-wend / In þe durchede]
DIMEV 0.2106 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2106; a section heading to 787
176.   Mary maid mild and free
DIMEV 3420 Witnesses: 1
William Shoreham
177.   Mary Maiden Mother mild / That blissful Bairn in bosom bear
DIMEV 3421 Witnesses: 2
Maiden Mary and her Fleur-de-Lys
178.   Mary mild hath born a child / christ lieth in cradle bound
DIMEV 3422 Witnesses: 1
A carol of the Feasts following Christmas — in quatrains (abcb), and burden: ‘Now this yol &c.’
179.   Mary mild made great moan [Mary myelde made grete mone / For her dere sonne alone]
Burden to 6300
180.   Mary Mother and Maiden Ever well thee be
DIMEV 3423 Witnesses: 1
‘A preiere to vre ladi’
181.   Mary mother come and see / Thy son is nailed on a tree
DIMEV 3424 Witnesses: 3
Song of the Passion — seven quatrains (aabb, aaaa) and burden: ‘Nowel el…’
182.   Mary mother I you pray [Mary moder I you pray…]
Burden to 702
183.   Mary mother maid clear
DIMEV 3425 Witnesses: 1
Prayer to the Virgin Mary for mercy — two couplets
184.   Mary mother maiden bright
DIMEV 3426 Witnesses: 1
Hymn to the Virgin
185.   Mary mother meek and mild
DIMEV 3427 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic song of the Five Joys — five quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and ‘Nowel’ burden: ‘Nowel el el el el el el el el el el / Mary was gret with gabriel’
186.   Mary Mother of grace we cryen to Thee
DIMEV 3428 Witnesses: 11
A prayer to the Virgin Mary and All Saints (10 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus morum
187.   Mary Mother of mercy and pity / And Saint Katherine pray for me
DIMEV 3429 Witnesses: 1
A Litany to the Virgin and numerous Saints — mainly in quatrains
188.   Mary Mother Queen of heaven / Think on me and hear my steven
DIMEV 3430 Witnesses: 2
A prayer to the Virgin Mary — seventeen couplets
189.   Mary mother well thee be
DIMEV 3431 Witnesses: 1
Six English lines interspersed among nine Latin lines: 5 then 4 rhyming Latin lines, then 1 English, then 5 Latin lines
190.   Mary Mother well Thee be / Mother and Maiden think on me
DIMEV 3432 Witnesses: 5
‘An Orisoun to þe fyue Ioyes of vre lady’
191.   Mary mother well thou be / Mary maiden think on me
DIMEV 3433 Witnesses: 56
Speculum Christiani (Octaua Tabula)
192.   Mary nold not away ere she wist more [Marie nolde noȝt awey ar heo weste more]
DIMEV 0.2120 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2120; a section heading to 787
193.   Mary of help both day and night / I pray thee…
DIMEV 3434 Witnesses: 1
An Orison to the Virgin Mary — eight quatrains
194.   Mary so free
DIMEV 3435 Witnesses: 1
A prayer tag to the Virgin — one couplet
195.   Mary so mild alone [Mary so myelde alone / For her chielde made grete mone]
Burden to 2570
196.   Mary so mild and good of fame
DIMEV 3436 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
197.   Mary so mild / For love of Thy child
DIMEV 3437 Witnesses: 1
An orison to the Virgin Mary — eight short lines
198.   Mary so mild of heart and mind [Mary so myelde of hert & myende / Hath borne a child to save mankyende]
Burden to 3436
199.   Mary so mild scripture sayeth thus [Mary so myld scripture seyeth þus / Hath borne a chyld namyd Ihesus]
Burden to 470
200.   Mary so mild so meek so free [Mary so mylde so meke so fre / Hath borne a chylde of hyghe degre / And his name ys Ihesus]
Burden to 473
201.   Mary the mild of whom I mean / Is Gods mother…
DIMEV 3438 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
202.   Mary thou were greet with lovely cheer
DIMEV 3439 Witnesses: 2
To the Virgin — four monorhyming quatrains
203.   Mary with weeping great
DIMEV 3440 Witnesses: 1
Mary’s tears at the Crucifixion, in a Latin sermon Lacrimis cepit rigare pedes eius — one couplet
204.   Mary you queen you mother maiden bright
DIMEV 3441 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary — two couplets
205.   Master Geoffrey Chaucer that now lieth in grave
DIMEV 3442 Witnesses: 3
Balade in praise of Chaucer — one stanza rhyme royal
206.   Master in majesty Maker of all
DIMEV 3443 Witnesses: 1
Guide de Colonna; John Clerk: Hystoria Troiana
207.   Master John you greeteth of Guildford tho
DIMEV 3444 Witnesses: 1
Song in praise of God, attributed to Master John — two couplets
208.   Master Syngor if thou might
DIMEV 3445 Witnesses: 1
A fourteenth century scribble in pencil
209.   Masters Gower Chaucer and Lydgate
DIMEV 3446 Witnesses: 1
George Ashby: Active Policy of a Prince
210.   Masters taketh for no grief
DIMEV 3447 Witnesses: 1
Words of comfort from the dead to the living — one cross-rhymed quatrain
211.   Masters that useth blood-letting [Maystris that uthyth blode letyng]
An introduction of three couplets prefixed to some MSS of 5395
212.   Masters that war of crafts seres
DIMEV 3448 Witnesses: 1
A poem on Lucky and Unlucky Days — 90 lines in couplets
213.   Masters your manners are hard to know [Mastres your maners are hard to know]
DIMEV 0.2132 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2132; see 3533
214.   Mater misericordie
Refrain to 214, 3888, 3939, 4031, 4060
215.   Mater ora filium
Burden to 1251
216.   Materia of learning is the book of sothfastness nailed to the tree
DIMEV 3449 Witnesses: 1
The two matters of learning and of mourning — one long couplet
217.   Matter of mourning is thus cloth I-colored with red for our sake
DIMEV 3450 Witnesses: 1
Prayer to Virgin Mary to ask whether Christ died for our sake, in a sermon, Quare rubrum est indumentum tuum — one long couplet
218.   Matthew had made a great gestening
DIMEV 3451 Witnesses: 1
Mathew’s Feast (Matt. IX. 10) — a single couplet
219.   Matthew here in his speaking / Telleth us full sweet tiding
DIMEV 3452 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
220.   May I say no more so well me is [May y sugge na more so wel me is]
See 1156.5
221.   May no man now undeemed be [May na man now undemit be]
Refrain to 3578
222.   May no man sleep in your hall
DIMEV 3453 Witnesses: 1
An erotic song — three 9-line stanzas (abcdbdddb)
223.   Mayest thou now be glad with all thy fresh array
DIMEV 3454 Witnesses: 1
A Mirror for Young Ladies at their Toilet
224.   Me ferlies of this great confusion [ME ferlyis of this grete confusioun]
See 3457-2
225.   Me I-dreches three foes
DIMEV 3455 Witnesses: 1
The three enemies of mankind, translating ‘Me vexant triplici certamine tres inimici Serpens antique caro lubrica mundus iniquus — one long couplet
226.   Me liketh ever the longer the bet
DIMEV 3456 Witnesses: 1
Grace for a Winchester civic feast — a two-part song, two quatrains (abab)
227.   Me longed never so sore so sore / to see my lovely lady dear [Me longede neuere so sore so sore / To seo my loueli ladi deere]
Beginning of second part of 4130, possibly a separate poem
228.   Me marvels of this great confusion
DIMEV 3457 Witnesses: 2
Robert Henryson (attrib.): The Want of Wyse Men
229.   Me rues on Mary my mother [Me rewis one mary my modyr]
DIMEV 0.2140 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2140; stanza 5 of 1771 occurring separately
230.   Me sayeth that game goth on womb
DIMEV 3458 Witnesses: 1
William Herebert
231.   Me thinketh thou art so lovely
DIMEV 3459 Witnesses: 1
A Lover’s Saying — one quatrain
232.   Me thinks that I have good right
DIMEV 3460 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s complaint — blend of couplets and cross-rhymed quatrains
233.   Measure is a merry mean [Mesure ys a mery mene]
See lines 35-36 of Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
234.   Meche
See under ‘Moche’
235.   Meed in thy land is dooms man [Meede in thy lande is domys man]
See Beaminster, Dorset, J. Stevens Cox [olim Harmsworth; Sotheby Sale, Oct., 1945, lot 1956], now privately owned copy of 1506
236.   Meed may speed and that is ruth [Mede may spede and that ys rowth]
See lines 83-84 of Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
237.   Meek is the lamb that not away ran
DIMEV 3461 Witnesses: 1
Christ compared with a lamb — one couplet
238.   Meekly Lordings gentle and free
DIMEV 3462 Witnesses: 3
Ipomadon (Version B)
239.   Meekly we sing and say to thee [Mekely we syng and seye to the / Maria spes nostra salue]
Burden to 978
240.   Melchiades [Miltiades] the pope in Africa I-bore was
DIMEV 3463 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
241.   Memento homo quod cinis est
Refrain to 4005
242.   Memento homo quod cinis me
DIMEV 3464 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘Of manis mortalite’
243.   Men may find in old books
DIMEV 3465 Witnesses: 7
Hugh Campeden: Sydrac and Boctus
244.   Men may leave all games
DIMEV 3466 Witnesses: 1
Pilgrims’ Song — nine 8-line stanzas (aaabcccb)
245.   Men may read in romance right
DIMEV 3467 Witnesses: 1
Laurence Minot: The Battle of Crecy
246.   Men owe honour ever among / The cross that all our hele on hung
DIMEV 3468 Witnesses: 2
‘De Inuencione sancte crucis’
247.   Men rent me on rood
DIMEV 3469 Witnesses: 1
Appeal of Christ to Man by the Pains of the Passion — six monorhyming quatrains
248.   Men should well ken that Satan
DIMEV 3470 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
249.   Men that usen bloodletting [Men yat usyn blodlatyng]
See 5395
250.   Men them bemoanen of little truth / It is dead and that is ruth
DIMEV 3471 Witnesses: 4
On the degeneracy of the times — two couplets translating ‘Heu plebs conqueritur’, etc.
251.   Men them complains of untruth / law is dead and that is ruth
DIMEV 3472 Witnesses: 1
On the degeneracy of the times — in couplets
252.   Men write of old how measure is treasure
DIMEV 3473 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: ‘Mesour is Tresour’
253.   Men yearnen gestes for to hear / And romance read in diverse manner
DIMEV 3474 Witnesses: 11
Cursor Mundi
254.   Menskful and mighty in mind mother of Maries three
DIMEV 3475 Witnesses: 1
‘Stirps beate Anne’
255.   Merciful Queen as ye best can and may
DIMEV 3476 Witnesses: 2
A prayer to the Virgin Mary and several saints — four 8-line and five 7-line stanzas
256.   Mercury I am Sol Luna red black and white
DIMEV 3477 Witnesses: 1
Alchemical poem
257.   Mercy abide and look all day
DIMEV 3478 Witnesses: 2
On the Mercy of God — five couplets
258.   Mercy and Truth met on a high mountain
DIMEV 3479 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: A Praise of Peace
259.   Mercy and truth together have met
DIMEV 3480 Witnesses: 1
Paraphrase of Psalm 84.11 — one quatrain (abab)
260.   Mercy God and grant mercy [Mercy god and graunt merci]
Refrain to 631
261.   Mercy God of my misdeed / For Thy mercy that mickle is
DIMEV 3481 Witnesses: 6
Richard Maydestone
262.   Mercy is hendest where sin is most
DIMEV 3482 Witnesses: 1
On the Mercy of God — three couplets
263.   Mercy is most in my mind
DIMEV 3483 Witnesses: 1
A Song of Mercy — four 12-line stanzas
264.   Mercy Mary maiden clean
DIMEV 3484 Witnesses: 1
A simple prayer to the Virgin Mary — one quatrain
265.   Mercy me grant of all that I me complain
DIMEV 3485 Witnesses: 1
His pitiless mistress — sixteen lines based on phrases from The Temple of Glass (1403), followed by lines 736-54, 762-3 from the same poem, adapted to form a personal petition
266.   Mercy Mercy / Contynuely
See 6716
267.   Mercy passeth all thing [Mercy passeth alle thinge]
Refrain to 950
268.   Merry a time I tell in May
DIMEV 3486 Witnesses: 1
Cantus occidentalis
269.   Merry it is in May morning [Mery hyt ys in may mornyng / Mery wayys for to gone]
Burden to 298
270.   Merry it is while summer I-last
DIMEV 3486.5 Witnesses: 1
Now comes the blast of winter — one 7-line stanza (ababbba)
271.   Merry Margaret [Mirry Margaret / As mydsomer flowre]
See 1203
272.   Merry singen the monks binnen Ely
DIMEV 3487 Witnesses: 3
The Canute Song
273.   Merry tale tell IHC this day / Of Saint Mary that sweet may
DIMEV 0.2165 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2165; renumbered as 122
274.   Merry time is in April [Mery tyme is in Aperelle]
See Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*) copy of Sir Orfeo: 5744
275.   Methought compassion void of fears
DIMEV 3488 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘Of the Passioun of Christ’
276.   Mi
See under ‘My’
277.   Mickle price
DIMEV 3489 Witnesses: 1
Two pages, fragments of a poem about events in the reign of Henry VIII, viz. a banquet and tournament attended by Emperor Charles and by King Francis of France, Henry’s wife Katherine and Francis’s wife Claudia near Calais; a great flood, falling of a parish church steeple during evensong; and of Henry and Cardinal taking wealth from the Dean of St Paul’s and a rich Londoner when they died, probably a continuation of 217 — 33 + 35 lines in rhyme-linked eight-line stanzas, ababbcbc
278.   Mid
See under ‘With’
279.   Middle Earth for man was made / Unmighty are his most meed
DIMEV 3490 Witnesses: 1
Man must fight Three Foes — seven 11-line stanzas (ababababcbc)
280.   Might in seeking
DIMEV 3491 Witnesses: 1
Attributes of might, wit and mercy — three monorhyming lines
281.   Might is right…Light is night
DIMEV 3492 Witnesses: 47
Speculum Christiani
282.   Might is right for the land is lawless
DIMEV 3493 Witnesses: 1
Explanation for the Sentences of the Four Philosophers on the degeneracy of the times (3492) — three couplets and one triplet
283.   Might mild and strong
DIMEV 3494 Witnesses: 1
Characteristics of the virtuous, in a Latin sermon de ascensione domini — four monorhyming lines
284.   Might wisdom goodness of the Trinity / My naked soul…
DIMEV 3495 Witnesses: 2
Hymn to the Virgin Mary — twenty three 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘O florum flos O flos pulcherime
285.   Mightful Mary I-crowned queen
DIMEV 3496 Witnesses: 1
An Orison to the Virgin — nine 8-line stanzas
286.   Mighty Flora goddess of fresh flowers
DIMEV 3497 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: The Mumming at Bishopswood
287.   Mildest of mood and meekest of maidens all
DIMEV 3498 Witnesses: 1
Hymn on the Five Joys — five 8-line stanzas (‘MARIA’) to which are added six lines forming the acrostic ‘Pipwel’
288.   Miles Rogerus by ten mile wones he too near us
DIMEV 3499 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic satire in Latin and English on Sir Roger Belers, murdered 1326 — five couplets
289.   Milicia
Refrain to 1127
290.   Mind reason virtue and grace
DIMEV 3500 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay
291.   Mine angel that art to me I-sent
DIMEV 3501 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Guardian Angel — one quatrain
292.   Mine auctor Bochas rejoiced in his life [Myn auctour Bochas rejoysed in his lyve]
An extract from The Fall of Princes, I. 6511-6734: see 1904, extracts [Harley 2251]
293.   Mine heart hath sent about ye far and near
DIMEV 3502 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘The prison of grevous displesaunce’
294.   Mine heart hath sent glad hope in his message
DIMEV 3503 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
295.   Mine heart if so that I good tiding hear
DIMEV 3504 Witnesses: 1
d’Orléans d’Orléans
296.   Mine heart is set and all mine whole intent
DIMEV 3505 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: ‘How þe louer is sett to serve þe floure’
297.   Mine heart is set upon a lusty pin
DIMEV 3506 Witnesses: 1
Queen Elizabeth of York
298.   Mine heart is sore I may not sing
DIMEV 3507 Witnesses: 1
An allusion to a song: man in tribulation ‘bene potest incipere hoc lamentabile carmen…
299.   Mine heart the ship of fresh feeding [Myn hert the schepe off fresche fedyng]
DIMEV 0.2180 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2180; changed due to new reading of first line: now 1923
300.   Mine heart thou fondest by this light
DIMEV 3508 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
301.   Mine hearts joy and all mine whole pleasaunce
DIMEV 3509 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.): ‘A lettyr’
302.   Mine hearts joy is went away
DIMEV 3510 Witnesses: 4
Two couplets, translating Lamentations 5:15-16
303.   Mine hearts lust and all my pleasure
DIMEV 3511 Witnesses: 1
A love duet — three 8-line stanzas
304.   Mine hearts lust
DIMEV 3512 Witnesses: 1
Title of a courtly love lyric mentioned in a bill of a music teacher c. A.D. 1473-4
305.   Mine hearts lust star of my comfort
DIMEV 3513 Witnesses: 1
Desire to serve his mistress — one 8-line stanza (with music)
306.   Mine high estate power and authority
DIMEV 3514 Witnesses: 2
Thomas More: Book of Fortune
307.   Mine only joy my lady and mistress
DIMEV 3515 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
308.   Mine own dear lady fair and free / I pray you in heart…
DIMEV 3516 Witnesses: 1
A Lover’s Plea — three quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Thei Y singe & murthes make / It is not Y wolde’
309.   Mine own dear mother sing lullay [Myn own dere moder syng lulley]
Refrain to 4930
310.   Mine own dear son and thou will lere
DIMEV 3517 Witnesses: 1
A Father’s Instructions to his Son
311.   Mine own death and Christs and my wickedhead
DIMEV 3518 Witnesses: 1
Septem cogitanda
312.   Mine worldly joy upon me rue
DIMEV 3519 Witnesses: 1
‘Pur ma soueraigne’
313.   Minion go trim go trim [Mynyon go trym go trym]
See 5732
314.   Minot with mouth had meaned to make
DIMEV 3520 Witnesses: 1
Laurence Minot: The Sea Fight at Sluys
315.   Mirabile
Refrain to 3379, 5260
316.   Mirabile misterium / In forme of bred ys godis son
Burden to 3379
317.   Mirabile misterium / The Son of God ys man becum
Burden to 119, 5260
318.   Mirror of ghostly shewing
DIMEV 3521 Witnesses: 1
A unique 4-line tag in a copy of the Fasciculus morum; the only English in the whole Latin text, rendering in English the Latin moralization of M-O-R-S
319.   Mirror to the church and of the country the strength
DIMEV 3522 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph of Chilperic placed on his tomb by a bishop of Paris, in Part V of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part V, cap. 117, translating Latin verse which precedes it — three stanzas rhyme royal
320.   Mirthfull mother and maid Mary / That bore Christ us on rood to buy
DIMEV 3523 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
321.   Miseremini mei ye that been my friends
DIMEV 3524 Witnesses: 4
John Skelton (attrib.)
322.   Miserere mei deus
Refrain to 4079, 6019
323.   Miserere mei Deus absolva me
Refrain to 622.5, 3870
324.   Miserere miseres welle ful of grace
DIMEV 3525 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary asking for aid — two macaronic couplets
325.   Miserere nobis
Refrain to 2883, 3562, 3934
326.   Misit deus angelum
DIMEV 3526 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic song of the Annunciation — sixteen 6-line stanzas
327.   Mislike it not to thee though I be of little body
DIMEV 3527 Witnesses: 1
English translation of Latin elegiacs preceding a Speculum Medicorum — eleven lines
328.   Mistress Anne
DIMEV 3528 Witnesses: 1
John Skelton (attrib.)
329.   Mistress Anne this book and my heart is all yours
DIMEV 3529 Witnesses: 1
Verses for offering a book as a gift — two couplets
330.   Mistress Barnarde gave her this book
DIMEV 3530 Witnesses: 1
Prayer for the donor of the book, one woman to another — one couplet
331.   Mistress Dorothy God both save and see
DIMEV 3531 Witnesses: 1
Prayer for the recipient of the book, one Dorothy — one couplet
332.   Mistress Dorothy this is your book
DIMEV 3532 Witnesses: 1
Verses addressing the recipient of the book, one Dorothy — one couplet
333.   Mistress your manners are hard to know
DIMEV 3533 Witnesses: 1
Nicholas Wikes
334.   Moaning my heart doth sore oppress
DIMEV 3534 Witnesses: 1
‘Therfore swet hart loue me agayne’
335.   Moche
See under ‘Much’
336.   Moder
See under ‘Mother’
337.   Mon
See under ‘Man’
338.   Money money how hey good day [Money money how hay goode day]
Burden to 206
339.   More love may no man show
DIMEV 3535 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
340.   More speech Madame is of your goodliness
DIMEV 3536 Witnesses: 1
A roundel by Charles d’Orléans — 14 lines
341.   More than body heart good and service
DIMEV 3537 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: The Service of his Mistress
342.   More than the death nis thing unto me lief
DIMEV 3538 Witnesses: 2
Charles d’Orléans
343.   Moses through God almighty
DIMEV 3539 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
344.   Most Christian prince and friend unto the faith
DIMEV 3540 Witnesses: 1
Pageant verses, spoken by St George, St Ethelbert, and the Virgin Mary, to welcome Henry VII in 1486 at Hereford — three stanzas rhyme royal
345.   Most christian Princess by influence of grace
DIMEV 3541 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate
346.   Most clear of color and root of steadfastness
DIMEV 3542 Witnesses: 1
The goodness of his mistress — one stanza rhyme royal
347.   Most dear cousin of England and France
DIMEV 3543 Witnesses: 1
Pageant verses to Henry VII in A.D. 1486 at Bristol — five stanzas rhyme royal
348.   Most excellent most high and noble prince [Most excellent most high & nobil prince]
Letter to Cupid in 6424
349.   Most glorious Lord with Thy cross be Thou my speed
DIMEV 3544 Witnesses: 1
An ABC hymn to Christ and the Virgin Mary — twenty-seven stanzas rhyme royal
350.   Most glorious queen reigning in heaven
DIMEV 3545 Witnesses: 1
A hymn to the Virgin Mary — three stanzas rhyme royal
351.   Most goodly fair above all tho living
DIMEV 3546 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
352.   Most goodly fair as list it you to hear
DIMEV 3547 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: His Mistress the Keeper of his Heart
353.   Most goodly fair if it were your pleasure
DIMEV 3548 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
354.   Most goodly young O pleasant debonaire
DIMEV 3549 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
355.   Most I riden by Ribblesdale
DIMEV 3550 Witnesses: 1
Seven 12-line stanzas (aabccbddbeffe)
356.   Most in mind and in mine heart
DIMEV 3550.5 Witnesses: 1
Ring inscription — couplet
357.   Most merciful Lord by thine abundant goodness
DIMEV 3551 Witnesses: 1
The Story of Job
358.   Most mightful mirror of high magnificence
DIMEV 3552 Witnesses: 1
Praise of the Virgin Mary, with refrain, ‘Aue domyna sancta maryia’ — twenty-eight lines
359.   Most mighty and dreadful lord [Most myghty and most dredful lord]
See 6716
360.   Most mighty lord Jupiter the Great
DIMEV 3553 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate
361.   Most noble prince of Christian princes all
DIMEV 3554 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate: To King Henry VI on his Coronation
362.   Most noble prince of Christian princes all
DIMEV 3555 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: A Mumming at Windsor
363.   Most noble prince our sovereign lord
DIMEV 3556 Witnesses: 1
Pageant verses for Henry VII in A.D. 1486 at Bristol — three stanzas rhyme royal
364.   Most noble prince with support of your grace
DIMEV 3557 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: A Mumming at Hertford
365.   Most pleasant princes recorded that may be [Moste pleasaunt princes recorded þat may be]
See 4416
366.   Most prepotent prince of power imperial
DIMEV 3558 Witnesses: 2
Address of Welcome to Henry VII at York (1486) at the Common Hall — three stanzas rhyme royal
367.   Most prudent prince of proved prevision
DIMEV 3559 Witnesses: 2
Address of Welcome to Henry VII at York (1486) at Ouse Bridge — in rhyme royal stanzas
368.   Most reverend righteous regent of this regality
DIMEV 3560 Witnesses: 2
Address of Welcome to Henry VII at York (1486), presentation of the Keys of the City — four stanzas rhyme royal
369.   Most sovereign lady comfort of care
DIMEV 3561 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
370.   Most sovereign Lord Christ Jesu
DIMEV 3562 Witnesses: 1
Miserere nobis’: a carol to Christ — five 5-line stanzas (aaabb) with ‘Miserere nobis‘ refrain and burden: ‘Jesu christe fili dei viui mise[rere no]bis / Alleluya
371.   Most sovereign lord O blissful christ Jesu / From our enemies
DIMEV 3563 Witnesses: 6
John Lydgate: A Prayer for King Henry VI and his Queen and the People
372.   Most virginal flower of all most excellent
DIMEV 3564 Witnesses: 1
Author’s salute to the Virgin Mary in relation to the first of seven joys, at end of Part I of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part I, cap. 27, translating Latin verse of which the beginning only is given preceding — one stanza rhyme royal
373.   Most worthy prince of whom the noble fame
DIMEV 3565 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: A Defence of Holy Church
374.   Most worthy prince of knighthood source and well [Most worþi prince of knyȝthod sours and welle]
Lenvoye to Lydgate ‘s Troy Book, addressed to King Henry V: see 3995
375.   Mother and maiden that never did miss
DIMEV 3566 Witnesses: 1
Address to the Virgin — one couplet at the beginning of a sermon, Intravit castellum (Luke 10:38)
376.   Mother mild flower of all
DIMEV 3567 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary — three 8-line stanzas
377.   Mother of God and Virgin undefouled
DIMEV 3568 Witnesses: 3
Thomas Hoccleve (attrib.): ‘Mother of God’
378.   Mother of grace who so Him seeks [Moder of gresse qwo so hym sekes]
See 4171
379.   Mother of life o cause of all our wealth
DIMEV 3569 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve
380.   Mother of mercy shield him from th’orrible fiend
DIMEV 3570 Witnesses: 1
Probable epitaph of William Caxton: ‘Bring hym to lyff eternall that neuyr hath ynd’ — one couplet
381.   Mother of nurture best beloved of all
DIMEV 3571 Witnesses: 1
To his lady Margaret — eight stanzas rhyme royal and 8-line Envoy
382.   Mother white is lily flower [Modyr whyt os lyly flowr / Yowr lullyng lessyth my langovr]
Burden to 615
383.   Mourning mourning
DIMEV 3572 Witnesses: 1
On the Inconstancy of his Mistress — seven 6-line stanzas andthree additional lines
384.   Mourning my heart doth sore oppress
DIMEV 3573 Witnesses: 2
A lover’s complaint — seven quatrains with refrain, ‘Alas I cannot be lovyd agayne’ or ‘Alas whan shall I be louid agayne’
385.   Moyses
See under ‘Moses’
386.   Much harm I have I-told and more I tell can
DIMEV 3574 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
387.   Much is that me singeth and readeth
DIMEV 3576 Witnesses: 1
William of Shoreham: The Five Joys of the Virgin Mary
388.   Multi multa sciunt / Saint Bernard plainly doth testify
DIMEV 3577 Witnesses: 1
‘Know Thyself’ — six monorhyming Latin lines alternating with six monorhyming English lines
389.   Music in his melody requireth true sounds [Musike in his melody requirith true soundes]
See 5364
390.   Musing alone this ender night
DIMEV 3578 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar (?): ‘Of deming’
391.   Musing alone void of consolation
DIMEV 3579 Witnesses: 1
Henry Baradoun
392.   Musing upon the mutability
DIMEV 3580 Witnesses: 1
An Elegy on the deaths of Eleanor Cobham, John Beaufort and Duke Humphrey
393.   Musing upon the restless business
DIMEV 3581 Witnesses: 47
Thomas Hoccleve: De Regimine Principum
394.   My best beloved lady and mistress
DIMEV 3582 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.): ‘A lettyr’
395.   My cares comen ever anew
DIMEV 3583 Witnesses: 1
The faithful lover — two quatrains
396.   My colors been both bright and sheen
DIMEV 3584 Witnesses: 1
‘ffor I am a brid of paradise’
397.   My daily woe
DIMEV 3585 Witnesses: 1
Title of a courtly love lyric mentioned in a bill of a music teacher c. 1473-5
398.   My darling dear my daisy flower
DIMEV 3586 Witnesses: 1
John Skelton
399.   My daughter my darling [My doȝter my derlyngge / Herkne my lore y-se my thechyng]
A recurring couplet in a Latin homily on the text: ‘Audi filia et vide’ (Ps. xliv. 11), Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 26 (SC 1871), f. 193 et passim; probably the burden of an early fragmentary carol, 2085
400.   My daughter my darling
DIMEV 3587 Witnesses: 1
A recurring couplet in a Latin homily translating the text: ‘Audi filia et vide’ (Ps. 44.11)
401.   My dear child first thy self enable / With all thine heart…
DIMEV 3588 Witnesses: 26
John Lydgate: Stans Puer ad Mensam
402.   My dear friends I you pray
DIMEV 3589 Witnesses: 3
Introductory couplet to Quinta Tabula in Speculum Christiani with heading ‘Hec tria coinquinant hominem’
403.   My dear leman behold thou me
DIMEV 3590 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
404.   My dear on dias that so fair is [My dere an dese þat so fayr ys]
DIMEV 0.2232 Witnesses: 0
Burden to 2235; formerly 2232
405.   My dear son understand this book
DIMEV 3591 Witnesses: 1
‘Ratis Raving’
406.   My dear son where so ye fare by frith or fell [My dere sone where so ȝe fare by frith or by fele]
See 6507
407.   My death I love my life I hate for a lady sheen
DIMEV 3592 Witnesses: 1
De Clerico et Puella
408.   My death my judge in heaven and hell
DIMEV 3593 Witnesses: 1
Advice to live well — five couplets
409.   My fair lady so fresh of hue
DIMEV 3594 Witnesses: 1
A Satirical Description of his Lady — twenty-one 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘When she hath on her hood of grene’
410.   My Father above beholding thy meekness
DIMEV 3595 Witnesses: 1
Jesus to the Virgin Mary, the Rose of Womanhood — three stanzas rhyme royal
411.   My Father God I give a gift [My ffader god y ȝeue a ȝyffte]
The story of Rosiphelee from Gower’s Confessio Amantis: see Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS] copy of 4229
412.   My fearful dream never forget can I [My feerful dreme neuyr forgete can I]
Burden to 5968
413.   My fellow for his sooth saw / hath lost his life and lieth full low
DIMEV 3596 Witnesses: 5
Gesta Romanorum
414.   My flesh that wroght was in Mary blood
DIMEV 3597 Witnesses: 1
‘Caro mea vere cibus’
415.   My folk now answer me
DIMEV 3598 Witnesses: 2
‘Popule meus quid feci tibi’
416.   My folk what have I do thee
DIMEV 3599 Witnesses: 1
William Herebert: ‘Popule meus quid feci tibi’
417.   My friend after I trow a week or two
DIMEV 3600 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve
418.   My friend if thou will be a servitor
DIMEV 3601 Witnesses: 1
Instructions to Serving Men — four 8-line stanzas, with refrain ‘gif thou will be a seruitour’
419.   My ghostly father I me confess
DIMEV 3602 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
420.   My good dame was one gay wife but she was right gend
DIMEV 3603 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘Kynd Kittok’
421.   My head did ache yester night
DIMEV 3604 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: ‘On his heid-ake’
422.   My heart is in great mourning
DIMEV 3605 Witnesses: 1
Dame Pitiless — four quatrains including refrain: ‘My lady hath forsaken me’
423.   My heart is left on the land
DIMEV 3606 Witnesses: 1
Mourning for a dead beloved — one cross-rhymed quatrain
424.   My heart is set alone [My heart is sette alone / On god bothe thre and one]
Burden to 2213
425.   My heart is set to sing [My hert is set to syng]
See 4421
426.   My heart is so plunged in grief
DIMEV 3607 Witnesses: 1
Complaint against Fortune, or dirge for loss of one’s lady? — one 8-line stanza (with music)
427.   My heart is sore but yet no force
DIMEV 3608 Witnesses: 1
On the absence of his only mistress — thirteen quatrains
428.   My heart is yours now keep it fast
DIMEV 3609 Witnesses: 1
True love — five quatrains
429.   My heart is yours ye may be sure
DIMEV 3610 Witnesses: 1
Faithful love — one couplet signed ‘Bourscher Richard Daniel’
430.   My heart my mind and my whole pure
DIMEV 3611 Witnesses: 2
A pledge of devotion to his lady — four stanzas rhyme royal
431.   My heart of gold as true as steel [My harte of golde as true as stele]
Burden to 3620
432.   My heart was set with true intent [My harte was sett with true entente]
See 241
433.   My heart would burst […my hert wold berst]
Refrain to 911
434.   My heartly love is in your governance
DIMEV 3612 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
435.   My hearts joy all mine whole pleasaunce
DIMEV 3613 Witnesses: 1
To my Heart’s Joy — three 8-line stanzas and 4-line Envoy
436.   My hearts lust and all my pleasure [Mi hartys lust & all my plesure]
See 3511
437.   My hearts treasure and sweet assured foe
DIMEV 3614 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: ‘To a Ladye quhone he list to feyne’
438.   My hope maiden I ask and crave
DIMEV 3615 Witnesses: 1
Six couplets spoken by Anima, the Virgin Mary, Filius, Pater, translating six Latin lines with medial rime, ‘O spes in morte’ etc.
439.   My joy it is from her to here
DIMEV 3616 Witnesses: 2
Mutual affection — five cross-rhymed quatrains
440.   My king the water greet / and the blood he sweat
DIMEV 3617 Witnesses: 10
‘Meditacio de passione’
441.   My ladies and my mistresses each one
DIMEV 3618 Witnesses: 2
Ragmanys Rolle
442.   My lady hath forsaken me
Refrain to 3605
443.   My lady hath forsaken me
DIMEV 3618.5 Witnesses: 1
The forsaken lover — six cross-rhymed quatrains followed by two couplets
444.   My lady hath me in that grace
DIMEV 3619 Witnesses: 1
A devoted mistress — two cross-rhymed quatrains and additional refrain, ‘Why shall not I’, and a 4-line introductory burden: ‘Why shall not I / Why shall not I to my lady / Why shall not I be trew / Why shall not I’
445.   My lady is a pretty one [My lady is a prety on]
Burden to 4825
446.   My lady is unkind iwis [My lady is unkynde I wis]
See 151
447.   My lady went to Canterbury
DIMEV 3620 Witnesses: 1
A nonsense carol — eight quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘My harte of golde as true as stele / As I me lened to a bough / In fayth but yf ye loue me well / Lorde so robyn lough’
448.   My lady with the mickle lips [My ladye with the mekle lippis]
Refrain to 3166
449.   My leman me has bihot [Mi lemman me haues bi hot]
See 614
450.   My lief child I counsel ye
DIMEV 3621 Witnesses: 1
Grammatical Rules — sixteen couplets
451.   My lief friend dear
DIMEV 3622 Witnesses: 1
Horn Childe and Maiden Rimhild
452.   My lief is faren in land
DIMEV 3623 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s lament — one 7-line stanza (ababcbc) introduced by 3713 and serving as sixth stanza of same
453.   My lief lady ne be thy wimple never so yellow [My leue leuedi ne be þi wimpil neuere so þelu]
See 3679
454.   My lief life that livest in wealth
DIMEV 3624 Witnesses: 1
A warning spoken by the soul of a dead person — eight quatrains (abab)
455.   My life I end in sorrow and woe
DIMEV 3625 Witnesses: 4
Christ’s sufferings to save mankind, in a Latin prose homily, ‘Amore langueo — one couplet
456.   My little fool / Is gone to play
DIMEV 3626 Witnesses: 1
His coy mistress — one short stanza with a ‘How frisca loly’ refrain
457.   My little pretty one my pretty bony one
DIMEV 3627 Witnesses: 2
A jolly wanton — four 5-line stanzas with refrain, ‘nou doute she ys a loue of all that euer I see’
458.   My lord is gone that here in grave was laid
DIMEV 3628 Witnesses: 1
‘The complaynt of Mary Magdaleyne’
459.   My lord thee it sent Sir Mordure [My lorde the it sente syr mordure]
See [Bevis of Hampton], [Westminster: W. de Worde, 1500] copy of 3520
460.   My lord when ye this book will over read
DIMEV 3629 Witnesses: 1
Dedication Verses — two stanzas rhyme royal
461.   My lord with heart I pray thee withouten voice will still
DIMEV 3630 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
462.   My lords leman is like the moon
DIMEV 3631 Witnesses: 1
On the fickleness of women, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
463.   My lords of Chalker please you to hear
DIMEV 3632 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: ‘To the lordis of the kingis chalker’
464.   My love and lady whom I most desire
DIMEV 3633 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
465.   My love is fall upon a may
DIMEV 3634 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
466.   My love is lusty pleasant and demure [My loue is lusty plesant and demure]
See 2020
467.   My love mourns for me [My luf mornes for me]
Burden to 390
468.   My love mourns for me for me [My lufe murnis for me for me]
Refrain-heading of 6551
469.   My love only my joy and my mistress
DIMEV 3635 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
470.   My love she mourneth / For me for me
DIMEV 3636 Witnesses: 1
Defend all true lovers — eleven 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas
471.   My love she mourns for me
DIMEV 3637 Witnesses: 1
A fragment of a love song — one couplet
472.   My love so sweet
DIMEV 3638 Witnesses: 1
A true love banished — five 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas
473.   My loved to me is a sop of myrrh [My lovid to me is a sop of myrre]
Concluding erotic prayer to 1696
474.   My loving friend amorous Bune
DIMEV 3639 Witnesses: 1
A humorous letter from one young woman to another — twenty-three couplets
475.   My master Bukton when of Christ our king
DIMEV 3640 Witnesses: 4
Geoffrey Chaucer: L’Envoy de Chaucer a Bukton
476.   My master is cruel and can no courtesy [My mayster ys cruell and can no curtesye]
DIMEV 0.2262.3 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2262.3; see 6370.
477.   My mercy is more than thy miss
DIMEV 3641 Witnesses: 1
Quatrain
478.   My mind is mickle on one that will me nought amende
DIMEV 3642 Witnesses: 1
Lament of a lover — one couplet with medial rhyme, with illustration showing Gawain and wife of Green Knight
479.   My mistress dear why I this complain write [My maystris dere why I þis complayne write]
Second portion (beginning of fourth stanza) of 2152
480.   My mourning M grieves me sore
DIMEV 3643 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
481.   My name is parrot a bird of paradise
DIMEV 3644 Witnesses: 3
John Skelton: ‘Speke, parott’
482.   My noble sons and eke my lords dear
DIMEV 3645 Witnesses: 9
‘Moral Balade’
483.   My own dear heart I greet you well
DIMEV 3646 Witnesses: 1
A love letter — 32 lines in quatrains (abab)
484.   My own dear son lullay [My owyn dyre sone lullay]
Refrain to 6815
485.   My pained ghost enforceth me complain
DIMEV 3647 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘Thus pitously my deth ye do contryve’
486.   My painful purse so priceless me [My panefull purs so priclis me]
Refrain to 4755
487.   My poor heart becomen is hermit
DIMEV 3648 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
488.   My prince in God give thee good grace
DIMEV 3649 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: A New Year’s Gift to the King
489.   My proper Bess [My propir Besse / My praty Besse]
See 3644
490.   My right good lord most gentle knight
DIMEV 3650 Witnesses: 1
A letter to an absent lord, possibly written as if from his devoted mistress, written by John Paston III — eight stanzas rhyme royal
491.   My song is in singing / My life is in longing
DIMEV 3651 Witnesses: 10
‘Cantus Amoris’
492.   My soul my Lord it magnifieth
DIMEV 3652 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: Magnificat
493.   My sovereign lord for my poor sake
DIMEV 3653 Witnesses: 1
William Cornish
494.   My sovereign Savior to Thee I call
DIMEV 3654 Witnesses: 1
‘þe prayere of þe pilgryme þat he sayes afore his deth’
495.   My sweetheart and my lily flower
DIMEV 3655 Witnesses: 1
A commendation of his mistress — eight cross-rhymed quatrains
496.   My thought is full heavy
DIMEV 3656 Witnesses: 1
A song of penitence — three 8-line stanzas with a 4-line refrain and a 3-line burden: ‘Now marcy Ihesu I wyll amend / And neuer more displease the / yff grace thow wylt me send’
497.   My thought oppressed my mind in trouble
DIMEV 3657 Witnesses: 1
A lament of a rejected love, without time for pleasure — four stanzas rhyme royal
498.   My triumphs also written with letters of gold
DIMEV 3658 Witnesses: 1
Continuation of Hardyng’s chronicle, in which Kings speak of their reigns — rhyme royal stanzas
499.   My truest treasure so traitorly was taken
DIMEV 3659 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Passion — seven quatrains
500.   My very joy and most perfect pleasure
DIMEV 3660 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
501.   My weal my joy my love and my lady
DIMEV 3661 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
502.   My will my love my very source of bliss
DIMEV 3662 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
503.   My will shall will even as ye list [My wyll shall wyll euen as ye lyst]
Burden to 1339 in one MS (London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire]) only
504.   My woeful heart in painful weariness
DIMEV 3663 Witnesses: 1
Sheringham
505.   My woeful heart me stounds through the veins
DIMEV 3664 Witnesses: 1
[?Jhon] Clerk
506.   My woeful heart of all gladness barren
DIMEV 3665 Witnesses: 1
A complaint against his obdurate mistress — two 8-line stanzas
507.   My woeful heart plunged in heaviness
DIMEV 3666 Witnesses: 1
A complaint against his mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal with refrain, ‘Alas vnkyndenesse þus haith my herte slayne’
508.   My woeful heart that sleeps lo in care
DIMEV 3667 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
509.   My woeful heart thus clad in pain
DIMEV 3668 Witnesses: 1
A Love song of a mistress for her absent lover — seven 3-line stanzas, aab, with the same rhyme throughout
510.   My word is Deo gracias / In world where me be well or woe
DIMEV 3669 Witnesses: 2
A second song of Deo Gracias — six 8-line stanzas, with ‘Deo gracias’ refrain
511.   My worshipful and reverent lady dear
DIMEV 3670 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
512.   My years be young even as ye see
DIMEV 3671 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Wyatt
513.   Myn
See under ‘Mine’
514.   Myn
See also ‘my’
515.   Myself Alone I make great moan / And sigh full sore₀
DIMEV 3672 Witnesses: 1
Four half-erased lines of verse on the absence of his mistress
516.   Myself walking all alone / full of thought of joy desperate
DIMEV 3673 Witnesses: 1
A Complaint against Fortune — three stanzas rhyme royal