The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3312
IMEV 2029
NIMEV 2029
Madame for your newfangleness
‘Against Women Inconstant’ or ‘Newfangelnesse’, perhaps by Chaucer — a balade, three stanzas rhyme royal
Note: For a variant changing gender, see 6873
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer [?]
Title(s): Against Women Inconstant (?Chaucer); Newfangelnesse
Subjects: women, faithlessness of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 194v-195
First Lines:
Madame that throgh your newfangelnesse
Many a seruaunt haue put out of your grace…
Last Lines:
…Alle lyght for somer ye wote wel what I mene
In sted of bliw thus may ye were al grene
Attributed Title: Balade (f. 194v)
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Doyle, A. I., and George B. Pace. “Further Texts of Chaucer’s Minor Poems.” Studies in Bibliography 28 (1975): 41-61: 57-8.
Pace, George B., and Alfred David, eds. The Minor Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer: A Variorum Edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer vol. 5, part 1. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1982: 191-3.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 657.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.VII, f. 189v
First Lines:
Madame for your newe fangelnesse
Manie a seruaunt haue ye put out of your grace…
Last Lines:
…All light for somer ye wote wel what I mene
In sted of Blewe thus may ye were grene
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Odd Texts of the Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 23, 60. London: Trübner, 1868, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 1.409-10.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 627-8; 1957; 540.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 17v1
First Lines:
Madame for youre newe fangelnesse
Many seruant haue ye put oute of grace…
Last Lines:
…Alle light for somer ye woote wele what I mene
In steede of blewe thus may ye were grene

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561 17v
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: 1.579-80.
Clarke, Charles Cauder. The Riches of Chaucer. London: T. Tegg, 1835, 1839: 2.312-13.