The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 524
Black be thy bands and thy weed also
Envoy attached to end of two long verse works — one or four rhyme royal stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 253.5
Subjects: envoys; patronage, pleas for
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden B. 24 (SC 3354), f. 118v
First Lines:
Blak be thy bandis and thy wede also
Thou soroufull book of mater disesparit…
Last Lines:
…That hast within so many a soroufull clause
Suich be thyne habyte as thou hast thy cause
Note: One stanza only at end of Troilus and Criseyde, 5248.
Brown, John Thomas Toshach. The Authorship of the Kingis Quair. Glasgow, New York, London: Macmillan, 1896: 72.
Root, Robert Kilburn. The Mansucripts of Chaucer’s Troilus…. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 98. London: Trübner, 1914: 43.
2.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 2 [olim Osterley Park], f. 184ra
First Lines:
Blake be thy bondes and thy wede alsoo
Thou sorowfull book of matier disespeired
In tokne of thyn inward mortal woo
Whiche is so badde it may not be enpeired…
Last Lines:
…That him translated in Englissh of latyne
Therfore now take him for a man of thyne
Note: Four stanzas at end of Lydgate’s Fall of Princes, 1904.
Attributed Title: Greneacres a lenvoye vpon John Bochas (f. 184ra)
Bergen, Henry, ed. Lydgate’s Fall of Princes. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 121-24 (1924-27); repr. 1967: 1023.
3.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor Medieval 2 [olim Wollaton Hall, Quaritch Cat. 1931, item 100 and Cat. 699, 1952, item 28], f. 223vb
First Lines:
Blake be thy bondis and In wede also
Thow sorofull booke of mater dissespeyred
In tokene of thyne Inwarde mortall woo…
Last Lines:
…yit was it makid of þi monkys boote
That hym translate in Englisch of latyne
Attributed Title: Grenatus a lenvoy vpon Bochas (f. 223vb)

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 3175. Here begynnethe the boke calledde Iohn bochas descriuinge the falle of princis princessis [and] other nobles tra[n]slated i[n]to englissh by Iohn ludgate mo[n]ke of the monastery of seint edmu[n]des Bury…, [London: Printed by Richard Pynson, 1494 (27 Jan.)] , sig. H.iiiv
First Lines:
Blak be thy hondes and thy wede also
Thou sorowfull boke of mater disespeyred…
Last Lines:
…That he translatyd in Inglyssh of latyn
Therfore nowe take him for a man of thyne
Note: Greenacre’s envoy to Pynson’s 1489 edition of Lydgate’s Fall of Princes — four stanzas rhyme royal.
Attributed Title: Greneacres a Lenvoye vpon John Bochas (sig. H.iiiv)