The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5411
IMEV 3437
NIMEV see 3436
The more I go the farther I am behind
The first stanza (ababbcc) of ‘Tyed with a Line’ (5410), standing alone or directly following 5534.
Note: Cf. also 2729.
Subjects: mutability
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 195-195v
First Lines:
The more I goo the ferther I am behinde
The ferther behinde the ner my wayes ende…
Last Lines:
…Is thys ffortune not I or infortune
Though I go lowse tyed am I with a lune (sic)
Note: Combined with 1108, 5534, and 6798.
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
South, Helen Pennock. “The Question of Halsam.” PMLA 50 (1935): 362-71: 362.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 385-6.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 151
The more I goo the further am I be hynde
The further be hynde the nere my vayis ende
The more I seke the worsse con I fynde
The lyghtere leve the lothere to wende
Is thus fortune not I or ellis in fortune
Thaugh I goo lewse tyed am I with a lyne
Note: Six lines only.
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], f. 2v
Note: With music in two voices credited to William Newark.
Pearce, Charles William. A Collection of Songs and Madrigals by English Composers of the close of the 15th Century. Plainsong and Medieval Music Society. London: Quaritch, 1891: [M] 19-22.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 352.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, f. 244
First Lines:
Þe more I go þe firþer I am behynde
þe firre behynde þe nere my weyes eend…
Last Lines:
…Is þis fortune not I or infortune
þoughe I go loose I tyde am with a leyne
Note: Together with 5534 as if a single text of two stanzas.
Attributed Author: …by Halsham Esquyr (f. 244)
Attributed Title: And filowynge begynnen two verses made in wyse of balade by Halsham Esquyr (f. 244)
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 148ra3
First Lines:
Þe more I good þe forþere I am be hynde
Þe more I seche þe worse kan I fynde…
Last Lines:
…Is þis ffortune not I or In fortune
Þaughe I goo loosse I tyed am with a loynge
Note: Follows, as if part of the same poem, 3504, both introduced by the heading ‘Halsam Squiere Made thes ij balades’.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.234.
Flügel, Ewald. “Kleinere Mitteilungen aus handschriften: Maister Benet’s Christmas Game.” Anglia 14 (1892): 463-6: 463.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 20r5
The more I gooth the ferthr I am be hinde
The ferthir behinde the nere my weres ende
The more I seche the werse can I fynde
The light leue the lother for to wende
The better I serue the more oute of mynde
Is this fortune not I or in fortune
Though I goo loos tyed am y with a loynne
Note: Combined with 1108, 6798, 6251, and 5534.
7.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 144 [olim Huth 7], f. 145v1
First Lines:
The further I goo the more behynde
The more behynde the ner my weyes ende…
Last Lines:
…Though I goo loose I am teyde with a lyne
Is hit fortune or Infortune thus I fyne
Note: First stanza only; immediately follows 2729 and 5534, as if part of same text; ends ‘Explicit.’
Furnivall, Frederick James. “Chaucer and Lydgate Fragments.” Notes and Queries 5th ser. 9 (1878): 342-3: 342.
Bühler, Kurt. “Lydgate’s Horse, Sheep and Goose and Huntington MS HM 144.” Modern Language Notes 55 (1940): 563-69: 567.
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.A.13 [olim Bridgewater], f. iiv
First Lines:
Þe more I go þe firþer I am behinde
Þe firþer behinde þe nerre my weyes eonde…
Last Lines:
…Is þis fortune not I or infortune
þoughe I go loose I tyed am with youre lvne
Note: Follows 5534; not 5397 as given in Hamer (1995).
Attributed Author: Halsham (as heading, f. iiv).
9.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk], f. 81
The ferder I goo the mor be hynd
The mor be hynd the more my weyis ȝynd
The mor I seke the wers can I ffynd
The trewer I serve the ferder owt of mynd
Thow I god losse ȝyt am I teyid with a lyne
Thus ffortyn or on ffortyn thys I ffynd