The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5052
IMEV 3222
NIMEV 3222
Summer is comen with love to toun
The Thrush and the Nightingale — in 12-line stanzas
Title(s): The Thrush and the Nightingale
Subjects: birds, as narrators; dialogues, bird; women, debates concerning
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), ff. 136vb-138rb
First Lines:
Somer is comen wiþ loue to toune
Wiþ blostme and wiþ brides roune…
Last Lines:
…Ne rechi neuere weder I fle
A wai ich wille driue
Note: 192 lines
Attributed Title: Ci comence le cuntent par entre le Mauuis et la russinole (f. 136v)
Tschann, Judith A., and Malcolm B. Parkes. “Introduction.” Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 EETS s.s. 16 (1996).
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.241-5.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.50-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 101-7.
Dickins, Bruce, and Richard M. Wilson. Early Middle English Texts. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1951: 285.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 56-61.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 239-48.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 279va-b
First Lines:
L[enten is comen] wiþ loue [to toun]
Wiþ blosme & wiþ briddes roun…
Last Lines:
…Thane leue to aliȝt here
In orchard & in erbere…
Note: 74 lines; begins and ends imperfectly. Cf. 3050.
Pearsall, Derek, and I. C. Cunningham, eds. The Auchinleck Manuscript. National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 19.2.1. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Laing, David, ed. A Penni Worth of Witte, Florice and Blauncheflour…. Abbotsford Club 29. Edinburgh, 1857: 45-8.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Zu mittelenglischen gedichten: XI - XIII.” Anglia 4 (1881): 180-210: 208-10.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “Der mittelenglische streit zwischen drossel und nachtigall.” Anglia 43 (1919): 52-60: 52-9.