The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5229
IMEV 3318.7
NIMEV TP 1695.5
The cat the rat and Lovell our dog
Wyllyam Colyngbourne, Verses on England in 1485, against the advisors of Richard III, posted on the doors of St Paul’s Cathedral — one couplet
Note: Cf. Mirror for Magistrates (Campbell (1939), p. cxxxviii a. Tilley (1950), C 143.
Author(s): William Colyngbourne
Subjects: historical verse; Richard III; chronicles, verse in; inscriptions
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, f. 435v
The Catt the Ratt and lovell our Dogg
Rulith all Englond vnder an hogg

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533 , vol. II, f. 229
The catte the ratte and Louell our dogge
Rulyth all Englande vnder a hogge
Note: In Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VII, Septima Pars, Richardi Tercii.
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 672 [cf. 6322].
Hall, Sir Henry, ed. Hall’s Chronicle. London: for J. Johnson, 1809: 395.
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 6 vols. London: Johnson, 1807-08: 3.422.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography : 9.284.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 269 [and cf. 823].
Davies, John Silvester, ed. An English Chronicle…. Camden Society o.s. 64 (1856): 91.
Christ Church Letters. Camden Society n.s. 19 (1877): 96.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 199.
Roskell, J. S. “William Catesby, Counsellor to Richard II.” Bulletin of John Rylands Library 42 (1959-60): 145-74: 168.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: xxxviii.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 567.
Scattergood, V. John. Politics and Poetry in the Fifteenth Century. London: Blandford Press, 1971: 211.
2.Source: STC 10662. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542] , sig. Rrr.1ra
The catte the ratte and louel our dogge
Ruleth all englande vnder a hogge