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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, British Library Royal Appendix 58
Number 172-2
1.   f. 3   A the sighs that come from my heart
Recollections of love’s joys — four quatrains
Number 5886-1
2.   f. 3v   Though that she cannot redress
Verses to a mistress — six quatrains
Number 1375-1
3.   f. 4   For my pastime upon a day
A lover’s plaint — four quatrains (abab) plus 2-line burden: ‘Colle to me the rysshys grene Colle to me’ (repeated)
Number 1146-2
4.   f. 4v   Downbery down
To his mistress, a round — eight lines
Number 6224-1
5.   f. 5   Western wind when will thou blow
Expressing yearning for his mistress — one quatrain
Number 2361-3
6.   f. 5v   If I had wit for to indite
‘My hart she hath and euer shall’ — six cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 4906-1
7.   f. 6   Sith the time I knew you first
‘Why soo vnkende’ — six couplets with three-line burden: ‘Why soo vnkende alas / Why soo vnkende to me / Soo to be kende to me’
Number 3005-1
8.   ff. 6v-7   Kitt she wept I asked why so
An erotic carol — five quatrains and ten-line burden: ‘Kytt hathe lost hur key hur key / Goode Kytt hath lost hure key / She ys soo sory for the cause / She wottes nott what to say / She ys soo sory fore the cause / She wott not what to say to say / Goode Kytt good Kytt / She ys soo sory for the cause / She wot not [what] to say to say / Good Kytt’
Number 5005-1
9.   f. 7v   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 445-1
10.   f. 8   Alone alone alone alone alone alone
A burden, probably of a love song
Number 5378-1
11.   f. 8v   The little pretty nightingale
‘I loue none but you alone’ — five cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 1045-1
12.   f. 8v   Come home sweet heart come home come home
Love song — four 6-line stanzas
Number 2595-1
13.   f. 9   In the beginning of this year
A New Year Carol — one quatrain (aabb) and burden: ‘nay mary I nay maye mary / I peter but ye must / nay mary I’
Number 5378-2
14.   f. 9v   The little pretty nightingale
‘I loue none but you alone’ — five cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 5986-1
15.   f. 10   To live alone comfort is none
Expressing the words of the devoted lover — five 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Number 920-1
16.   ff. 10v-11   By a bank as I lay
A May song of love — three 7-line stanzas
Number 5682-1
17.   f. 12v   This ender night / I heard a wight
‘Alas I dye for payne’, Christ’s complaint — one six-line tail-rhyme stanza
Number 2595-2
18.   f. 13   In the beginning of this year
A New Year Carol — one quatrain (aabb) and burden: ‘nay mary I nay maye mary / I peter but ye must / nay mary I’
Number 1375-2
19.   f. 14v   For my pastime upon a day
A lover’s plaint — four quatrains (abab) plus 2-line burden: ‘Colle to me the rysshys grene Colle to me’ (repeated)
Number 4016-1
20.   f. 16v   O my lady dure
A love song — one couplet
Number 4442-1
21.   f. 17   Razed is my mind
An unkind mistress — one cross-rhymed quatrain
Number 3729-1
22.   ff. 17v-18   Now fair fairest of every fair
William Dunbar, To the Princess Margaret on her arrival at Holyrood, A.D. 1503 — seventeen lines
Number 5873-1
23.   ff. 18v-19v   Though I do sing my heart doth weep
A lament: ‘Sorow hath piercyd my hart so depe’ — two stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4374-1
24.   f. 19v-21   Piteously / Constrained am I
Sorrow at parting, sometimes ascribed to John Skelton — three 8-line stanzas
Number 6308-1
25.   ff. 21v-22v   When Fortune had me advanced
Poem expressing welcome to pain — two stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3656-1
26.   ff. 23-24   My thought is full heavy
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’
Number 1454-1
27.   ff. 24v-25v   Friar Gastkin woe thou be
Against over-wandering friars, with music ‘quod Raff Drake’ — seven quatrains
Number 5524-1
28.   ff. 50-50v   The wheel of Fortune who can hold
‘Farewell the best that euer was borne’ — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5729.2-3
29.   ff. 52v-54v   This lovely lady sat and sang
Dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Child — seven l0-line stanzas (ababccdeed) including refrain, ‘To syng by by lully lulley’ plus 7-line burden (aaabccb): ‘This enders nyght / I sawe a sight / A sterre as bryght / As any day / & euer a monge / A maydyn songe / Lylley by by lully lulley’
Number 3626-1
30.   f. 55v   My little fool / Is gone to play
His coy mistress — one short stanza with a ‘How frisca loly’ refrain