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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript]
Number 5411-3
1.   f. 2v   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.
Number 1-1
2.   ff. 3v-4   A a my heart I know you well
A song of penitence — one 8-line stanza
Number 6227-1
3.   ff. 4v-6   What causeth woeful thoughts to think
On love’s suffering — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 4932-1
4.   f. 6v   So far I trow from remedy
A lover’s complaint — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 3663-1
5.   f. 7v   My woeful heart in painful weariness
A love poem signed ‘Sheryngam’ — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 1113-1
6.   f. 9v   Deemed wrongfully
No remedy: a lover’s complaint — four stanzas of 7 short lines, the first and last lines of each stanza: ‘Demyd wrongfully’
Number 4012-1
7.   f. 10   O my desire what aileth thee
A lover’s complaint — two 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘O my desyre what wylyth the’
Number 3062-1
8.   f. 11   Let search your minds ye of high consideration
A political song on the birth of Prince Arthur, ‘the soveren sede’ — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 3263-1
9.   f. 11v   Love fain would I
A love song — one stanza of eight short lines (perhaps incomplete)
Number 3804-4
10.   f. 12   Now the law is laid by clear conscience
On the Evils of the Time, a ‘punctuation poem’ — one 8-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Number 5182-1
11.   f. 12v   That was my woe is now my most gladness
Paradoxes of a servant of love — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 821-1
12.   ff. 13v-15   Benedicite what dreamed I this night
‘Thi lady hath forgeten to be kynd’ — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 5970-1
13.   f. 15v   To complain me alas why should I so
A lover’s plea for his reward — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 286-1
14.   ff. 17v-19   Alas it is I that wot not what to say
The rejected lover — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 1273.3-1
15.   f. 19v   I am he that hath you daily served
Fragment of a love song — four lines
Number 2240-1
16.   f. 20   I pray daily their pains to assuage
Concluding three lines of a love song
Number 916-1
17.   f. 20v   But why am I so abused
A lover’s complaint — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 6878-1
18.   f. 22v   Your counterfeiting with double dealing
Poem to a deceiving lover — one 8-line stanza
Number 5930-2
19.   f. 24v   Thus musing in my mind greatly marveling
On a variable mistress — in eight-line stanzas
Number 3542-1
20.   f. 26v   Most clear of color and root of steadfastness
The goodness of his mistress — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 2217-1
21.   f. 28v   I love loved and loved would I be
The faithful lover — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 272-1
22.   ff. 30v-31   Alas for lack of her presence
On the absence of his mistress — one stanza rhyme royal
Number 5181-1
23.   f. 31v   That was my joy is now my woe and pain
A lady’s complaint and the lover’s reassurance — two stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4994-2
24.   ff. 33v-35   Somewhat musing
Earl Rivers, written while imprisoned at Pontrefact — five 8-line stanzas
Number 3311-1
25.   f. 35v   Madame DeFrayne
The faithful lover — three stanzas in eight short lines
Number 4041-1
26.   f. 38v   O root of truth O princess to my pay
To his virtuous mistress — five lines (abbcc)
Number 2212-1
27.   f. 40v   I love a flower of sweet odor
The Tudor Rose — six 5-line stanzas (aaabb) and a five-line burden: ‘I loue I loue and wom loue ye / I loue a floure of fressh beaute / I loue another as well as ye / Than shal beprovid here anon / Yff we iii can agre in on’, with music by Sir Thomas Phelipps
Number 1063-2
28.   ff. 46v-48   Complain I may wheresoever I go
The forsaken lover — three stanzas rhyme royal
Number 619-1
29.   ff. 48v-50   As I me walked this ender day
Song of the Virgin Mary talking to her Child — five quatrains including refrain ‘a lone’ (aaab) and burden (bb): ‘Alone alone alone alone alone / Here I sytt alone alas alone’
Number 5684-2
30.   ff. 50v-53   This ender night / I saw a sight / All in my sleep
A cradle song of the Virgin Mary — in 18-line stanzas, with 7-line burden: ‘A my dere a my dere son / Seyd Mary a my dere / [lines repeated] / Kys thy moder Jhesu / Kys thi moder Jhesu / With a lawghyng chere’
Number 2873-1
31.   ff. 53v-58   Jesu mercy how may this be
A song of the Incarnation — five quatrains
Number 4890-1
32.   ff. 58v-63   Sith it concluded was in the Trinity
A song of the Redemption — four 8-line stanzas (aaabbccd) with refrain, ‘Now blessid lady wepe no more / Affaide’ and burden: ‘Affraid alas and whi so sodenli / Whi so dismaid / Whi shuld she hevy be / Or otherwise evyll apaide’
Number 808-2
33.   ff. 63v-67   Behold me I pray thee with all thy whole reason
Appeal of Christ to Man from the Cross — in 9- or 10-line stanzas with burden: ‘Wofully araid’, and in 10-line stanza versions same ‘Wofully araid’ as refrain
Number 6132-9
34.   ff. 67v-73   Upon the cross nailed was I for thee
‘Why artow froward sith I am mercyable?’ (Lydgate)
Number 808-3
35.   ff. 73v-77   Behold me I pray thee with all thy whole reason
Appeal of Christ to Man from the Cross — in 9- or 10-line stanzas with burden: ‘Wofully araid’, and in 10-line stanza versions same ‘Wofully araid’ as refrain
Number 5968-1
36.   ff. 77v-82   To Calvary he bare his cross with doleful pain
Gilbert Banaster, a song of the Passion — four stanzas (aaaabbbacca) and burden: ‘My feerfull dreme neuyr forgete can I’
Number 13-1
37.   f. 82v   A blessed Jesu how fortuned this
A song of the approach of death — four 7-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Sicut domino placuit ita factum est
Number 123-1
38.   ff. 86v-89   A mine heart remember thee well
A song of penitence — two stanzas rhyme royal with 2-line refrain
Number 5132-1
39.   ff. 89v-93   That goodly lass
‘Margaret Meek’ — three 8-line stanzas (aaabcccb) with a 4-line introductory heading and burden: ‘So manerly / So curtesly / So prately / She delis allway’
Number 2744-1
40.   f. 93v   It is so pretty in every degree
The deluded lover — four quatrains and 2-line refrain
Number 743-1
41.   ff. 96v-99   Ay beshrew you by my fay
‘Manerly Margery Mylk and ale’, an amorous flyting, perhaps by John Skelton — four stanzas of five monorhyming lines each stanza plus a 2-line refrain: ‘Gup cristian clout gup iack of the vale / With manerly margery mylke and ale’
Number 6563-1
42.   f. 99v   Who shall have my fair lady
A love song — two 3-line stanzas
Number 4520-1
43.   f. 101v   Rutterkin is come unto our town
A satire on gallants, perhaps by John Skelton — four quatrains and burden: ‘Hoyda, hoyda jolly rutterkin’
Number 3844-1
44.   ff. 104v-108   O blessed Lord of heaven celestial
A political carol honoring Prince Arthur — three 10-line stanzas (ababccccdd) with 4-line burden: ‘From stormy wyndis & grevous wethir / Good lord preserue the estrige fether’
Number 2448-1
45.   ff. 108v-111   In a glorious garden green / Saw I sitting a comely queen
The White Rose; a political carol on Elizabeth, wife of Henry VII — two 7-line stanzas (aaaabbc) and 4-line repeated burden: ‘This day day dawes / This gentill day day dawes / this gentill day dawes / & I must home gone’
Number 3277-1
46.   ff. 111v-115   Love is natural to every wight
One mistress is best — three 5-line stanzas (ababc) with 4-line burden: ‘Smale pathis to the grenewode / Will I loue & shall I loue / Will I loue & shall I loue / No mo maydyns but one’
Number 5014-1
47.   ff. 115v-116   Sovereign lord in earth most excellent
A carol for the king (perhaps Henry VII) — two stanzas rhyme royal and burden: ‘Enforce yourself as goddis knyght / To strenkyþ your comyns in þer ryght’ (repeated)
Number 6769-8
48.   ff. 118v-122   Witteth now all that been here
The ‘Short Charter of Christ’ — couplets
Number 798-1
49.   ff. 122v; ff. 123; ff. 123v; ff. 124   Behold he said my creature
Christ’s complaint to man — one stanza rhyme royal with 4-line burden (abab): ‘In a slumbir late as I was / I harde a voice lowde call & crye / Amende the man of thi trespace / & aske forgeveness or euyr thou dye’ (repeated)