The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2453
IMEV 1454
NIMEV 1454
In a noon tide of a summers day
Reuertere’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Title(s): Reuertere
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 332
First Lines:
In a tyme of a somers day
The sune shon full meryly þat tyde…
Last Lines:
…& ofte to fall in wykyd thowght
And than ys best Revertere
Note: Stanzas 1-3 and 11 only.
Attributed Title: Incipit (p. 332); Explicit Reuertere (p. 332)
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 168.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 80.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 195-6.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.38 (1450), ff. 22-23
First Lines:
yn a noone hete of somerday
The sone schone full mery that tyde…
Last Lines:
…And ofte to fall yn wykkyd sorte
Then ys the beste keuertere
Note: 11 stanzas.
Attributed Title: Explicit Materia Ista (f. 23)
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 61-66
First Lines:
IN noon tyd of asomers day
Þe sunne schoon ful myrei þat tide
I took myn hauk al for to play
Mi spaynel rennyng bi my side…
Last Lines:
…Þerfore pray we to heuene kijng
Euery man in his degreee
To graunte them þe blis euerlastinge
Þat þis word weel kan seie reuertere
Note: Written as prose. Quire [6] bound before Quire [5], which page numbering takes into account.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The History of the Holy Grail by Henry Lovelich. EETS e.s. 20, 24, 28, 30, 95 (1874-8); repr. in 2 vols, 1973: 1.91-4.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 363-4.