The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Little is lithe by Lytham
One quatrain (or eight lines?) of rhyming, alliterative verse about places in
the northwest of England.
Monorhymed quatrain with internal rhyme (or eight lines of alternating
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 499
, f. 68v
Littel is lithe bi lythum
wen stormes arn stronge upon
wither ar watires y wythum
wen stremes ar stirne with stith
bernes þat born wer i bethum
ther men may bringe to brod
þe sydes arn sore by sythym
þat muche haues mowen imong
Note: Added to the margin of a Latin manuscript. Written as
Pickering, Oliver S.
“Newly Discovered Secular Lyrics from Later Thirteenth-Century
Review of English Studies
n.s. 43 (1992): 157-80: 168.