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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology]
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) 1.103 (Hants).
Number 2331-1
1.   end pastedown    I would be absent day and night
Against sycophants — one quatrain (aabb)
Number 6478-1
2.   f. 1   When thy friend by enmity
On the end of friendship — one six-line stanza, translating Latin precept, ‘Si sit amicus factus iniquus scismate dante…
Number 2129-1
3.   ff. 8-22   I am sore astoned when I remember me
A verse translation of the Proem and Book 1 of Petrarch’s Secretum — 8-line stanzas (ababbbc)
Number 4502-1
4.   ff. 22v-24   Right noble and blessed father to whom of excellence
Poem addressed to William Waynflete as Bishop of Winchester, c. 1451 — 128 lines in eight-line stanzas
Number 1544-14
5.   ff. 24v-37v   God almighty save and confirm our king
John Lydgate and Benedict Burgh, Secrees of old Philisoffres — 390 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6775-3
6.   f. 45   Woe worth debate that never hath peace
One stanza pronouncing curses, occurring separately — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 3086-1
7.   f. 45v   Like as women have faces
On desireable and undesireable attributes of women — one cross-rhymed quatrain
Number 3080-4
8.   ff. 47-49   Lift up the eyes of your advertence
John Lydgate, ‘Thoroughfare of Woe’ — twenty-four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including envoy and refrain, ‘Howe þis worlde is a thorughfare ful of woo’
Number 4462-1
9.   f. 51v   Remember that there be in hell
Warning to amend life before death — two couplets
Number 4880-4
10.   ff. 52-52v   Sith all that in this world hath been in rerum natura
Esto memor mortis’ — eighty-four macaronic lines in 12-line stanzas (ababababcdcd)
Number 3238-1
11.   ff. 53-53v   Lord whereto is this world so gay
Translation of Cur mundus militat (Walther (1969), 3934) which precedes it (ff. 52v-53) — 40 lines in couplets
Number 3108-1
12.   ff. 54-56   Listeneth awhile and think ye not long
Verse sermon on Psalm 23:3-4 — 33 stanzas (abab)
Number 6054-6
13.   f. 56v   Too Amorous too Adventurous ne Anger thee not too much
‘The ABC of Aristotle’ — varying number of couplets
Number 2236-1
14.   f. 57v   I never saw maiden and with my eye
A lover’s lament — one monorhyming quatrain
Number 1066-1
15.   ff. 57v-58v   Complain we may much is amiss
On the wickedness of the world — sixteen cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 1970-1
16.   f. 59   Here followeth the proper treatise
Verse introduction to verse aphorisms (521) — one quatrain
Number 521-2
17.   ff. 59-60v   And if thou wist what thing it were
Alphabetical sequence of aphorisms — twenty-three quatrains (aabb)
Number 4254-2
18.   ff. 63-64   Omnipotentem semper adorant
An aureate macaronic song of praise to the Lord of Creation — nine 8-line stanzas
Number 2023-1
19.   ff. 64v-65   High and almighty Creator of all
A penitential prayer — 7 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3237-4
20.   ff. 65v-66v   Lord what is this world weal
On the evils of the times and practical advice for amendment — twelve 8-line stanzas or twenty-two cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 1506-10
21.   ff. 75v-76   Gift is made doomsman / guile is made chapman
The Abuses of the Age — sixteen short lines, translating Munus fit iudex, etc.
Number 6704-1
22.   ff. 75v-76   Wise men are blind
On the evils of the time, trans. ‘Prudente ceci cognati degenerantur…’ — one monorhyming quatrain
Number 2133-1
23.   f. 75v   I am wedder
Words of the ‘weddere’ — four monorhyming lines translating ‘Ego sum ille cui aliqua nubet…’ which follows
Number 5011-1
24.   f. 76   Souters have a nice pride
On the pride of shoemakers — one six-line stanza
Number 2373-1
25.   f. 76   If it so betide
God’s curse on a witch — one quatrain (aabb) translating ‘Si tibi contingat epialpes te priuet ipsum…’, which follows
Number 1861-1
26.   f. 76   He that hath an evil bill
Advice for woodcutters — one quatrain (aabb) translating ‘Pertusum iestans falcastrum…’ which follows it
Number 4441-1
27.   f. 76v   Rax / and wax / thrive and thee
Proverbial advice for good living — two short couplet phrases
Number 1331-1
28.   f. 76v   Flowers in mine arbor they grow green
Satiric love verse — one long couplet translating ‘Florete flores crescunt viride…’, which follows
Number 47-2
29.   f. 76v   A friar an hayward a fox and a fulmar sitting on a row
Nonsense verses — one long couplet
Number 6845-1
30.   f. 91v   Ye that stand in wealth and great pleasaunce
On the mutability of worldly fortune — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 118-6
31.   f. 91v   A man without mercy mercy shall miss
On mercy — one couplet
Number 3006-2
32.   f. 91v   Kneel down man let for no shame
Be not ashamed to worship Jesus — two couplets
Number 6369-16
33.   f. 92   When life is most loved and death is most hated
‘Erthe upon Erthe’
Number 5410-2
34.   ff. 92-92v   The more I go the further I am behind
Tyed with a Line
Number 3353-4
35.   f. 92   Man have this in thy mind
Advice on marriage — one monorhyming quatrain
Number 4263-2
36.   f. 93   On days when I am called to the school
Ffulgens scola discolus est menator pessimus — five cross-rhymed quatrains (abab) plus burden (cc): ‘Frangens scola disculus / est mercator pessimus
Number 4054-1
37.   f. 108   O splendent spectacle most comeliest of hue
Verses in praise of the Virgin Mary — four cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 6769-12
38.   ff. 114v-115   Witteth now all that been here
The ‘Short Charter of Christ’ — couplets
Number 806-1
39.   f. 115   Behold man what thou art
A warning to mankind to remember death — eight lines
Number 87-1
40.   f. 115v   A lady bright fair and gay
A song on jealousy — 8 lines
Number 6667-1
41.   f. 116v   Why dare I not complain to my lady
A lover’s confidence — one quatrain (abba)
Number 5182-2
42.   f. 116v   That was my woe is now my most gladness
Paradoxes of a servant of love — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 4944-2
43.   f. 116v   So put in fear I dare not speak
A lover’s lament on his wounded heart — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4041-2
44.   f. 116v   O root of truth O princess to my pay
To his virtuous mistress — five lines (abbcc)
Number 1434-1
45.   f. 116v   Fortune unfriendly thou art unto me
Complaint against fortune — one five-line stanza
Number 4171-9
46.   ff. 119-119v   Of herbs twenty-three
‘A tretys of diverse herbis’ especially Betony — in short couplets
Number 2459-19
47.   f. 212   In a summer season when soft was the sun
William Langland, Vision of Piers Plowman, the ‘B’ text
Number 1133-1
48.   f. 216   Dives and Lazarus the Scripture sayeth plain
On the punishments for evil and rewards for good — seven couplets
Number 2493-1
49.   f. 219   In every beginning
A fragment of aphoristic verse — three lines (aab)
Number 1920-1
50.   f. 219   Hear and see and say the best
Fragment of an aphoristic couplet
Number 617-1
51.   f. 221   As I me walked in a May morning / I heard a bird sing cuckoo
Fragment of a song — two lines and portion of a third
Number 5427-1
52.   f. 221v   The old dog the old dog
Fragment of a song about the old dog — 6 unrhymed lines, with musical notation, including refrain, ‘a buffa trola trol’
Number 5403-1
53.   f. 222   The mill goeth and let her go
Fragment of a song — five lines
Number 2772-1
54.   f. 223   It will stand sink into mans brain
Faith a remedy for sin — one monorhyming quatrain