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DIMEV 1378
IMEV 837.5
NIMEV 837.5
For now upon this first day I will my choice renew
John Lydgate, A lover’s New Year gift, ‘Amerous balade by Lydegate’ — one five-line and twenty-three 3-line stanzas with introductory couplet: ‘In honnour of þis hegh fest of custome &c.’
Note: Formerly listed by refrain as IMEV 1496.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — three-line, five-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, ff. 253v-254v
First Lines:
ffor nowe vpon þis first day I wil my choys renuwe
Al þe whyles þat I lyve to hir to be trewe…
Last Lines:
…Now vpon þe first day of þis Januarye
And to inferme fully vp my choyse ay frome yere to yere
Attributed Author: by Lydegate (f. 253v)
Attributed Title: Amerous balade by Lydegate þat haþe loste his thanke of wymmen (f. 253v)
Editions:
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “Lament of a Prisoner against Fortune.” Anglia 32 (1909): 481-90: 194-6.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 424-7.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, and Norman Holmes Pearson, eds. Poets of the English Language. Viking Portable Library vol. 1. New York, 1950: 1.225-8.