The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology]
Number 6226-1
1.      What can it avail
John Skelton, ‘Colyn Cloute’ — 1270 lines in ‘skeltonics’
Number 4504-1
2.   ff. 8-9   Right well beloved prentice
A humorous letter ‘send by R. W. to A. C.’ — twenty-seven couplets
Number 4380-1
3.   f. 1   Please it your grace dear heart to give audience
‘Helpe me of my payne’ — four stanzas rhyme royal; first stanza based on Stephen Hawes’s Pastime of Pleasure, lines 2052-8
Number 592-1
4.   ff. 1v-2   As I came by a bower so fair
The complaint of a prisoner of love — four 8-line stanzas including refrain, ‘almes dede for our lady sake’
Number 2253-1
5.   ff. 2-3   I recommend me to you with heart and mind
A love letter to his mistress — thirteen cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 2922-1
6.   ff. 3-4   Jesu that is most of might
A letter to his Mistress — fourteen quatrains (abab)
Number 3655-1
7.   ff. 4-4v   My sweetheart and my lily flower
A commendation of his mistress — eight cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 317-2
8.   ff. 4v-6v   All christian men that walk me by / Behold & see
Lamentacio Peccatoris, Prologue to the Adulterous Falmouth Squire (3348), a lament for the soul of William Basterfield, Knight — 99 lines in the longest text, mostly in 8-line stanzas
Number 3639-1
9.   ff. 6v-7v   My loving friend amorous Bune
A humorous letter from one young woman to another — twenty-three couplets
Number 708-1
10.   ff. 9-11   At my beginning Christ me speed / in grace an virtue
A parent’s counsel to a son — twenty quatrains, aabb
Number 3580-1
11.   ff. 11-12v   Musing upon the mutability
An Elegy on the deaths of Eleanor Cobham, John Beaufort and Duke Humphrey — eight 8-line stanzas
Number 306-1
12.   ff. 13v-14   Alas what thing can be more grievous pain
The pangs of absence — six stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4015-1
13.   ff. 14v-18   O my lady dear both regard and see
An aureate love letter to his sweet mistress — twenty-four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 129-1
14.   f. 14v   A new song anew
Beware of a false mistress — four cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 4017-1
15.   ff. 18-21v   O my sweet lady and excellent goddess
Pastime of Pleasure
Number 4497-1
16.   ff. 21v-24   Right gentle heart of green flowering age
To his obdurate mistress — 19 rhyme royal stanzas, including a ‘Woo worth’ anaphora
Number 3973-1
17.   f. 24v   O love most dear O love most near my heart
The Pains of Love, a love epistle — twenty-four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3958-1
18.   f. 27v   O Lobe Lobe on thy soul God have mercy
‘The Epytaphye of Lobe, the Kynges foole’ [to Henry VIII] — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6333-1
19.   ff. 28v-29v   When I revolve in my remembrance
The Epytaphye of Sir Gryffyth ap Ryse — nine stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4052-1
20.   ff. 29v-30   O sorrow of all sorrows my heart doeth dear
‘The lamentatyon of the Ladye Gryffythe’ — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 625-2
21.   ff. 30-31v   As I stood in a park straight up by a tree
John Lacy, ‘Wyl Bucke his Testament’ — in rhyme royal stanzas
Number 4827-1
22.   ff. 31v-32v   She that hath a wanton eye
On being wanton and nice — sixteen quatrains
Number 6071-1
23.   f. 33   True love to me in heart so dear
A Ditty to his Mistress — three quatrains
Number 6055-1
24.   f. 36   Too hasty of sentence / Too fierce for none offence
John Skelton, ‘The Relucent Mirror’, a carol with burden: ‘All noble men take hede / and beleue ytt as your crede’ — thirty lines in Skeltonics
Number 1335-1
25.   ff. 36-43v   For age is a page / For the court full unmeet
John Skelton, ‘Why come ye nat to Courte?’ — 1248 lines in ‘skeltonics’
Number 6761-1
26.   ff. 43v-44v   With woeful heart plunged in distress
Verses in which the poet bids farewell to his cruel mistress — eleven stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1929-1
27.   ff. 44v-45   Heavy thoughts and long deep sighing
An to his Mistress: a love epistle — three 8-line stanzas
Number 2220-1
28.   ff. 45-46   I love unloved I wot not what love may be
An Epistle to his Mistress — 48 lines generally in 8-line stanzas
Number 4010-1
29.   ff. 46-46v   O my dear heart the lantern of light
To his Mistress, a letter protesting his devotion — five stanzas rhyme royal with 4-line Envoy: ‘Farewell swet harte’
Number 1063-1
30.   ff. 46v-47   Complain I may wheresoever I go
The forsaken lover — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 2449-1
31.   ff. 47-48   In a goodly night as in my bed I lay
An erotic dream vision — six 8-line stanzas
Number 3033-1
32.   f. 48   Late on a night as I lay sleeping
An erotic dream vision — five quatrains
Number 3146-1
33.   ff. 48v-49v   Lo he that is all wholly yours so free
A love letter: a plea to his mistress — nine stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3869-1
34.   ff. 49v-50v   O dear God behold this world so transitory
‘The Lamentatyon of Edward, late Duke of Buckyngham’, A.D. 1521 — nine stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3882
35.   ff. 50v-51v   O excellent sovereign most seemly to see
The Beauty of his Mistress, a ‘symple letter’ — six 12-line stanzas (ababbccdeeed)
Number 3976-1
36.   f. 52   O lusty lily the lantern of all gentilness
‘Amonges your new louers remembre your olde’ — fifteen lines (three rhymes throughout)
Number 1199-1
37.   ff. 52-52v   Entirely beloved and most in my mind
An affirmation of devotion to his mistress, a love epistle — thirty-two lines in quatrains
Number 1269-1
38.   ff. 52v-53   Farewell now my lady gay
I take my leve agaynst my wyll’ — four 8-line stanzas, including refrain, ‘I take my leve agaynst my wyll’ with ‘farewell’
Number 4039-1
39.   ff. 53v-54   O resplendent flower print this in your mind
A mistress to her lover — twenty-two lines (1 x 6, aabcbc, and 4 x 4, abab)
Number 1668-1
40.   f. 53v   Green flowering of your manly countenance
Let never the love of true lovers be lost: a young lady to her lover — fifteen lines
Number 622-1
41.   ff. 54-55   As I my self lay this ender night
On an unfaithful mistress — twelve quatrains
Number 4062-1
42.   ff. 55-56   O sweet heart dear and most best beloved
A love letter — eight eight-line stanzas ababcdcd including refrain, ‘your bewtye maketh my harte to blede’, plus 1 x 4, aabb, envoy
Number 5908-1
43.   ff. 56v-57v   Through a forest as I gan ride
The maid and the magpie, a love adventure, a dialogue between a betrayed maiden and her lover — seventeen cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 3608-1
44.   ff. 57v-58v   My heart is sore but yet no force
On the absence of his only mistress — thirteen quatrains
Number 1052-1
45.   ff. 58v-60   Come over the woods fair and green
An amorous dialogue with gathering flowers imagery — ten 8-line Monk’s Tale stanzas with refrains, ‘for conforth ys non alone to be’ and ‘alone’
Number 1210-1
46.   f. 58v   Even as merry as I make might
A letter by a lady to her real love — four quatrains
Number 6417-1
47.   ff. 60-60v   When that birds be brought to rest
A Dialogue between a lover and a lass — eight cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 2218-1
48.   ff. 61-61v   I love so sore I would fain discern
The three leaves of true love, according to a woman — eighth stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6041-1
49.   ff. 62-62v   To you mistress which have be long
A scornful letter to a faithless mistress — seven 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Wher many dogges be att a bone’
Number 6727-1
50.   ff. 63-63v   With great humility I suit me to your gentilness
‘Remembre your promesse & bryng ytt to an ende’ — five stanzas rhyme royal, with last two lines always rhyming ‘be my frende’ and ‘to an ende’
Number 5067-1
51.   f. 63   Sweet heart I love you more fervent than my father
A letter from a lady to her fickle lover — two 8-line stanzas
Number 6258-1
52.   ff. 64-69v   What time as Paris son of King Priam
A description of the qualities of Venus, a dialogue — thirty-nine stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3979-1
53.   f 69v   O man more than mad what is thy mind
A warning against deceitful women — eight stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4494-1
54.   ff. 71-72v   Right best beloved and most in assurance
The Faithful Mistress — nine stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3904-1
55.   f. 71   O gentle and most gentle Jesu you save
A love letter to his disdainful mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6205-3
56.   ff. 72v-88   Well on my way as I forth went
‘The Prophisies of Rymour, Beid, and Marlyng’ — 628 lines in 8-line stanzas
Number 6398-2
57.   ff. 88-88v; ff. 115; ff. 123v-124   When Rome is removed into England
The Second Scottish Prophecy, the A Text — in couplets
Number 4140-1
58.   ff. 88v-90v   Of all the marvel of Merlin how he makes his moan
A late Merlin prophecy — alliterative lines in various stanzas, quatrains abab, 8-line stanzas, six-line stanzas. nine-line stanzas
Number 6412-1
59.   f. 89v   When Sunday goeth by D and C
A political prophecy according to the throw of the dice, with an introduction of four lines — in couplets
Number 898-4
60.   ff. 90-90v   Burns ne battles Briton at shall be
Political prophecy using emblems or devices — fourteen cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 4140-2
61.   ff. 104-104v; ff. 122v-123   Of all the marvel of Merlin how he makes his moan
A late Merlin prophecy — alliterative lines in various stanzas, quatrains abab, 8-line stanzas, six-line stanzas. nine-line stanzas
Number 6302-4
62.   ff. 104v-105   When M.CCCCC together be knit
Prophetia Regis Anglie’, the Prophecy of Merlyon of the conquest of France — 26 couplets
Number 2607-2
63.   f. 116v   In the land of More Brittany
An English prophecy — eleven quatrains
Number 1443-5
64.   ff. 118-119   France and Flanders then shall rise
A political prophecy — one cross-rhymed quatrain
Number 6434-4
65.   ff. 121v-122; ff. 123-123v   When the cock in the north hath built his nest
The First Scottish Prophecy — in alliterative cross-rhymed quatrains
Number 1215-5
66.   f. 135   Ever is six the best chance of the dice
A political prophecy according to the throw of the dice — in couplets
Number 2459-3
67.   f. 140v   In a summer season when soft was the sun
William Langland, Vision of Piers Plowman, the ‘B’ text
Number 2459-4
68.   ff. 142-142v   In a summer season when soft was the sun
William Langland, Vision of Piers Plowman, the ‘B’ text
Number 3220-2
69.   ff. 142v-144v   Lord say me for the maiden love that thou thy mother calls
‘þe vision of sire William Banestre, knyght’ — 118 lines
Number 1793-4
70.   ff. 148-149   Harkeneth speeches of many kind things
Prophecia de Merlyn’: The prophecy of the six kings to follow King John — 278 lines in short couplets