The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6477
IMEV 4053
NIMEV 4053
When thunder cometh in January
Prognostications from the amount of thunder in the months of the year — twelve quatrains in couplets
Subjects: prognostications
Versification: — four-line — aabb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 9v-10v
First Lines:
When thonder comeþ in Ianeuere
Þou shalt haue þat ilke ȝere
Myche frute and gret werre
Of folk þat life vnder sterre…
Last Lines:
…We shal þorow þe grace of owre Lorde
Haue pees and gyrþe goode acorde
Note: Headings for each stanza, e.g. ‘Janeuere sol in aquario’ for first.
Attributed Title: Here sueth a tabull of diuerse moneth in the ȝere If thonder be herd in theym what it betokeneth After her seyng that ar holdyn wyse men of soch thyngus (f. 9v)
Förster, Max. “Beiträge zur mittelalterlichen Volkskunde, VI-VII.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 128 (1912): 55-71; 285-308: 285-7.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 19-21.
2.Source: Durham, Durham Cathedral Library B.III.34, dorso
First Lines:
Wan [thonder] comes in ianuari
þan is [ ] ilk [ ]…
Last Lines:
…Pray we alle þat it so be
Amen amen for carite
Note: 29 couplets, two for each month except July with three, plus an eight-line conclusion; names of the months in rubric to right of each 4-line grouping.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 212-212v
First Lines:
When þe thoner cummes in Ianuere
þen schall we haue þat ilke ȝere
Mecull fryutte & ille weyre
Of folke þat ben vnstere…
Last Lines:
…& corne shall wax a parti dere
hongur betokens þe wext ȝere
Note: Five quatrains, rhyming aabb, for first five months, interspersed with 5489, both written as prose.
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.