The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2575
IMEV 1528
NIMEV 1528
In September at the falling of the leaf
’The Boke called Assemble de Damys’, ascribed to Chaucer — 755 lines in rhyme royal stanzas, including eleven introductory stanzas and three concluding stanzas
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer (attrib.)
Title(s): ’The Boke called Assemble de Damys’
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators; love, courts of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 55-65v
First Lines:
In Septembre at the fallyng of the leef
The fresshe season was all to gedyr don…
Last Lines:
…My felovs all and me must aftyr soon
Rede well my dreme fo now my tale ys doon
Attributed Author: By Chaucer (f. 55, added by later hand)
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Boke callyd Assemble de Damys (f. 55); Here endeth the book of assemble de Damys (f. 65v)
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Stowe, John, ed. The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer…with diuers addicions, with the Siege of Thebes, compiled by J. Lidgate. London, J. Kyngston for J. Wight, 1561 (STC 5075).
Speght, Thomas, ed. The Workes of…Geffrey Chaucer. London, [A. Islip,] imp. G. Bishop, 1598; rev. ed. A. Islip, 1602 (STC 5077, 5080): repr. Urry (1721), 433.
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: 10.167.
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: 1.455.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.526-32.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], f. 37-49
First Lines:
[I]N septembre at fallyng of the leef
The fressh season was al togydre done…
Last Lines:
…My felawes al and I must after sone
Rede wele my dreame for now my tale is done
Pearsall, Derek, ed. The Floure and Leafe and the Assembly of Ladies. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1962; repr. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan UP, 1990: 105-26.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 295-9 (excerpt).
3.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 258, ff. 58-75v
First Lines:
[I]n Septembre at the falling of the leef
The fresshe saison was al togedre doon…
Last Lines:
…My felawes al and I must after soon
Rede well my dreme for now my tale is don
Attributed Title: Here endith the boke of / Assemble de Dames (f. 75v)
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed, with dyuers workes whiche were neuer in print before Ed. William Thynne, 1532: repr. Skeat (1894), 7.380-404.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , ff. 294ra-298rb
First Lines:
IN Septembre at the fallyng of the lefe
The fressh ceason was al togyder doon…
Last Lines:
…My felawes al and I must after sone
Rede wel my dreme for now my tale is don
Attributed Title: The assemble of ladies (f. 293vb)