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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340)
Number 2050-2
1.   f. 5   Holy Writ sayeth which no thing is soother
‘Amende me and peyre me nauȝt’ — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘I pray yow all wyth o thowght / Amende me and peyre me nowght’
Number 1241-1
2.   f. 7   Exortum est in love and liss
A Christmas carol with palindromic rhymes — five quatrains (aaab) with refrain and burden: ‘Nowel syng we bothe al and som / Now Rex Pacificus ys ycome’
Number 3350-1
3.   f. 7v   Man have in mind how here before
Of Divine Mercy — six quatrains (aaab) + burden (bb): ‘Aske þou mercy whill þou may’, and burden (bb): ‘Man assay assay assay / and aske mercy quyls þat þu may’
Number 1643-1
4.   f. 8   Good day Sir Christmas our King / for every man
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) with ‘Good day’ refrain and burden: ‘Go day go day / My lord syre cristemasse go day’
Number 5744-1
5.   f. 9v   This rose is railed on a rice
A macaronic song in praise of the Virgin Mary — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Off a rose synge we / Misterium mirabile
Number 3817-1
6.   f. 10   Now well may me mirths make
A macaronic Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and burden (b): Letabundus exultet fidelys chorus Alleluia
Number 2043-1
7.   f. 10v   Holy Maiden blessed Thou be / Gods son is born of Thee
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — seven quatrains (aaaa) with refrain ‘Regina celi letare’, and burden: ‘Synge we to this mery cumpane / Regina celi letare
Number 608-1
8.   f. 13v   As I lay upon a night
A carol of the Annunciation — five quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘Redemptoris mater’ plus burden (bb): ‘Now syng we all in fere / Alma redemptoris mater
Number 6796-1
9.   f. 14   Worship be the birth of thee
A macaronic hymn of the Nativity — six quatrains with refrain, Ave domina and burden: Ave domina / Celi regina
Number 4337-1
10.   f. 14v   Out of your sleep arise and wake
A Christmas carol — six five-line stanzas (aaabb) with ‘Nowel’ refrain and burden (b):‘Nowel nowel nowel nowel nowel nowel’
Number 137-1
11.   f. 15   A patre unigenitus
A macaronic carol of the Nativity — five quatrains with burden: ‘Make we ioye nowe in this fest / In quo Cristus natus est / Eya’
Number 4-2
12.   ff. 15v-16   A babe is born of high nature / The Prince of peace
A New Year carol — four 7-line stanzas (ababccd) including 3-line refrain, plus 2-line burden (cd): ‘Qwat tydynges bryngyst þu massager / Of cristys berthe þis ȝolys day’
Number 4317-1
13.   ff. 17v-18   Our king went forth to Normandy
The Agincourt Carol — six 5-line stanzas (aaaab) including refrain: ‘Deo gracias’, and burden (cc): ‘Deo gracias Anglia / Redde pro victoria
Number 607-1
14.   ff. 18-18v   As I lay upon a night
A song of the Virgin Mary and Joseph — sixteen quatrains (a virelai)
Number 2339-1
15.   f. 19   I-blessed be Christs sonde
‘God spede the plowe alle way’ — nine 3-line stanzas (aab) with 3-line burden: ‘The Merthe of alle þis londe / maketh þe gode husbonde / wiþ eringe of his plowe’
Number 1512-1
16.   ff. 19v-20   Glad and blithe mote ye be
A macaronic song of the Nativity — thirty-eight lines generally in 6-line stanzas
Number 131-1
17.   ff. 21v-22   A new work is come on hand
A carol of the Nativity — six stanzas, aaabab (st. 1 differs) with ‘Alleluya’ burden
Number 5335-1
18.   f. 23   The holy ghost is to thee sent
An Annunciation carol — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Hayl mary ful of grace / Moder in virginite’
Number 1699-1
19.   f. 23   Hail blessed Lady which has born / God Son
Hymn to the Virgin — one irregular quatrain
Number 5719-1
20.   f. 23v   This is the song that ye shall hear
A Nativity carol — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘An heuenly songe y dare wel say / Is sunge in erthe to man this day’
Number 3156-1
21.   f. 24   Lo Moses bush shining unbrent
Types of the Virgin Mary: Burning bush, Gideon’s fleece, Aaron’s rod, Star of Jacob — a song of five quatrains (aaab) and 3-line burden: ‘Hayl godys sone in trinite / Te secund in diuinite / Thy moder is a may’
Number 1307-1
22.   f. 25   Fetys bel chere / Drink to thy fere
A macaronic drinking song in Latin, English, and French — six lines
Number 5827-1
23.   f. 25v   Thou holy daughter of Sion
A carol to the Virgin Mary — seven quatrains (abab) and burden (cc): ‘Nouus sol de virgine / Reluxit nobis hodie
Number 1697-1
24.   f. 26   Hail blessed Flower of virginity
Ave Maria — one stanza and burden
Number 2482-1
25.   f. 27v   In Bethlehem this bird of life
A Christmas carol — five 6-line stanzas (aaabab) and burden: ‘Nowel nowel nowel / To vs is born owr god emanuel’
Number 161
26.   f. 28   A song to sing I have good right
A macaronic carol of the Nativity — six quatrains (abab) and four-line Latin burden: ‘Laus, honor, virtus, gloria / Et tibi decus Maria’ (repeated)
Number 5152-1
27.   f. 28v   That lord that lay in an ass stall
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) with ‘Qui natus fuit hodie’ refrain and burden: ‘Iblessid be þat lord in mageste / Qui natus fuit hodie
Number 5798-1
28.   f. 29   This world wondereth of all thing
A carol of the Incarnation — five three-line stanzas (aaa) + burden (bb): ‘VEni redemptor gencium / veni redemptor gencium
Number 202-1
29.   f. 29 v   Abide I hope it be the best
Think before you act — five 2-line stanzas and 4-line burden: ‘Abyde Y hope hit be the beste [repeated twice] / Sith hasty man lakked neuer woo’
Number 5117-1
30.   f. 32v   Tapster fill another ale
A catch for drinking, for three voices — six lines
Number 6190-1
31.   f. 33   Welcome be ye when ye go
Satirical verses against his Mistress — two 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 2403-1
32.   f. 33v   If thou flee idleness
‘Ouidius de remedio amoris’ — one quatrain