The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Found Records:
Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1
Number 95-1
1.   ff. 1-7   A little tale I will you tell / I trow it will like you well
The Huntyng of the Hare — in 6-line stanzas
Number 762-1
2.   f. 7   Be it true or be it false / It is as the copy was
Concluding rubric by the scribe concerning the poems copied — one couplet
Number 5408-1
3.   f. 10v   The moon in the morning merely rose
Nonsense verses — twenty-one alliterative lines
Number 1595-2
4.   ff. 11-27v   God that art of mights most
Sir Gowther, a ‘Breton lai’ — in 12-line stanzas
Number 6649-2
5.   ff. 28-29v   Whoso will of nurture lere
Urbanitatis — ninety-eight lines in couplets
Number 1934-7
6.   ff. 48-56v   Hende in hall an ye will hear / Of elders that before us were
Sir Isumbras — in 12-line stanzas (aabccbddbeeb)
Number 5537-7
7.   ff. 57-58v   The worthiest thing most of goodness
The Lay Folks’ Mass Book
Number 589-4
8.   ff. 59-59v   As Holy Kirk makes mind / Intrauit ventris thalamum
A macaronic carol of the Nativity — nine quatrains (abab) and two-line burden: ‘The almyghty Kyng of blys / Assumpsit carnem virginis
Number 1770-1
9.   ff. 60-60v   Harken to my tale that I shall to you shew
Nonsense verse — in couplets
Number 3345-1
10.   f. 61   Man by any side ere thou begin
Spiritual advice — a three line fragment
Number 1108-11
11.   f. 61v   Deceit deceiveth and shall be deceived
A single stanza (Bk. II, lines 4432-8) from Lydgate’s Fall of Princes (1904) — rhyme royal.
Number 4811-5
12.   f. 61v   Set and save if thou will have
Rhyming proverbs — four couplets
Number 4800-4
13.   f. 61v   See much say little and learn to suffer in time
Proverbs ascribed to R. Stokys (by MacCracken to Lydgate) — five stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1691-4
14.   ff. 65-65v   Hail be Thou Mary the mother of Christ
Ave regina celorum — six 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), each with Latin final line
Number 2928-1
15.   ff. 66-67v   Jesu that was born of Mary free
‘Þat Pese may stond’ — eight 12-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) with refrain, ‘And lene hus grace that pes may stand’
Number 5552-1
16.   ff. 68-84   Then the knight and the steward free
Sir Amadace — generally in 12-line stanzas
Number 3134-6
17.   ff. 84v-86v   Little children here you may lere / Much courtesy that is reckoned here
‘The Lytylle Childrenes Lytil Boke’ — fifty-four couplets
Number 1173-2
18.   ff. 89v-90v   Ecce ancilla domini
A song of the Annunciation — in 8-line stanzas with the refrain, ‘Ecce ancilla domini
Number 631-4
19.   f. 91   As I wandered here by west / Fast under a forest side
‘Ay Merci God and Graunt Merci’ — twelve 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), alliterative, including refrain, ‘With marcy Lorde & gramarcy’ or ‘mercy god and graunt merci’
Number 2441-2
20.   ff. 91-92v   In a chamber as I stood
‘Seruice is noon heritage’ — nine 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with this refrain
Number 2443-3
21.   ff. 93-94   In a church there I can kneel / This ender day in on morning
Deo gracias — eleven 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with this refrain
Number 637-2
22.   ff. 94v-95v   As I went through a garden green
Verbum caro factum est, the Virgin Mary’s song of the Nativity — seven 8-line stanzas including this Latin refrain
Number 612-1
23.   ff. 95v-96   As I me rode in a May morning
On contemporary conditions — eleven quatrains with refrain, ‘quod omnis caro fenum est’, and burden: ‘Man in þi mynd loket þis be best / Omnis caro fenum est
Number 3481-6
24.   ff. 97-97v; ff. 87-89   Mercy God of my misdeed / For Thy mercy that mickle is
Maydestone’s paraphrase of the Fifty-first Psalm — twenty 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 2866-4
25.   ff. 98-157v   Jesu lord of mights most / Father and son and holy ghost
Visio Tundali’ — in couplets
Number 762-2
26.   f. 157v   Be it true or be it false / It is as the copy was
Concluding rubric by the scribe concerning the poems copied — one couplet
Number 4312-8
27.   ff. 158-170v   Our gracious God prince of pity
William Lychefelde, ‘Complaint of God’ — sixty-eight 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 2940-17
28.   ff. 170v-173   Jesu thy sweetness who so might it see
A Song of Love to Jesus — fourteen 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 6484-1
29.   f. 173v   When ye have song all in fere
Fragment of a song — three cross-rhymed lines and burden couplet: ‘yeyhe heyhe heyhe heyhe / syn I scholde sins what sschold I seye’
Number 317-4
30.   ff. 174-175   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 6798-7
31.   f. 175   Worship women wine and unwieldy age
Four things that make a man fall from Reason, perhaps by Lydgate — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 4810-8
32.   f. 175   Serve thy God truly
Precepts in -ly — usually two quatrains, but sometimes in expanded versions
Number 4080-36
33.   ff. 176-210   O thoughtful heart plunged in distress
Life of Our Lady
Number 5729.2-4
34.   ff. 210v-211v   This lovely lady sat and sang
Dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Child — seven l0-line stanzas (ababccdeed) including refrain, ‘To syng by by lully lulley’ plus 7-line burden (aaabccb): ‘This enders nyght / I sawe a sight / A sterre as bryght / As any day / & euer a monge / A maydyn songe / Lylley by by lully lulley’
Number 6477-3
35.   ff. 212-212v   When thunder cometh in January
Prognostications from the amount of thunder in the months of the year — twelve quatrains in couplets
Number 5489-2
36.   ff. 212-212v   The sun is here in his sign
English verses on the Signs of the Zodiac — three 6-line stanzas and nine quatrains, all in couplets
Number 4979-4
37.   ff. 213-216   Some time in Rome a pope there was
The trental of Saint Gregory — 101 couplets
Number 762-3
38.   f. 216   Be it true or be it false / It is as the copy was
Concluding rubric by the scribe concerning the poems copied — one couplet