The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
By Beal arn birds breme on boughs
Eight lines of rhyming, alliterative verse, contrasting the lustiness of birds
in spring with men troubled in love.
Subjects: lyrics; spring; love
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 499
, f. 68
Bi bele arn briddees breme on boƿes
Boles blosmes breden
Brythe on ble on brest an browes
At berych men bydes bure of
Blithe burnes braad with beƿes
Burde i boures bones
Beuien berdes blacnen breyes
Bolde burken bun to blede
Note: Added to the margin of a Latin manuscript.Written as verse, with a
schematic keyed to the cross-rhymed verses.
Pickering, Oliver S.
“Newly Discovered Secular Lyrics from Later Thirteenth-Century
Review of English Studies
n.s. 43 (1992): 157-80: 166-7.