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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, British Library Addit. 31922
Number 6631-1
1.      Whoso that will for grace sue
The need for constancy in love, ascribed to King Henry VIII — two 6-line stanzas
Number 4347-3
2.   f. 14v   Pastime with good company
‘The Kynges Balade’ — three 10-line stanzas
Number 304-1
3.   f. 20v   Alas what shall I do for love
A late love lyric, ascribed to Henry VIII — six lines
Number 2019-1
4.   f. 21v   Hey now now
Three words used as a round
Number 452-1
5.   f. 22   Alone I live alone / And sore I sigh for one
A burden (only) of a love song — one couplet, with music by Dr. Cooper
Number 4014-1
6.   f. 22v   O my heart and O my heart
‘My hart it is so sore’, attributed to Henry VIII — one quatrain
Number 221-2
7.   ff. 23v-24   Adieu adieu my hearts lust
William Cornish, A complaint, perhaps of one exiled — one cross-rhymed quatrain
Number 205-1
8.   ff. 24v-25   Above all thing
A song perhaps celebrating the birth of Prince Henry in A.D. 1511 — one 6-line tail-rhyme stanza
Number 1146-1
9.   f. 25   Downbery down
To his mistress, a round — eight lines
Number 2019-2
10.   f. 25v   Hey now now
Three words used as a round
Number 2538-1
11.   f. 26   In May that lusty season
A courtly maying song — one 9-line tail-rhyme stanza
Number 6632-1
12.   f. 27v   Whoso that will himself apply
An invitation to a tournament — four monorhyming lines
Number 5503-1
13.   f. 28v   The time of youth is to be spent
Henry VII, ‘Goode dysporttys’ — six couplets
Number 5501-1
14.   f. 29v   The thoughts within my breast
?Henry VIII, a love song ascribed to Henry VIII — one cross-rhymed quatrain
Number 3636-1
15.   f. 30v   My love she mourneth / For me for me
Defend all true lovers — eleven 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Number 172-1
16.   ff. 32v-33   A the sighs that come from my heart
Recollections of love’s joys — four quatrains
Number 6746-1
17.   f. 33v   With sorrowful sighs and grevious pain
The lovers’ next meeting — one quatrain
Number 2361-2
18.   f. 34v   If I had wit for to indite
‘My hart she hath and euer shall’ — six cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 257-1
19.   f. 35v   Alack alack what shall I do
Fragment of a love song — three lines
Number 5741-1
20.   f. 36   This other day
A disconsolate mistress comforted — nine six-line tail-rhyme stanzas with 2-line burden: ‘Hey nony nony nony nony no’ (repeated)
Number 678-1
21.   ff. 37v-38   As the holly groweth green
A Holly and Ivy carol turned into a love lyric, ascribed to Henry VIII — four cross-rhymed quatrains (abab) with a 4-line burden: ‘Grene growith the holy / So doth the iue / Thow wynter blastys blow neuer so hye / Grene growth the holy’
Number 6630-1
22.   f. 38v   Whoso that will all feats obtains
The values of loving, ascribed to King Henry VIII — seven couplets
Number 5005-2
23.   ff. 39v-40   Sore this deer stricken is
William Cornish, An enigmatic stricken deer carol — six cross-rhymed quatrains with a 3-line burden: ‘Blow þy horn hunter and blow þi horne on hye / Ther ys a do in yonder wode in faith she woll not dy / ow blow þi hore hunter and blow þi horne joly hunter’
Number 222-1
24.   f. 42v   Adieu courage adieu
A love song — four lines
Number 6065-1
25.   f. 43v   Trolly lolly lolly lo
‘My love is to the grenewode gone’ — five lines
Number 2219-1
26.   f. 44v   I love truly without feigning
A love song — one quatrain
Number 5363-1
27.   ff. 45v-46   The knight knocked at the castle gate
A love song, possibly for a May disguising, by William Cornish — eight couplets with 4-line burden: Yow and I and amyas / Amyas and yow and I / To the grenewode must we go alas / Yow and I my luff and amyas
Number 2375-1
28.   f. 48v   If love reigned as it hath been
A love song ascribed to Henry VIII — seven couplets
Number 6508-1
29.   f. 51v   Whereto should I express
Verses for parting lovers — six cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 151-4
30.   f. 53v   A Robin gentle Robin
Women kind and unkind — eleven to twenty lines in quatrains
Number 3653-1
31.   f. 54v   My sovereign lord for my poor sake
William Cornish, A lady (probably Catherine of Aragon) rejoices at her lover in a chivalric tournament, probably with reference to Henry VIII — six 6-line stanzas (aaabbc) with burden: ‘Whilles lyue or breth is in my brest / My souerayne lord I shall loue best’
Number 5885-1
32.   f. 55v   Though that men do call it dotage
?Henry VIII, Constancy in Love, attributed to Henry VIII — ten couplets
Number 1117-1
33.   ff. 60v-61   Departure is my chief pain
A late love song, a round, ascribed to Henry VIII — one couplet
Number 2746-1
34.   f. 61   It is to me a right great joy
One line only, serving as a round
Number 2176-1
35.   f. 65v   I have been a forester / Long and many a day
A ‘jolly forester’ song: the old lover — six 5-line stanzas
Number 1267
36.   ff. 66v-68   Farewell my joy and my sweet heart
To his mistress: a lover on departing — two cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 6766-1
37.   f. 68v   Without discord
True Love, attributed to King Henry VIII — two 12-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Number 6503-1
38.   ff. 69v-71   Wherefore should I hang up my bow
A ‘jolly forester:’ the lover still active — 4 stanzas in long-line couplets and 6-line burden: ‘I am a joly foster / I am a joly foster / And haue ben many a day / & foster will I be styll / For shote ryght well I may / For shot ryght well I may’
Number 5883-1
39.   ff. 71v-73   Though some sayeth that youth ruleth me
On youth and age, ascribed to Henry VIII — four 5-line monoriming stanzas including with this refrain
Number 3310-1
40.   f. 73v   Madame d’amours
Loyalty to his mistress — two stanzas in eight short lines
Number 220-1
41.   f. 74v   Adieu adieu le company
A song to celebrate the birth of Prince Henry in A.D. 1511 — four macaronic lines
Number 1112-3
42.   f. 79v   Deem the best in every doubt / Til the truth be tried out
A moralizing couplet
Number 2020-1
43.   f. 80   Hey trolly lolly lolly
A round — ten lines
Number 3060-1
44.   f. 87v   Let not us that young men be
A love song, perhaps by Henry VIII — two 6-line stanzas
Number 3303-1
45.   f. 94v   Lusty youth should us ensue
The best use of youth, ascribed to Henry VIII — seven quatrains
Number 250-1
46.   ff. 100v-102   Against the Frenchmen in the field to fight
A modified carol probably for the invasion of France in 1513 — one monorhyming quatrain and refrain: ‘Helpe now þi king’, and 2-line introductory burden: ‘Englond be glad pluk up thy lusty hart / Help now þi kyng and take his part’
Number 4396-1
47.   f. 103   Pray we to God that all my guide
Prayer for victory in France, A.D. 1513, a round — five lines
Number 520-2
48.   ff. 106v-107   And I were a maiden / As many one is
A girl’s progress in love — three quatrains
Number 3619-1
49.   ff. 107v-108   My lady hath me in that grace
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’
Number 175-1
50.   ff. 108v-109v   A thorn hath pierced my heart right sore
No remedy for falling in love — three 5-line stanzas and introductory 2-line burden
Number 6487-1
51.   f. 110v   Where be ye
‘No comfortyng but yow’ — five 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Number 5414-2
52.   f. 112v   The mother full mannerly and meekly as a maid
A moralization on the Virgin Mary playing with the Christ Child — three monorhyming quatrains and 4-line Latin burden: ‘Quid petis O fili…’
Number 3657-1
53.   f. 116v   My thought oppressed my mind in trouble
A lament of a rejected love, without time for pleasure — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4994-3
54.   ff. 120v-122   Somewhat musing
Earl Rivers, written while imprisoned at Pontrefact — five 8-line stanzas
Number 2221-1
55.   f. 122v   I love unloved such is mine aventure
Unrequited love — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 3324-1
56.   f. 124v   Maid whither go you
A sophisticated story of love — four quatrains in dialogue (with inserted couplets) and introductory heading: ‘Hey troly loly lo’