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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS]
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) 1.67 (Derbys).
Number 4229-5
1.   ff. 3-5; ff. 45-51; ff. 81-95   Of them that written us tofore
Confessio Amantis
Number 4375-4
2.   ff. 15-17   Pity that I have sought so yore ago
‘The Compleynt unto Pite’
Number 664-2
3.   ff. 17-18v   As oft as sighs been in heart true
A Lover’s Plaint — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘So ofte and ofter I sygh for yowre sake.’
Number 1365-2
4.   ff. 19-19v   For lack of sight great cause I have to pleyne
To his Mistress — eight 8-line stanzas including refrain, ‘Of my desire that I may ce ryghte noghte’, and four-line envoy.
Number 2225-1
5.   f. 20   I may well sigh for grievous is my pain
A Lover’s Plaint
Number 6813
6.   f. 20v   Ye are to blame to set your heart so sore
A love lyric—one quatrain
Number 6492-1
7.   f. 20v   Where I have chosen steadfast will I be
To his mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5299-5
8.   ff. 22-28   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 643-1
9.   f. 28v   As in you resteth my Joy and comfort
To his mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal.
Number 5373-8
10.   ff. 29-42v   The life so short the craft so long to learn
Geoffrey Chaucer, Parlement of Foules — 98 stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3824-1
11.   ff. 51-53   Now ye will of love hear
The Parliament of Love
Number 4354-5
12.   f. 53v   Peace maketh plenty
Gnomic verses — three couplets (texts show slight variations)
Number 6309-1
13.   f. 53v   When Fortune list give her assent
Fortune rules both high and low — a roundel in fourteen lines
Number 6255-1
14.   f. 56   What so men sayn
On Feigned Love — four 8-line stanzas (aaabaaab)
Number 630-1
15.   ff. 56v-58v   As I walked upon a day / To take the air of field & flower
Give me License to live in Ease — eleven 12-line stanzas with refrain phrase ‘to lyue in ease.’
Number 6044-2
16.   f. 59   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 4949-1
17.   ff. 61-63v   So thirled with the point of remembrance
‘The Compleynt of Anelida the quene upon fals Arcite’, included in Chaucer’s Anelida and Arcite, but here occurring separately — twelve 9-line stanzas and two 16-line stanzas, including Proem and Conclusion
Number 177-6
18.   ff. 64-67v   A thousand times have I heard men tell
Legend of Good Women
Number 5590-6
19.   ff. 68-69v   There nis so high comfort to my pleasance
‘Complaint of Venus’
Number 3668-1
20.   f. 69v   My woeful heart thus clad in pain
A Love song of a mistress for her absent lover — seven 3-line stanzas, aab, with the same rhyme throughout
Number 1092-6
21.   ff. 71-80v   Cupido unto whose commandment
Lespistre de Cupide
Number 3197-1
22.   ff. 96-109vb   Lord God in Trinity / Give them heaven for to see
Sir Degrevant
Number 3197-2
23.   f. 109vb   Lord God in Trinity / Give them heaven for to see
Sir Degrevant
Number 1761-2
24.   ff. 117-134v   Half in a dream not fully awaked
‘La Belle Dame sans Mercy’
Number 1044-1
25.   ff. 135-136   Come home dear heart from tarying
A love cycle — fifty-one lines in four groups each of three stanzas of 5, 3, and 5 lines.
Number 4971-1
26.   ff. 136v-137   Some time I loved as ye may see
A Slighted Lover’s Complaint — nine quatrains (aaab) and burden (b): Who so lyst to loue god send hym right good spede
Number 4884-1
27.   f. 137   Sith fortune hath me set thus in this wise
Verses expressing desire to serve his mistress — four lines, possibly monorhyming
Number 261-1
28.   ff. 137v-138   Alas alas and alas why / hath fortune done so cruelly
The distressed lover — six quatrains
Number 3822-2
29.   f. 137v   Now would I fain some mirths make
A Pledge of Loyalty to his Mistress — six 5-line stanzas (aabcb)
Number 302-1
30.   f. 138v   Alas what planet was I born under
The Vicissitudes of Love — three stanzas rhyme royal.
Number 1074-1
31.   ff. 138v-139   Continuance / Of remembrance / without ending
‘The Lover’s Plaint’
Number 3673-1
32.   f. 139   Myself walking all alone / full of thought of joy desperate
A Complaint against Fortune — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4972-1
33.   f. 139v   Sometime I loved so do I yet
The Delivered Lover — eight quatrains (aaab) and burden (cb): ‘Vp son and mery wether / Somer draweth nere’
Number 1411-1
34.   f. 143v   For to prevent / And after repent / It were Folly
A love song — ten 6-line stanzas
Number 2504-1
35.   ff. 144v-145   In full great heaviness mine heart is pwyght
A moral lament — six stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3545-1
36.   f. 146   Most glorious queen reigning in heaven
A hymn to the Virgin Mary — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3854-1
37.   f. 146v   O Christ Jesu meekly I pray to thee
A prayer to Christ against perils — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1070-2
38.   ff. 147-150   Consider well with every circumstance
‘A wikked tong wol alway deme amis’
Number 5581-1
39.   ff. 150-151   There is no more dreadful pestilence
‘The Tongue’
Number 5249-3
40.   f. 150   The double sorrow of Troilus to tellen
Extracts from Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde — rhyme royal stanzas
Number 939-2
41.   ff. 151-152   By sapience temper thy courage / Of hasty ire…
Seven Wise Counsels
Number 5411-2
42.   f. 151   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 1667-1
43.   ff. 152v-153   Greater matter of dole and heaviness
A Complaint for lack of mercy
Number 5713-1
44.   f. 153   This is no life alas that I do lead
On the Cruelties of his Mistress — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 3666-1
45.   ff. 153-153v   My woeful heart plunged in heaviness
A complaint against his mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal with refrain, ‘Alas vnkyndenesse þus haith my herte slayne’
Number 6863-1
46.   ff. 153v-154   Yet would I not the causer fared amiss
A love lament — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1214-1
47.   f. 153v   Ever in one with my due attendance
The Faithful Lover — one 8-line stanza
Number 6138-1
48.   f. 154   Verily / And truly
A balade protesting devotion and fidelity — three 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Number 640-1
49.   f. 154v   As in my remembrance none but ye alone
To his mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal.
Number 1525-2
50.   ff. 155-156   Glory unto God laud and benison / To John to Peter
The Pain and Sorrow of Evil Marriage
Number 3740-1
51.   ff. 156v-159v   Now god that sittest on high in throne
A prayer for England — nineteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with refrain, ‘Of alle oure synnys god make a delyueraunce’
Number 4072-1
52.   f. 159v   O thou fortune why art thou so inconstant
A complaint against Fortune — in rhyme royal stanzas with refrain, ‘He holdyth ryght naught of clene conscience’, and headings in Latin above six stanzas
Number 4168-3
53.   f. 162v   Of gifts large in love hath great delight
Of the Four Complexions (beginning with Sanguineus) — four stanzas rhyme royal
Number 6830-1
54.   f. 164   Ye mistresses mine and cleanly chambers
‘A tretise for lauandres’
Number 959-1
55.   ff. 166-177v   Cassamus rose after this talking
Voeux du Paon (extract)
Number 121-1
56.   f. 178   A mercy fortune have pity on me
A complaint against Fortune — three stanzas rhyme royal with 2-line refrain
Number 1418-6
57.   ff. 181-185v   For why that God is inwardly the wit / Of man
‘Cato Major’