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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687)
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 7790 (Gloucs); Laing and Lass (2007) Index # 2002; Grid 375 232 (Redmarley D’Abitot, NW Gloucs: Entry 1, ff. 119-120, 120v-12v, 122v-125v, 125v-126v, 126v-127, 127r-v, 127v-130, 130-132, 134v-136v, 136v-138, 138-140, 163v-164, 168r-v, 197v-198, 198-200, 206); Index # 214 (‘text language not placed. The language is mixed, though the elements that do not match the SW Midland usage of the Digby scribe do not form a sufficiently coherent set to be localisable ’); Entry 2, ff. 132-134v); Index # 218 (‘text language not placed. The language is mixed, showing elements of NE Midland forms along with the SW Midland usage of the Digby scribe’: Entry 3, ff. 140v-143); Index # 220 (‘text language not placed. The language is mixed, showing elements of NE Midland forms along with the SW Midland usage of the Digby scribe. The NE Midland element is quite closely localisable to an area comprising central Notts and SW Lincs, perhaps the area of the poem’s original composition’: Entry 4, ff. 165-168); Index # 222 (‘text language not placed. The language is mixed. The relicts that do not match the SW Midland usage of the Digby scribe fall into two groups: a northerly or NE Midland strand, and a set of forms that are not northerly but are otherwise widespread in early Middle English’: Entry 5, ff. 195v-197v).
Number 3070-1
1.   ff. 119ra-120vb   Lief friend now beeth still
The Harrowing of Hell, with versified title: ‘Hou ihesu crist herowede helle / Of harde gates ich will telle’ — 250 lines in couplets
Number 3000-3
2.   ff. 120v-122v   King of grace and full of pity / Lord of Heaven I-blessed thou be
The Fifteen Signs before the Day of Judgment, prefaced by a short invocation of nine couplets
Number 1309-2
3.   ff. 120v-122v   Fifteen tokens I tellen may / Of XV days ere doomsday [Fiftene toknen ich tellen may / Of XV dayes er domesday]
‘Les XV singnes de domesday’
Number 374-3
4.   ff. 122v-125v   All that loveth gods lore / Old and young less and more
Life of St Eustace
Number 5215-2
5.   ff. 125v-127   The blessing of heaven king
The Sayings of St. Bernard
Number 5030-1
6.   ff. 127-127v   Stand well mother under rood
‘Stabat iuxta Christi crucem’
Number 2042-1
7.   ff. 127va-130rb   Holy ghost thy might / Us wis and read and dight
‘þe sawe of Seint bede prest’
Number 3030-2
8.   ff. 130rb-132rb   Lady sweet and mild / for love of thine child
A miracle of the Virgin Mary, how Our Lady’s Psalter was found — in 6-line stanzas
Number 6112-1
9.   ff. 132-134v   Unseely ghost what dost thou here
The XI Pains of Hell — 290 lines, with some prefatory lines in Anglo-Norman
Number 70-1
10.   f. 134v   A Jesu Christ that us is above [A Iesu Crist that ous is boue]
A prayer to Jesus that we may live in such a way as to come to heaven — five couplets
Number 5075-1
11.   f. 134v   Sweet Jesu king of bliss
A hymn based on the Iesu dulcis memoria — fifteen monorhyming quatrains
Number 1769-1
12.   f. 134va-134vb   Harken to my ron / As I you tellen can
‘Le regret de Maximian’
Number 5052-1
13.   ff. 136vb-138rb   Summer is comen with love to toun
The Thrush and the Nightingale
Number 46-1
14.   ff. 138-140   A fox gan out of the wood go
Of the Vox and of the Wolf
Number 2800-1
15.   ff. 140va-143ra   Jesu Christ all this worlds read
The Proverbs of Hendyng
Number 3405-1
16.   f. 143   Many men weened / that he ne ween ne tharf
Four lines (lines 160-3) from the Proverbs of Alfred
Number 6791-1
17.   f. 163v-164   Worlds bliss ne last no throwe
On the Vanity of this World — seven l0-line stanzas
Number 594-1
18.   ff. 165-168   As I came by an way / Of one I herde say
Dame Siriȝ — 450 lines in couplets and 6-line stanzas
Number 5389-1
19.   ff. 168-168v   The man that the hare I-met
Burlesque charm by the names of a hare — introduction and conclusion of five couplets each, with forty-four lines of text of the names of the hare
Number 2462-1
20.   ff. 195v-197v   In a thester study I stood a little strife to hear
Debate between the Body and the Soul — twenty-seven four-line stanzas, the first with medial rhyme
Number 6339-1
21.   f. 197v-198   When I think on doomsday full sore I me a-dread
On Doomsday — eleven monorhyming quatrains
Number 5640-1
22.   ff. 198-200   Think of the latemost day when we shall faren
On Death — in monorhyming quatrains
Number 3279-1
23.   f. 200   Love is soft love is sweet love is good swear
What Love is like: la manere quele amour est pur assaier — twenty-eight lines generally in monorhyming quatrains, but also couplets, 3 and 5-line monorhyming stanzas
Number 2637-1
24.   f. 206ra   In thine hands lord mine
In manus Tuas