The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2169
IMEV 1300
NIMEV 1300
I have a lady whereso she be
‘The Discryuyng of a fayre lady‘: a mock courtly panegyric of traditional charms — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Title(s): ‘The Discryuyng of a fayre lady‘
Subjects: parodies
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 205-205v
First Lines:
[I] haue a lady where so she be
That seldom ys the souerayn of my thought…
Last Lines:
…That furst hytr formyd to be a creature
ffor were she wele of me I dyd no cure
Attributed Author: by Chaucer (right margin, beside line 1, f. 205, by a later hand)
Attributed Title: Explicit the Dyscryuyng of a fayre lady (f. 205v)
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Patterson, Frank A. “Shakspeare and the Medieval Lyric.” Shakesperian Studies by Members of the Department of English And Comparative Literature in Columbia University. B. Matthews, and A. H. Thorndike, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 1916. 431-52: 440 (st. 1-2 only).
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 38-40.
2.Source: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9, f. 110v
Van Dorsten, J. A. “The Leyden ‘Lydgate Manuscript.’” Scriptorium 14 (1960): 315-25: 324.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Note: Also Speght (1598), etc.
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 557.
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: 13.131.
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: 1.586.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.563-4.