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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896)
Number 1518-2
1.   ff. 15-19   Gladeth ye fowls of the morwe gray
‘Compleynt of Mars’
Number 5590-4
2.   ff. 19-20v   There nis so high comfort to my pleasance
‘Complaint of Venus’
Number 2541-4
3.   ff. 20-30   In May when Flora the fresh lusty queen
The Complaint of the Black Knight (Lydgate)
Number 5823-3
4.   ff. 30-35   Thou fierce god of arms Mars the red
Geoffrey Chaucer, Anelida and Arcite — 357 lines in 45 stanzas of various forms, mostly rhyme royal
Number 5299-3
5.   ff. 35v-39v   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 1326-3
6.   f. 40   Flee from the press and dwell with sothfastness
‘Truth’
Number 1092-4
7.   ff. 40-47   Cupido unto whose commandment
Lespistre de Cupide
Number 3618
8.   ff. 47-50   My ladies and my mistresses each one
Ragmanys Rolle
Number 1761-1
9.   ff. 50v-62v   Half in a dream not fully awaked
‘La Belle Dame sans Mercy’
Number 1403-2
10.   ff. 63-82v   For thought constraint and grievous heaviness
John Lydgate, The Temple of Glas — 1403 lines in couplets and rhyme royal stanzas
Number 177-3
11.   ff. 83-119v   A thousand times have I heard men tell
Legend of Good Women
Number 5373-4
12.   ff. 120-129v   The life so short the craft so long to learn
Geoffrey Chaucer, Parlement of Foules — 98 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 2181-2
13.   ff. 130-147v   I have great wonder by this light
Chaucer, The Book of the Duchesse — 1334 lines in couplets
Number 3954-1
14.   ff. 147v-148   O lewd book with the fool rudeness
Balade with Envoy to Alison — three stanzas rhyme royal and 6-line Envoy (ALISON)
Number 1318-2
15.   ff. 148v-154   First mine uncunning and my rudeness
On the chaunse of the dyse
Number 1620-2
16.   ff. 154v-183v   God turn us every dream to good
Chaucer’s Hous of Fame — 2158 lines in couplets (ends incomplete)
Number 965-1
17.   ff. 184-185v   Certes far extendeth my Reason
‘The X Commaundments of love’ — fourteen stanzas rhyme royal including Envoy
Number 4375-2
18.   ff. 187-188v   Pity that I have sought so yore ago
‘The Compleynt unto Pite’
Number 414-2
19.   ff. 188v-191   Almighty and merciable Queen / To whom all the world
ABC hymn to the Virgin
Number 5803-4
20.   ff. 191-192v   This wretched worlds transmutation
Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘Balade of Fortune’ — nine eight-line stanzas and a six-line Envoy
Number 5965-1
21.   ff. 192v-193   To-broken been the statutes high in heaven
‘Lenvoy de Chaucer à Scogan’ — seven stanzas rhyme royal, including Envoy
Number 6044-1
22.   ff. 193-193v   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 3640-1
23.   ff. 193v-194   My master Bukton when of Christ our king
Geoffrey Chaucer, L’Envoy de Chaucer a Bukton — four 8-line stanzas including Envoy
Number 835-1
24.   f. 194   Better is to suffer and fortune abide
The Golden Mean — a couplet
Number 4990-1
25.   ff. 194-194v   Some time this world was so steadfast and stable
Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘Lak of Stedfastnesse’ — four stanzas rhyme royal, including one-stanza Envoy
Number 3312-1
26.   ff. 194v-195   Madame for your newfangleness
‘Against Women Inconstant’ (?Chaucer)
Number 6798-2
27.   f. 195   Worship women wine and unwieldy age
Four things that make a man fall from Reason, perhaps by Lydgate — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 1108-3
28.   f. 195   Deceit deceiveth and shall be deceived
A single stanza (Bk. II, lines 4432-8) from Lydgate’s Fall of Princes (1904) — rhyme royal.
Number 5534-1
29.   f. 195   The world so wide the air so remevable
A single stanza rhyme royal, occurring separately and in combinations
Number 5411-1
30.   ff. 195-195v   The more I go the farther I am behind
The first stanza (ababbcc) of ‘Tyed with a Line’ (5410), standing alone or directly following 5534.
Number 6251-1
31.   f. 195v   What shall these clothes thus many fold
Two proverbial riddles with questions and answers, sometimes attributed to Chaucer — four couplets
Number 627-2
32.   ff. 195v-197   As I stood in studying alone
‘The complaynte ageyne Hope’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Number 2312-2
33.   ff. 197-198v   I which that am sorrowfullest man
An Amorous Complaint (Compleint Damours), sometimes attributed to Chaucer — thirteen stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6143-1
34.   ff. 198v-199   Victorious King our lord full gracious
Thomas Hoccleve (?), Virelai to Henry V for money — three 8-line stanzas of which the third is an envoy
Number 5793-1
35.   ff. 199-199*v   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 3563-1
36.   ff. 199*v-200v   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 1326-4
37.   f. 201   Flee from the press and dwell with sothfastness
‘Truth’
Number 5964-1
38.   ff. 202-300   To all folks virtuous
Reson and Sensuallyte, attributed to Lydgate, freely translated from Les Echecs amoureux (lines 1-4873) — 7042 lines in couplets
Number 6455-1
39.   ff. 306-312v   When the sun the lamp of heaven full light
‘How a louer prayseth hys lady’ — 467 lines in rough doggerel couplets
Number 6716-1
40.   ff. 314-316v   With all mine Whole Heart entire
A parody of the mass (the ‘Venus Mass’ perhaps by Lydgate), a series of love lyrics in varying forms for Introibo, Confiteor, Misereatur, Officium, Kyrie, Gloria, and Oryson — 145 lines in all
Number 5975-1
41.   f. 318   To flee the sect of all misgovernance
A Balade — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 502-1
42.   ff. 318-318v   And as for you that most are in my mind
A Balade addressed to the beloved — four rhyme royal stanzas
Number 3964-1
43.   f. 318v-319   O Lord God what it is great pleasaunce
A Balade attributed to the Duke of Suffolk — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3780-1
44.   ff. 319-319v   Now list Fortune thus for me to purvey
A Compleynt against Fortune, possibly by the Duke of Suffolk — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3007-1
45.   ff. 319v-320   Kneeling alone right thus I make my will
A Compleynt, a testament bequeathing the lover’s heart and will — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4498-1
46.   ff. 320-320v   Right goodly flower to whom I owe service
A lover’s address to his mistress, possibly by the Duke of Suffolk — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4095-1
47.   ff. 320v-321   O woeful heart prisoned in great duress
A Compleynt, possibly by the Duke of Suffolk — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4071-1
48.   ff. 321-321v   O thou Fortune which hast the governance
Charles d’Orléans, a Compleynt — four stanzas rhyme royal with refrain, ‘Why wyltow not wythstand myn heuynesse’
Number 3865-1
49.   f. 321v   O cruel danger all mine adversary
A Compleynt against daunger, possibly by the Duke of Suffolk — three 8-line stanzas
Number 3784-1
50.   f. 322   Now must I need part out of your presence
A Compleynt, possibly by the Duke of Suffolk — four stanzas rhyme royal including one-stanza envoy
Number 6253-1
51.   ff. 322-322v   What should me cause or any wise to think
A Compleynt — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6152-1
52.   ff. 322v-323   Walking alone of wit full desolate
Compleynt — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 827-1
53.   ff. 323-323v   Beseecheth meekly in right lowly wise
A Supplicacion — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3509-1
54.   ff. 323v-324   Mine hearts joy and all mine whole pleasaunce
‘A lettyr’, attributed to the Duke of Suffolk — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5504-1
55.   f. 324   The time so long the pain aye more and more
A Compleynt, the healing of the wounded lover—three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6250-1
56.   ff. 324-324v   What shall I say to whom shall I complain
A Compleynt of unfairness — three 8-line stanzas
Number 3582-1
57.   ff. 324v-325   My best beloved lady and mistress
‘A Lettyr’ — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3706-1
58.   ff. 325-325v   Not far from March in the end of Fevriere
A Compleynt against unjust treatment — five stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3505-1
59.   ff. 325v-327   Mine heart is set and all mine whole intent
‘How þe louer is sett to serve þe floure’, including a reproof to Lydgate — twelve stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4111-1
60.   ff. 327-329   O ye lovers which in great heaviness
‘The Parliament off Cupyde gode of love’ — sixteen stanzas rhyme royal and 4-line Envoy
Number 5731-7
61.   ff. 330v-332v   This mighty William Duke of Normandy
Verses on the Kings of England (Lydgate)