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Found Records:
1.   A a a /Edwardeus dai gracia
Burden to 4886
2.   A a a a / Gaude celi domina
Burden to 3413
3.   A a a a / Nunc gaudet ecclesia
Burden to 3113
4.   A a a a / Nunc gaudet maria
Burden to 3418
5.   A a a a / Salue Caterrina
Burden to 3095
6.   A, a, a, a, yet I love wherso I go
Burden to 2471
7.   A a my heart I know you well
DIMEV 1 Witnesses: 1
A song of penitence — one 8-line stanza
8.   A a petipas / Yet I am / There I was
DIMEV 2 Witnesses: 1
Children’s rhyme used in game: How many miles to Beverley — three short lines
9.   A babe is born all of a may / In the salvation of us
DIMEV 3 Witnesses: 2
An Epiphany carol — five quatrains with Latin caudae
10.   A babe is born iwis [A babe ys borne I-wys]
See 21
11.   A babe is born of high nature / The Prince of peace
DIMEV 4 Witnesses: 3
John Audelay (?)
12.   A babe is born our bliss to bring
DIMEV 5 Witnesses: 4
A dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Child — eleven quatrains (aaab) plus burden (cc): ‘Now synge we with angelis / Gloria in excelsis
13.   A babe is born to bliss us bring [A babe is born to blis vs brynge]
See 5
14.   A barge to bearen fro deep grounds
DIMEV 6 Witnesses: 1
Crux est’ — four lines
15.   A bastard shall come out of the west
DIMEV 7 Witnesses: 3
‘When England shall be Britain’, a political prophecy — one cross-rhymed quatrain
16.   A beater beat me of price
DIMEV 8 Witnesses: 1
Nonsense rhymes — two couplets
17.   A bird in cage fast locked with gold
DIMEV 9 Witnesses: 1
On desire for liberty — two cross-rhymed quatrains
18.   A bishop woned beyond the sea / In Sicily the rich city
DIMEV 10 Witnesses: 14
Northern Homily Cycle
19.   A black monk in an abbey / As fermerer as I heard say
DIMEV 11 Witnesses: 14
Northern Homily Cycle
20.   A black monk was Segrestin
DIMEV 12 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
21.   A blessed bird as I you say [A blessid byrd as I you say / Þat dyed & rose on good fryday]
Burden to 4261
22.   A blessed Edmund King martyr & virgin
See 864
23.   A blessed Jesu how fortuned this
DIMEV 13 Witnesses: 2
A song of the approach of death — four 7-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Sicut domino placuit ita factum est
24.   A blissful life a peaceable and a sweet
DIMEV 14 Witnesses: 2
Geoffrey Chaucer: The Former Age
25.   A blissful Lord on high what shall I do
See 878
26.   A bobbid a bobbid a biliried
DIMEV 15 Witnesses: 1
A tag used in game: Blindman’s Buff or Hot Cockles
27.   A body tender of complexion
DIMEV 16 Witnesses: 1
Verses in the Latin sermon ‘Quare rubrum est iudumentum tuum’ — six lines
28.   A brief conclusion declare I shall
DIMEV 17 Witnesses: 1
‘Count Ugolino of Pisa’
29.   A broken contrite heart O Lord shalt Thou not dispise
DIMEV 18 Witnesses: 1
Fragmentary beginning of a prayer, paraphrasing scripture
30.   A buffa trol a trol
Refrain to 5427
31.   A burgess was in Rome town [A burgeis was in Rome town]
Extract (Telltale Bird) from Seuyn Sages of Rome (Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS]): see 4984
32.   A celuy que pluys eyme en mounde
DIMEV 19 Witnesses: 2
De amico ad amicam and Responcio — twenty-one 6-line stanzas, in alternate French, English, and Latin lines
33.   A child is born amongst man
DIMEV 20 Witnesses: 2
A Christmas carol — three stanzas with a 4-line burden: ‘Honnd by honnd we schulle ous take / & joye & blisse schulle we make / For the deuel of ele man haght forsake / & godes sone ys maked our make’
34.   A child is born I-wis / That all this world shall bless
DIMEV 21 Witnesses: 2
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’
35.   A child is born of a maid
DIMEV 22 Witnesses: 1
Richard Smert
36.   A child is born with us to dwell [A chielde is borne with vs to dwell / Nomen eius emanuell]
Burden to 5720
37.   A Christian priest was called Carpus
DIMEV 23 Witnesses: 12
Northern Homily Cycle
38.   A-comen good and windy winter a dry summer
DIMEV 24 Witnesses: 1
Prognostications based on the dominical letter — in couplets
39.   A coming in right for to slake sin
DIMEV 24.5 Witnesses: 1
Rewards of virtue, in three lines
40.   A countenance of travail without resting Custodi solicite
DIMEV 25 Witnesses: 1
Three benefits of a pure soul(?), in a Latin sermon — three monorhyming lines interspersed with Latin warnings
41.   A cross was made all of red / In the beginning of my book
DIMEV 26 Witnesses: 7
John Trevisa: De Proprietatibus Rerum (Glanville)
42.   A crown of thorn as needle sharp shift [A crowne of thorne as nedill sharp shyfft]
See 5968
43.   A cruel death contrarious to creatures in kind
DIMEV 27 Witnesses: 1
A personal elegy on a young gentlewoman — seven stanzas rhyme royal
44.   A Danger here I-cast to thee my glove
DIMEV 28 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘Love’s Tournament’
45.   A dear God what I am fain / for I am maden now gane
Burden to 5679
46.   A dear God have I deserved this / This dear destiny to dread
DIMEV 29 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress — seven 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘That ons was leffe lette neuer be lothe’
47.   A dear God what may this be / That all thing wears
DIMEV 30 Witnesses: 2
On the Death of Edward III — fourteen 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Selden seiȝe and sone forȝete’
48.   A deer broken
DIMEV 31 Witnesses: 2
List of terms of venery — varying number of lines in rough couplets
49.   A devout people which keep an observance
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601) version of 6819
50.   A doly season til a careful ditty [A doly season tyl a careful dyte]
See 477
51.   A Doomsday we shall I-see
DIMEV 32 Witnesses: 1
A song on Doomsday — four quatrains and burden: ‘Hay hay take goode hede wat you say’
52.   A dragon with a red rose that is of great fame
DIMEV 33 Witnesses: 1
An English prophecy, with Latin interpolations, including ‘Cast of the Dice’ (cf. 6412) — 85 lines in cross-rhymed quatrains
53.   A fair virtue is good sufferance [A fayre vertew ys good sufferaunce]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) version of 5530
54.   A faithful friend would I fain find
DIMEV 34 Witnesses: 2
‘Gramercy myn own purse’
55.   A false beginning
DIMEV 35 Witnesses: 1
Cupiditas est — three lines
56.   A false behighting
DIMEV 36 Witnesses: 1
Phrases describing three evils, in a sermon — three monorhyming lines
57.   A fasting belly
DIMEV 37 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial saying about hunger — one couplet
58.   A feigning of righteous living
DIMEV 38 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
59.   A ferly thing it is to mean
DIMEV 39 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — six 10-line stanzas with wheel rhyme, and burden: ‘Aye aye this is the day / That we shall worshep euer and eye’
60.   A filth that God almighty hateth
DIMEV 40 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
61.   A flower is sprungen that shall never fail
DIMEV 41 Witnesses: 1
Pèlerinage de l’âme
62.   A fools bolt / Is soon I-shotten
DIMEV 42 Witnesses: 4
A proverbial couplet
63.   A foolys bolt ys sone shotyn / Dele with no good that ys mysgotyn]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) and Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526) versions of 5530; see also 42
64.   A for Alyn Mallson that was armed in a mat
DIMEV 43 Witnesses: 1
A ‘Crosse Rowe’ poem ribald in character — 46 lines in long couplets.
65.   A for Gods will / What mean ye sirs to stand so still
DIMEV 44 Witnesses: 1
Henry Medwall: Fulgens et Lucrece
66.   A forward knave plainly to describe
DIMEV 45 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate: ‘A Satyrical Ballad against Jack Hare’
67.   A fowl singing [A fowle syngyng]
See 5960
68.   A fox gan out of the wood go
DIMEV 46 Witnesses: 1
Of the Vox and of the Wolf
69.   A friar an hayward a fox and a fulmar sitting on a row
DIMEV 47 Witnesses: 2
Nonsense verses — one long couplet
70.   A gentle Jesu [A gentill Jhesu]
Burden (only in London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript]) to 6032
71.   A ghostly knitting
DIMEV 48 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
72.   A ghostly substance in making
DIMEV 49 Witnesses: 1
Characteristics of the Holy Ghost, in a Latin sermon — three monorhyming lines
73.   A girdle of guile
DIMEV 50 Witnesses: 1
The refrain of a dance-song, quoted in a sermon — three lines
74.   A God and yet a man
DIMEV 51 Witnesses: 1
The mystery of the Incarnation — three cross-rhymed quatrains
75.   A golden bee in a sows wroot
DIMEV 52 Witnesses: 1
On erring women — one couplet
76.   A good asker…a good warner
See 1642
77.   A good beginning / Maketh a good ending
DIMEV 53 Witnesses: 5
A proverbial couplet
78.   A good man that hight Isacar was by old daw [A god mon þat het isacar was bi olde dawe]
DIMEV 0.38 Witnesses: 0
Former 38; now part of 4178
79.   A good man there was and a clean / A clerk men callen John
DIMEV 54 Witnesses: 1
Barlaam and Josaphat
80.   A good scholar if thou wilt be
DIMEV 55 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
81.   A good tale hereby lies / Of a woman that hight Thais
DIMEV 56 Witnesses: 9
Northern Homily Cycle
82.   A good wife and a fair
DIMEV 57 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet from Salomon and Marcolphus
83.   A great clerk Damascene great writ / How Saint Barlaam
DIMEV 58 Witnesses: 1
Barlaam and Josaphat
84.   A great lord in a land gan wone
DIMEV 59 Witnesses: 3
Northern Homily Cycle
85.   A great man may have no more vice [A grete man may have no more vice]
See 60
86.   A great prince may have no more vice
DIMEV 60 Witnesses: 2
John Shirley: The Moste Pitevous Cronicle of th’ Orribill Dethe of the Kyng of Scottes
87.   A greyhound should be headed like a snake [A grehounde shulde be heded like a snake]
DIMEV 0.42.5 Witnesses: 0
See 5938
88.   A hart harboreth
DIMEV 61 Witnesses: 2
A list of proper terms
89.   A hende knight hight Placidas / But a heathen man
DIMEV 62 Witnesses: 8
Northern Homily Cycle
90.   A holy confessor thou were one
DIMEV 63 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay
91.   A holy man beyond the sea / Was bishop of a great city
DIMEV 64 Witnesses: 12
The Knight who did penance among worms, in the Northern Homily Cycle
92.   A holy man stood on a day
DIMEV 65 Witnesses: 11
Northern Homily Cycle
93.   A holy monk had great yearning / In his life to see tokening
DIMEV 66 Witnesses: 12
Northern Homily Cycle
94.   A holy woman that hight Saint Bride
DIMEV 67 Witnesses: 1
How St Bridget was instructed to worship the Passion — twelve couplets
95.   A Jake Juggler that juggles with a cake
DIMEV 68 Witnesses: 1
A doggerel couplet
96.   A Jesu Christ crown of maidens all
DIMEV 69 Witnesses: 4
John Capgrave: Life of St Katherine
97.   A Jesu Christ that us is above [A Iesu Crist that ous is boue]
DIMEV 70 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Jesus that we may live in such a way as to come to heaven — five couplets
98.   A Jesu so fair and free / Sweetest of all thing
DIMEV 71 Witnesses: 1
A hymn of love to Jesus, vaguely based on the preceding Latin, O amor vehemens, Iesu dulcissime… — one 8-line stanza
99.   A Jesu Thine holy head [A iesu þin holi heued]
A prayer of the wounds: included as lines 9-16 in 6789
100.   A Jesu Thou shed Thy blood / For dred of thine thou wist sold be
DIMEV 72 Witnesses: 1
Hours of the Cross — eighteen 8-line stanzas
101.   A Jesu thy sweetness who might it see
DIMEV 73 Witnesses: 1
William Meniman
102.   A Jews child in Buterie while by old daw
DIMEV 74 Witnesses: 9
South English Legendary
103.   A kindly likeliness that is worhipful and glorious
DIMEV 75 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
104.   A king governing in kindly goodliness
DIMEV 76 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
105.   A king out of the North shall come
DIMEV 77 Witnesses: 2
‘Marlin’s prophecy’ — forty-nine lines in couplets
106.   A king sometime in country was
DIMEV 78 Witnesses: 2
Story of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
107.   A king there was sometime and eke a queen
DIMEV 79 Witnesses: 3
‘The Thre Priests of Peblis’
108.   A kings son and an emperor
DIMEV 80 Witnesses: 1
‘Proface’, a Christmas carol — four stanzas (aaab) with ‘Proface’ refrain and five-line burden: ‘Proface, welcom, wellcome / This day ys borne a chylde of grace / That for vs mankynde hathe take proface / This day is born a child of grace / That for vs mankynde hathe take proface’
109.   A knight that is hardy as a lion
DIMEV 81 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate
110.   A knight there was by old daw lither man enow
DIMEV 82 Witnesses: 11
South English Legendary
111.   A knight there was in England by north here beside
DIMEV 83 Witnesses: 10
South English Legendary
112.   A knight there was in land while great man withall and wise
DIMEV 84 Witnesses: 10
South English Legendary
113.   A knight was while a rich man that honoured much mid all
DIMEV 85 Witnesses: 11
South English Legendary
114.   A lady had my love let the bull begin to bellow
DIMEV 86 Witnesses: 1
Nonsense verses addressed to lovers — two stanzas with refrain, ‘With a m an a I þe bolle get in þe corne / but mi leman loue well as ryt as ramis orn’.
115.   A lady bright fair and gay
DIMEV 87 Witnesses: 1
A song on jealousy — 8 lines
116.   A lady that was so fair and bright
DIMEV 88 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic song in honour of the Virgin Mary — seven quatrains
117.   A ladys heart for to want pity
DIMEV 89 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
118.   A leech o the lazers lawfully I-lened [A leche oþ þe lasours lawfulliche y-leuyd]
Three rhyming lines preceding 3045
119.   A lesson of lowness
DIMEV 90 Witnesses: 1
Verses in a Latin sermon — three short rhyming phrases
120.   A lesson of mercy and forgiveness
DIMEV 91 Witnesses: 1
Verses about lessons to be learned to withstand sin, in a Latin sermon — two couplets
121.   A lion rampant with his paw
DIMEV 92 Witnesses: 1
Verses in a collection of friar sermons — two couplets
122.   A little child there is I-bore / I-sprung out of Jesses more
DIMEV 93 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — five quatrains, aaab, including refrain, ‘Gloria tibi Domine’, and burden (bb): ‘Gloria tibi Domine / qui es natus de virgine
123.   A little in the morning nothing at noon
DIMEV 94 Witnesses: 1
A proverb — one couplet
124.   A little rag of rhetoric [A litell ragge of rethorike / A less lumpe of logyke]
Prefatory verses to Skelton’s ‘Replycacioun’: see 6015
125.   A little tale I will you tell / I trow it will like you well
DIMEV 95 Witnesses: 1
The Huntyng of the Hare — in 6-line stanzas
126.   A little tale I will you tell
DIMEV 96 Witnesses: 1
Strife in the house! a carol — fourteen quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘At þe townys end’ plus burden (cc): ‘Alas sayd þe gudman thi ys an hevy lyff / And all ys well þat endyth well said þe gud wyff’
127.   A littling of wickedness
DIMEV 96.5 Witnesses: 1
A couplet on good and evil
128.   A lo mine heart what told I thee
DIMEV 97 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
129.   A Lord Christ of heaven bliss thou art king
DIMEV 98 Witnesses: 2
A prayer to Christ — two couplets
130.   A lord god mercy qui verba cuncta creasti
DIMEV 99 Witnesses: 1
Prayer to God for mercy — one macaronic couplet
131.   A Lord God of mights most / Father and Son and Holy Ghost
DIMEV 100 Witnesses: 3
William of Nassington: Tractatus de Trinitate et Vnitate
132.   A lord how goes this word about [A lord how gos þis word abowte]
Refrain to 610
133.   A lord king of might that leaven wouldst thy might
DIMEV 101 Witnesses: 1
Richard Rolle: Meditations on the Passion
134.   A lord what is this worlds weal [A lorde what ys thys worldes wele]
See 3237
135.   A lords purpose and a ladys thought
DIMEV 102 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial couplet on the changeability of lord’s purpose and woman’s thought — one couplet
136.   A loss of heal and liking / A body dressed to dying
DIMEV 103 Witnesses: 1
Verses in a Latin sermon — three short rhyming lines
137.   A lovely lady sat and sang [A louely lady sat & sange]
See 5729.2
138.   A maid Christ me bid yerne
DIMEV 104 Witnesses: 1
Thomas de Hales O.F.M.: ‘A Luue ron’
139.   A maid peerless
DIMEV 105 Witnesses: 1
In praise of the Virgin Mother — three 6-line stanzas (aabccb) with burden (dd): ‘She may be callyd a souerant lady / That ys A mayd and beryth a baby’
140.   A maiden mild hath born a child
DIMEV 106 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
141.   A maiden mild hath born a child [A meyden mylde hath born a chylde]
Burden to 3980
142.   A man I have given and made [A man I haue yeuyn and made]
See 6769
143.   A man if thou would saved be [A mon ȝif þu wold sauyd be]
The heading of John Audelay’s ‘Song of the Decalogue’: see 525
144.   A man is a mirrour of sorrow and woe
DIMEV 107 Witnesses: 1
The ephemeral nature of man — two couplets
145.   A man may awhile
DIMEV 108 Witnesses: 1
‘War before’
146.   A man of great devotion / Was some time in Religion
DIMEV 109 Witnesses: 1
A miracle of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary gives her milk to a monk — forty couplets
147.   A man of plea and mooting [A man of ple and motyng]
See 5961
148.   A man that can his tongue steer [A man that con his tong stere / He ther not rek wer that he go]
Burden to 2736
149.   A man that hath a wart above his shin
DIMEV 110 Witnesses: 1
A proverb — one couplet
150.   A man that hath little to doon
DIMEV 111 Witnesses: 1
Generides
151.   A man that loveth fishing and fowling both
DIMEV 112 Witnesses: 4
Piers of Fulham
152.   A man that should of truth tell
DIMEV 113 Witnesses: 1
Truth is unpopular: a carol — six quatrains and burden: ‘God be wit trewthe qwer he be / I wolde he were in this cuntre’
153.   A man that will of wisdom lere / Harken to the book of prophecies here
DIMEV 114 Witnesses: 1
Prognostics for the year, according to the day on which New Year falls, with a Prologue of twenty-two lines.
154.   A man there was in Israel while by daw
DIMEV 115 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
155.   A man was of the Pharisees / That prince was holden of the Jews
DIMEV 116 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
156.   A man was the first guilt
DIMEV 117 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — four quatrains and burden: ‘All þat leue in Christen lay / Worschup euery Cristmes day’
157.   A man without mercy mercy shall miss
DIMEV 118 Witnesses: 11
On mercy — one couplet
158.   A man wot when he goeth [A man wot whan he goth]
See 5004 (Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626) and London, British Library Harley 3362)
159.   A marvelous thing I have mused in my mind
DIMEV 119 Witnesses: 1
A carol of the Incarnation — three quatrains (abab) and burden: ‘Mirabilem misterium / The Son of God ys man becum’
160.   A merchant whilom dwelled at Saint-Denis
DIMEV 120 Witnesses: 58
Geoffrey Chaucer: Shipman’s Tale
161.   A mercy fortune have pity on me
DIMEV 121 Witnesses: 1
A complaint against Fortune — three stanzas rhyme royal with 2-line refrain
162.   A mery tale y telle yow may
DIMEV 122 Witnesses: 7
The Assumption of Our Lady
163.   A mine heart remember thee well
DIMEV 123 Witnesses: 1
A song of penitence — two stanzas rhyme royal with 2-line refrain
164.   A mirror and led us with pride
DIMEV 124 Witnesses: 1
A quatrain in English
165.   A monk there was in an abbey [A monk ther was in oon abbay]
See 6660
166.   A monk was in Religion / And to backbiting was ever boune
DIMEV 125 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
167.   A most fair and true / Ye cause me rue
DIMEV 126 Witnesses: 1
On the absence of his mistress — three 6-line stanzas with a 6-line burden: ‘Parting, parting / I may well synge / hath caused all my payne / from her to part / yt greveth my hart / ye wot not whom I meane’
168.   A mother and maid a child hath born
DIMEV 127 Witnesses: 1
Christmas carol — four quatrains (aabb) plus 4-line refrain (abcb): ‘Euixa est puerpera / Quem gabriell predixerat / Quem matris alno gestiens / Clausus Johannes senserat
169.   A my dear a my dear son [A my dere a my dere son]
See 5684
170.   A my heart
DIMEV 128 Witnesses: 1
The lover reproaches his mistress for her hard heart — seven 8-line stanzas including a 4-line refrain: ‘Adewe pleasure welcome mornynge / alas all payne nowe ys my part / for I see well that sweting / doth not consyder my true hart’
171.   A new song anew
DIMEV 129 Witnesses: 1
Beware of a false mistress — four cross-rhymed quatrains
172.   A new song I will begin
DIMEV 130 Witnesses: 1
A carol for St Edmund’s Day — four quatrains
173.   A new work is come on hand
DIMEV 131 Witnesses: 1
A carol of the Nativity — six stanzas, aaabab (st. 1 differs) with ‘Alleluya’ burden
174.   A new year a new year a child was I-born [A new ȝer a newe ȝer a chyld was i-born]
See 5255
175.   A nice wife A back door / Maketh often times a rich man poor
DIMEV 132 Witnesses: 3
On erring wives — one couplet
176.   A noble emperor come sith that hight Constantine
DIMEV 133 Witnesses: 18
South English Legendary
177.   A noble story writ I find / A pope that wrote…
DIMEV 134 Witnesses: 2
Saint Gregory: The Trentale of St Gregory
178.   A pack a pack madame my load alight
DIMEV 135 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
179.   A pain assigned for mans sin
DIMEV 136 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
180.   A Palm Sunday Eve Our Lord went to Martha and Mary [A palmesone eue oure lord went to Marþa & Marie]
The ‘Long Life’ in some MSS: see 3452
181.   A patre unigenitus
DIMEV 137 Witnesses: 3
A macaronic carol of the Nativity — five quatrains with burden: ‘Make we ioye nowe in this fest / In quo Cristus natus est / Eya’
182.   A peerless prince to thee we pray [A perles pryns to the we pray / Saue our kyng bothnyght and day]
Burden to 1351
183.   A perilous life is vain prosperity [A paralous lyfe is vain prosperitie]
Refrain to 6003
184.   A peste succurre nobis
Refrain to 3910
185.   A Pharisee upon a time
DIMEV 138 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
186.   A philosopher a good clerk secular
DIMEV 139 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate (?)
187.   A pity withouten truth
DIMEV 140 Witnesses: 1
Friar Nicholas Philip
188.   A place as man may see
See 2566
189.   A place that is worshipful and honorable
DIMEV 141 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
190.   A poor widow somedeal stoop in age
DIMEV 142 Witnesses: 55
Geoffrey Chaucer: Nun’s Priest’s Tale
191.   A pope in his solemnity
DIMEV 143 Witnesses: 1
Technical terms for rulers’ titles — four lines
192.   A prelate negligent
DIMEV 144 Witnesses: 1
The Twelve Abuses — twelve lines
193.   A prentice whilom dwelt in our city
DIMEV 145 Witnesses: 50
Geoffrey Chaucer: Cook’s Tale
194.   A pretty wench may be pleasure
DIMEV 146 Witnesses: 1
Spend your money on a pretty wench — two 3-line stanzas (aaa) and nine-line burden: ‘Joly felowe joly / joly felowe joly / Yf thou haue but lytyll mony / Spend it not in foly / But spend yt on a prety wenche / & she shal help the at a pinche / Hey joly felow joly joly / Hey joly felow joly / Hey joly’
195.   A priest sometime was in Rome me cleped Saturnine
DIMEV 147 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
196.   A prince is clad in clothes of dule
DIMEV 148 Witnesses: 2
On the crucifixion — one quatrain in a Good Friday sermon
197.   A principle point of charity
DIMEV 149 Witnesses: 3
Be merry in the Nativity, a carol — four quatrains including refrain (aabb): ‘Be mery, be mery, I pray þu euerychon’
198.   A prognostic clerks bear witness [A pronostik clerkis ber witnesse]
Stanza 82 of Lydgate’s Debate of the Horse, Goose and Sheep (1075), listed as if a separate work in Whiting, Bartlett Jere. Proverbs, Sentences, and Proverbial Phrases from English Writings Mainly before 1500. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1968, P166; Tilley, Morris Palmer. A Dictionary of the Proverbs in England in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, 1950, S977-978
199.   A rich man by old days / Thought for to leave this worlds plays
DIMEV 150 Witnesses: 9
Northern Homily Cycle
200.   A Robin gentle Robin
DIMEV 151 Witnesses: 5
Thomas Wyatt
201.   A rose hath born a lily white [A roose hath borne a lilly white]
Burden to 6028
202.   A ruler of all realms
DIMEV 152 Witnesses: 1
A tag in an English prose homily
203.   A Sexton was in an Abbey / Of the Order of Monks grey
DIMEV 153 Witnesses: 1
The Incontinent Monk drowned, a miracle of the Virgin — in couplets
204.   A shield of red a cross of green
DIMEV 154 Witnesses: 3
‘Arms of Christ’
205.   A showing of hearty loving
DIMEV 155 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
206.   A singular demonstration in warning
DIMEV 156 Witnesses: 1
Warning to sinners in a Latin sermon — one couplet
207.   A softness of a sovereign to subjects he hath I-showed
DIMEV 157 Witnesses: 1
Alliterative verse in an English prose homily — three lines, each followed by refrain, ‘in þat a haþ sent from heuene & deliuerid / þus tanne i seie he haþ deliuerid’
208.   A solis ortus cardine
Burden to 1469
209.   A solitary here / hermit life I lead
DIMEV 158 Witnesses: 2
Richard Rolle
210.   A solitary sore complaining
DIMEV 159 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: ‘A Complaint for my Lady of Gloucester and Holland’
211.   A son take heed to me whose son Thou was
DIMEV 160 Witnesses: 3
A dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Son on the Cross — fourteen lines in couplets
212.   A song to sing I have good right
DIMEV 161 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic carol of the Nativity — six quatrains (abab) and four-line Latin burden: ‘Laus, honor, virtus, gloria / Et tibi decus Maria’ (repeated)
213.   A sorry beverage it is and sore it is a-bought
DIMEV 162 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s Prayer in Gethsemane — two monorhyming quatrains
214.   A soul that list to sing of love
DIMEV 163 Witnesses: 1
Burial of Christ and His Resurrection
215.   A soun treschere et special / ffer and ner and oueral / In mundo
DIMEV 0.19 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 19; now merged with the former 16 as 19.
216.   A sour apple when it is hot
DIMEV 164 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
217.   A sovereign beauty over all thee leave
DIMEV 165 Witnesses: 1
On the virtue of a well-bridled tongue — one couplet
218.   A sovereign praising of Gods might that is endless
DIMEV 166 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
219.   A star shone bright on twelfth day [A sterre shone bright on xii day / Ouer þat place where Ihesus lay]
Burden to 4279
220.   A stern strife is stirred new [A Sterne striffe ys stered newe]
See 5436
221.   A sufficient salve for each disease
DIMEV 167 Witnesses: 1
The Virtue of Pacience — one cross-rhymed quatrain
222.   A tale hear now thee shall / According to our Mater all
DIMEV 168 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
223.   A tale of this feast have I heard / How it once of a widow fared
DIMEV 169 Witnesses: 12
Northern Homily Cycle
224.   A tapet of truth
DIMEV 170 Witnesses: 1
Friar Nicholas Philip
225.   A temple of true wedding
DIMEV 171 Witnesses: 1
Four ways in which a church is sanctified at its dedication, in a sermon (?by John of Bromyard), ‘de dedicatione ecclesie’ — 8 lines in couplets and monorhyming quatrain
226.   A the sighs that come from my heart
DIMEV 172 Witnesses: 2
Recollections of love’s joys — four quatrains
227.   A thief of his trueness to witness drew
DIMEV 173 Witnesses: 1
Two couplets
228.   A thing that is moste light and in himself most free
DIMEV 173.5 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
229.   A thing that must needs be had
DIMEV 174 Witnesses: 1
A riddle of the ?soul, possibly by William Wetyng — two rough couplets
230.   A thorn hath pierced my heart right sore
DIMEV 175 Witnesses: 1
No remedy for falling in love — three 5-line stanzas and introductory 2-line burden
231.   A thousand stories I could me rehearse
DIMEV 176 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate: ‘Balade in Commendation of Our Lady’
232.   A thousand times have I heard men tell
DIMEV 177 Witnesses: 13
Geoffrey Chaucer: Legend of Good Women
233.   A token of Gods loving
DIMEV 178 Witnesses: 1
A definition of Humility — four lines
234.   A treasure of great richesse
DIMEV 179 Witnesses: 1
A definition of Chastity — four lines
235.   A [ ] upon a straw [A [ ] vpon a strawe / Cudlyng of my cowe]
DIMEV 0.102.3 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 102.3; see 624
236.   A very friend at need
DIMEV 180 Witnesses: 1
A rhyming proverb that serves as the opening of a letter from William Worcester to an unknown member of Sir John Fastolf’s household, Paston Letters and Papers 604; Worcester cites Aristotle’s Ethics and Cicero’s de Amicitia — one couplet
237.   A virgin pure
DIMEV 181 Witnesses: 1
A Nativity carol — four 5-line stanzas (abccb in which first and third lines have leonine rhyme) including refrain, ‘Deo gracias’, plus burden (bb with medial rhyme): ‘Now let vs syng both more & lesse / Of Criste commyng Deo gracias’
238.   A virtue called of full great reverence
DIMEV 182 Witnesses: 1
The Ballade to 6453 — five stanzas rhyme royal elaborating the refrain: ‘Tong brekith bone of his nature though he hymself haue none’
239.   A voice from heaven to earth shall come [A voyce from heuen to erth shall com / Uenite ad iudicium]
Burden to 5774
240.   A wale white as whales bone
DIMEV 183 Witnesses: 1
A Lover’s Torments — fifty-five lines in 6-line stanzas, reconstructed as eight 6-line stanzas with 5-line refrain
241.   A ware wise looker / A ware wise keeper
DIMEV 184 Witnesses: 1
On true love — three monorhyming lines in a Latin-English sermon
242.   A well good man was whilom men cleped Ioachim [A wel good man was whylom men clepid Ioachim]
DIMEV 0.104 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 104: now opening stanza of 6690
243.   A well mine heart but will ye not been wise
DIMEV 185 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
244.   A wellaway thou foul hold / that I ever was to thee I-tied
DIMEV 186 Witnesses: 1
‘Soul’s Address to the Wicked Body’
245.   A wheel about thee turning
DIMEV 187 Witnesses: 1
Man’s transitory life compared to a wheel, a ship, a shadow, and a flower — two couplets in a Latin sermon
246.   A white horse up the hill
DIMEV 188 Witnesses: 1
On the colors of horses — two couplets
247.   A wicked tongue will alway deem amiss [A wikked tong wol alway deme amis]
Refrain to 1070
248.   A widow poor was and free
DIMEV 189 Witnesses: 1
The Poor Widow and the Rich Man
249.   A wild beast a man may tame / A womans tongue will never be lame
DIMEV 190 Witnesses: 3
Proverbial couplet comparing man’s ability to tame a wild beast and his ability to tame a woman’s tongue — one couplet
250.   A woman a maid in thought and deed
DIMEV 191 Witnesses: 1
‘A Carole of the Byrth of Chryst’
251.   A woman bearing a virginal mouth
DIMEV 192 Witnesses: 1
John Capgrave: Solace of Pilgrimys
252.   A woman oft-times will do
DIMEV 193 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
253.   A woman that is willful is a plague of the worst
DIMEV 194 Witnesses: 1
Fortunes according to cards, mainly satirical attacks against women — ten couplets from ‘an ancient set of ten fortune cards’
254.   A wonder meet that God hath hight
DIMEV 195 Witnesses: 1
Verses in the sermon, Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie — one couplet
255.   A word of comforting habetis
DIMEV 196 Witnesses: 1
Two things wanting for good governance — three macaronic lines in a Latin sermon
256.   A word of plaining of his woe
DIMEV 197 Witnesses: 1
Gifts offered to the Christian soul — four couplets in a Latin sermon
257.   A ye men that by me wenden [A ȝe men þat by me wendene]
See 4113
258.   A young man a ruler reckless [A yong man a rewler recheles]
See 2994
259.   A young man chieftain witless [A ȝung man chiftane wittles]
See 2994
260.   A young wife and an harvest goose [A yong wyf and an arvyst gos]
See 496
261.   A maiden mild hath a child hath bore [A meyden myelde a chielde hath bore]
Burden to 657
262.   Ab inimicis nostris defende nos cryste
See 3563
263.   Abel was loosed in trueness
DIMEV 198 Witnesses: 1
On the Old Testament worthies — seven monorhyming lines
264.   Abide and leave thou this journey
DIMEV 199 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
265.   Abide at home as I thee couns[ ]
DIMEV 200 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial advice to stay at home rather than begin a journey — one couplet
266.   Abide good man and hold your peace / And hear what God Himselven says until
DIMEV 201 Witnesses: 3
Appeal of Christ to man, ‘O vos omnes qui transitis’, etc. — three 6-line stanzas
267.   Abide I hope it be the best
DIMEV 202 Witnesses: 2
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’
268.   Abide in thine good deed
DIMEV 203 Witnesses: 1
On heaven being the reward for good deeds, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
269.   About the field they piped full right
DIMEV 204 Witnesses: 3
The Angels appearing to the Shepherds, a carol — seven quatrains (abab) including refrain, ‘Terly terlow tirly terlow’, plus burden (bb): ‘Tyrly tirlow tirly terlow / So merily the sheperdis began to blow’
270.   Above all thing thou art a king
DIMEV 206 Witnesses: 1
A song on Money — twenty quatrains (abcb) and 4-line burden: ‘Money money now hay goode day / Money where haste thow be / Money money thow goste away / & wylt not byde wyth me’
271.   Above all thing
DIMEV 205 Witnesses: 1
A song perhaps celebrating the birth of Prince Henry in A.D. 1511 — one 6-line tail-rhyme stanza
272.   Above this horse black and hideous
DIMEV 207 Witnesses: 1
Richard Pynson (?)
273.   Absence of thou causeth me to sigh and complain
DIMEV 208 Witnesses: 1
Ease my heart, mistress — one stanza rhyme royal.
274.   Abstinence from wickedness and forsaking of sin
DIMEV 209 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
275.   Accipe that longeth to thee
DIMEV 210 Witnesses: 1
Four lines of moral advice
276.   Acquaintance of lordship will I noght
DIMEV 211 Witnesses: 1
Aphoristic advice on the price of lordship — one couplet
277.   Adam alas and wellaway
DIMEV 212 Witnesses: 1
On the Fall and Redemption — seven lines in a complex pattern of end of line rhyme and internal rhyme
278.   Adam and Eve did give consent
DIMEV 213 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
279.   Adam and Eve that were unwise
DIMEV 214 Witnesses: 1
A carol to the Virgin Mary — five quatrains (abab) with refrain and two-line burden: ‘Salue regina gloria / Mater misericordie
280.   Adam and Eve this is the place
Ten stanzas added to York Adam and Eve (2115): see Ringler Jr., William A. Bibliography and Index of English Verse in Manuscript 1501-1558. London: Mansell, 1992; prepared and completed by Michael Rudick and Susan J. Ringler TM 60
281.   Adam lay I-bounden bounden in a bond
DIMEV 215 Witnesses: 1
A song: Blessed be the apple — two quatrains
282.   Adam our father was in bliss
DIMEV 216 Witnesses: 1
The Prophets of the Old Testament — a song of ten quatrains with Latin caudae and burden: ‘O flos de lesse virgula / Laus tibi sit et gloria
283.   Adam prince of all mankind
DIMEV 217 Witnesses: 1
History of the World from Adam to 1518, in centuries, with numerous digressions and prayers to O.T. heroes, Christian saints, and an introductory prose prologue — generally in interlocking cross-rhymed quatrains
284.   Adam scrivein if ever it thee befall
DIMEV 218 Witnesses: 2
Geoffrey Chaucer (attrib.): ‘Chaucer’s wordes unto Adam’
285.   Adam that is our father by kind
DIMEV 219 Witnesses: 1
‘Jesus conditor alme’
286.   Adieu adieu le company
DIMEV 220 Witnesses: 1
A song to celebrate the birth of Prince Henry in A.D. 1511 — four macaronic lines
287.   Adieu adieu my hearts lust
DIMEV 221 Witnesses: 2
William Cornish
288.   Adieu courage adieu
DIMEV 222 Witnesses: 1
A love song — four lines
289.   Adieu dear heart
DIMEV 223 Witnesses: 1
The comfortless lover — eleven lines in 6-line stanzas (aabccd) with burden: ‘My luf mornes for me, for me, My luf mornis for me’
290.   Adieu my pretty pussy
DIMEV 224 Witnesses: 1
Erotic rhyme of lover addressing his past love — one 7-line stanza
291.   Adieu pleasure welcome morning [Adewe pleasure welcome mornynge]
Refrain of 128
292.   Advise thee well let reason be thy guide
DIMEV 225 Witnesses: 1
Words of Cato, which King Henry should have heeded, translating Latin couplet which precedes them, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VII, cap. 228 — one stanza rhyme royal
293.   Advise you women whom ye trust [Avyse youe wemen wom ye trust / & beware of had i wyst]
Burden to 2730
294.   Aesop mine auctor makes mention [Isope myn auctor makis mencioune]
See Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS] MS of 5871
295.   Aethelwold the good clerk was I-bore in England
DIMEV 226 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
296.   Afore meat and after gracias say we
DIMEV 227 Witnesses: 1
Grace before and after meat — one stanza rhyme royal
297.   Afore the porch door under the stone
DIMEV 227.5 Witnesses: 1
Memorial inscription — ten lines
298.   Afore warning of Christs blissful incarnation
DIMEV 228 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
299.   Afraid alas and why so sodenly [Affraid alas and whi so sodenli]
Burden to 4890
300.   After all duly ordered obeisaunce [After all duly ordred obeisaunce]
John Skelton, ‘To the ryght noble Countes of Surrey’ (Ringler Jr., William A. Bibliography and Index of English Verse Printed 1476-1558. London: Mansell, 1988, TP 68), 4 stanzas rhyme royal, lines 835-63 of 1203
301.   After asking we will speak of taking [Eftir asking we will speik of taking]
See 230
302.   After bran pen cru lucy
DIMEV 229 Witnesses: 1
Robert Copland
303.   After every asking follows nought [Eftir everie asking followis nocht]
See 4161
304.   After giving I speak of taking
DIMEV 230 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Of discretioun in taking’
305.   After great cold cometh heat [Aftyr gret colde cometh hete]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
306.   After Jacob and his sons in Egypt were dead [After iacob & is sones in egipte were dede]
See 6345
307.   After my book yet wrought I well
DIMEV 231 Witnesses: 1
Alchemical verses — in couplets
308.   After our song our mirth and our gladness
DIMEV 232 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve
309.   After plays sports and dances of solace
DIMEV 233 Witnesses: 1
Robert Copland: ‘Complaynte of them that ben to late maryed’
310.   After shalt thou wite readily…
Division of 2553
311.   After shalt thou wite which been…
Division of 2553
312.   After that God suffered Passion
DIMEV 234 Witnesses: 1
‘How þe vernycle was broght to Rome’
313.   After that harvest Inned had his sheaves
DIMEV 235 Witnesses: 6
Thomas Hoccleve: ‘Complaint’
314.   After that Saint Denis was thus I-brought adawe
DIMEV 236 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
315.   After that sweet Jesu the way to heaven nom [After þat swete jhesu þe weiȝe to heuene nom]
DIMEV 0.126 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 126; a section heading to 787
316.   After that the apple was eaten
DIMEV 237 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
317.   After that this lither folk this maid thus I-slowe
DIMEV 238 Witnesses: 3
South English Legendary
318.   After the birth of Christ God Son
DIMEV 239 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
319.   After the Black Prime what year so it be
DIMEV 240 Witnesses: 1
Instructions for finding the date of Easter after the ‘Black Prime’ — one couplet
320.   After the day that made is for travail
DIMEV 241 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘Of loue and his goode folkis alle’
321.   After the Friday that God was dead
DIMEV 242 Witnesses: 1
‘How God delyuered Ioseph of aramathie out of prisoun’ — a couplet version of a portion of 833
322.   After the sayings of men that been hold
DIMEV 243 Witnesses: 1
On Discretion — 4 lines
323.   After the stormy time ceasing the rain
DIMEV 244 Witnesses: 2
Geoffrey Chaucer (?): ‘A Holy Meditation’
324.   After this brightness and this leam / These herds come to Bethleham
DIMEV 245 Witnesses: 7
Northern Homily Cycle
325.   After this he will us teach…
Division of 2553
326.   After this now wite we shall…
Division of 2553
327.   After this shall ye here begin…
Division of 2553
328.   After this shalt thou witen then…
Division of 2553
329.   After this the story telleth also [After this story tellith also / In confirmacioun…]
See 1525
330.   After winter the vere with foils green
DIMEV 246 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
331.   Against miscreants the Emperor Sigismond
DIMEV 247 Witnesses: 3
Verse accompanying a soteltie at the coronation of Henry VI (1432), in Fabyan’s Chronicle; Part VII, Septima Pars, Henrici Sexti — two 8-line stanza
332.   Against my fellows that I have spoken
DIMEV 248 Witnesses: 1
A speaker bewails that backbiting has lended him in hell — one quatrain following the Latin, Lingua calet igne, iam inheret mosibus ori
333.   Against the coming of May
DIMEV 249 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
334.   Against the Frenchmen in the field to fight
DIMEV 250 Witnesses: 1
A modified carol probably for the invasion of France in 1513 — one monorhyming quatrain and refrain: ‘Helpe now þi king’, and 2-line introductory burden: ‘Englond be glad pluk up thy lusty hart / Help now þi kyng and take his part’
335.   Against the proud Scots clattering
DIMEV 251 Witnesses: 1
John Skelton, ‘Skelton Laureat agaynst the Scottes’, on James IV of Scotland — 222 lines in Skeltonics
336.   Against these seven vices Jesu…
Division of 2553
337.   Agatha the maiden clear
DIMEV 252 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
338.   Agnus dei hodie natus de pura virgine
DIMEV 253 Witnesses: 1
Carol about Christmas and Epiphany — three quatrains, aaab
339.   Agriculture as in Nature and Art tender…
DIMEV 254 Witnesses: 1
Introduction to Palladius On Husbandrie, praising Duke Humphrey — sixteen 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc
340.   Agwillare habeth stan diff yn lantern this tale me [t]old
DIMEV 255 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a chanson (or ballade) apparently in English, misunderstood by a foreign scribe
341.   Aider of the poor and punisher of trespass
DIMEV 256 Witnesses: 1
Elegy to King Edgar, attributed to ‘Henricus the histographer’, in Part VI of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VI, cap. 194 — one stanza rhyme royal
342.   Alack alack what shall I do
DIMEV 257 Witnesses: 2
Fragment of a love song — three lines
343.   Alack I can you neither love nor may
DIMEV 258 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
344.   Alas a thousand sithe alas
DIMEV 259 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
345.   Alas alas alas is my chief song
DIMEV 260 Witnesses: 1
Walter Frye
346.   Alas alas and alas why / hath fortune done so cruelly
DIMEV 261 Witnesses: 1
The distressed lover — six quatrains
347.   Alas alas how [?who] is it hath given entrance
DIMEV 262 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
348.   Alas alas si haut si bas / so longer y-lived so worse I was
DIMEV 263 Witnesses: 1
A Lament — four monorhyming lines
349.   Alas alas that ever I was born [Alas alas þat ever I was born]
DIMEV 0.141.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 141.5 (Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 234); now included in 264
350.   Alas alas that I was born
DIMEV 264 Witnesses: 15
The Sinner’s Lament, a tag usually in the Fasciculus morum, Version A
351.   Alas alas that I was born
DIMEV 265 Witnesses: 19
The Sinner’s Lament, a tag in the Fasciculus morum, Version B
352.   Alas alas the while [Alas ales þe wyle / þout y on no gyle]
Burden to 3044
353.   Alas alas this worlds bliss
DIMEV 266 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
354.   Alas alas vel evil have I sped [Allas allas vey yuel y sped]
DIMEV 0.143 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 143; see 6108.
355.   Alas dear heart what aileth thee
DIMEV 267 Witnesses: 1
A lover protests his devotion — four quatrains, each including refrain: ‘Yt were my death to se you dye’
356.   Alas Death alas a blessful thing ye were
DIMEV 268 Witnesses: 1
An epitaph, including a warning to ‘galaunts’, accompanying a wall-painting of a young man confronted by a skeleton — two stanzas rhyme royal
357.   Alas death who made thee so hardy
DIMEV 269 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
358.   Alas deceit that in trust is now
DIMEV 270 Witnesses: 1
On Deceit — one 8-line stanza
359.   Alas departing ground of woe [Allace depairting grund of wo]
See MS Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS] version of 1269
360.   Alas departing is ground of woe
DIMEV 271 Witnesses: 1
A love song for two voices — one 8-line stanza with music
361.   Alas for lack of her presence
DIMEV 272 Witnesses: 1
On the absence of his mistress — one stanza rhyme royal
362.   Alas for pity I cry alas alas
DIMEV 273 Witnesses: 1
Lamentation of the Virgin Mary — two stanzas rhyme royal
363.   Alas for pure pity [Alas for pure pite / From cruell dethe I cannot stert / My paynes be so mortal]
Refrain to 1262
364.   Alas for sins that I have wrought
DIMEV 274 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
365.   Alas for thought and inward pain
DIMEV 275 Witnesses: 3
Supplicacio Amantis
366.   Alas for woe departing hath me slain [Alas for woo departynge hath me slayn]
Refrain to 2225
367.   Alas Fortune alas mine heaviness
DIMEV 276 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
368.   Alas Fortune alas what have I guilt [Allas Fortune alas whate have I gilte]
See 1432
369.   Alas full warily for woe may I sing
DIMEV 277 Witnesses: 1
‘Versa est in luctum cithera mea’
370.   Alas good man must you be kissed
DIMEV 278 Witnesses: 1
Come Kiss Me — eleven quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘…ye shall not kiss me’ and three-line burden: ‘I pray yow cum kyss me / My lytle prety mopse / I pray yow com kyss me’
371.   Alas here is I-fall a rueful case
DIMEV 279 Witnesses: 1
Lament in a Latin sermon — two couplets
372.   Alas how ever could the God of Kind
DIMEV 280 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
373.   Alas how shall my heart be light
DIMEV 281 Witnesses: 1
‘For loue Alas my lyue ys lorne’
374.   Alas how should I sing [Alas hou shold y syng]
See 2091
375.   Alas I am I-cast a-down
DIMEV 282 Witnesses: 1
Sinner’s lament in a Latin sermon — three lines, aab
376.   Alas I cannot be loved again [Alas I cannot be lovyd agayne]
Refrain to 3573
377.   Alas I weeping am constrained to beginnen [Allas I wepynge am constreyned to begynnen]
DIMEV 0.153 Witnesses: 0
(‘Carmina qui quondam studeo florente peregi’: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 215, f. 1): formerly 153; deleted per Rossell Hope Robbins, and John L. Cutler. Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse. Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press, 1965
378.   Alas I woeful creature
DIMEV 283 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘A Gentlewoman’s Lament’
379.   Alas I wretch that whilom was in wealth [Allas I wrecche þat whilom was in welthe]
Walton’s metrical version of Boethius, lacking Translator’s Preface and Prologue; for the complete text see 2677
380.   Alas in great sin all biget we were
DIMEV 284 Witnesses: 1
On Mortality — four monorhyming lines
381.   Alas it is a rueful monge
DIMEV 285 Witnesses: 1
English verse in a Latin sermon on the Ascension — one couplet
382.   Alas it is I that wot not what to say
DIMEV 286 Witnesses: 1
The rejected lover — one stanza rhyme royal
383.   Alas Jesu Thy love is lorn
DIMEV 287 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
384.   Alas madame what manner strife
DIMEV 288 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
385.   Alas mercy where shall mine heart you find
DIMEV 289 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
386.   Alas mightless
DIMEV 290 Witnesses: 1
A lament for the downtrodden in a Latin sermon — five short monorhyming lines
387.   Alas mine eye why dost thou bringe
DIMEV 291 Witnesses: 1
‘Why art thow thus my mortall foe’
388.   Alas mourning I sing mourning I call
DIMEV 292 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of an English song [‘cantant’] in the Cornish mystery play of the Three Marys in the Ordinale de Resurrexione Domini Nostri Jhesu Christi
389.   Alas much was that sinning
DIMEV 293 Witnesses: 1
Lament for Original Sin in relation to Passion of Christ — one couplet
390.   Alas my child how have ye dight
DIMEV 294 Witnesses: 2
‘A lamentacioun of our lady for sweryng’
391.   Alas my child why have ye thus dight
DIMEV 295 Witnesses: 1
Mourning cry of the Virgin Mary at the Cross — twelve lines, roughly cross-rhymed quatrains
392.   Alas my heart will break in three [Alas my hart will brek in thre / Terribilis mors conturbat me]
Burden to 2435
393.   Alas poor man what chance have I
DIMEV 296 Witnesses: 1
Secret love — two quatrains
394.   Alas quid eligam ignoro [Allas quid eligam ignoro]
Refrain to 1072
395.   Alas sir alas sir pardon me [Allas sir allas sir pardon me]
First line of a ballad included in 6424
396.   Alas so sober is the might
DIMEV 297 Witnesses: 1
[John?] ‘Mersar’
397.   Alas that any kindman wants good [Alas that any kyndeman wantys gode]
Refrain to 2196
398.   Alas that ever she was unkind [alas þat euer sho was unkynd]
Refrain to 2180
399.   Alas the woe that we are wrought [Alas the woo þat we are wroght]
Scriverners’ Play: see 2115
400.   Alas to whom shall I complain
DIMEV 506 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s complaint — two stanzas rhyme royal
401.   Alas to whom shall I now take
DIMEV 299 Witnesses: 1
A lament in a Latin sermon — three lines monorhyming
402.   Alas to whom should I complain b
DIMEV 301 Witnesses: 1
Edward Stafford
403.   Alas to whom should I complain
DIMEV 300 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s complaint — one cross-rhymed quatrain
404.   Alas unkindness thus hath my heart slain [Alas vnkyndenesse þus haith my herte slayn]
Refrain to 3666
405.   Alas what planet was I born under
DIMEV 302 Witnesses: 1
The Vicissitudes of Love — three stanzas rhyme royal.
406.   Alas what ruleth the bridle rein
DIMEV 303 Witnesses: 1
An alphabetical poem — seventy-eight lines in 19 stanzas of varying length, each line of a stanza beginning with same word, with ‘Wo worth’ anaphora; some stanzas (like that for ‘q’) in Latin
407.   Alas what shall I do for love
DIMEV 304 Witnesses: 1
Henry VIII (attrib.)
408.   Alas what shall we friars do
DIMEV 305 Witnesses: 1
An ironic lament of the friars, in answer to 5860 — nine quatrains
409.   Alas what should it be to you prejudice [Alas what shulde yt be to yow preiudyce]
See London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire] version (lines 229-36) of 1761
410.   Alas what thing can be more grievous pain
DIMEV 306 Witnesses: 1
The pangs of absence — six stanzas rhyme royal
411.   Alas whereto shall I now take
DIMEV 307 Witnesses: 1
The sinner forsaken by heaven and earth — three monorhyming lines
412.   Alas woe shall mine heart slacken
DIMEV 308 Witnesses: 1
Mary’s lament at the Cross — one 8-line stanza
413.   Ale make many a man to stick at a briar
DIMEV 309 Witnesses: 1
Of the effects of Ale — six quatrains (aaab) and two-line burden: ‘Doll thi ale doll doll thi ale dole / Ale mak many a mane to haue a doty poll’
414.   All all for cause of covetise [All all for causs of cuvetice]
Refrain to 1447
415.   All be it so I seld have of you sight
DIMEV 310 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
416.   All be that of my fare or silly case
DIMEV 311 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
417.   All been he blithe / that to my song Lithe
DIMEV 312 Witnesses: 3
King Horn
418.   All blithe might they be / that follies blithely will flee
DIMEV 313 Witnesses: 1
‘A Disputisoun by-twene a cristenmon and a Iew’
419.   All busy swimming in the stormy flood [All besy swymmyng in the stormy flood]
DIMEV 0.168 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 168; The Court of Sapience, lacking the Prologue: see 5365.
420.   All childer that will clergy con
DIMEV 314 Witnesses: 2
Distiches
421.   All christian folk ye listen and lere [All cristen folke ȝe listen and lere]
See 173
422.   All Christian men both more and less
DIMEV 315 Witnesses: 3
Northern Passion
423.   All christian men I bid you come
DIMEV 316 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘De Misericordia Domini’
424.   All christian men that walk me by / Behold & see
DIMEV 317 Witnesses: 6
Lamentacio Peccatoris
425.   All christian people listen and hear
DIMEV 318 Witnesses: 6
‘Passio Sancti Erasmi’
426.   All clatterers in the kirk
DIMEV 319 Witnesses: 1
Warning against chatterers in church — one couplet
427.   All clerken love clerken love
DIMEV 320 Witnesses: 1
‘Omnis amor clerici amor clerici’
428.   All day thou seest
Refrain to 2730
429.   All day we preach
DIMEV 321 Witnesses: 1
Verses against swearers — thirteen couplets
430.   All desolate from joy or hearts heal
DIMEV 322 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
431.   All earthly joy returns in pain [All erdly joy returnis in pane]
Refrain to 4179
432.   All false gods thou shalt forsake
DIMEV 323 Witnesses: 1
The ‘X Comawndmentes’ — five couplets
433.   All fresh all fresh fresh is my song [All ffresche all fresche fresch is my song]
Burden to 4955
434.   All from evil thing
DIMEV 324 Witnesses: 1
A prayer or charm for protection against evil, introducing ‘In nomine patris’ — one quatrain
435.   All ghostly songs and hymns that be sung
DIMEV 325 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘Misericordias Domini in Eternum Cantabo’
436.   All go we still the cock hath low shone [Alle goo we stille the Cock hath lowe shoon]
Refrain to 4962
437.   All gods but one thou shalt forsaken
DIMEV 326 Witnesses: 1
The Decalogue — ten lines
438.   All gold Jonette is thine hair
DIMEV 327 Witnesses: 1
‘Ionet and Iankyn’
439.   All hail and be glad most noble and Mother dear
DIMEV 328 Witnesses: 1
Author’s salute to the Virgin Mary in relation to the sixth of seven joys, at end of Part VI of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VI, cap. 218, translating Latin verse of which the beginning only is given preceding — one stanza rhyme royal
440.   All hail and well I-met
DIMEV 329 Witnesses: 1
Cayphas
441.   All hail Lady Mother and Virgin immaculate
DIMEV 330 Witnesses: 1
On the Angelic Salutation — four stanzas rhyme royal
442.   All hail Mary and well you be
DIMEV 331 Witnesses: 1
Salue sancta parens’, a carol — five quatrains (abab) with refrain and burden, ‘Salue sancta parens
443.   All hail Mary full of grace
DIMEV 332 Witnesses: 2
A prayer to the Virgin Mary — six 8-line stanzas
444.   All hallowen day we holden one time in the year
DIMEV 333 Witnesses: 15
South English Legendary
445.   All harkeneth to me now / a strife will I tellen you
DIMEV 334 Witnesses: 2
The Harrowing of Hell — in couplets
446.   All haste is odious whereas discretion
DIMEV 335 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate
447.   All his friends shall be loath
DIMEV 336 Witnesses: 1
Description of a dying person — eighteen lines in couplets
448.   All Holy Church was but a thrall
DIMEV 337 Witnesses: 1
Carol to St Thomas of Canterbury — seven 5-line stanzas (aaabb) with 2-line burden: ‘Seynt Thomas honour we / Thorgh whos blod Holy Chyrch ys made fre’
449.   All I rede that we here / That good Matthew will us lere
DIMEV 338 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
450.   All is but a phantom that we with fare
DIMEV 339 Witnesses: 1
On the Transitoriness of the World — 94 lines in monorhyming stanzas of varying lengths
451.   All is good but best is this
DIMEV 340 Witnesses: 1
A couplet at the end of a prose ‘most souereyn medycyn for the pestilence’
452.   All is pride in price
DIMEV 341 Witnesses: 1
Evils of the times — eight lines
453.   All it is for woe
DIMEV 342 Witnesses: 2
A proverbial couplet, translating ‘In nivis algore cantat omnia dolore
454.   All it is phantom that we with fare
DIMEV 343 Witnesses: 4
All is Phantom — four lines aaaa
455.   All lust and liking I begin to leave
DIMEV 344 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s plea — one quatrain and three 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘pyte comfort your daungernesse’
456.   All mankind turneth in wheel and that on wonder guise
DIMEV 345 Witnesses: 7
A tag in the Fasciculus morum — one long couplet translating two Latin hexameters
457.   c grace [Alle maydenis for godes grace / Worchepe ȝe seynt nicolas]
Burden to 4738
458.   All manner children ye listen and lere
DIMEV 346 Witnesses: 1
Symon: ‘Lesson of Wysedome for all Maner Chyldryn’
459.   All manner of men should hold Gods biddings
DIMEV 347 Witnesses: 2
Lay Folk’s Catechism
460.   All manner of men that lust for to hear
DIMEV 348 Witnesses: 1
‘the coppie of the table that was hanging in the priorie of Stone at the time of the suppression’
461.   All matters well pondered and well to be regarded
DIMEV 349 Witnesses: 1
John Skelton
462.   All My blood for thee is shed
DIMEV 350 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s appeal — one couplet
463.   All nist by the rose rose
DIMEV 351 Witnesses: 1
The Singer and the Rose — four lines
464.   All noble men of this take heed [All noble man of this take hede]
DIMEV 0.194.5 Witnesses: 0
Burden to 6055; former 194.5
465.   All of a story I will you read
DIMEV 352 Witnesses: 1
‘þe lyfe of Celestyn’ — 147 5-line stanzas
466.   All of the herbs o Ireland [Alle of the herbys o Ierlonde]
See 5977
467.   All other love is like the moon
DIMEV 353 Witnesses: 1
Song of the Love of Christ — seven quatrains
468.   All our mischiefs have in Thy sight
DIMEV 354 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin — 45 lines in couplets
469.   All our weal and all our life
DIMEV 355 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
470.   All our wonder and all our woe
DIMEV 356 Witnesses: 1
A couplet in a Latin sermon ‘in nativitate domini
471.   All perishes and passes that we with eye see
DIMEV 357 Witnesses: 8
Richard Rolle (??)
472.   All rich men that sits on dais
DIMEV 358 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
473.   All righeousness doth now proceed
DIMEV 359 Witnesses: 11
John Lydgate: ‘Rammeshorne’
474.   All shall we henne
DIMEV 360 Witnesses: 1
Warning that we shall all die, as an epitaph for John Bowf — one eight-line stanza, aaabcccb
475.   All sins shall thou hate through casting of skill
DIMEV 361 Witnesses: 2
Richard Rolle (attrib.)
476.   All souls day on earth right is to hold high
DIMEV 362 Witnesses: 15
South English Legendary
477.   All such disport as voideth idleness
DIMEV 363 Witnesses: 1
Twici: Treatise on Hunting
478.   All that been Christian be lief and dear [All þat bene crystyne be leue & dere]
See 398
479.   All that been in deadly sin and think with mercy to meet
DIMEV 364 Witnesses: 1
The Life of St Margaret — in long-line quatrains
480.   All that beth in sin I-bound / And think Gods mercy
DIMEV 365 Witnesses: 1
Gregorius
481.   All that beth of heart true / A stound harkeneth to my song
DIMEV 366 Witnesses: 2
An Elegy on the Death of Edward I — in 8-line stanzas
482.   All that ever gone and riden
DIMEV 367 Witnesses: 1
‘þe Pater noster vndo on englissh’
483.   All that goes and rides looketh upon me
DIMEV 368 Witnesses: 1
Christ speaks: Look at my Wounds — five couplets
484.   All that has liking for to hear
DIMEV 369 Witnesses: 1
Life of St Anne — 3456 lines in 12-line stanzas
485.   All that I in word and deed / I thank hit God all folks king
DIMEV 370 Witnesses: 4
Gregorius
486.   All that I may swink or sweat
DIMEV 371 Witnesses: 1
A Henpecked Husband’s Complaint — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Care away, away, away / Care away for evermore’
487.   All that is shall come to was
DIMEV 372 Witnesses: 1
A warning against death — one quatrain
488.   All that leve in Christian lay [All þat leue in Christen lay / Worshup euery Cristmess day]
Burden to 117
489.   All that leven in God listeneth to my lore
DIMEV 373 Witnesses: 2
A blessing in the Speculum Sacerdotale — one couplet
490.   All that love to hear this lesson / Christ grant them his benison
DIMEV 375 Witnesses: 1
‘A Good Lesson of IX Vertewis’
491.   All that loveth gods lore / Old and young less and more
DIMEV 374 Witnesses: 3
Life of St Eustace
492.   All that the prophets told while in their prophecy
DIMEV 376 Witnesses: 7
Lines on the Prophets, used in the South English Legendary as prologue or headlink to a number of legends (4196, 3452, 6380, and 6690) — four or five lines in couplets
493.   All that think to be shriven
DIMEV 377 Witnesses: 1
‘Þe ten comaundementȝ’
494.   All that will a stound dwell / Listen I shal you tell
DIMEV 378 Witnesses: 1
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost — thirty-three couplets
495.   All that will a while here dwell / Harkeneth
DIMEV 379 Witnesses: 1
‘The Lyfe of St. Alexes’
496.   All that will leally live in land
DIMEV 380 Witnesses: 1
Saint Benedict of Nursia: The Rule of St Benedict
497.   All that will of solace lere
DIMEV 381 Witnesses: 1
‘Romance of Sir Corneus’
498.   All that willen hear in rhyme / How good men in old time
DIMEV 382 Witnesses: 1
The Life of St Alexis
499.   All that willen of wisdom lere / Listen to me and ye shall hear
DIMEV 383 Witnesses: 15
‘Legend of Ipotis’
500.   All the joy of our heart now is went away
DIMEV 384 Witnesses: 1
The sinner’s lament (based on Lamentations, 5:15) — two couplets
501.   All the merrier is that place [Al the meryere is þat place / Þe sunne of grace schynit in]
Burden to 5476
502.   All the trespass of my tender youth
DIMEV 385 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: ‘Prayer in Old Age’
503.   All the way that God goth by
DIMEV 386 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
504.   All the words that drawen to sin / Think that venom is therein
DIMEV 387 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
505.   All the world shall be there ready
DIMEV 388 Witnesses: 1
Prophecy of sinners being accused by fellow men and by God — four couplets
506.   All the world wide and broad [Alle þe warld wyde and brade]
See 5398 (London, British Library Addit. 37049)
507.   All the worship thou has of kind
DIMEV 389 Witnesses: 1
Three kinds of honor, in a Latin prose text — three 6-line stanzas translating a Latin poem
508.   All thing in kind desireth thing I-like
DIMEV 390 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate: ‘Rime without Accord’
509.   All thing is ordained by Gods provision [All thyng ys ordeynyd by goddys provysyoune]
See 1762
510.   All things contrived by mans reason
DIMEV 391 Witnesses: 2
John Skelton: ‘Magnyfycence’
511.   All this before Jesu them said [All this before Ihesu tham sayde]
See 1954
512.   All this book is I-maked of holy days and of holy mans lives
DIMEV 392 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
513.   All this day Ich had sought / Spindle ne wherve ne fond I nought
DIMEV 393 Witnesses: 1
The Serving Maid’s Holiday
514.   All this time this song is best [All this tyme this songe is best / Verbum caro factum est]
Burden to 5740
515.   All this world may know full well
DIMEV 394 Witnesses: 1
A carol of the Annunciation — seven quatrains and the two-line burden ‘Nowell Nowell Nowell Nowell by the grettyng of gabriell / Nowell Nowell Nowell Nowell þat borne is owr emanuell’
516.   All this world was full of grace
DIMEV 395 Witnesses: 1
Of the Nativity — six quatrains and Latin burden: ‘O O O O / Exultet mundus gaudio
517.   All tho that been enemies to the king
DIMEV 396 Witnesses: 2
Pageant verses for the return of Henry VI to London, A.D. 1432 — one stanza rhyme royal
518.   All tho that list of women evil to speak
DIMEV 397 Witnesses: 2
A praise of women — twenty-five stanzas rhyme royal
519.   All those that be christened and dear / Listeneth and ye may hear
DIMEV 398 Witnesses: 2
Passio sancte Katerine virginis
520.   All those that for my soul doth pray
DIMEV 398.5 Witnesses: 1
Monumental brass for Robert Hylton, yeoman of guard to Henry VIII, 1523
521.   All too late all too late / when the wain is at the gate
DIMEV 399 Witnesses: 3
A proverb, translating Tardam crede moram cum plaustrum stat prope portam — one couplet
522.   All under sun is with swink here I-won
DIMEV 400 Witnesses: 1
Worldly wealth makes trouble — three long lines with leonine rhyme; or three couplets
523.   All vanities forsake if thou his love will feel
DIMEV 401 Witnesses: 3
Richard Rolle (attrib.)
524.   All wandereths wealths in likings
DIMEV 402 Witnesses: 1
‘þo Whele of Fortune’
525.   All we liven hapfully
DIMEV 403 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
526.   All wholy yours withouten others part
DIMEV 404 Witnesses: 1
‘Complaint to my mortal foe’
527.   All wild beasts a man may tame [All wylde beasts a man maye tame]
See 190
528.   All with a throw and a low and a lullay
DIMEV 405 Witnesses: 1
Two English lines
529.   All women are good noble and excellent [All womein Ar guid noblle and excellent]
See 406
530.   All women beware by me [All women may be ware by me]
Refrain to 5918
531.   All women have virtues noble and excellent
DIMEV 406 Witnesses: 4
Richard Hatfield
532.   All worldly wealth passed me fro [Alle worldly welth passed me fro / Nunc in puluere dormio]
Burden to 2166
533.   All worship wisdom wealth and worthiness
DIMEV 407 Witnesses: 12
Guillaume Deguileville: ‘The Aungelles Songe within heuene’
534.   All worthy men that loves to hear
DIMEV 408 Witnesses: 1
The Sege of Melayne
535.   All ye men that by me wenden [All ye men þat by me wenden]
See 4113
536.   All ye mowen be blith and glad
DIMEV 409 Witnesses: 1
Life of Christ — 358 lines in thirteen-line stanzas rhyming ababababbcccb
537.   All ye mowen of joy sing / Fro heaven us come
DIMEV 410 Witnesses: 3
A carol in praise of the Virgin Mary — six quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and burden: ‘Virgo rosa virginum / tuum precare Filium
538.   All ye that have sought many a day [All ye that have soughte many a daye]
A second part (usually a few couplets) in some MSS of 5095
539.   All ye that pass by this holy place
DIMEV 411 Witnesses: 1
Tombstone inscription — one stanza rhyme royal
540.   All ye that stand by poo in corse
DIMEV 412 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph of Ralph Brown, Alderman and Mayor of Canterbury (d. 1522) — two couplets
541.   All ye that use blood letting [Alle ye þat use bloode leting / and þerby geeten your lyvyng]
A rhyming rubric of six lines introducing 5395
542.   All you that fain would be speed [All you that fayne woulde be speade]
Introduction (5 lines) in some MSS to 2121
543.   Alleluya alleluia [Alleluia, alleluia / Alleluia now sing we]
Burden to 1960
544.   Alleluya alleluia / Deo Patri sit gloria
Burden to 5566
545.   All-wielding God of mights most
DIMEV 412.5 Witnesses: 1
A general confession — forty couplets
546.   All-wielding God when it is His will
DIMEV 413 Witnesses: 1
The Chevalere Assigne
547.   Almighty and merciable Queen / To whom all the world
DIMEV 414 Witnesses: 16
Geoffrey Chaucer: ABC hymn to the Virgin
548.   Almighty God blessed might he be
DIMEV 415 Witnesses: 1
Christmas carol — four quatrains (aaab) and burden (bb): ‘Man lat be þi cruelnese / And be glad of crystmese’
549.   Almighty God conserve us from care
DIMEV 416 Witnesses: 1
‘Whate-euer thow say avyse the welle’
550.   Almighty God father of heaven / For Christs love that died…
DIMEV 417 Witnesses: 7
Oracio deuota de Trinitate
551.   Almighty god grant to our king
DIMEV 418 Witnesses: 2
Brief prayer for good government — two couplets
552.   Almighty God in His eternal magesty
DIMEV 419 Witnesses: 1
The English Metrical Life of St Walstan, originally written on parchment and attached to a tryptych probably in Bawburgh Church, Norfolk — seventy-five stanzas rhyme royal and 8-line Envoy
553.   Almighty God in Trinity / Father and Son and Holy Ghost / As wise as I believe in thee
DIMEV 420 Witnesses: 1
Verses against thieves — 27 lines in couplets
554.   Almighty God in Trinity
DIMEV 421 Witnesses: 1
The Life of St Editha —
555.   Almighty God in Trinity
DIMEV 422 Witnesses: 7
‘Stimulus Conscientie Minor’
556.   Almighty God in trinity / In whom onely is persons three
DIMEV 423 Witnesses: 46
William of Nassington: Speculum Vitae
557.   Almighty God in Trinity / Inwardly I thank Thee
DIMEV 424 Witnesses: 3
An orison to the Trinity — four couplets
558.   Almighty God in Trinity / Leave us well to speed
DIMEV 425 Witnesses: 2
‘Luytel Caton’
559.   Almighty God in Trinity
DIMEV 426 Witnesses: 6
Robert of Brunne: ‘Medytacyuns of þe Soper of our Lord Ihesu’
560.   Almighty God in Trinity / One God and persons three
DIMEV 427 Witnesses: 1
John Mandeville: Mandeville’s Travels
561.   Almighty God in Trinity
DIMEV 428 Witnesses: 1
Troy Book
562.   Almighty God in Trinity / That bought man
DIMEV 429 Witnesses: 3
The Apocryphal History of the Infancy — in 12- and 8-line stanzas
563.   Almighty God Jesu Christ
DIMEV 430 Witnesses: 1
A prayer for grace by the wounds of Christ — four quatrains
564.   Almighty God Lord me spare
DIMEV 431 Witnesses: 1
The Lessons of the Dirige
565.   Almighty God maker of all
DIMEV 432 Witnesses: 1
Adam of Cobsam: The Wright’s Chaste Wife
566.   Almighty God maker of heaven
DIMEV 433 Witnesses: 3
A hymn to the Creator — five 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Ihesu haue mercy on me’
567.   Almighty God our Father of heaven above
DIMEV 434 Witnesses: 1
A paraphrase of the Pater noster — eight lines
568.   Almighty God so merciable
DIMEV 435 Witnesses: 2
Grace before meat — one 6-line stanza
569.   Almighty God that all has wrought [Allemyȝty god that all has wroght]
See 1155
570.   Almighty God that all hath wrought
DIMEV 436 Witnesses: 3
An Invocation to the Creator — in couplets
571.   Almighty God that made all thing
DIMEV 437 Witnesses: 2
The Twelve Profits of suffering bodily ‘Anger’ (Affliction) — twenty-six 8-line stanzas
572.   Almighty God that made all thing
DIMEV 438 Witnesses: 1
Nicholas of Salerno (?): Antidotarium Nicholai
573.   Almighty God that made mankind
DIMEV 439 Witnesses: 1
Ywaine and Gawin
574.   Almighty God that man gan make
DIMEV 440 Witnesses: 1
The Hermit and the Outlaw
575.   Almighty Lord in magesty
DIMEV 441 Witnesses: 1
‘De initio creacionis ordinis sancte Trinitas’
576.   Almighty Lord in Trinity / One God and persons three
DIMEV 442 Witnesses: 1
The Story of the Resurrection
577.   Almighty Lord our blissful king Jesu
DIMEV 443 Witnesses: 12
Guillaume Deguileville: Pèlerinage de l’âme
578.   Alms for Our Lady sake [Almes for our lady sake]
Refrain to 592
579.   Alms your mercy me my sweet
DIMEV 444 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
580.   Alone [a lone]
Refrain to 619, 1052
581.   Alone alone alone alone [Alone alone alone alone / Sore I sygh and all for one]
Burden to 636
582.   Alone alone alone alone alone [Alone alone alone alone alone/ Here I sytt alone]
Burden to 619
583.   Alone alone alone alone alone alone
DIMEV 445 Witnesses: 1
A burden, probably of a love song
584.   Alone alone
DIMEV 446 Witnesses: 1
Doleful cheer — two quatrains including refrain, ‘Pyteusly my own sylf Alone’
585.   Alone alone
DIMEV 447 Witnesses: 1
A warning to lovers — six 8-line tail-rhyme stanza
586.   Alone am I and will to be alone
DIMEV 448 Witnesses: 2
Charles d’Orléans
587.   Alone as I went up and down / In an abbey
DIMEV 449 Witnesses: 3
Robert Henryson: ‘The Abbay Walk’
588.   Alone he draws fro company
DIMEV 450 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s love for his ‘drury’ — six lines in couplets
589.   Alone I live alone
DIMEV 451 Witnesses: 1
Fragment as heading to 6048 apparently to indicate title of a popular air
590.   Alone I live alone and sore I sigh for one [Alone I lyve alone and sore I syghe for one]
DIMEV 0.266 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 266; is in fact burden to 3701; deleted by Rossell Hope Robbins, and John L. Cutler. Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse. Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press, 1965
591.   Alone I live alone / And sore I sigh for one
DIMEV 452 Witnesses: 1
A burden (only) of a love song — one couplet, with music by Dr. Cooper
592.   Alone I live an offcast creature [Alone y lyue an ofcast creature]
Refrain to 448
593.   Alone in my longing [Alone in my longyng]
Refrain to 606
594.   Alone walking / In thought plaining / And sore sighing
DIMEV 453 Witnesses: 1
Lover’s Lament
595.   Alpha et oo quem vocamus / Te deum verum laudamus
Burden to 1286, 3877, 3915
596.   Als
See ‘As’
597.   Also Christ sty up hastily in on stonde so far to go
DIMEV 454 Witnesses: 1
On the ‘Leaps’ which Christ took between the Planets and Heavens — twenty long lines, most in couplets
598.   Also take heed to this example here
DIMEV 455 Witnesses: 1
‘The Falcon’
599.   Also the lantern in the wind that soon is I-queint
DIMEV 456 Witnesses: 1
William Herebert
600.   Also thee standen there to…
DIMEV 457 Witnesses: 1
The sixth line of a much-effaced 10-line poem on the Annunciation, written in pencil in a thirteenth-century hand
601.   Also use not to play at the dice [Also use not to pley at the dice]
An extract from Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 416 (SC 1479) version of 2594, ed. Thomas Wright, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845, 27
602.   Although I can no fairer make in her presence
DIMEV 458 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s complaint —fragmentary English love song with music
603.   Although so be in every manner age [Allthough so be in euery maner age]
An extract from Lydgate’s Fall of Princes (Bk. I, vv. 4558) occurring separately: see 1904
604.   Always six is the best cast of the dice [Allways six is the best caste of the dyse]
See 1215
605.   Always to say sooth thou shalt never come forth
DIMEV 459 Witnesses: 1
On speaking the truth — two long couplets
606.   Am I lent by divine Providence […am I lent by diuyne prouidence / …we mankynde]
DIMEV 0.272.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 272.5; see 582
607.   Amend we us while we have space [Amende we vs while we haue space / For why nowe is þe tyme of grace]
Burden to 5137
608.   Amend your life
DIMEV 460 Witnesses: 1
Warning to amend one’s life before God sends punishment — three couplets
609.   Amice christi Iohannes
Refrain to 4421; second line of burden to 3909; refrain to 6020
610.   Amid His disciples Jesu stood and said [Amidde his disciples Ihu stod & seide]
DIMEV 0.273 Witnesses: 0
Former 273; a section heading to 787
611.   Amittes mundi prospera
Refrain to 3986
612.   Among all mirths many
DIMEV 461 Witnesses: 1
Three lines on the Virgin
613.   Among all other take heed of one thing
DIMEV 462 Witnesses: 1
Don’t meddle — a single couplet
614.   Among holy gospels all it is not good to believe
DIMEV 463 Witnesses: 3
South English Legendary
615.   Among the host of Greeks as we heard
DIMEV 464 Witnesses: 2
A single stanza on Greek warriors, based on Juvenal, Satires, 8.269-71, probably an extract from a longer work — one eight-line stanza
616.   Among the Trojans all
DIMEV 465 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of work (song?) on Hector and Helen, or the Siege of Troy — four lines
617.   Among the wise of Paradise
DIMEV 466 Witnesses: 1
Advice about characteristics of those who come to heaven or to hell — two quatrains
618.   Among these friars within an cloister
DIMEV 467 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Of the passioun of Christ’
619.   An (preposition)
See ‘On’
620.   An aged man twice forty years
DIMEV 468 Witnesses: 2
Walter Kennedy: ‘Ane Aigit Manis Invective against Mouþ
621.   An angel bright / Came down with light / A message for to do
DIMEV 469 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
622.   An angel came unto that maid
DIMEV 470 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman (?)
623.   An angel came with full great light
DIMEV 471 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
624.   An angel fro heaven gan light
DIMEV 472 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Knot of the Trinity — five quatrains and two-line burden: ‘Off al the knottes that I se / I prese the knot in Trinite’
625.   An angel said to that maid so free
DIMEV 473 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman (?)
626.   An angel she sent to him anon
DIMEV 474 Witnesses: 1
The clerk blinded by the glory of the Virgin Mary — 200 lines in 12-line stanzas, ababababcdcd
627.   An angel that was fair and bright
DIMEV 475 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman (?)
628.   An archbishop beyond the sea / was woning in a faire city
DIMEV 476 Witnesses: 12
Northern Homily Cycle
629.   An doly season to an careful ditty
DIMEV 477 Witnesses: 6
Robert Henryson: The Testament of Cresseid
630.   An eagle shall rise with a boar bold
DIMEV 478 Witnesses: 1
A political prophecy — forty-five irregular rhyming lines
631.   An Emperor was once in Rome / That was righteous in his doom
DIMEV 479 Witnesses: 12
Northern Homily Cycle
632.   An end of this book or of this rude work
DIMEV 480 Witnesses: 2
Conclusion to Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Henrici Septimi — four stanzas rhyme royal
633.   An evil favored and a foul black wife
DIMEV 481 Witnesses: 1
A description of Marcolphus’s wife Polycena, tr. from the Latin — two couplets
634.   An exposition I do make here
DIMEV 482 Witnesses: 1
An exposition of the alchemical text, ‘Earth earthes brother’ (5095) — 66 lines in couplets
635.   An hare in his form is shuddering
DIMEV 483 Witnesses: 1
Terms of venery regarding denning of animals — varying numbers of lines with varying numbers of monorhyming short lines
636.   An hart harboreth [An hert harboreth]
See 61
637.   An hart if he chased he will desire to a river
DIMEV 484 Witnesses: 1
On a hart crossing a river or stream as it flees the hunter — varying number of lines, in strings of roughly monorhyming short lines
638.   An heavenly song I dare well say [An heuenly songe y dare wel say / Is sunge in erthe to man this day]
Burden to 5719
639.   An hendy hap I have I-hent [An hendi hap ichabbe yhent]
Refrain to 842
640.   An herd of harts
DIMEV 485 Witnesses: 2
Terms of venery regarding groupings of animals — varying number of lines in blank verse or rough and irregular rhyme
641.   An hermit as here written is
DIMEV 486 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
642.   An hermit woned in a wastern
DIMEV 487 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
643.   An Hermit woned in the wilderness / That proved his disciple buxomness
DIMEV 488 Witnesses: 15
Northern Homily Cycle
644.   An holy man at preaching sat / And thought that sermon wonder sweet
DIMEV 489 Witnesses: 8
Northern Homily Cycle
645.   An holy man was parish priest / And loved a friend that woned him next
DIMEV 490 Witnesses: 11
Northern Homily Cycle
646.   An holy prayer here begins
DIMEV 491 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay
647.   An hot winter a tempestly summer
DIMEV 492 Witnesses: 1
Prognostications for the coming year based on the Dominical Letter — nineteen couplets
648.   An leam is in the world I-lit
DIMEV 493 Witnesses: 1
On the Resurrection — twelve 10-line stanzas
649.   An moorlands man of uplands make
DIMEV 494 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Tydingis fra the sessioun’
650.   An old proverb hath been said and shall [An olde proverbe hathe bene sayd and shall]
John Lydgate, The Fable of the Hound and the Cheese from Isopes Fabules: included under 6701
651.   An old sad saw unknown uncast
DIMEV 495 Witnesses: 2
Cast not away thine Old for New — four 5-line stanzas (aaabb) including refrain, ‘…elles most we drynk as we brew’, and burden (aa): ‘An old sawe hath be fownd trewe…’
652.   An old saw hath be found true [An old sawe hath be fownd trewe…]
Burden to 495
653.   An old wife and an empty cup / There is no mirth in either
DIMEV 496 Witnesses: 1
Trials of marrying either an old or a young wife — two cross-rhymed stanza
654.   An open showing of Christs lordship worthiness
DIMEV 497 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
655.   An priest was on leoden
DIMEV 498 Witnesses: 2
Laȝamon: Brut
656.   An whole precious offering
DIMEV 499 Witnesses: 1
On the benefit of giving offering for the sake of man’s soul, in a Latin prose sermon — one monorhyming quatrain
657.   An young man chieftain witless [Ane ȝoung man chiftane witles]
See 2994
658.   And a woman of haunting mood
DIMEV 500 Witnesses: 1
‘Disputacio inter Clericum et Philomenam’
659.   And all for…
Refrain phrase to 2229
660.   And all the tother that were their purse
DIMEV 501 Witnesses: 1
One leaf of a poem on King Arthur, possibly a version of the Morte d’Arthur, containing the victory of the Britons over the Roman
661.   And as for you that most are in my mind
DIMEV 502 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (?)
662.   And as I passed in my prayer there priests were at mass
DIMEV 503 Witnesses: 1
Richard the Redeless
663.   And as the turtle by contemplacion
DIMEV 504 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a poem about longing for eternal life — four lines
664.   And as Thy word came on this wise
DIMEV 505 Witnesses: 1
A prayer on the Words of Christ from the Cross — nine 6-line stanzas
665.   And at Warwick that earl so free [And at Warwike that Erle so fre]
DIMEV 0.297 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 297; see 1601
666.   And bring us in good ale [And bryng vs in good ale]
Refrain to 893
667.   And bring us to that bliss [And bryng us to that blysse / That neuere shall mysse]
Refrain to 2841
668.   And by a chapel as I came
DIMEV 298 Witnesses: 1
How Our Lord and the apostles said Mass — a song of four quatrains and burden: ‘Mery hyt ys in may mornyng / Mery wayys for to gone’
669.   And Diomedes birds they were / Called thereafter
DIMEV 507 Witnesses: 3
Troy Book
670.   And ended my complaint in this manner
DIMEV 508 Witnesses: 6
Thomas Hoccleve: ‘Dialogus cum Amico’
671.   And ever the higher that thow art
DIMEV 509 Witnesses: 1
One couplet introducing a series of proverbs in one MS, with a concluding couplet
672.   And evil thirst upon thy head said Little John […And euill thyrste on thy hede saide lytell John]
See Cambridge University Library, Inc. 4.J.3.6[3627] fragment of 3129
673.   And evil thrift on thy head said Little John [And euill thryfte on thy hede saide lytell John]
See A little gest of Robin Hood, [R. Pynson, 1500?] version of 3129
674.   And fetched his fellow there as he lay his store
DIMEV 510 Witnesses: 1
Geoffrey Chaucer: Summoner’s Tale
675.   And for grace and help that is needful to you and to me
DIMEV 511 Witnesses: 1
Request for readers to pray for grace — one couplet
676.   And for sweet smell at thy nose stink shall thou find
DIMEV 512 Witnesses: 1
John de Fordun: Scotichronicon
677.   And give me ban to live in ease [And gyffe me ban to lyve in ease]
Refrain to 630
678.   And go to meet in honesty [And goo to met in honeste]
Last line of burden to 6833
679.   And God before the grief and great ennoy
DIMEV 513 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: His Shining Mistress
680.   And God would grant me my prayer [And god wold graunt me my prayer / A child aȝene I…]
Heading of Audelay’s ‘Cantilena d e puericia’: see 1382
681.   And he seeth me with his eye [And he seyȝe me wiþ his eyȝe]
See 3082
682.   And he that sweareth till no man trust him
DIMEV 514 Witnesses: 1
Don’t cry Wolf! — one monorhyming quatrain
683.   And here an end of Troilus heaviness
DIMEV 515 Witnesses: 1
Wynkyn de Worde’s Epilogue to Troilus and Criseyde
684.   And his eyen waxeth dim
DIMEV 516 Witnesses: 1
Signs of death — six lines in a Latin funeral sermon
685.   And his father of wife wit nought
DIMEV 517 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
686.   And I am soaked in my sin
DIMEV 518 Witnesses: 2
Richard Rolle: English Psalter
687.   And I it lose and you it find
DIMEV 519 Witnesses: 4
A Book Plate — two couplets
688.   And I mankind have not in mind [And I mankynd have not in mynd]
See 6551
689.   And I waited one that would have wonderly built [And I waited on that wold how wondirly bilt]
See 1070
690.   And I were a maiden / As many one is
DIMEV 520 Witnesses: 3
A girl’s progress in love — three quatrains
691.   And if thou wist what thing it were
DIMEV 521 Witnesses: 2
Alphabetical sequence of aphorisms — twenty-three quatrains (aabb)
692.   And if ye command me to keep me true wherever I go
DIMEV 522 Witnesses: 1
Margery Brews
693.   And if ye will to the medicine apply [And yf ye will to the medcyn applie]
See 5920
694.   And in this fair way perceive I well a thing
DIMEV 523 Witnesses: 1
The Talis of the Fyve Bestes
695.   And keep well Christs commandment
Refrain to 2300
696.   And know thyself wisely I rede [And know thyself wysely I rede]
Refrain to 5608
697.   And lend his grace that peace may stand [And lene hus grace that pes may stand]
Refrain to 2928
698.   And let the cup reach [and let the cup rowght]
Refrain to 1501
699.   And lived in deadly sin
DIMEV 524 Witnesses: 1
Owayne Miles
700.   And love thy God over all thing
DIMEV 525 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay
701.   And Martha kept swith well
DIMEV 526 Witnesses: 1
Life of St Mary Madgalene — in couplets
702.   And mistrust never for thy misdeed [And mistrest neuer for thy misdeid]
Refrain to 3863
703.   And more they should undertake [And more they shulde vndertake]
DIMEV 0.305 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 305; see 1601
704.   And now and ye willen dwell
DIMEV 527 Witnesses: 1
One couplet introducing a prose herbal; with other couplets throughout, sometimes used as rubrics
705.   And now my pen alas with which I write [And now my pen alas wyth wyche I wryte]
Couplet from Troilus and Criseyde (5248, IV. 13-14) introducing 4085
706.   And of this seed that Satan sawes / A good tale
DIMEV 528 Witnesses: 12
Northern Homily Cycle
707.   And of wheat great plenty [And of whete grete plente]
See Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS] version of 3231
708.   And our Lord went out of the temple in hidels alone
DIMEV 529 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
709.   And Robin went to green wood […And Robyn hode wente to grene wode]
See Folger Shakespeare Library fragment of 3129
710.   And said I dread no threat
DIMEV 530 Witnesses: 2
The Jeaste of Syr Gawayne
711.   And said lo Adam is one of us
DIMEV 531 Witnesses: 1
The Life of Adam and Eve, two insertions in one manuscript of the Old Testament History (6345) — 528 lines in couplets
712.   And save this flower which is our king
DIMEV 532 Witnesses: 1
A song for victory in France, A.D. 1492 — five irregular quatrains and burden: ‘Te Rosse wolle into frawnse spryng / Almythy god hym thyder bryng’
713.   And she it lose and you it find [And she yt lose and you yt fynde]
See 519
714.   And since I have told you here
DIMEV 533 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
715.   And since something is sad here
DIMEV 534 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
716.   And sixty yen[?] barons full bold shall be brittened to death
DIMEV 535 Witnesses: 1
A political prophecy — forty-five alliterative lines
717.   And so be now that I my purpose lose
DIMEV 536 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
718.   And so betide a time that he
DIMEV 537 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
719.   And so may men ken
DIMEV 538 Witnesses: 9
Peter Langtoft: Chronicle
720.   And spat a little on his finger [And spatte a luyte on is fingur]
See Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486) version of 3452
721.   And stay my hasty pen […[An]t staye my hastye pen]
Cf. 2149
722.   And suffered for you wounds smart
DIMEV 539 Witnesses: 1
Exhortation to worship by the Passion — ten couplets
723.   And that be a knight I may you show [And þat be a knyht I may ȝou schawe]
See Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1 version of 86
724.   And then the Apostles together went
DIMEV 540 Witnesses: 1
‘How þe apostles made þe crede’
725.   And there did…mekely for his love
DIMEV 541 Witnesses: 1
An advertisement for Hailes Abbey, including four miracles associated with the Holy Blood of Hailes — thirty-six stanzas rhyme royal
726.   And there fye on a faint friend [And þer fy on a feynt frend]
Refrain to 1458
727.   And there withall I abraid [And there withall I alraide]
See Caxton version of 552
728.   And therefore ye lordings that lovedays will hold
DIMEV 542 Witnesses: 1
An admonition to officers of justice at lovedays — 196 lines in quatrains and couplets, with a few passages in Latin
729.   And think entirely on Christs passion
DIMEV 543 Witnesses: 1
A meditation on the crucified Christ — three lines in Dives and Pauper
730.   And thou wist what thing it were
DIMEV 544 Witnesses: 1
Richard Kaye
731.   And thus it is [And thus it is / forsothe iwys / He askyth nouth but that is hys]
Refrain to 5652
732.   And thus may you hear
DIMEV 545 Witnesses: 8
Peter Langtoft: Chronicle
733.   And time complete of this translation [And tyme complet of this translacioun]
Epilogue to Lydgate’s Troy Book: See 3995
734.   And to this woman that died in dolour
DIMEV 546 Witnesses: 1
Tribute to Mary in a sermon — one couplet
735.   And took me
DIMEV 547 Witnesses: 1
On God’s mercy in accepting us into heaven, in a Latin sermon — six monorhyming lines
736.   And truth thee shall deliver it is no dread [And trouthe the shall delyuer it is no drede]
Refrain to 1326
737.   And turn to God with all thine heart [And turne to god with al thyn herte]
Refrain to 5443
738.   And we find written of an hermit / That lived long without wit
DIMEV 548 Witnesses: 13
Northern Homily Cycle
739.   And when Jesu Christ by His might / Ascended into heaven right
DIMEV 549 Witnesses: 1
‘De assumpcione beate Marie’
740.   And when that I had made this poor bill [And when that y had made þis poor bill]
See 3731
741.   And when the angels thus had done / From the herds to heaven…
DIMEV 550 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
742.   And when they had received her charge
DIMEV 551 Witnesses: 1
‘Why I Can’t Be a Nun’
743.   And will ye serve me so [And wyll ye serue me so / For my kyndnes thus to serue me so]
Burden to 2500
744.   And with the noise of them two
DIMEV 552 Witnesses: 1
William Caxton; Geoffrey Chaucer: House of Fame
745.   And would have part fro others by [And wald have part fra utheris by]
Refrain to 1439
746.   And ye will please god greatly / Use privy penance discretely
DIMEV 553 Witnesses: 4
Good counsel, including precepts in -ly — varying number of lines, a triplet and couplets
747.   And youth that yields new joys
DIMEV 554 Witnesses: 1
A love poem — six 8-line stanzas
748.   Ane
See ‘A’, ‘An’, or ‘One’
749.   Angels of peace shall have domination [Angeles of pees shall haue dominacioun]
See 3541
750.   Angelus inquit pastoribus / Nunc natus est altissimus
Burden to 6124
751.   Anima mea turbata est or Anima mea liquefacta est
Refrain to 6743
752.   Anna conceived of her Lord there after sun pass [Anna Conceyued of hire lord þer after sone pas]
Additional lines (374 lines) to the Founding of the Feast of the Conception in Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS]; last 24 lines = lines 19-42 of London, Lambeth Palace Library 223 ‘Assumpcio Marie’, f. 43v: see 6690
753.   Anon tho the Emperor Constantine had his false gods forsake
DIMEV 555 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
754.   Another day Saint John says us
DIMEV 556 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
755.   Another Saint Julian there is that men bid fast [Anoþer seint Iulian þer is þat men biddeþ faste]
See 4652
756.   Another thing to know God almighty been the seven virtues [Anoþer þinge to knowe god almyghty ben þe seuen vertewes…]
See Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.12.39 version of 671
757.   Another year it may betide
DIMEV 557 Witnesses: 1
An Epiphany carol — three quatrains(aaab) and burden: ‘Who wot nowe þat ys here / Where he schall be anoder yere’
758.   Ante ffinem termini
DIMEV 558 Witnesses: 1
The song of the schoolboy at Christmas — seven Latin and English couplets
759.   Antiochus that heathen king [Anthiocus þat heythyn kyng]
See 1553
760.   Apert theft does he that man [Aperte thefte does he that man]
See London, British Library Sloane 1785 version of 423
761.   Apon
See ‘Upon’
762.   Apply to the best gifts given to thee
DIMEV 559 Witnesses: 1
‘The counsell of Aristotell’
763.   Ar criste god sune of tyme was come / Sathanas…
See 1202
764.   Ar fulþe of tim was comen / Satenas al folk aued nome
DIMEV 0.323 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 323; see 1202
765.   Ar ne kuthe ich sorghe non nu ich mot manen min mon
DIMEV 0.322 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 322; see 729.2
766.   Aries is hot and also choleric [Aries ys hoot & also coloryk]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601) version of 5788
767.   Arise early / Serve god devoutly
DIMEV 560 Witnesses: 17
Precepts in -ly; the texts show much variation — 16 lines in most witnesses, monorhyming
768.   Arise goodly folks and see [Arise ȝe gudely folkes and see]
DIMEV 0.325 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 325; see second line of couplet heading to 5729.3
769.   Arthur knight he rode on night [Arthour knycht he raid on nycht / vihth gyltin spur and candil lycht]
Fragment (two lines) of a ballad about King Arthur mentioned in a list of romances in The Complaynt of Scotlande; see Murray, J. A. H. The Complaynt of Scotlande. EETS e.s. 17 (1872), 18 (1873); repr. as one vol. 1973, p. 63; Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952, 120
770.   As a clerk witnesseth of wisdom that can
DIMEV 561 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
771.   As a ghost showing
DIMEV 562 Witnesses: 1
Phrases describing the sound of angel’s voice prophesying to Elias of the coming of Christ, in a Latin sermon, ‘De corpore Cristi…’ — four monorhyming lines
772.   As a great clerk tells and shows in his books [As a gret clerk tellys and schewys in his bokys]
A Wycliffite expansion of the Lay Folk’s Catechism: see 671
773.   As a great doctor says till us
DIMEV 563 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
774.   As a man may slay himself with his own knife
DIMEV 564 Witnesses: 1
Moral saying on the sin of lust — one couplet
775.   As a man rode fast by the way
DIMEV 565 Witnesses: 1
‘The wordes of a good horse to his mayster’
776.   As a master that them taught
DIMEV 566 Witnesses: 1
Characteristics of christ in a Latin sermon ‘de ascensione domini’ — roughly two cross-rhymed quatrains
777.   As a sea flowing
DIMEV 567 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
778.   As Aaron yard without moisture / Hath flourished…
DIMEV 568 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
779.   As bright Phoebus sheen sovereign heavens eye [As bricht Phebus schene soverane hevinnis E]
See 3035
780.   As by the purchase of mine eyen twain
DIMEV 569 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
781.   As Christ and his disciples dear / Went about in this world here
DIMEV 570 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
782.   As Christ and His disciples dear
DIMEV 571 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
783.   As Christ and his disciples dear
DIMEV 572 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
784.   As clearly now it doth appear [As clerly nowe itte dothe appere / To feithfull man bothe farre & nere]
Refrain to 4776
785.   As diverse doctors hath writ of the virtue
DIMEV 573 Witnesses: 1
The Virtues of the Mass
786.   As ever I saw
Refrain to 4825
787.   As far as hope will in length
DIMEV 574 Witnesses: 1
Prayer to Henry VI — two stanzas rhyme royal
788.   As far as men ride or goon
DIMEV 575 Witnesses: 1
Le Bone Florence of Rome
789.   As flowers in field thus passeth life
DIMEV 576 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph, A.D. 1469, for Robert Dalusse — four lines
790.   As for farewell farewell farewell farewell
DIMEV 577 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
791.   As for the gift ye have unto me give
DIMEV 578 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
792.   As for your prayers in fame that is upbore
DIMEV 579 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
793.   As free make I thee
DIMEV 580 Witnesses: 2
Athelstan (attrib.)
794.   As Gabriel Archangel said [As gabriell archaungell seyde / Now criste is borne of a pure meyde]
Burden to 5127
795.   As he that no thing may profit
DIMEV 581 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
796.   As here I am sent by Divine Providence
DIMEV 582 Witnesses: 1
Moralizing verses for a pageant or mumming, spoken by Faith, Charity, Temperance, Justice, Force, Hope, and Prudence — seven 8-line stanzas
797.   As Holy Church teacheth thee thine alms hide and lay
DIMEV 583 Witnesses: 1
On the duty of Almsgiving — seven quatrains
798.   As Holy Kirk makes mind / Intrauit ventris thalamum
DIMEV 589 Witnesses: 4
A macaronic carol of the Nativity — nine quatrains (abab) and two-line burden: ‘The almyghty Kyng of blys / Assumpsit carnem virginis
799.   As Holy Scripture maketh mention
DIMEV 590 Witnesses: 5
George Ripley: Compound of Alchemy
800.   As Holy Writ witness and tell
DIMEV 591 Witnesses: 1
Three things that will never be completely filled, within Henry Daniel’s Liber Uricrisiarum or Dome of Urines, in Book II, chapter 7 — five couplets
801.   As I came by a bower so fair
DIMEV 592 Witnesses: 1
The complaint of a prisoner of love — four 8-line stanzas including refrain, ‘almes dede for our lady sake’
802.   As I came by a forest side
DIMEV 593 Witnesses: 1
‘Do for þi selfe wyle þat þu art here’
803.   As I came by a green forest side [As I came by a grene forest syde]
Burden to 695
804.   As I came by an way / Of one I herde say
DIMEV 594 Witnesses: 1
Dame Siriȝ — 450 lines in couplets and 6-line stanzas
805.   As I came fro deuys dall[?]
DIMEV 595 Witnesses: 1
On the good use of provisions — two couplets
806.   As I came walking by the way / I saw a sight seemly to see
DIMEV 596 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Angels appearing to the Shepherds — four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including a Latin refrain, ‘Veritas de terra orta est’ plus burden (cc): ‘Man move thy mynd and ioy this fest / Verytas de terra orta est
807.   As I could walk because of recreation
DIMEV 597 Witnesses: 1
Dialogue between a Clerk and a Husbandman — seven 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Turn vp her halter and let her go’
808.   As I fared in a frith
DIMEV 598 Witnesses: 1
‘In þi most welth wisely be ware’
809.   As I fared through a forest free / There birds song from year to year
DIMEV 599 Witnesses: 1
On the transitoriness of worldly fortune — seven 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Welfare hath no sikernes’
810.   As I find written in a legend aurea
DIMEV 600 Witnesses: 1
Osbern Bokenam: ‘Life of St Agatha’
811.   As I find written of a king / That never would laugh…
DIMEV 601 Witnesses: 4
The Melancholy King
812.   As I forth walketh airily among the goves and pleasant springs
DIMEV 602 Witnesses: 1
Song, or ballad, surviving in fragmentary form only — two or three lines
813.   As I gan walk upon a day [As y can walke upon a day / To take the heyr]
See 630
814.   As I gan wander in an evening / Between the corns
DIMEV 603 Witnesses: 1
Advice to Prelates — six 8-line stanzas, with refrain, ‘To kepe ther shepe well in fold’
815.   As I gan wander in my walking / Besides an holt…
DIMEV 604 Witnesses: 3
The Hours of Man’s Life
816.   As I lay in a winters night / In a darkening before the day
DIMEV 605 Witnesses: 7
‘þe disputisoun betwen þe bodi and þe soule’
817.   As I lay musing myself alone [As I lay musyng my selfe a lone]
See 622.5
818.   As I lay on Yules Night [As y lay on ȝoleis nyȝt]
See Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943 version of 606
819.   As I lay upon a night
DIMEV 606 Witnesses: 4
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’
820.   As I lay upon a night
DIMEV 607 Witnesses: 2
A song of the Virgin Mary and Joseph — sixteen quatrains (a virelai)
821.   As I lay upon a night
DIMEV 608 Witnesses: 4
A carol of the Annunciation — five quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘Redemptoris mater’ plus burden (bb): ‘Now syng we all in fere / Alma redemptoris mater
822.   As I me lay alone in bed
DIMEV 609 Witnesses: 3
Thomas Brampton: Seven Penitential Psalms
823.   As I me lay on a night [As I me lay on a nyght / Me thowght I sawe…]
See 608
824.   As I me lay upon a straw [A[s I lay] vpon a strawe / Cudlyng of my cowe]
See 624
825.   As I me lened to a land / I heard a shepherd
DIMEV 610 Witnesses: 1
‘A lord how gos þis word abowte’
826.   As I me lened unto a joyful place
DIMEV 611 Witnesses: 3
Birds’ matins — ten stanzas rhyme royal
827.   As I me rode in a May morning
DIMEV 612 Witnesses: 1
Omnis caro fenum est
828.   As I me rode this ender day / By green wood to seek play
DIMEV 613 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Five Joys of the Virgin Mary — ten 6-line stanzas
829.   As I me rode this ender day
DIMEV 614 Witnesses: 1
A Love Adventure — reconstructed as three 7-line stanzas (ababbbc) with 3-line burden: ‘Nou sprinkes the sprai / Al for loue icche am so seek / Þat slepen i ne mai’
830.   As I me rose in a morning
DIMEV 615 Witnesses: 2
Song of the Virgin Mary lulling her Child — five quatrains and burden: ‘Modyr whyt os lyly flowr / Yowr lullyng lessyth my langovr’
831.   As I me sat myself alone / In my heart making my moan
DIMEV 616 Witnesses: 1
A Complaint against the baseness of false friends — eight quatrains (abab) with refrain, ‘qwat sal I do / þat I most trayste / it is all waste / sor may me rew’
832.   As I me walked in a May morning / I heard a bird sing cuckoo
DIMEV 617 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a song — two lines and portion of a third
833.   As I me walked in one morning [As I me walked in one morning / I hard a birde]
See 633
834.   As I me walked over fields wide / When men began to Ere
DIMEV 618 Witnesses: 1
God Speed the Plough — twelve 8-line stanzas including refrain, ‘I pray to god spede wele the plough’
835.   As I me walked this ender day
DIMEV 619 Witnesses: 1
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’
836.   As I me went this ender day [As I me went þis ender day / Al-one on my longyng]
See 606
837.   As I me went this ender day / Fast in my way
DIMEV 620 Witnesses: 10
Thomas Erceldoune of
838.   As I mused in my dice mickle toward
DIMEV 621 Witnesses: 1
A political prophecy — 152 lines generally in couplets
839.   As I musing myself alone
DIMEV 622.5 Witnesses: 2
The Lamentacion of the Kyng of Scottes
840.   As I my self lay this ender night
DIMEV 622 Witnesses: 1
On an unfaithful mistress — twelve quatrains
841.   As I on hilly halkes lodged me late
DIMEV 623 Witnesses: 1
Story of Joseph and Aseneth — 933 lines in rhyme royal stanzas and a Prologue of eight 4-line stanzas
842.   As I rode out this ender night [As I out rode this enderes night]
See MS formerly owned by Sharp of 204; inserted in 5483
843.   As I sat upon a straw
DIMEV 624 Witnesses: 1
A carol lacking first and sixth stanzas — six quatrains (abab) and 2-line burden (bb): ‘Newes newes newes newes / Ye never herd so many newes’
844.   As I stood in a park straight up by a tree
DIMEV 625 Witnesses: 3
John Lacy: ‘Wyl Bucke his Testament’
845.   As I stood in a royal hall
DIMEV 626 Witnesses: 1
Ever say Well or hold Thee Still — ten 8-line stanzas
846.   As I stood in studying alone
DIMEV 627 Witnesses: 3
‘The complaynte ageyne Hope’
847.   As I stood on a day me self under a tree
DIMEV 628 Witnesses: 1
A Love Song — thirty-one lines in three irregular stanzas
848.   As I up rose in a morning [As I vp rose in a mornyng / My thowth was on…]
See 615
849.   As I walked by a forest side [As I walked by a fforest side…]
Burden to 695
850.   As I walked in a May morning [As I walkid in a may morning]
See 617
851.   As I walked myself alone
DIMEV 629 Witnesses: 1
‘Of kynge Herry the vi’
852.   As I walked the wood so wild [As I walked the wod so wild]
See 2229
853.   As I walked upon a day / To take the air of field & flower
DIMEV 630 Witnesses: 3
Give me License to live in Ease — eleven 12-line stanzas with refrain phrase ‘to lyue in ease.’
854.   As I wandered here by west / Fast under a forest side
DIMEV 631 Witnesses: 4
‘Ay Merci God and Graunt Merci’ — twelve 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), alliterative, including refrain, ‘With marcy Lorde & gramarcy’ or ‘mercy god and graunt merci’
855.   As I was so be ye
DIMEV 632 Witnesses: 1
Moral verses for an epitaph, including gnomic lines on giving — three couplets
856.   As I went in a merry morning
DIMEV 633 Witnesses: 3
A carol with refrain, ‘Timor mortis conturbat me’ — seven quatrains (aaab) including this refrain, and burden (bb): ‘In what state that ever I be / Timor mortis conturbat me
857.   As I went me for to solace / I heard a man sigh
DIMEV 634 Witnesses: 1
‘The dred of deth do troble me’ — eight quatrains (aaab) with this refrain and burden: ‘Evermore wheresoeuer I be / The dred off deth do troble me’
858.   As I went on my playing [As I went one my playing / Under an holt]
See 604
859.   As I went on Yule day in our procession
DIMEV 635 Witnesses: 1
Joly Jankin — seven 3-line stanzas (aab) with kyrieleyson refrain and burden: ‘kyrie so kyrie / Iankyn syngyt merie / with aleyson’
860.   As I went out this ender day / Alone walking
DIMEV 636 Witnesses: 1
A Planctus Marie carol — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Alone alone alone alone / Sore I sygh and all for one’
861.   As I went through a garden green
DIMEV 637 Witnesses: 2
Verbum caro factum est, the Virgin Mary’s song of the Nativity — seven 8-line stanzas including this Latin refrain
862.   As I went to kirk weeping
DIMEV 638 Witnesses: 1
An exercise in translation, with the original Latin — sixteen lines
863.   As I yode on a Monday between Wyltinden and Walle
DIMEV 639 Witnesses: 1
A ballad on the Scottish Wars — sixty-three quatrains
864.   As in a book written I found [As in a booke wretyne y fownd / Of wise doctours]
See 5977
865.   As in my remembrance none but ye alone
DIMEV 640 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal.
866.   As in the Church four points
DIMEV 641 Witnesses: 1
On the four parts of the Mass (Introit, Collects, Readings, Secrets) — two 8-line stanzas
867.   As in writing I put have my wishes
DIMEV 642 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
868.   As in you resteth my Joy and comfort
DIMEV 643 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal.
869.   As it befell and happened into deed [As it befell and happinnit into deid]
DIMEV 0.384 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 384, which was deleted by Carleton Fairchild Brown, and Rossell Hope Robbins. The Index of Middle English Verse. New York: Printed for the Index Society by Columbia University Press, 1943; see 726
870.   As it befell of a rich king
DIMEV 644 Witnesses: 6
The Melancholy King
871.   As it is often times seen
DIMEV 645 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
872.   As Jesu among the Jews stood
DIMEV 646 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
873.   As Jesu Christ went in the land / Penance to the folk preaching
DIMEV 647 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
874.   As Jesu God son almighty / Went ones with his company
DIMEV 648 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
875.   As Jesu went in the Jewry
DIMEV 649 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
876.   As Jesu went in the Jewry
DIMEV 650 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
877.   As Jesu went on sides sere
DIMEV 651 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
878.   As Jesu went throughout the land
DIMEV 652 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
879.   As Jesu went upon a day
DIMEV 653 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
880.   As IHC went upon a time / With mickle folk that followed him
DIMEV 654 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
881.   As Jesu wide about went / He saw a man sit present
DIMEV 655 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
882.   As late thilk self day in the evening at last [As late þulke silue dai in þe eueninge atte laste]
DIMEV 0.396 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 396; a section heading to 787
883.   As long as I am rich reputed
DIMEV 656 Witnesses: 1
Two couplets in a series of proverbs followed by other scattered single lines and couplets
884.   As long before prophesy said
DIMEV 657 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
885.   As Mary was great with Gabriel [As Mary was grette with Gabryell]
See The parlyament of deuylles, de Worde 1509 version of 6376
886.   As men are by their qualities / Inclined til diversities
DIMEV 658 Witnesses: 9
Andrew Wintoun: Chronicle of Scotland
887.   As mickle as there shall be heaviness
DIMEV 659 Witnesses: 1
Contrast of the sorrow when rejected by Christ with the joy when accepted, translating a Latin couplet — one cross-rhymed quatrain in a Latin sermon
888.   As much as gnaws
DIMEV 660 Witnesses: 9
John Trevisa; Virgil; Ranulf Higden: Polychronicon
889.   As much as was worship
DIMEV 661 Witnesses: 11
A tag in the Fasciculus morum (Foster, Frances Allen. “Some English Words from the Fasciculus Morum.” Essays and Studies in Honor of Carleton Brown. Percy Waldron Long New York: NYU Press; London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Pres, 1940: 149-57, sermons no.5) — one couplet translating a sermon theme, 1 Macc. 1.42
890.   As nature hath an inclination [As nature hathe an Inclynation]
See 98
891.   As…now…
DIMEV 662 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a song; beginnings of last 2 lines of a song with musical notation
892.   As of honey men gatheren oft sweetness
DIMEV 663 Witnesses: 8
John Lydgate: ‘Song of Vertu’
893.   As oft as I consider these old noble clerks [As ofte as I consydre these olde noble clerkes]
Prologue (3 stanzas rhyme royal) to 3514
894.   As oft as men says this orison [Als oft as men says þis orisoun]
Four monorhyming lines serving as rubric to 2878
895.   As oft as sighs been in heart true
DIMEV 664 Witnesses: 2
A Lover’s Plaint — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘So ofte and ofter I sygh for yowre sake.’
896.   As often as I consider these old noble clerks [As often as I consydre these olde noble clerkes]
Prologue (3 stanzas rhyme royal) to 3514 in More, Thomas, The boke of the fayre genty[l]woman that no man shulde put his truste, or confydence in that is to say, Lady Fortune, flaterynge euery man that coueyteth to haue all, and specyally, them that truste in her, she deceyueth them at laste, [London]: Imprinted by me Robert Wyer dwellynge, in Saynt Martyns parysshe, in the Duke of Suffolkes tentes, besyde Charynge Crosse, [ca. 1540]
897.   As one sweet look of your eyen twain
DIMEV 665 Witnesses: 2
Charles d’Orléans
898.   As other men hath in land
DIMEV 666 Witnesses: 1
Four gnomic lines, perhaps a riddle — two couplets
899.   As pleaseth you your eyen to pressen [As plesith yow yowre eyen to pressen]
One of several balades included in 3546
900.   As poverty causeth soberness [As poverte causithe sobernes]
See London, British Library Addit. 29729 version of 4490
901.   As power and wit will me assist [As power and wytt wyll me assyst / My wyll shall wyll euyn as ye lyst]
Burden to 1339
902.   As reason ruled my reckless mind
DIMEV 667 Witnesses: 4
‘Filius regis mortuus est’
903.   As right as a rams horn [As ryȝth as a rams horne]
Refrain to 359
904.   As right to rule is reason
DIMEV 668 Witnesses: 1
Aphorism on ruling by reason — one couplet
905.   As solemn as stately as strange toward me
DIMEV 669 Witnesses: 1
Song of lover’s complaint — three-line fragment
906.   As stories write and specify
DIMEV 670 Witnesses: 2
A song in honour of St Thomas of Canterbury — six quatrains (abab) and Latin burden: ‘Pastor cesus in gregys medio / Pacem emit cruorys precio
907.   As that a great clerk shows in his books
DIMEV 671 Witnesses: 14
John de Gaytryge: The Lay Folk’s Catechism
908.   As that a great clerk shows in his books
DIMEV 672 Witnesses: 2
A Wycliffite expansion of Gaytryge’s Lay Folk’s Catechism (671) — in non-rhyming alliterative verse
909.   As that all manner of men shoulden [As that all maner of men schulden]
See 347
910.   As that I me stood in studying lo alone [As that I me stode in studeying loo Aloone]
See 627
911.   As that I walked in the month of May
DIMEV 673 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve: A Balade to the Virgin Mary and Christ
912.   As the cause requireth to study is good
DIMEV 674 Witnesses: 1
A warning to scholars: ‘But allway to be in stody dryethe vp a mannes blode’ — one couplet
913.   As the child Merlin sat on his fathers knee
DIMEV 675 Witnesses: 1
The Argument of Morien and Merlin
914.   As the cock croweth
DIMEV 676 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
915.   As the doctor Sanctus Hieronymus
DIMEV 677 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate (attrib.): The Fifftene Tokyns aforn the Doom
916.   As the eleven disciples adown I-set were
DIMEV 0.409 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 409; a section heading to 787
917.   As the holly groweth green
DIMEV 678 Witnesses: 1
Henry VIII (attrib.)
918.   As the nightingale in the thorn
DIMEV 679 Witnesses: 1
Comparisons with birds interspersed in a Latin prose sermon on Corinthians 6 — three couplets
919.   As the philosopher in meters doth write
DIMEV 680 Witnesses: 4
George Ripley (attrib.)
920.   As the Pilgrims forth did ride
DIMEV 681 Witnesses: 1
Prologue to ‘The Ploughman’s Tale’ (6603) inserted into in one version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (6414) — two rhyme royal stanzas
921.   As the sea doth ebb and flow / So fareth the world
DIMEV 682 Witnesses: 1
‘Lerne say wele say litel or say noȝt’
922.   As thee smite with an axe in an hard tree / Beware that the chips fall not in your eye
DIMEV 683 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
923.   As Thou for Holy Church right
DIMEV 684 Witnesses: 1
Prayer to Christ, with an ‘0 and I’ refrain — sixteen lines in cross-rhymed quatrains and couplets
924.   As thou Lord diddest stop and stay
DIMEV 685 Witnesses: 1
‘A charm agaynst thy enemyes’
925.   As thou were martyr and maid clean
DIMEV 686 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay
926.   As time requireth so men done them use
DIMEV 687 Witnesses: 1
Reply that men gave, in the time of Godwyn, when others said that bishops should be more concerned with cure of souls than with wealth and pomp, in Part VI of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VI, cap. 212, translating Latin verses of which only the beginning is given, preceding it — one stanza rhyme royal
927.   As wallnut bark his hair is yellow [As walnot barke his hare is ȝalowe]
See 2393
928.   As was Herod the cursed king / That yode to hell at his ending
DIMEV 688 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
929.   As we are now
DIMEV 689 Witnesses: 1
Warning to prepare for death, spoken by Les Trois Morts — three lines, rhyming abb
930.   As we find written in the creed
DIMEV 690 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
931.   As we may by Saint Martin see / That was so full of charity
DIMEV 691 Witnesses: 8
Northern Homily Cycle
932.   As wisely as Christ was
DIMEV 692 Witnesses: 1
A charm based on the wisdom of Christ — seven lines in couplets
933.   As ye have heard accomplished the gladness [As ye haue herde acomplysshyd the gladnes]
Prologue to Quindecim Lamentacionum beati Marie, or Fifteen Sorrows of the Virgin Mary, second part of 843
934.   As young Aurora with her crystal hale
DIMEV 693 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘The fenȝeit freir of Tungland’
935.   Ask grace meekly
DIMEV 694 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
936.   Assay assay [Asay asay]
Refrain to 4147
937.   Assay assay man assay
Refrain to 3350
938.   Assay thy friend ere thou have need [Asay þi frend or þu haf nede]
Refrain to 6098
939.   Astrology there been of them too / The long and the round also [Astrologye ther been of hem too / The long & the round also]
DIMEV 0.417.8 Witnesses: 0
Former 417.8; extract of 4171
940.   At a place where he me set
DIMEV 695 Witnesses: 2
A carol of Hunting — three 5-line stanzas (aaabb) including refrain, ‘We shall have game and sport ynow’ plus burden: ‘As I walked by a forest side / I met with a foster he bad me abide’
941.   At a sermon there I sat / A comely clerk I heard craven
DIMEV 696 Witnesses: 2
‘A luytel sermoun of good edificacioun’
942.   At a spring well under a thorn
DIMEV 697 Witnesses: 1
The Virgin Mary by the fountain of love — four lines in couplets
943.   At Alexander tell I you can / In Emperors time Zenon
DIMEV 698 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
944.   At Antioch as men han said / Dwelled some time a maid
DIMEV 699 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
945.   At Betony I will begin [At betonye I wyll begynne ]
See 4171
946.   At Christs kirk of the green [At chrystis kirk of the grene]
Refrain to 6158
947.   At Constantinople in that City / Dwelled a Merchant
DIMEV 700 Witnesses: 1
A miracle of Our Lady: the Virgin Mary goes surety for a merchant — eighty-eight couplets
948.   At Doomsday we shall uprise
DIMEV 701 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
949.   At Doomsday when we shall rise / And come before
DIMEV 702 Witnesses: 1
A song of Doomsday — five quatrains (aaab) plus two-line burden (bb): ‘Mary moder I you pray / To be owr help at domys day’
950.   At feast of Saint Benedict
DIMEV 703 Witnesses: 1
How to find Easter from St Benet’s Day — four monorhyming lines
951.   At high noon when the bell doth toll
DIMEV 704 Witnesses: 1
On the midday Angelus — four cross-rhymed quatrains and concluding couplet
952.   At his birth Thou heardest angel sing
DIMEV 705 Witnesses: 2
The tribulations of the Virgin — in couplets
953.   At London in England not full long sithen
DIMEV 706 Witnesses: 1
Life of St Erkenwald — in alliterative unrhymed verse
954.   At matin hours in the mids of the night
DIMEV 707 Witnesses: 3
Walter Kennedy: ‘The Praise of Aige’
955.   At my beginning Christ me speed / in grace an virtue
DIMEV 708 Witnesses: 2
A Father’s Counsel to his Son
956.   At my beginning Christ me speed
DIMEV 709 Witnesses: 13
A tag to be learned as a child, or at beginning of a book — one couplet
957.   At my coming the ladies everyone [At my commyng the ladys euerychone]
See 1761
958.   At my ginning God me speed [At my be genyng God me spede]
See 2546
959.   At my house I have a Jay
DIMEV 710 Witnesses: 1
Animal noises: a schoolboy’s exercise in translation, with Latin original — six couplets
960.   At need thy friends proven what they be
DIMEV 711 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
961.   At our beginning god be our speed / In grace
DIMEV 712 Witnesses: 2
A Father’s Counsel to his Son
962.   At Shoteres Hill in the shire of Kent
DIMEV 713 Witnesses: 1
Shoteres Hill in Kent as a resort of thieves — one monorhyming quatrain
963.   At Salford [Sifford] sat theigns many / many Bishops
DIMEV 714 Witnesses: 4
Alfred the Great, king: Proverbs
964.   At sometime merry at some time sad
DIMEV 715 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: The Transitoriness of this World
965.   At the beginning of the charterhouse God did show
DIMEV 716 Witnesses: 1
The Founding of the Carthusian Order — twenty-nine couplets
966.   At the beginning of the meat
DIMEV 717 Witnesses: 1
A Boar’s Head carol — three quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Po po po po / Loue brane and so do mo’
967.   At the end of summer when winter began
DIMEV 718 Witnesses: 1
George Ashby: A Prisoner’s Reflections
968.   At the first beginning [At the fyrst begynnynge / Thus schall be thi dietinge]
See 5715
969.   At the north end of silver white
DIMEV 719 Witnesses: 1
‘Silver White’, an erotic song — three 8-line stanzas with repeated lines (abacdbdc) and refrain of four repeated lines (efeg; as conclusion below)
970.   At the reverence of Saint Margaret / My purpose is
DIMEV 720 Witnesses: 9
John Lydgate: Life of St Margaret
971.   At the short game of tables for to play
DIMEV 721 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
972.   At the time of matins Lord Thou were I-take
DIMEV 722 Witnesses: 1
The Hours of the Cross — couplets arranged in one 6-line stanza and seven quatrains
973.   At this court this law is set [At þis court þis lawe is set]
See 723
974.   At this gate the law is set
DIMEV 723 Witnesses: 2
Poormen keep away — two couplets
975.   At Trumpington not far fro Cantebridge
DIMEV 724 Witnesses: 58
Geoffrey Chaucer: Reeve’s Tale
976.   At Sarai in the land of Tartary
DIMEV 725 Witnesses: 57
Geoffrey Chaucer: Squire’s Tale
977.   At Tweeds mouth there stands a noble town
DIMEV 726 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar (attrib.): ‘The Freiris of Berwick’
978.   At undern on Whitsonday as the apostles stood & set [At vnderne on Witsonday as þapostles stode & sete]
DIMEV 0.443 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 443; a section heading to 787
979.   At Warwick the Earl so free [Atte Warwyk the Erle so fre]
See Urbana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 116 [olim Duke of Buccleuch; olim Lord Amherst of Hackney; olim Harmsworth, Sotheby Sale Oct. 15, 1945, lot 1951] version of 1601
980.   At Westminster William I-crowned was
DIMEV 727 Witnesses: 18
Verses on the kings of England, from William the Conqueror to Henry VI — in couplets
981.   At wrestling my leman I chose
DIMEV 728 Witnesses: 2
A popular rhyme in a sermon — one couplet, or four lines rhyming aaba or aabb
982.   Attempt nothing surmounting your might [Attempt nothyng surmountyng your myght]
Beginning of ‘Primus Philosophus’ in 6065.5
983.   Atween midnight and the fresh morrow gray [Atween mydnyght and the fressh morwe gray]
DIMEV 0.447 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 447: see 843.
984.   Atwix dread and trembling reverence
DIMEV 729 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: Exposition of the Pater Noster
985.   Auctor of Grammar was whilom Priscian [Auctor of Gramer was whilom Precian]
’Auctors of seuyn sciences’ in 5788
986.   Auctor of health Christ have in mind
DIMEV 730 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
987.   Authentic books and stories old and new
DIMEV 731 Witnesses: 1
Bernard of Clairvaux (attrib.): Bernardus de cura rei familiaris
988.   Auxilium meum a domino
Refrain to 5882
989.   Avaunce thee Hope as mine affiance
DIMEV 732 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
990.   Ave domina / Celi regina
Refrain and burden to 6796
991.   Ave gracia plena devoid of all trespass
DIMEV 733 Witnesses: 1
Hymn on the Angelic Salutation — seven stanzas rhyme royal
992.   Ave Jesse Virgula [Aue Jesse Virgula]
See 1698
993.   Ave Maria gratia plena [Aue Maria Gratia plena]
Bob in 1756
994.   Ave Maria I say to that blessed maid
DIMEV 734 Witnesses: 1
Ave Maria
995.   Ave Maria Maiden immaculate
DIMEV 735 Witnesses: 1
Verses addressed to the Virgin Mary — one stanza rhyme royal
996.   Ave Maria now say we so [Aue maria now say we so / Moder & maydon was neuer non mo]
Burden to 1492
997.   Ave Maria stella dei Mater Alma
First Latin couplet preceding 1081
998.   Ave maris stella the star on the sea
DIMEV 736 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic hymn to the Virgin Mary — five couplets
999.   Ave plena gracia / Dei mater Maria
Burden to 1689
1000.   Ave Queen of heaven Lady of earth Well of all bounty
DIMEV 737 Witnesses: 1
Prayers to the Virgin (with account of Joys and Sorrows) and Jesus — 181 lines in couplets
1001.   Ave regina celorum
Refrain to 1725
1002.   Ave Regina Celorum [Aue regina celorum / Flos et decus beatorum]
Burden to 1709
1003.   Ave Rex Angelorum [Aue rex angelorum / Aue rexque celorum / Aue princepsque polorum]
Burden to 1742
1004.   Awake Joseph awake awake [Awake joseph awake awake / And to marie thy way thou take]
Burden to 2971
1005.   Awake lords awake and take good heed
DIMEV 738 Witnesses: 1
On the Policy of the Yorkish Lords (c. 1460) — twenty-four couplets
1006.   Awake sinner out of thy sleep
DIMEV 739 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a Tudor song
1007.   Awake ye ghostly persons awake
DIMEV 740 Witnesses: 2
William Thorpe (attrib.)
1008.   Away faint love full of variance
DIMEV 741 Witnesses: 1
A Balade in praise of the Virgin Mary, with acrostic — fifteen stanzas rhyme royal
1009.   Away morning away […away morning away / I am forsake / Another ys take / no lenger]
Burden to 3796
1010.   Away morning away […a way morning away / I am forsake]
Refrain or burden to 3795
1011.   Aweless / lawless
DIMEV 742 Witnesses: 1
Short proverbial couplet on the need for law — one couplet translating, ‘So lex equalis sit cum pare par socialis
1012.   Ay ay ay ay / Gaude celi domina
Burden to 3413
1013.   Ay ay by this day [Ay ay be þis day / ȝ wyll mak mery qwyll y may]
Burden to 6518
1014.   Ay beshrew you by my fay
DIMEV 743 Witnesses: 2
John Skelton (?): ‘Manerly Margery Mylk and ale’
1015.   Ay between thou looken on me
DIMEV 744 Witnesses: 1
Christ speaks in the Blessed Sacrament in a Latin sermon De Corpore Cristi — two couplets
1016.   Ay by increase joy gladness of heart [Ay by encresse Ioye gladness of harte]
Refrain to 747
1017.   Ay Gods mercy said our Host tho
DIMEV 745 Witnesses: 35
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘Merchant’s Endlink’
1018.   Ay mercy God and graunt mercy [Ay Merci God and Graunt Merci]
Refrain to 631
1019.   Ay the higher that thou art
DIMEV 746 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial saying advocating humility — one couplet
1020.   Aye aye this is the day [Aye aye this is the day / That we shall worshep euer and eye]
Burden to 39