The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5410
IMEV 3436
NIMEV 3436
The more I go the further I am behind
’Tyed with a Line’ — twelve stanzas rhyme royal with refrain.
Note: For burden, cf. 6104; cf. also 5411.
Title(s): Tyed with a Line
Subjects: mutability
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 131v-132
First Lines:
The more I goo the ferther I am behynde
the ferther behynd the nerer my weyes ende…
Last Lines:
…Is this ffortune not I or infortune
though I goo louse I tyed am with a lyne
Note: Three stanzas only; ends ‘finis’ (f. 132); heading between first and second stanzas: ‘le dis de lidgate’ (f. 131v).
Attributed Author: lidgate (f. 131v)
Edwards, A. S. G. “Lydgate’s ‘Tyed with a Line’ and the Question of Halsham.” English Studies 51 (1970): 527-9: 528.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], ff. 92-92v
First Lines:
…Euer þe ferther I goo þe ferþer I am behynde
The ferther I am be hynde þe nere my weyis ende…
Last Lines:
…Late men dyspute whether þat ys fortune
No man soo loose but he is tyede by a lyne
Note: Stanzas 1-3 and 6-8 only; the first preceded by ‘Doctor et instructor monitor petagogus et autor dele iniquitatem meam (f. 92).
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 37v-38v
First Lines:
The more I go the further I am behynde
The further behynd the nere the weyes end…
Last Lines:
…ffor cristis passioun mavgre false fortune
Shal Recleyme vs to his merciable luyne
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 74-7.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.832-34.