The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1230
IMEV 746
Every manner creature / Disposed unto gentilesse
John Lydgate, A Lover’s Lament — fifteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) each ending, ‘ladye dere’ and envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): A Lover’s Lament
Subjects: laments; lover’s lament; envoys
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 45v-47v
First Lines:
Every maner creature
disposed vn to gentylesse
Booþe of kynde and of nature
Haþe in his hert moste gladnesse…
Last Lines:
…þat of mercy shee not disdeyne
To bee my souereine ladye dere
Attributed Author: …made by Lydegate… (f. 45v)
Attributed Title: Here folowþe nexst a compleynte made by Lydegate for þe departing of Thomas Chaucier in to fraunce by hes servauntz vpon þe kynges ambassate (f. 45v)
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Rev. ed. of G. H. Kingsley, Francis Thynne: Animadversions upon Chaucer’s WorksEETS o.s. 9 (1865), repr. 1965; re-issued Chaucer Society 2nd ser. 13 (1876): 122-6.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, ff. 249v-251v
First Lines:
Euery maner creature
Disposed vn to gentyllesse…
Last Lines:
…þat she of mercy not disdeyne
To be my soueraine lady dere
Note: 16 stanzas; followed by 5108.
Attributed Author: by Lydegate (f. 249v)
Attributed Title: Amerous balade by Lydegate made at departing of Thomas Chaucieres on þe kynges ambassade in to ffraunce (f. 249v)
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Pieces from Manuscripts, No. VIII.” Notes and Queries 4th ser. 9 (1872): 500-501: 381-3.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 420-4.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 367, ff. 87-87v
First Lines:
Every maner creature
disposid vnto gentilnesse…
Last Lines:
…that of marcy she not disdeyne
to be my sovereyn lady dere
Note: Written by the hand of John Stow, on a separate leaf tipped into the volume, once folded across the middle.
Attributed Title: here folowithe a complaynt made by lidgate for the departyng of Thomas Chawcer into fraunce by his servante vpon the kyngs ambassate (f. 87)