The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1529
IMEV 923
Go forth mine own true heart innocent
An Envoy to his mistress — three stanzas rhyme royal with refrain
Note: Follows 6305.
Subjects: envoys; lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10303, f. 9
First Lines:
ffayrest of fayer & goodlieste a lyve
all my secre to you I playne & shryve…
Last Lines:
…ffrom the grace of her whose lookes softe
may gyve the the blisse that thou desyers ofte
Note: Four stanzas and refrain in this manuscript. Refrain is: ‘Ye that this balade rede shall / I prey you kepe you ffrom the fall’.
2.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 256, f. 24v
Jenkins, Anthony, ed. The Isle of Ladies: or, The Ile of Pleasaunce. Garland Medieval Texts 2. New York: Garland, 1980.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5077. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes, Speght, 1598
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 587.
Bell, John, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 14 vols. in 7. The Poets of Great Britain. Edinburgh, 1782; repr. London: Cadell and Davies, 1807: 11.84.
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.479.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.394.
The Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer. 5 vols. Chiswick: C. Whittington, 1822: 5.138.
Tyrwhitt, Thomas, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: Moxon, 1843: 405.
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Richard Morris, eds. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Aldine Edition of the British Poets. 6 vols; orig. ed., 1845; rev. ed. London: Bell and Daldy, 1866: 5.153.
Bell, Robert, ed. Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: J.W. Parker, 1854-6; rev. Walter William Skeat 4 vols. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1878; orig. published 8 vols: 3.508.
Sherzer, Jane Belle. The Ile of Ladies. Berlin: Mayer & Müller, 1903.
Cohen, Helen Louise. The Ballade. New York: Columbia UP, 1915: 279.