The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2525
IMEV 1498
NIMEV 1498
In June when Titan was in the Crabs head
John Lydgate, ‘A Sayenge of the Nyghtyngale’ — fifty-four stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A Sayenge of the Nyghtyngale’
Subjects: dream poems; Christ, sufferings of; Christ, love to sinners
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 347-348
First Lines:
In Juygne whan Tytan was in þe Crabbes hed
Towardes even þe saphyre huwed sky…
Last Lines:
…As flour eerdeyned for to releeve man
Which bare þe frut þat sloughe our foo Sathan
Attributed Title: …and filowing nowe here nexst beginneþe a seying of þe Nightingale ymagyned and compyled by lydegate daun Johan þe Monk of Bury (p. 337); A devoute meditacion made by Lidegate of þe Nightyngale (RT)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 221-34.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 229-234v
First Lines:
IN Iune whan Titan was in Crabbes hede
Towardes Even the Saphyre huwed sky…
Last Lines:
…As flour ordeyned for to Releve man
Whiche bare the fruyt that slough oure foo Sathan
Attributed Author: Of this Balade Dan Iohn / lydgate made nomore (f. 234v)
Glauning, Otto, ed. Lydgate’s Two Nightingale Poems. EETS e.s. 80 (1900); repr. 1987: 16-28.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 161-166
First Lines:
In Iuygne whan tyton was in þe crabes hed
towardes euen þe saphyre huwed sky…
Last Lines:
…as flour ordayned for to releue man
which bore þe frute þat slough our foo sathan
Note: In heading, false start to writing ‘Iohn’ before ‘daune’ is crossed through.
Attributed Author: daune Iohn lidgate (f. 161)
Attributed Title: here folowinge begynneth a sayenge of þe nightingalle Imagened and cumpyled by I daune Iohn lidgate (f. 161)