The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3954
IMEV 2479
NIMEV 2479
O lewd book with the fool rudeness
Balade with Envoy to Alison — three stanzas rhyme royal and 6-line Envoy (ALISON)
Note: Follows The Cuckoo and the Nightingale (5299).
Subjects: love lyrics; envoys; acrostics
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 147v-148
First Lines:
O lewde boke with thy foole rudenese
Sith thou hast neyther beaute ne eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Of grace I beseche alegge let your writynge
Now of al goode syth ye be best lyvynge
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 346 (SC 10173), ff. 101-101v
First Lines:
O lewde booke with þi foole rudnes
Siþ þou hast noþir beaute ne eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Of grace I biseke alegge be youre writyng
Non of al good siþ Ȝe be best lyving
Attributed Title: Explicit þe Cuck & þe Nighting. (added seventeenth century, f. 101v)
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Tanner 346: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1980.
Vollmer, E. Das mittelenglische Gedicht The Boke of Cupid. Bonner Beiträge zur germ. und rom. Phil. 17. Berlin, 1898: 46-7.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532
2.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
3.Source: STC 5077. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes, Speght, 1598
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 545.
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: 11.171.
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: 1.501.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.366.
The Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer. 5 vols. Chiswick: C. Whittington, 1822: 5.27.
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Richard Morris, eds. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Aldine Edition of the British Poets. 6 vols; orig. ed., 1845; rev. ed. London: Bell and Daldy, 1866: 4.85.
Bell, Robert, ed. Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: J.W. Parker, 1854-6; rev. Walter William Skeat 4 vols. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1878; orig. published 8 vols: 4.347.
Ellis, Frederick Startridge, ed. The Floure and the Leafe, and the Boke of Cupide, god of love, or The cuckow and the Nightingale. Hammersmith: Kelmscott, 1896.