The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3113
IMEV 1892
NIMEV 1892
Listeneth lordings both great and small
Song in honour of St. Thomas of Canterbury — in quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and burden: A a a a / Nu[nc] gaudet ecclesia
Subjects: Thomas of Canterbury, saint; carols, of saints
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 4762-477
First Lines:
Lystyn lordyngis both gret & small
I will you tell a wonder tale…
Last Lines:
… & stered his braynes vp so down
Optans celi gawdia
Note: Stanzas 1-5, 7
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 255-6.
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: 31.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 19-20.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 383/603, pp. 68-69
First Lines:
Herkennd lordingus grete & smale
yc wol ȝow telle awonder tale…
Last Lines:
…for fyftene tokenus of gret strif
Contra regis consilia
Note: 8 x 4 (this ms), aaab, plus burden: ‘A a a a nunc gaudet ecclesia’; stanzas 1, 3, 2, 4-6, 8, 9
Brunner, Karl. “Kirchenleider aus dem 15. Jahrhundert.” Anglia 61 (1937): 13-51: 151.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 189-90.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 152-3.
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 23v-24
First Lines:
Lestenytgh lordynges bothe grete & smale
I xal you telyn a wonder tale…
Last Lines:
…For lii poyntes he les his lyf
Contra regis consilia
Note: 9 stanzas
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols printed from a manuscript in the Sloane Collection. London: Pickering, 1836: No. 11.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 66-8.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 72; 1977, 60-1.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 129.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 82.
4.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office C 47/34/1/12, f. 1-1v
First Lines:
Listenus lordynges grete & smale
I wil you telle a wonder tale…
Last Lines:
…Fore fiute i poyttes of …scef
Contra regis consilia
Note: 9 stanzas