The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943)
Number 1904-2
1.   ff. 13-16v; ff. 28v-29v; ff. 59r-v; ff. 183-183v   He that whilom did his diligence
Fall of Princes
Number 4346-1
2.   ff. 17v-18   Pass forth thou pilgrim and bridle well thy beast
‘Balade moral of gode counseyle’ (ascribed in one MS to Gower) — five stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6063-1
3.   ff. 18-21   Treat every man as he is disposed
John Lydgate, ‘Everything draweþe to his semblable’ — twenty-five 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 4474-1
4.   ff. 21v-22v   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 3911-2
5.   ff. 22v-23v   O glorious Martyr which of devout humbless
John Lydgate, Prayer to St. Edmund on behalf of Henry VI — eight 8-line stanzas
Number 1535-1
6.   ff. 23v-24v   Go little book be fearful and quake for dread
Life of St. Edmund (Lydgate)
Number 6701-1
7.   f. 24v   Wisdom is more of price than gold in coffers
John Lydgate, Isopes Fabules — seven fables, in rhyme royal
Number 3645-1
8.   ff. 25-28   My noble sons and eke my lords dear
Scogan’s ‘Moral Balade’ — twenty-one 8-line stanzas
Number 5277-1
9.   f. 27   The first stock father of gentilesse
Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘Gentilesse’ — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 2156-2
10.   ff. 29v-31v   I counsel whatsoever thou be
John Lydgate, ‘Consulo quisque eris’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Number 3058-1
11.   ff. 31v-33v   Let no man boast of cunning ne virtue
John Lydgate, ‘Midsomer Rose’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Number 4169-1
12.   ff. 33v-34v   Of God and kind proceedeth all beauty
John Lydgate, ‘A dyte of womenhis hornys’ — ten 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including four-stanza envoy
Number 3034-1
13.   f. 34v   Late when Aurora of Titan took leave
John Lydgate, a Balade with the refrain: ‘To fynde a freond at neode’ — seventeen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 3034-2
14.   f. 34v   Late when Aurora of Titan took leave
John Lydgate, a Balade with the refrain: ‘To fynde a freond at neode’ — seventeen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 3034-3
15.   ff. 35-37   Late when Aurora of Titan took leave
John Lydgate, a Balade with the refrain: ‘To fynde a freond at neode’ — seventeen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 5803-2
16.   ff. 37-38v   This wretched worlds transmutation
Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘Balade of Fortune’ — nine eight-line stanzas and a six-line Envoy
Number 5590-3
17.   f. 38v   There nis so high comfort to my pleasance
Complaint of Venus
Number 1666-1
18.   ff. 38v-39v   Great reason Cleopatra is thy kindess
‘þe neyne worshipfullest ladyes…by [pseudo] Chaucer’ — nine 8-line stanzas (aabbccdd); also called ‘Chaucer’s Chronicle’
Number 176-1
19.   ff. 39v-41   A thousand stories I could me rehearse
John Lydgate, ‘Balade in Commendation of Our Lady’ — twenty stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1160-1
20.   ff. 41-43   Each man followeth his own fantasy
John Lydgate, ‘Amor et Pecunia’ — seventeen 8-line stanzas
Number 5590-2
21.   ff. 43v-44   There nis so high comfort to my pleasance
Complaint of Venus
Number 5824-1
22.   ff. 44v-45v   Thou First Mover that causest all thing
John Lydgate, an Invocation to St. Anne — eleven stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1230-1
23.   ff. 45v-47v   Every manner creature / Disposed unto gentilesse
John Lydgate, A Lover’s Lament — fifteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) each ending, ‘ladye dere’ and envoy
Number 5793-2
24.   ff. 47v-48   This world is full of variance
John Lydgate, ‘Beware of Doublenesse’ — thirteen eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with Envoy, each ending with the word, ‘Doublenesse’, plus one 8-line Latin stanza after envoy
Number 244-1
25.   ff. 49-52   After the stormy time ceasing the rain
‘A Holy Meditation’ — ninety couplets
Number 3554-1
26.   ff. 54-56v   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 6819-1
27.   f. 56v   Ye devout people which have observance
John Lydgate, On Kissing at ‘Verbum caro factum est’ — four 8-line stanzas
Number 159-1
28.   ff. 57-58v   A solitary sore complaining
John Lydgate, ‘A Complaint for my Lady of Gloucester and Holland’ — eighteen rhyme royal stanzas
Number 6840-1
29.   f. 59v   Ye that desire in heart and have plesaunce
Shirley’s Book Motto — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 5232-1
30.   ff. 60-62   The chief beginning of grace and of virtue
John Lydgate, ‘An Epistell to Sibille’ (Lady Sibille Boys ?) — twenty stanzas rhyme royal, including envoy
Number 3497-1
31.   ff. 62v-64   Mighty Flora goddess of fresh flowers
The Mumming at Bishopswood, by Lydgate — sixteen stanzas rhyme royal including Envoy
Number 1715-1
32.   ff. 64-65   Hail Gods Mother dolorous
Stabat mater dolorosa’ — twenty-one quatrains, all stanzas but the first begin with ‘"O’
Number 4070-1
33.   ff. 65-66   O thou chosen of God protector of France
John Lydgate, ‘A devowte invocacioun to Sainte Denys’ — nine 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc, same three rhymes throughout)
Number 2461-1
34.   ff. 66-67   In a tabernacle of a tour
A lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 8-line stanzas with the refrain: Quia amore langueo
Number 3813-1
35.   ff. 67-67v   Now understand both more and less
St. Augustine on the Virtues of the Mass — seventeen couplets
Number 1713-1
36.   ff. 68-69v   Hail glorious Virgin ground of all our grace
A hymn on the Five Joys, ascribed to an anchoress of Maunsfeld by Shirley (1713-1, Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943)) and to Lydgate by Stow (1713-3, London, British Library Addit. 29729) — five 8-line stanzas
Number 4102-1
37.   ff. 68v-69   O wretched sinner whatsoever you be
John Lydgate, ‘On the Image of Pity’ — five 8-line stanzas
Number 1563-1
38.   ff. 69v-70v   God in Thy name make me safe and sound
Deus in Nomine Tuo saluum me Fac’, by Lydgate — nine 8-line stanzas with slightly varying refrain
Number 939-1
39.   ff. 70v-71v   By sapience temper thy courage / Of hasty ire…
Seven Wise Counsels
Number 4168-1
40.   ff. 71v-72   Of gifts large in love hath great delight
Of the Four Complexions (beginning with Sanguineus) — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6798-1
41.   f. 72   Worship women wine and unwieldy age
Four things that make a man fall from Reason, perhaps by Lydgate — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 5155-1
42.   ff. 72-72v   That man is wise and well fortunate
‘Þe seynge of wyse men’ — one 7-line and one 6-line stanzas
Number 5843-1
43.   f. 72v   Thou shalt have one god and no moo
The Ten Commandments — twelve couplets
Number 6585-1
44.   f. 72v   Who was dead and never borne
Six Biblical questions and answers — each in a couplet
Number 553-1
45.   f. 73   And ye will please god greatly / Use privy penance discretely
Good counsel, including precepts in -ly — varying number of lines, a triplet and couplets
Number 5862-1
46.   f. 73   Thou that weared the crown of thorns
Against excesses in women’s dress — eight lines (aabbbbcc) with concluding couplet
Number 5584-1
47.   f. 73   There is none so wise man but he may wisdom lere
‘Devoute & vertuos wordes’ — four long lines
Number 509-1
48.   f. 73   And ever the higher that thow art
One couplet introducing a series of proverbs in one MS, with a concluding couplet
Number 5731-1
49.   ff. 75-77   This mighty William Duke of Normandy
Verses on the Kings of England (Lydgate)
Number 6299-1
50.   f. 78   When faith fails in priests saws
A ‘Prophecy’, attributed sometimes to Chaucer and sometimes to Merlin — six lines — four 8-line stanzas (same three rhymes throughout).
Number 6670-1
51.   f. 83   Why is this world beloved that false is and vain
Cur mundus militat… — twenty couplets
Number 5502-1
52.   f. 84v-98   The time approacheth of necessity
Sayings of Old Philosophers (or ‘Liber Prouerbium’ or ‘Summum Sapientie’) — 116 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3588-4
53.   ff. 98-99v   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 1544-2
54.   f. 134   God almighty save and confirm our king
John Lydgate and Benedict Burgh, Secrees of old Philisoffres — 390 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5819-1
55.   f. 134v   Thou be wise dread thine own conscience
One stanza rhyme royal, perhaps a draft of a poem or quotation, with corrections
Number 1563-2
56.   ff. 134v   God in Thy name make me safe and sound
Deus in Nomine Tuo saluum me Fac’, by Lydgate — nine 8-line stanzas with slightly varying refrain
Number 4080-2
57.   ff. 136-182   O thoughtful heart plunged in distress
Life of Our Lady
Number 663-1
58.   ff. 184-184v   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’