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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 24 (SC 3354)
Number 5248-1
1.   ff. 1-118v   The double sorrow of Troilus to tellen
Troilus and Criseyde
Number 855-1
2.   f. 118v   Black be thy bands and thy weed also
Envoy attached to end of two long verse works — one or four rhyme royal stanzas
Number 1326-2
3.   f. 119   Flee from the press and dwell with sothfastness
‘Truth’
Number 4490-1
4.   f. 119   Right as poverty causeth soberness
On the Evils of Prosperity — eight lines
Number 1123-1
5.   ff. 119v-120   Devise prowess and eke humilitee
Virtuous maidens but wicked wives — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Number 2541-3
6.   ff. 120v-129v   In May when Flora the fresh lusty queen
The Complaint of the Black Knight (Lydgate)
Number 3568-1
7.   ff. 130-131v   Mother of God and Virgin undefouled
‘Mother of God’, attributed to Hoccleve — twenty stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1518-1
8.   ff. 132-136   Gladeth ye fowls of the morwe gray
‘Compleynt of Mars’
Number 5590-1
9.   ff. 136-137   There nis so high comfort to my pleasance
‘Complaint of Venus’
Number 3933-1
10.   ff. 137v-138   O High Empress and queen celestial
‘Ane Ballat of Our Lady’, attributed to William Dunbar—six 8-line stanzas
Number 5799-1
11.   f. 138   This worldly joy is only fantasy
Leaulte vault Richesse,’ on the Instability of Worldly Joy — one eight-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Number 5248-2
12.   ff. 138v-141v   The double sorrow of Troilus to tellen
Troilus and Criseyde
Number 5299-1
13.   ff. 138v-141v   The God of love A benedicite
(?)John Clanvowe, The Book of Cupid, or The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, probably by Clanvowe — fifty-eight 5-line stanzas (aabba)
Number 5373-1
14.   ff. 142-152   The life so short the craft so long to learn
Geoffrey Chaucer, Parlement of Foules — 98 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 177-1
15.   ff. 152v-191v   A thousand times have I heard men tell
Legend of Good Women
Number 2024-1
16.   ff. 192-211   High in the heavens figure circular
The Kingis Quair, ascribed to James I of Scotland — 197 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1092-1
17.   ff. 211v-217   Cupido unto whose commandment
Lespistre de Cupide
Number 786-1
18.   ff. 217-219   Before my death this lay of sorrow I sing
The Lay of Sorrow — 185 lines in twenty-one stanzas, generally of 9 lines each
Number 927-1
19.   ff. 219-221v   By cause that tears waymenting and plaint
‘The Lufaris Complaynt’, a letter with a Prologue of nine stanzas rhyme royal and text of twelve stanzas, generally of 9-lines
Number 5729.3-1
20.   ff. 221v-228v   This lusty may the which all tender flowers
‘Quare of Ielusy’ — 607 lines mainly in couplets, but partly in stanzas of varying length
Number 3601-1
21.   f. 229   My friend if thou will be a servitor
Instructions to Serving Men — four 8-line stanzas, with refrain ‘gif thou will be a seruitour’
Number 3337-1
22.   f. 229v   Man be also merry as those / And let not many be
First twelve lines of a religious poem in 8-line stanzas
Number 5934-1
23.   f. 229v   Thy beginning is barren brittleness
On the Uncertainty of Earthly Life — in rhyme royal
Number 6884-1
24.   f. 230   Your servant madam
A dialogue of the night visit — ten irregular stanzas with burden: ‘Go fro my vindow go…’
Number 3952-1
25.   ff. 231; ff. 230   O lady I shall me dress with busy cure
A love lyric — four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)