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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, Lambeth Palace Library 853
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) 1.118 (‘…elements of S Hunts, E Northants or N Beds variously predominate’).
Number 5059-3
1.   pp. 1-4   Surge mea sponsa so sweet in sight
Veni coronaberis’, a song of Christ to the Virgin Mary — nine 8-line
stanzas
Number 2461-7
2.   pp. 4-7   In a tabernacle of a tour
A lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 8-line stanzas with the refrain: Quia amore langueo
Number 2464-2
3.   pp. 7-14   In a valley of this restless mind
A Complaint of Christ — sixteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with the refrain, ‘Quia amore langueo
Number 2940-13
4.   pp. 14-20   Jesu thy sweetness who so might it see
A Song of Love to Jesus — fourteen 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 2924-1
5.   pp. 20-24   Jesu that sprung of Jesse root
‘Be my Coumfort Crist Ihesus’ — seven 12-line stanzas with this refrain
Number 1691-3
6.   pp. 24-26   Hail be Thou Mary the mother of Christ
Ave regina celorum — six 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), each with Latin final line
Number 1685-1
7.   pp. 26-27   Hail be thou Mary Christs mother dear
A salutation of the Virgin Mary — five monorhyming quatrains
Number 2869-15
8.   pp. 28-30   Jesu lord that madest me / And with thy blessed blood hast bought
Richard de Caistre’s hymn — twelve quatrains
Number 6654-6
9.   pp. 30-32   Whoso wilneth to be wise and worship desireth
‘The ABC of Aristotle’ with a Prologue in unrhyming alliterative verse
Number 6670-10
10.   pp. 32-35   Why is this world beloved that false is and vain
Cur mundus militat… — twenty couplets
Number 6369-11
11.   pp. 35-39   When life is most loved and death is most hated
‘Erthe upon Erthe’
Number 2633-1
12.   pp. 39-41   In Thee God Father I believe
The Creed — fourteen quatrains
Number 3334-2
13.   pp. 42-47   Man among thy mirths have in mind
The XVI Points of Charity — fourteen 8-line stanzas
Number 1229-2
14.   pp. 47-49   Every man should teach this lore
The Ten Commandments — twelve quatrains
Number 2300-5
15.   pp. 49-53   I warn each lede that liveth in land
Keep Well Christ’s Commandments — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain
Number 5577-4
16.   pp. 54-58   There is no creator but one
‘Do Merci bifore thi Judement’ — eight twelve-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) with this refrain
Number 604-3
17.   ff. 58-61   As I gan wander in my walking / Besides an holt…
The Hours of Man’s Life — ten 8-line stanzas with the refrain: ‘þis worlde is but a vanyte’
Number 2453-3
18.   pp. 61-66   In a noon tide of a summers day
Reuertere’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Number 923-4
19.   pp. 66-73   By a forest as I gan walk
‘Merci Passith Riȝtwisnes’, a dialogue between a sinner and Mercy — twenty 8-line stanzas
Number 667-4
20.   pp. 74-81   As reason ruled my reckless mind
Filius regis mortuus est’, the lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 12-line stanzas
Number 5707-7
21.   pp. 81-88   This is Gods own complaint
The Complaint of God — eleven 12-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) with refrain, ‘Whi art þou to þi frend vnkinde’
Number 3275-2
22.   pp. 90-102   Love is life that lasts ay there it in Christ is fast
A song of the Love of Christ, a direct translation of Rolle’s Incendium Amoris, ch. xl, xli — in monorhyming quatrains with medial rhyme
Number 1098-3
23.   pp. 102-112   Daughter if thou wilt been a wife and wisely to work
‘How the Good Wiif tauȝte Hir Douȝtir’ — in stanzas of 5 long lines with internal rhyme, generally with a concluding phrase ‘My leef child’; sometimes instead set out as 4-line stanzas without this concluding phrase
Number 1473-2
24.   pp. 113-117   From the time that we were bore
‘God send us Pacience in oure Old Age’ — eight 12-line stanzas
Number 888-1
25.   pp. 117-120   Both young and old whether ye be
‘Se what oure Lord Suffride for oure Sake’ — ten 8-line stanzas
Number 2084-6
26.   pp. 120-150   How mankind doth begin / Is wonder for to scrive so
’The Myrrour of Mankind’ — eighty-two 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 3588-21
27.   pp. 150-155   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 4995-2
28.   pp. 155-157   Son I shall thee show now take heed
A Father’s Instructions to his Son — two 12-line (ababababcdcd) and one 14-line stanzas
Number 6376-3
29.   pp. 157-182   When Mary was greet with Gabriel
‘Þe Deuelis Perlement’ — sixty-three 8-line stanzas
Number 5964.5-1
30.   p. 1821   To be ruled by this dietory do thy diligence
Verse incipit to John Lydgate’s ‘Dietary’ — one couplet
Number 2369-2
31.   pp. 1822-185   If it be so that leeches do thee fail
John Lydgate, ‘Dietary’, in disarranged order as follows: stanzas 2, 1, 8, 9, 3, 6, 5, l0 — stanzas 4 and 7 wanting
Number 4810-9
32.   p. 185   Serve thy God truly
Precepts in -ly — usually two quatrains, but sometimes in expanded versions
Number 3112-2
33.   pp. 186-193   Listeneth lordings and ye shullen hear
‘How the Wyse Man Tawght His Son’ — nineteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Number 4312-10
34.   pp. 193-225   Our gracious God prince of pity
William Lychefelde, ‘Complaint of God’ — sixty-eight 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 2551-4
35.   pp. 226-233   In my youth full wild I was
‘I wiyte my silf myn owne woo’ — eighteen 8-line stanzas with this refrain