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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Dyce 25.F.40 (MS Dyce 45)
Number 5571-1
1.   ff. 15v-16   There is a saying both old and true
A moral poem on honest mirth — six six-line stanzas and a four-line pseudo-burden: ‘Nowe will ye be mery & can ye be merye / I pray you be mery mery mery mery / Be as mery as yowe cane / So shall yow please bothe god & man’.
Number 5686-1
2.   ff. 16-17   This ender night / When stars shone bright
A dialogue between Christ and the Sinner, with chamson d’aventure opening — two six-line tail-rhyme stanzas and nineteen couplets
Number 1670-1
3.   ff. 17rb-17v   Grievous is my sorrow / both even and morrow
Appeal of Christ to man — seven 8-line stanzas including refrain: ‘Ye wil not frome synne refrayne’
Number 994-1
4.   ff. 18-19v   Christ hath made His complaint
A prophecy — 96 lines in quatrains
Number 2455-1
5.   ff. 19v-21v   In a pleasant arbor very quaint and quadrant
‘Vice through violence puttyth vertue vnto flyte’ — twelve 8-line stanzas with this refrain
Number 5066-1
6.   ff. 21v-22   Sweet heart be true
A religious love parody — seven 6-line stanzas
Number 2516.5-1
7.   ff. 22-23v   In Holy Church of Christs foundation
Clergy’s place in the three estates — sixteen 5-line stanzas (including a 2-line refrain) and burden: ‘In towne a god wolde hyt were layde downe a’
Number 907-1
8.   ff. 23v-25   But if that I may have truly
A drinking song — sixteen 6-line stanzas (aabccb), with 4-line burden: ‘back and syde goo bare goo bare / bothe hand & fote goo colde / but belly god sende the good ale I nowghe / whether hyt be newe or holde’
Number 6673-1
9.   ff. 25v-27v   Why should man doubtfully questions make
On faith and reason — twenty-nine quatrains
Number 4794-2
10.   ff. 41v-42   Say well is a worthy thing
Verses advocating that Do well is preferable to Say well — nine quatrains and burden, or 42 lines in couplets with burden: ‘Saye well & do well þey are thynges twayne / thryse happy ys he in whome bothe dothe rayne’.