The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1160
IMEV 698
Each man followeth his own fantasy
John Lydgate, ‘Amor et Pecunia’ — seventeen 8-line stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 375.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Amor et Pecunia
Subjects: money; advice, moral
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 41-43
First Lines:
EChe man to folowe his owen fantasye
Lyche as it falleþe in fallþe in his opynioun
His witte enclyninge on to þat partye
Where as his herte haþe made elleccyoun…
Last Lines:
…Suche love graunted in trouþe and stabulnesse
Shal haue his guerdoun and hys mede
Attributed Author: …by þat Philosofre Lidegate daun Johan (f. 41)
Attributed Title: Nowe foloweþe here nexst a questyoun made in wyse of balade by þat Philosofre Lidegate daun Johan. Wheþer is moste preferred in þe worlde þat nowe is / Amor vincit omnia. or Mentiris quod pecunia (f. 41)
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 124v-126
First Lines:
Eche man folowith his owne fantasie
lyke as It fallythe in his oppinion…
Last Lines:
…soche love groundyd in trouthe and stabellnesse
shall have of god his reward and mede
Note: Rubric after last line: ‘deo gracias / Iohn lydgat / wryttyn by Iohn Stowe’ (f. 126).
Attributed Author: Iohn lydgat (ff. 124v, 126)
Attributed Title: Amor vincit omnia / mentoris uod pecunia / Iohn lydgate(rubric heading, f. 124v; by scribe, John Stow)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 46v-48v
First Lines:
Eche man folwith his owne fantasye
Liche as it fallith in his oppinioun…
Last Lines:
…Such love grounded in love and stablenesse
Shal have of god his gwerdoun and his mede
Attributed Author: A demawnde by Lydgate (f. 46v)
Attributed Title: A demawnde by Lydgate (f. 46v)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 744-9.