The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3058
IMEV 1865
NIMEV 1865
Let no man boast of cunning ne virtue
John Lydgate, ‘Midsomer Rose’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Midsomer Rose’
Subjects: mutability
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 31v-33v
First Lines:
LEt noman booste of konnyng ne vertue
Of tresore ricchesse or of sapience
Of worldely watte al comþe of Ihesu
Counseyle of coumfort discrecoun prudence…
Last Lines:
…Called þe Ryver with þe red streme
To paradyse wardes vn to Ihesu oure Roos
Note: 14 stanzas (stanza eight is missing).
Attributed Title: Here foloweþe a balade made of þe transmutacouns of þis worlde with þe refrayde as a midsomer Roos (f. 31v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 89-90v
First Lines:
Lat no man bost of cunnyng ne verteu
Of tresowr richesse nor of sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradyse callyd the rede streme
Of whos .v. wondes print in ȝowre hert a rose Explicit
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 25-27v
First Lines:
[L]At no man bost of konnyng nor vertue
Of tresoure Riches nor of Sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradise callid þe reede streme
Of whos v woundes prynte in youre herte A Rose
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 22-6.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 300-301v
First Lines:
lat noman bost of Connyng nor Vertu
Of tresour Rychese ner of sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradyse callyd the Rede streme
Of whose v woundes prynte in your hert a Rose
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 15-16v
First Lines:
LAte noman boste of konnyng nor vertu
Of tresour richesse nor of sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradise callid the Reede streame
Of whos fyve woundis prent in youre hert a Rose
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 3v-5v
First Lines:
LAt noman booste of konnyng nor vertu
Of tresour richesse nor of Sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradys callyd the rede strem
Off whos five woundys prent in your hert a Roose Explicit
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 780-5.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 191-3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 393-6.
7.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 A.XIII, f. 114
Let no man booste of cunnyng ne vertue
Ne of wysdome Riches nor of Sapience
Nor worldly supporte for all comyth of Iesu
As Counsaile Comforte consolacion and prudence
Note: 4 lines only.
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], ff. 87v-89
First Lines:
Late no man boste of connyng nor vertue
Of tresoure riches nor of sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradice called the red streme
Of whose v woundes prynt in your hert a rose
Gray, Thomas. “Some Remarks on the Poems of Lydgate.” The Works of Thomas Gray. 2 vols. Thomas James Mathias, ed. London, 1814: 2.76 (MSS unspecified).
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 20 (ed. crit. all MSS except London, British Library Royal 18 A.XIII).