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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, British Library Harley 2251
Number 2814-1
1.   ff. 1-1v   Jesu Christ keep our lips from pollution
A prayer to Jesus — six 8-line stanzas
Number 332-2
2.   ff. 1v-2   All hail Mary full of grace
A prayer to the Virgin Mary — six 8-line stanzas
Number 5731-22
3.   ff. 2v-4   This mighty William Duke of Normandy
Verses on the Kings of England (Lydgate)
Number 1356-29
4.   ff. 4v-5v   For health of body cover for cold thine head
John Lydgate, ‘Dietary’ — ten 8-line stanzas
Number 4500-3
5.   ff. 6-7   Right mighty Prince and it be your will
John Lydgate, letter to Gloucester for money — eight 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including Envoy; refrain ‘Onely for lak of plate and of coignage’ or refrain phrase ‘plate and of coignage’
Number 5013-1
6.   ff. 7-8v   Sovereign Immortal Everlasting God
Epitaphium eiusdam Ducis Glowcestrie, A.D. 1447 — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Have mercy on hym buryed in this sepulture’
Number 6819-9
7.   ff. 9-9v   Ye devout people which have observance
John Lydgate, On Kissing at ‘Verbum caro factum est’ — four 8-line stanzas
Number 5826-3
8.   ff. 9v-10   Thou heavenly Queen of grace our lodestar
John Lydgate, a version of ‘Stella Celi extirpauit’ — four eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 3563-4
9.   ff. 10v-11   Most sovereign lord O blissful christ Jesu / From our enemies
John Lydgate, ‘A Prayer for King Henry VI and his Queen and the People’ — eight stanzas rhyme royal, and an Envoy of four stanzas
Number 2156-6
10.   ff. 11v-13   I counsel whatsoever thou be
John Lydgate, ‘Consulo quisque eris’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Number 4169-8
11.   f. 13v   Of God and kind proceedeth all beauty
John Lydgate, ‘A dyte of womenhis hornys’ — ten 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including four-stanza envoy
Number 45-2
12.   ff. 14-14v   A forward knave plainly to describe
John Lydgate, ‘A Satyrical Ballad against Jack Hare’ — ten 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Whiche of a bolle can pluk out the lyneng’
Number 3058-5
13.   ff. 15-16v   Let no man boast of cunning ne virtue
John Lydgate, ‘Midsomer Rose’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Number 4474-2
14.   ff. 17-18   Rex salamon summus of sapience
An aureate prayer to the Virgin Mary — in macaronic 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Sonet vox tua in auribus
Number 5059-2
15.   ff. 18-18v   Surge mea sponsa so sweet in sight
Veni coronaberis’, a song of Christ to the Virgin Mary — nine 8-line
stanzas
Number 359-7
16.   f. 19   All righeousness doth now proceed
John Lydgate, ‘Rammeshorne’ — seven 8-line stanzas including refrain, ‘As ryȝth as a rams horne’ or ‘A resoun of the Rammeshorne’
Number 6063-2
17.   ff. 19v-22   Treat every man as he is disposed
John Lydgate, ‘Everything draweþe to his semblable’ — twenty-five 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 5533-4
18.   ff. 22-24v   The world so wide the air so remevable
On the Mutability of Man’s Nature due to the Seasons, the Elements, the Complexions, and the Planets
Number 390-1
19.   ff. 26-27   All thing in kind desireth thing I-like
John Lydgate, ‘Rime without Accord’ or ‘On the Inconsistency of Men’s Actions’ — usually eleven 8-line stanzas with refrain
Number 335-4
20.   ff. 26v-27   All haste is odious whereas discretion
John Lydgate, Verses against Haste — twenty 8-line stanzas with refrain
Number 951-2
21.   ff. 27v-28v   By wit of man all thing that is contrived
John Lydgate, ‘A song of Iust Mesure’ — in 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Nothyng commendyd but it in measure be’
Number 3983-1
22.   ff. 29-30   O man thou marrest in thy mind
On the mysteries of Creation — twelve 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Hoc factum est a domino
Number 1698-3
23.   ff. 30-32v   Hail blessed Lady the Mother of Christ Jesu
John Lydgate, ‘Ave Iesse Virgula’ — nineteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with this refrain
Number 4455-1
24.   ff. 33-34   Regina celi Queen of thy soth
Mystical invitation of the Virgin Mary to man — ten 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Maria virgo assumpta est
Number 1725-3
25.   ff. 34v-35   Hail luminary and benign lantern
John Lydgate, ‘Ave regina celorum’ — six 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with this refrain
Number 4074-3
26.   ff. 35v-36   O thou joyful light eternal ye shine
John Lydgate, ‘Regina celi letare’ — five rhyme royal stanzas, each with an additional line in Latin
Number 611-3
27.   ff. 36v-37v   As I me lened unto a joyful place
Birds’ matins — ten stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5410-3
28.   ff. 37v-38v   The more I go the further I am behind
Tyed with a Line
Number 5792-3
29.   ff. 39-39v   This world is full of stableness
John Lydgate, ‘Riȝt as the crabbe goth forward’ — seven eight-line stanzas with this refrain (Envoy included)
Number 3937-9
30.   ff. 40-42   O how wholesome and glad is the memory
John Lydgate, ‘Testament’, in five sections—sections 1, 3, and 5 in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc); sections 2 and 4 in rhyme royal
Number 6787-2
31.   f. 42   Worldly worship is Joy transitory
The uncertainty of worldly honour — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 6561-4
32.   ff. 42v-44v   Who shall give unto mine head a well
John Lydgate, ‘A lamentacioun of our lady Maria’ — in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with varying refrain
Number 5803-9
33.   ff. 45-46   This wretched worlds transmutation
Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘Balade of Fortune’ — nine eight-line stanzas and a six-line Envoy
Number 5590-10
34.   f. 46   There nis so high comfort to my pleasance
‘Complaint of Venus’
Number 1160-3
35.   ff. 46v-48v   Each man followeth his own fantasy
John Lydgate, ‘Amor et Pecunia’ — seventeen 8-line stanzas
Number 5277-6
36.   f. 48v   The first stock father of gentilesse
Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘Gentilesse’ — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 414-10
37.   ff. 49-51v   Almighty and merciable Queen / To whom all the world
ABC hymn to the Virgin
Number 5990-3
38.   ff. 52-54v   To moralize a similitude who list these ballades sue
The Craft of Lovers, a dialogue between Cupido and Diana — twenty-six stanzas rhyme royal
Number 2490-4
39.   ff. 55-70   In Egypt whilom as I read and find
John Lydgate, Fabula duorum mercatorum — 130 stanzas rhyme royal, including Envoy
Number 4089-3
40.   ff. 70v-72   O well of sweetness replete in every vein
John Lydgate, ‘Legend of Dan Joos’, a miracle of the Virgin Mary — twenty stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3970-31
41.   ff. 72v-73   O Lord Our Lord Thy name how marvelous
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prioress’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 35 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 5601-33
42.   ff. 73-76v   There was in Asia in a great city
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prioress’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 203 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 1869-2
43.   f. 76v1   He that intendeth in his heart to seek
John Lydgate, A praise of St. Anne — two stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4240-2
44.   f. 76v2   Of wine away the moles may ye wash
On removing spots made by wine, water, and milk — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 4465-1
45.   f. 77   Remembered by scriptures we find and read
The Monk of Paris, a ‘Grateful Dead’ legend — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 2667-1
46.   ff. 77v-78   In Wiltshire of England two priests there were
Legend of Wulfryk the priest — five stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3595-1
47.   f. 78   My Father above beholding thy meekness
Jesus to the Virgin Mary, the Rose of Womanhood — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3168-1
48.   f. 78v1   Long will be water in a well to keach
On the folly of heaping up riches — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5533-5
49.   ff. 78v2-79   The world so wide the air so remevable
On the Mutability of Man’s Nature due to the Seasons, the Elements, the Complexions, and the Planets
Number 4168-5
50.   f. 79-79v   Of gifts large in love hath great delight
Of the Four Complexions (beginning with Sanguineus) — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5324-1
51.   ff. 79v-80v   The high astripotent auctor of all
Lines for a mumming, spoken by Law — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5584-3
52.   f. 80v   There is none so wise man but he may wisdom lere
‘Devoute & vertuos wordes’ — four long lines
Number 1904-24
53.   ff. 81v-125v; ff. 126-143; ff. 143-145v   He that whilom did his diligence
Fall of Princes
Number 663-6
54.   ff. 146-147v   As of honey men gatheren oft sweetness
John Lydgate, ‘Song of Vertu’ — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Who sueth vertu vertu he shall lere’
Number 3588-15
55.   ff. 148-149   My dear child first thy self enable / With all thine heart…
Stans Puer ad Mensam, ascribed to Lydgate — fourteen stanzas rhyme royal, with Envoy
Number 3184-3
56.   ff. 149v-150   Look well about ye that lovers be
Beware of deceitful women — six stanzas rhyme royal with refrain: ‘Bewar therfor the blynde etith many a flye’
Number 1525-3
57.   ff. 150-150v   Glory unto God laud and benison / To John to Peter
The Pain and Sorrow of Evil Marriage
Number 6798-5
58.   f. 150v   Worship women wine and unwieldy age
Four things that make a man fall from Reason, perhaps by Lydgate — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 1070-5
59.   ff. 151-152v   Consider well with every circumstance
‘A wikked tong wol alway deme amis’
Number 4490-3
60.   f. 152v   Right as poverty causeth soberness
On the Evils of Prosperity — eight lines
Number 1506-11
61.   f. 153   Gift is made doomsman / guile is made chapman
The Abuses of the Age — sixteen short lines, translating Munus fit iudex, etc.
Number 3645-3
62.   ff. 153v-156   My noble sons and eke my lords dear
Scogan’s ‘Moral Balade’ — twenty-one 8-line stanzas
Number 5502-2
63.   ff. 156v-167v   The time approacheth of necessity
Sayings of Old Philosophers (or ‘Liber Prouerbium’ or ‘Summum Sapientie’) — 116 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 939-5
64.   ff. 168-168v   By sapience temper thy courage / Of hasty ire…
Seven Wise Counsels
Number 6321-11
65.   ff. 169-169v   When I advertise in my remembrance / And see how fell
‘Parvus Cato’ (Burgh)
Number 1418-20
66.   ff. 170-178   For why that God is inwardly the wit / Of man
‘Cato Major’
Number 3645-4
67.   f. 178v   My noble sons and eke my lords dear
Scogan’s ‘Moral Balade’ — twenty-one 8-line stanzas
Number 6820-9
68.   ff. 179-188   Ye folks all which have devocion
Interpretacio Misse
Number 1544-16
69.   ff. 188v-224   God almighty save and confirm our king
John Lydgate and Benedict Burgh, Secrees of old Philisoffres — 390 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5697-2
70.   ff. 224v-227v   This high feast for to magnify
John Lydgate, ‘Procession of Corpus Christi’ — twenty-eight eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 813-3
71.   ff. 228-228v   Behold this great Prince Edward the Second
John Lydgate, ‘Of the Sodein Fal of Princes in oure Dayes’ — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Number 2525-2
72.   ff. 229-234v   In June when Titan was in the Crabs head
John Lydgate, ‘A Sayenge of the Nyghtyngale’ — fifty-four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 757-3
73.   ff. 234v-235   Be glad O Maid Mother of Christ Jesu
John Lydgate, ‘Gaude virgo mater christi’ —seven stanzas rhyme royal including Envoy
Number 1005-2
74.   ff. 235v-236   Christ that art both day and light
John Lydgate’s version of the hymn ‘Criste qui lux es et dies’ — seven 8-line stanzas with Latin cauda as headings to each stanza
Number 4078-4
75.   ff. 236-238v   O thou my soul give laud unto the Lord
John Lydgate, paraphrase of Psalm 102 — twenty-two 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with Latin text of Psalm preceding each stanza
Number 4271-2
76.   f. 239-242v   On holy hills which beth of great renown
John Lydgate, ‘Gloriosa Dicta sunt de Te’ (The Virgin Mary likened to the New Jerusalem) — twenty-nine 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 4769-4
77.   ff. 242v-244v   Saint Valentine of custom year by year
John Lydgate, ‘Valentine to Our Lady’ — twenty stanzas rhyme royal, including 2-stanza envoy
Number 4032-3
78.   ff. 244v-246v   O prudent folks taketh heed
John Lydgate, ‘Bycorne and Chychevache’ — nineteen stanzas rhyme royal with occasional prose to introduce speakers
Number 3080-2
79.   f. 246v-249v   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 5693-2
80.   ff. 249v-250v   This hardy fool this bird victorious
John Lydgate, Balade on a New Year’s Gift of an Eagle presented to King Henry VI in 1428 — eleven stanzas rhyme royal and Envoy
Number 283-3
81.   ff. 250v-251v   Alas I woeful creature
John Lydgate, ‘A Gentlewoman’s Lament’ — seven 8-line stanzas
Number 3554-3
82.   ff. 251v-253v   Most noble prince of Christian princes all
To King Henry VI on his Coronation, by Lydgate — eighteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including 3-stanza Envoy
Number 5913-2
83.   ff. 253v-256v   Through glad aspects of the god Cupid
John Lydgate, on the Duke of Gloucester’s approaching marriage to Jacqueline of Hainault — twenty-seven stanzas rhyme royal and eight-line Envoy
Number 6701-3
84.   f. 257-270v   Wisdom is more of price than gold in coffers
John Lydgate, Isopes Fabules — seven fables, in rhyme royal
Number 6044-10
85.   f. 271   To you my purse and to none other wight
Chaucer’s ‘Complaynt to his Empty Purse’ — three stanzas rhyme royal and 5-line Envoy
Number 1432-2
86.   ff. 271-273   Fortune alas alas what have I guilt
‘Complaint of a Prisoner against Fortune’ — twenty or twenty-one stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5428-7
87.   ff. 274-276v   The order of fools full yore agone begun
John Lydgate, The Order of Fools — twenty-two 8-line stanzas
Number 1075-8
88.   ff. 277-287   Controversies pleas and all discord
’Hors, Goose and Shepe’
Number 5365-3
89.   ff. 287v-293v   The labors and the most marvelous works
The Court of Sapience