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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259)
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 8680; Grid 630 317 (Norfolk).
Number 4422-1
1.   inside back cover    Puer natus hodie sit we down…
Fragment of a macaronic Christmas carol
Number 6812-1
2.   ff. 1-1v   X for Christs him self was dight
A song of X and M and I and E — five quatrains and burden: ‘Of X & M & oþer too / Of I & E I syng all so’
Number 5218-1
3.   f. 1   The boars head have we in brought
A Boar’s Head carol — a fragment of one quatrain (aaab)
Number 3413-3
4.   ff. 2-2v   Mary for the love of thee / Glad and merry shall we be
On the Five Joys — seven quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘A a a a / Gaude celi domina
Number 2895-1
5.   f. 2   Jesu rested in a may / Forty weeks and a day
A Christmas carol — three quatrains (aaab) with ‘Nowell ell ell’ refrain and burden: ‘Nowell nowell ell ell / Iwys yt ys a wunder nowell’
Number 5679-1
6.   ff. 2v-3   This ender day I met a clerk
Complaint of a betrayed maiden — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: A dere god qwat I am fayn / For I am madyn now gane
Number 3095-1
7.   ff. 3-3v   Listen lordings what I shall say
A song in honour of St. Katherine — five quatrains (aaab) with ‘Salue Caterina’ refrain and burden: A a a a / Salue Caterri[n]a
Number 2496-1
8.   f. 3v   In every place where that I wend / My purse is my own friend
‘Gremercy Mine own Purse’ — five quatrains (aaab) with this refrain and burden: ‘I may syng & sey iwys / Gremercy my owne [purse]’
Number 606-2
9.   ff. 4-4v   As I lay upon a night
A Dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Infant — thirty-seven quatrains (abab) with refrain ‘Alone in my longyng’ and two-line burden: ‘Lullay lullay la lullay / My dere moder lullay’
Number 6282-1
10.   ff. 4v-6   When Christ was born in Bedlam
A song for Epiphany — eight 9-line stanzas
Number 21-1
11.   ff. 6v-7   A child is born I-wis / That all this world shall bless
A Christmas carol — six quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘for Ihesu ys hys name’, plus burden: ‘Lollay lay lay lay / my dere modyr lullay / Lullay my chyld’
Number 4826-1
12.   ff. 7-7v   She saw these women all bedene
A song in praise of women — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: Pray we to oure lady dere / For here holy grace
Number 3769-2
13.   ff. 7v-9   Now is the twelfth day I-come
An Epiphany carol — seventeen 5-line stanzas (aaabb), and burden: ‘Reges de saba venient / Aurum tus myrram offerent
Number 1288-1
14.   f. 9   Father I am Thine own child
Nolo mortem peccatoris — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Fadyr my wyll yt is / Nolo mortem peccatoris
Number 6518-1
15.   ff. 9v-10   While men have their barns full
The carol of Jak Rekles — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Ay ay be þis day / ȝ wyll mak mery qwyll y may’
Number 5034-1
16.   f. 9v   Steel is good I say no other
Women compared to steel — five quatrains and burden: ‘War yt war yt war yt wele / Wemen be as trew as stele’
Number 1592-1
17.   f. 10   God that all this world has wrought
A carol to Christ against dangers and temptations — four quatrains and burden: ‘Now jhesus rector anime / Ne cademus sustine
Number 5791-1
18.   ff. 10v-11   This world is false I dare well say
A song of the brevity of man’s life — eight quatrains (aaab) each ending with a Latin line, and Nowell burden
Number 5255-1
19.   ff. 11-11v   The Father of heaven his own Son he sent
A ‘Lullay’ carol of the Nativity — in 3-line stanzas (aab) including ‘So blyssid be the tyme’ refrain and burden: ‘A new yer a newe yer a chyld was iborn / Vs for to sauyn þat al was forlorn / So blyssid be the tyme’
Number 4339-1
20.   ff. 12-12v   Over all gates that I have gone
‘The Ivy-tre’ — nine quatrains (abab) and burden: ‘Nowell nowell ell ell / I pray yow lystyn qwat I yow [tell]’
Number 2512-1
21.   f. 13   In heaven there sit a lady…
In praise of women — five 3-line stanzas and burden: Women ben good for lo[ve] / …that sit above
Number 6833-1
22.   f. 13v   Ye shall eat
A fragmentary carol of seven 3-line stanzas (aab) and burden: ‘[ ] wasche ȝe & goo to met in honest’
Number 2647.5-1
23.   f. 14v   …of ow / [ ] sing
Fragmentary poem — possibly in couplets