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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951)
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) 1.151 (Norfolk).
Number 3124-2
1.   ff. 1-30v   Listeneth now I will you tell / Of mickle pity I may you spell
‘Northern Passion’
Number 6137-1
2.   f. 31r1   Utter thy language with good advisement
One stanza rhyme royal, followed by four lines (lines 64-67 from Peter Idley’s Instructions [2594]) and four distichs.
Number 6242-1
3.   f. 31r2   What man thou servest all way him dread
Number 1333-1
4.   f. 31r3   Fools lade pools wisemen eat the fish
Aphorism on difference between fools and wisemen — one couplet
Number 1867-5
5.   f. 31r4   He that in youth no virtue used / In age all honor him refused
A proverb — one couplet, here isolated, also found incorporated into longer texts
Number 1112-1
6.   f. 31r5   Deem the best in every doubt / Til the truth be tried out
A moralizing couplet
Number 2745-1
7.   f. 31r6   It is the property of a gentleman
Proverbial statement about gentlemen’s speech — one couplet
Number 2269-1
8.   f. 51   I served Our Lady both night and day
On the Redemption — four couplets, with couplet heading
Number 1599-1
9.   f. 52   God that died for us all
‘The Frere and the Boy’ or ‘The Chylde and hes Stepdame’ — in 6-line stanzas
Number 6621.7-1
10.   f. 59   Whoso of wealth taketh none heed
A warning against the fickleness of Fortune — one couplet, followed by five related couplets
Number 4853-1
11.   f. 59   Sing I would but alas decedunt prospera grata
Macaronic verses lamenting the Evils of the Age, temp. Richard II — 236 lines in quatrains, alternately English and Latin lines
Number 6542-1
12.   ff. 59v-60v   Who carps of birds of great gentries
On the fickleness of women — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Pulle of her bellys & let her go flye’ or ‘Then plukkyd y of here bellys & let here fly’
Number 1356-10
13.   ff. 61-62   For health of body cover for cold thine head
John Lydgate, ‘Dietary’ — ten 8-line stanzas
Number 3937-2
14.   ff. 62v-64v   O how wholesome and glad is the memory
John Lydgate, ‘Testament’, in five sections—sections 1, 3, and 5 in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc); sections 2 and 4 in rhyme royal
Number 3032-1
15.   ff. 65-66v   Late as I went on mine playing / I set my heart all in solace
Appeal of Christ to Man — fourteen 8-line stanzas with the refrain, ‘Quid vltra debui facere
Number 5707-2
16.   ff. 67-69   This is Gods own complaint
The Complaint of God — eleven 12-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) with refrain, ‘Whi art þou to þi frend vnkinde’
Number 2461-2
17.   ff. 69v-71   In a tabernacle of a tour
A lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 8-line stanzas with the refrain: Quia amore langueo
Number 2551-2
18.   ff. 71-72v   In my youth full wild I was
‘I wiyte my silf myn owne woo’ — eighteen 8-line stanzas with this refrain
Number 2442-2
19.   ff. 72v-74   In a church as I gan kneel
A lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 8-line stanzas. Every second stanza ends with ‘"ffor thy son dyȝed my dere sone dere’
Number 667-2
20.   ff. 74v-76v   As reason ruled my reckless mind
Filius regis mortuus est’, the lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 12-line stanzas
Number 5533-1
21.   ff. 77-79   The world so wide the air so remevable
On the Mutability of Man’s Nature due to the Seasons, the Elements, the Complexions, and the Planets
Number 663-2
22.   ff. 79v-86   As of honey men gatheren oft sweetness
John Lydgate, ‘Song of Vertu’ — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Who sueth vertu vertu he shall lere’
Number 6059-2
23.   ff. 81v-83v   Toward the end of frosty January
John Lydgate, ‘Look in thy merour and deeme noon othir wiht’ —
twenty-seven 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with this refrain, including Envoy
Number 335-1
24.   ff. 84-86   All haste is odious whereas discretion
John Lydgate, Verses against Haste — twenty 8-line stanzas with refrain
Number 3588-6
25.   ff. 86v-88   My dear child first thy self enable / With all thine heart…
Stans Puer ad Mensam, ascribed to Lydgate — fourteen stanzas rhyme royal, with Envoy
Number 4169-3
26.   ff. 88v-89   Of God and kind proceedeth all beauty
John Lydgate, ‘A dyte of womenhis hornys’ — ten 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including four-stanza envoy
Number 4346-2
27.   f. 89v   Pass forth thou pilgrim and bridle well thy beast
‘Balade moral of gode counseyle’ (ascribed in one MS to Gower) — five stanzas rhyme royal
Number 1075-5
28.   ff. 91-100   Controversies pleas and all discord
’Hors, Goose and Shepe’
Number 112-2
29.   ff. 100-106   A man that loveth fishing and fowling both
Piers of Fulham’s ‘many praty conceytis in love vnder covert termes off fysshyng and ffowlyng’ — in couplets
Number 6416-1
30.   ff. 106v-113   When that Bachus the mighty lord
Colyn Blowbols Testament — 405 lines, generally in couplets
Number 177-4
31.   ff. 113-119v   A thousand times have I heard men tell
Legend of Good Women
Number 5002-1
32.   ff. 119v-128   Soothly by Arthurs day
Sir Landeval — 535 lines in couplets
Number 3130-1
33.   ff. 128v-140   Lithe and listeneth the life of a lord rich
The Weddynge of Sir Gawen and Dame Ragnell — in 6-line stanzas (aabccb)
Number 5575-1
34.   ff. 141-142   There is full little sickerness
?John Lydgate, ‘That now is hay þat sumtyme was grasse’, possibly by Lydgate — seventeen eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc), including envoy, with this refrain
Number 4096-1
35.   f. 142v   O woeful world deceiver of mankind
The Treachery of Fortune — four stanzas rhyme royal plus two-line closing couplet
Number 6534-1
36.   ff. 143-155   Whilom there was an high and mighty prince
Gilbert Banester, The Tale of Guiscardo and Ghismonda (Version A) — in rhyme royal
Number 3506-1
37.   ff. 155v-156   Mine heart is set upon a lusty pin
A love-poem with involved sestina-like stanza-linking ascribed to Queen Elizabeth — six stanzas rhyme royal
Number 5573-60
38.   ff. 156v-173v   There is at the west side of Italy
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Clerk’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales —1155 lines in rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 3970-11
39.   ff. 174v-175   O Lord Our Lord Thy name how marvelous
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prioress’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 35 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 5601-11
40.   ff. 175-177v   There was in Asia in a great city
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prioress’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 203 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 1591-1
41.   ff. 178-186   God that all this world gan make / And died for us on a tree
The Expedition of Henry V into France
Number 727-6
42.   ff. 187-189   At Westminster William I-crowned was
Verses on the kings of England, from William the Conqueror to Henry VI — in couplets