The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Found Records:
1.   Bachus which is god of the glad vine
DIMEV 747 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: A Mumming at Eltham
2.   Back and side go bare go bare [Backe & syde goo bare goo bare]
Burden to 907
3.   Back bent smock rent
DIMEV 748 Witnesses: 1
‘A Test’, a double-entendre riddle — 6 lines
4.   Baker Bellamy / Ware thee from the pillory
DIMEV 749 Witnesses: 1
An amulet for a baker against the fever — two couplets
5.   Ballads songs and complaints
DIMEV 750 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
6.   Banners beth displayed
DIMEV 751 Witnesses: 1
John of Bromyard
7.   Bare was that white breast / And red the bloody side
DIMEV 752 Witnesses: 1
Augustine of Hippo: Candet nudatum pectus
8.   Barred girdle woe be ye
DIMEV 753 Witnesses: 2
Lament of a fallen woman — one couplet
9.   Be (preposition)
See ‘By’
10.   Bear the well and humbly
DIMEV 783 Witnesses: 1
Bernard of Clairvaux (attrib.): XII Gradus Humilitatis secundum Bernardum
11.   Beata vbera que suxisti
Refrain to 1716
12.   Beatus venter qui te portauit
Refrain to 1716
13.   Beau enfant pour apprendre
DIMEV 784 Witnesses: 1
Alternating French and English couplets, with English devolving into prose early in work, though occasional couplets in English throughout — in couplets
14.   Beauty of you burn in my body abides
DIMEV 785 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
15.   Be blithe and blissful burgh of Aberdeen [Be blyth and blisfull burcht of Aberdein]
Refrain to 879
16.   Be cleanly clad
DIMEV 754 Witnesses: 1
Moral counsels: do not be at strife with your betters, your fellows, or your subjects — one eight-line stanza
17.   Before meat and after gracias say we [Before mete and after gracias say we]
See 227
18.   Before my death this lay of sorrow I sing
DIMEV 786 Witnesses: 1
The Lay of Sorrow
19.   Before six days of Easter on Palm Sunday eve / Jesu came
DIMEV 787 Witnesses: 13
South English Legendary
20.   Before that any creature was wrought / Or ere any beginning was of ought
DIMEV 788 Witnesses: 2
Speculum huius vite
21.   Before the gate of Galilee
DIMEV 789 Witnesses: 1
Charm for sore teeth — six couplets
22.   Before thou pretend any evil in thy heart
DIMEV 790 Witnesses: 1
Remember the end, ‘quod Carter’ — one couplet
23.   Before time that good angel wrought / But God him self
DIMEV 791 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
24.   Before warning of Christs blissful incarnation [Afore warnyng of crystes blesful incarnaciun]
See 228
25.   Be glad and blithe Queen of bliss
DIMEV 755 Witnesses: 9
On the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin in Heaven in Mirk’s Festial (except London, British Library Harley 210) — of varying length, rhyme and metre
26.   Be glad lordings both more and less
DIMEV 756 Witnesses: 3
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) and Latin burden (cb): ‘Puer nobis natus est / De virgine Maria
27.   Be glad of all maidens flower
DIMEV 758 Witnesses: 1
A Hymn on the Seven Joys of the Virgin Mary in Heaven — eight 6-line stanzas (aabccb) and concluding quatrain (abab), a prayer
28.   Be glad O London be glad and make great joy [Be gladde O London be glad and make grete Ioy]
See 6060
29.   Be glad O Maid Mother of Christ Jesu
DIMEV 757 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘Gaude virgo mater christi’
30.   Be here of well still / And say mid good will [Be her of wel stille / & sey mid gode wille]
DIMEV 0.465.3 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 465.3; see 3030.
31.   Behold a clear voice soundeth in / That all darkness
DIMEV 792 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: ‘Vox clara ecce intonat’
32.   Behold and see how that nature
DIMEV 794 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
33.   Behold and see how the birds doth fly
DIMEV 795 Witnesses: 1
Nonsense verses — rhyming irregularly
34.   Behold and see o lady free / Quem meruisti portare
DIMEV 796 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
35.   Behold and see this glorious figure
DIMEV 797 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: Balade of the Image of Our Lady
36.   Behold a voice of pleasant harmony
DIMEV 793 Witnesses: 1
‘Vox clara ecce intonat’
37.   Behold here as thou may see
DIMEV 799 Witnesses: 1
Barlaam and Josaphat
38.   Behold he said my creature
DIMEV 798 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s complaint to man — one stanza rhyme royal with 4-line burden (abab): ‘In a slumbir late as I was / I harde a voice lowde call & crye / Amende the man of thi trespace / & aske forgeveness or euyr thou dye’ (repeated)
39.   Behold how good and jocund it is
DIMEV 800 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
40.   Behold how in the wilderness of this world men goes [Behold howe in þe wildernes of þis warld men gase]
Ciuitatem hic manentem non habemus, an extract from the Pricke of Conscience (lines 1090-5; 1358-61; 1516-1603), occurring in London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 36; see 5398
41.   Behold how it is come to pass
DIMEV 801 Witnesses: 1
Second song at the end of the Weavers’ Pageant in the Coventry cycle (6822) — three quatrains, abab
42.   Behold man and thy thought up lead
DIMEV 802 Witnesses: 1
The Joys of Heaven — twenty couplets
43.   Behold man lere and see
DIMEV 803 Witnesses: 1
Verse introduction for a prayer — one couplet
44.   Behold man lift up thy eye and see [Beholde mane lyfte vp þy eye and se]
Section V of Lydgate’s Testament: see 3937
45.   Behold man what is my woe / There I hang upon the tree
DIMEV 804 Witnesses: 1
Appeal of Christ to Man from the Cross — two quatrains
46.   Behold man what pain I dree
DIMEV 805 Witnesses: 8
Philip the Chancelor
47.   Behold man what thou art
DIMEV 806 Witnesses: 1
A warning to mankind to remember death — eight lines
48.   Behold marvels a maid is mother
DIMEV 807 Witnesses: 1
Attributes of the Virgin and Christ — two couplets
49.   Behold me I pray thee with all thy whole reason
DIMEV 808 Witnesses: 5
Appeal of Christ to Man from the Cross — in 9- or 10-line stanzas with burden: ‘Wofully araid’, and in 10-line stanza versions same ‘Wofully araid’ as refrain
50.   Behold mine wounds and have them in thine thought
DIMEV 809 Witnesses: 3
A knight at the point of death sends a letter to his wife — verse from an exemplum in Dives and Pauper translating the same Latin distich as that in 810
51.   Behold mine wounds how sore I am dight
DIMEV 810 Witnesses: 17
Christ as Man’s Champion, a tag in the Fasciculus morum (except Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 392) — four lines, in three different versions, the first couplet freely translating a distich from Ovid’s Amores
52.   Behold now man what thou shalt be
DIMEV 811 Witnesses: 1
On the vanity of life — one quatrain based on ‘Vide, qualis eris, [qui] mundi guadia queris’, which is written to the left
53.   Behold O man lift up thy eye and see [Behold o man lefte up thy eye & see]
Clopton chapel extracts of 4383
54.   Behold the thorns mine head han throngen how sharp that it been
DIMEV 812 Witnesses: 1
‘Lamentacio dolorosa’
55.   Behold this great Prince Edward the Second
DIMEV 813 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘Of the Sodein Fal of Princes in oure Dayes’
56.   Behold thou man here might thou see
DIMEV 814 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
57.   Behold thou man with ruthful heart
DIMEV 815 Witnesses: 1
Learn Love from Christ’s Sufferings — eight lines
58.   Behold thou wretch withouten strife [Behold þu wreche withouten strif]
Secundus cantus of Christ’s appeal from the cross, in Grimestone’s sermon notebook: see 6160
59.   Behold to thy Lord where He hangeth on rood [Behold to þi lord man whare he hangiþ on rode]
See 3183
60.   Behold we wretches in this world present
DIMEV 816 Witnesses: 1
Moralizing verses — twenty-four quatrains, and Latin headings
61.   Behold what life that we rine in
DIMEV 817 Witnesses: 1
Carol for the Feast of the Purification — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Reuertere reuertere / The quene of blysse & of beaute’
62.   Behold woman a doleful sight
DIMEV 818 Witnesses: 1
Dialogue between Christ and the Virgin — three quatrains
63.   Behold you great joy I bring [Behold to you gret joy I bring]
Burden to 4278
64.   Be it better be it worse
DIMEV 759 Witnesses: 4
A proverbial couplet
65.   Be it known and understand / This City should be free and now is bound
DIMEV 760 Witnesses: 1
Rude verses on injustices in Coventry 1495 — seven couplets
66.   Be it known to all that been here [Be hit knowyn to all that byn here]
See 6769
67.   Be it right or wrong
DIMEV 761 Witnesses: 4
The Notbrowne Mayde
68.   Be it true or be it false / It is as the copy was
DIMEV 762 Witnesses: 3
Concluding rubric by the scribe concerning the poems copied — one couplet
69.   Be joyous spouse of God most dear
DIMEV 763 Witnesses: 1
Author’s salute to the Virgin Mary in relation to the second of seven joys, at end of Part II of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part II, cap. 49, translating Latin verse of which the beginning only is given preceding — one stanza rhyme royal
70.   Believe in God that all hath wrought
DIMEV 819 Witnesses: 2
On the cardinal virtues — in couplets
71.   Believe steadfastly
DIMEV 820 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
72.   Be low and loving
DIMEV 764 Witnesses: 1
Be Humble and Shrive Thee Oft — three couplets
73.   Be meek and mild of heart and tongue
DIMEV 765 Witnesses: 3
The Seven Virtues opposed to the Deadly Sins — eight couplets
74.   Be merry all that be present [Be mery all þat be present / Omnes de saba venient]
Burden to 4335
75.   Be merry all with one accord [Be mery all with one accorde / And be ye folowers of crystes worde]
Burden to 5547
76.   Be merry and suffer as I thee vise
DIMEV 766 Witnesses: 1
Suffer and be Merry — five quatrains (aaab) and 2-line burden (bb): ‘He is wise so most I goo / That can be mery & suffer woo’
77.   Be merry be merry [Be merye be merye / I pray you euerychon]
Burden to 149
78.   Be merry man and take nought far in mind
DIMEV 767 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Without glaidnes awailis no tressour’
79.   Be merry thou hard betide [Be mery though thow harde betyde]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) version of 5530
80.   Be my comfort Christ Jesus [Be my Coumfort Crist Ihesus]
Refrain to 2924
81.   Benedicite what dreamed I this night
DIMEV 821 Witnesses: 1
‘Thi lady hath forgeten to be kynd’
82.   Benedicta sit sancta trinitas
DIMEV 822 Witnesses: 1
The Sacrament of Matrimony
83.   Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas
Refrain to 3664, 6100
84.   Be never sad for worldly goods
DIMEV 768 Witnesses: 1
Aphoristic lines with verse metre, possibly fragment of verse — two lines
85.   Be never too Adventurous too Amorous ne Anger thee not too much [Be neuer to Auenterous to Amerous ne Angre þe nat to moche]
DIMEV 0.471 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 471; see 6054.
86.   Be nice mine heart as purse is of an ei
DIMEV 769 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
87.   Benign Lady blessed might Thou be
DIMEV 823 Witnesses: 1
Regina celi letare
88.   Be not to Amerows to auenturous ne anger not to ofte
89.   Be not too bold
DIMEV 770 Witnesses: 1
Moral precepts — three alliterative lines
90.   Be not too nigard nor be not too free
DIMEV 771 Witnesses: 1
‘Measure is treasure’
91.   Bens by the neck Petron hent [Bens be þe nek Petron hent]
See 501
92.   Be open evermore thou my door
DIMEV 772 Witnesses: 1
Aphorism regarding hospitality — one couplet
93.   Be peace ye make me spill my ale
DIMEV 773 Witnesses: 1
An amorous flyting, a dialogue between a wooer and a lady — three 8-line stanzas
94.   Be righteous man whatever betide
DIMEV 774 Witnesses: 1
On the Four Cardinal Virtues — five couplets
95.   Bernard friend well mote thou be
DIMEV 824 Witnesses: 1
Dialogue between St Bernard and the Virgin Mary — in couplets
96.   Bernardus quod aliqui seruiunt carni per luxuriam and liking
DIMEV 825 Witnesses: 1
Sayings of St Bernard, in a Sermones 13 — four macaronic monorhyming lines
97.   Be secret true and patient [Be secreit trew and pacient]
Refrain to 2430
98.   Beseechen benignly every creature
DIMEV 826 Witnesses: 1
A grace before meat to SS. Katherine, Mary and Margaret — four quatrains
99.   Beseecheth meekly in right lowly wise
DIMEV 827 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (?)
100.   Beseecheth this unto your regally
DIMEV 828 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘La Requeste’
101.   Beseecheth You of motherly pity
DIMEV 829 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to his Heavenly Mistress — three stanzas rhyme royal
102.   Beset thine poverties Sir Eeode
DIMEV 830 Witnesses: 1
Moral advice to ‘Sir Eode’ — two couplets
103.   Beth all glad and merry that sitteth at this mess
DIMEV 831 Witnesses: 1
A sotelty for a bridal feast — one couplet
104.   Be the churl never so hard
DIMEV 775 Witnesses: 1
William Wey: Itinerary to Compostella
105.   Be thee lief other be thee loath
DIMEV 777 Witnesses: 1
Life is transitory — three couplets
106.   Be thee well be thee woe
DIMEV 778 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
107.   Be the father what may be / Well is the child that may thee
DIMEV 776 Witnesses: 3
A proverbial saying translating the Latin, ‘Qualicunque pater vigeat puer est bene prosper’ — one couplet
108.   Bethink thee what will thee betiden
DIMEV 832 Witnesses: 1
Short admonition to think before you act — three roughly alliterative lines, roughly monorhyming
109.   Be thou not too bold to blame / Lest thou be found the same
DIMEV 779 Witnesses: 1
Moral precepts — one quatrain
110.   Be thou patient in thine adversity
DIMEV 780 Witnesses: 1
Patience in Adversity — four 18-line stanzas with wheel rhyme, with additional couplet
111.   Be thou poor or be thou rich [Be thou poore or be thou ryche]
Burden to 1101
112.   Betide the time Tiberius
DIMEV 833 Witnesses: 4
The Gospel of Nicodemus
113.   Betony seethen these leeches bedene [Betonye sethyn þese lechys bedene]
See 4171
114.   Be true and hold that thee have hight
DIMEV 781 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress — four 8-line stanzas with refrain
115.   Be true lady for I you trust [Be trew lady for I you truste]
Refrain to 5580
116.   Better is the poor in his simplesse
DIMEV 834 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
117.   Better is to have virtue and coming[?] [Better ys to haue vertu and Commynge]
Lines 78-79 of London, British Library Harley 2252 copy of 712; lines 27-28 of Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology] copy of 708
118.   Better is to suffer and fortune abide
DIMEV 835 Witnesses: 14
The Golden Mean — a couplet
119.   Better it is a lie be mold by Reason
DIMEV 836 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial couplet comparing a lie based on reason and truth spoken out of season — one couplet
120.   Better it is for a woman to be…
DIMEV 837 Witnesses: 1
Beginning of a proverbial saying — one incomplete line
121.   Better it is in the way to go
DIMEV 838 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
122.   Better it is small household to hold / Than to lie in prison with fetters of gold
DIMEV 839 Witnesses: 4
The Golden Mean — one couplet
123.   Better it is to suffer fortune and abide [Better it is to suffer fortoun and abyd]
DIMEV 0.512.8 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 512.8; now included with 835
124.   Better it were to stand and not to go
DIMEV 840 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
125.   Between a thousand men may one I couth rime
DIMEV 841 Witnesses: 1
On Woman’s Lack of Discretion — two long couplets with medial rhyme, or two cross-rhymed quatrains
126.   Between March and April / When spray beginneth to spring
DIMEV 842 Witnesses: 1
127.   Between midnight and the fresh morrow gray
DIMEV 843 Witnesses: 7
John Lydgate: Fifteen Joys and Sorrows of Our Lady
128.   Between the ebb and the flood
DIMEV 844 Witnesses: 1
A tag translating Latin ‘Inter ledonem magnum maris atque malinam…’, which follows it, in a series of Latin sentences with English translations — one couplet
129.   Betwix twelve hours and eleven
DIMEV 845 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘þe amendis to þe telyouris and sowtaris for the turnament maid on thame’
130.   Betwix two knights beyond the sea
DIMEV 846 Witnesses: 1
Handlyng Synne
131.   Be ware how I be [Boe ware hoe ih boe / A day me comeþ sorewen þre]
See 1157
132.   Beware how thou the body cut
DIMEV 847 Witnesses: 1
Warnings about when to and when not to let blood — seven couplets
133.   Beware I rede you look here not upon
DIMEV 848 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
134.   Beware man I come as thief
DIMEV 849 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
135.   Beware my little finger [Bewar my lytyl fynger / syr I yow desyre]
Burden to 6851
136.   Beware my son ever of had I wist [Be ware my son ever of had I wyste]
Lines 56-57 of London, British Library Harley 2252 copy of 712; lines 5-6 of Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology] copy of 708
137.   Beware of the hollow tree
DIMEV 850 Witnesses: 1
‘Cusse hym not to ofte’
138.   Beware squire yeoman and page [Bewar sqwyer yeman & page / For seruyse is non erytage]
Burden to 2407
139.   Beware thee or thou art not wise [Beware the or thou arte not wyse]
See a good boke to lerne to speke french, [R. Wyer? c. 1533] version of 3134
140.   Beware therefore the blind eateth many a fly [Bewar therfor the blynde etith many a flye]
Refrain to 3184
141.   Be we merry now in this fest [Be we mery now in this fest / In quo saluator natus est]
Burden to 3761
142.   Be ye an lover think ye not ye should
DIMEV 782 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: ‘Gude counsale’
143.   Bi (preposition)
See ‘By’
144.   Bides awhile and holds our peace [Bides a while and holdes ȝoure pais]
See 201
145.   Biding all alone with sorrow sore encumbered [Bydynge al alone with sorowe sore encombred]
DIMEV 0.520 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 520; see 4482
146.   Bid we with mild steven
DIMEV 851 Witnesses: 1
Prologue to Pater noster, Ave Maria, etc. — twelve lines
147.   Bird on briar bird bird on briar
DIMEV 852 Witnesses: 1
A love song — three quatrains
148.   Bird on briar I tell it
DIMEV 853 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a love song, preserved as an indication of tune of carol 2222
149.   Bird us never blithe be / When we think on things three
DIMEV 853.5 Witnesses: 1
Recollections of mortality — six 12-line tail-rhyme stanzas
150.   Bishop loreless [Bissop lorles / king redeles]
See 2994
151.   Bitterness of sorrow patiently He suffered man to win
DIMEV 854 Witnesses: 1
What Christ endured for Man — six long lines
152.   Black beth thy banks thy ripes also
DIMEV 856 Witnesses: 3
Verses appended to Hardyng’s Chronicle (1174), on the four infernal rivers surrounding a castle (the devil’s fortress) in a map of Scotland (equated with Hades) — three stanzas rhyme royal based on 855
153.   Black be thy bands and thy weed also
DIMEV 855 Witnesses: 4
Envoy attached to end of two long verse works — one or four rhyme royal stanzas
154.   Blessed be His holy come
DIMEV 857 Witnesses: 1
A homily on the Advent, for the most part in rhyme — couplets
155.   Blessed be Jesu [Blessed be Jhesu]
Refrain to 5953
156.   Blessed been men poor with will
DIMEV 858 Witnesses: 1
The Beatitudes — seven couplets, each accompanied with the corresponding Latin tag from Matt. 5:3-10
157.   Blessed be that lady bright [Blyssid be that lady bryght]
Burden to 1636
158.   Blessed be that maid Mary
DIMEV 859 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: Eya jhesus hodie / Natus est de uirgine
159.   Blessed be the sweetest name of our Lord / Jesu Christ
DIMEV 860 Witnesses: 2
William Caxton: ‘Balade’
160.   Blessed be the time that ever God spread that flower [Blessid be þe tyme þat euer god sprad þat floure]
Refrain to 2301
161.   Blessed be the wheat flower [Blyssid be the qwete flour]
See 6264
162.   Blessed be thou Baptist born and forth brought
DIMEV 861 Witnesses: 1
In honour of St John Baptist — ten 14-line stanzas
163.   Blessed be Thou Holy Trinity
DIMEV 862 Witnesses: 1
Pèlerinage de l’âme
164.   Blessed be Thou Lady [Blessed beo thu lavedi]
See 2341
165.   Blessed Denis of Athens chief son
DIMEV 863 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate: ‘Prayers to Ten Saints’
166.   Blessed Edmund king martir & virgin
DIMEV 864 Witnesses: 6
John Lydgate: ‘Banner of St Edmund’ (Lydgate)
167.   Blessed Gabriel which broughtest first tiding
DIMEV 865 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate (?)
168.   Blessed God sovereign goodness
DIMEV 866 Witnesses: 2
‘A goodly Preaer’
169.   Blessed is that land [blessyd is that lond / of þe Lords own hond]
Refrain to 919
170.   Blessed lady O princess of mercy
DIMEV 867 Witnesses: 6
John Lydgate: ‘Fifteen Joys of Our Lady’
171.   Blessed Mary Mother Virginal
DIMEV 868 Witnesses: 2
Mary, Remember me at my last day — two quatrains
172.   Blessed Mary Virgin of Nazareth [Blessyd marie virgin of nazareth]
See 1519
173.   Blessed mote ye be sweet Jesus [Blessed mote ye be swete Ihesus]
Burden to 946
174.   Blessed must be our heaven Queen
DIMEV 869 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘De Virginitate’
175.   Blessed mote tho paps be
DIMEV 870 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
176.   Blessed must Thou be Thou bird so bright
DIMEV 871 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘De sancta maria’
177.   Blessed Sebastian Gods martyr and knight
DIMEV 872 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to St Sebastian — seven stanzas rhyme royal
178.   Blessed Thomas rubified with blood
DIMEV 873 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate (attrib.)
179.   Blessing give them Jesu Christ That listeneth John Evangelist
DIMEV 874 Witnesses: 4
‘In principio in englissh’
180.   Blind and deaf and also dumb
DIMEV 875 Witnesses: 1
Ayenbite of Inwyt
181.   Bliss and joy
DIMEV 876 Witnesses: 1
182.   Blissful Lord on high what shall I do
DIMEV 878 Witnesses: 10
Guillaume Deguileville: The Piteous Complaint of the Soul (Pèlerinage de l’âme)
183.   Bliss it were in land to haven worship and might
DIMEV 877 Witnesses: 1
Worldly Honour is Brief — two couplets (long lines)
184.   Blithe Aberdeen thow beryl of all touns
DIMEV 879 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: ‘The Queinis Reception at Aberdein’
185.   Bloodless and boneless blood had none bone
DIMEV 881 Witnesses: 1
On the Host — four monorhyming lines
186.   Blood sweating
DIMEV 880 Witnesses: 4
The seven torments of Christ in the Latin homily, Amore Langueo — seven short monorhyming lines
187.   Blowing was made for great game
DIMEV 882 Witnesses: 1
Against Blowing one’s own Horn — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘I hold hym wyse and wel itaught / Can bar an horn and blow it nought’
188.   Blow northern wind [Blow northerne wynd]
See 842
189.   Blow northern wind / Send thou me my sweeting [Blow northerne wynd / sent þou me my suetyng / blow norþerne wynd / blou blou blou.’]
Burden to 2325
190.   Blow the wind still and blow not so shill [Blow the winde styl & blow nat so shyl]
Burden to 4852
191.   Blow thy horn hunter [Blow þy horne hunter]
Burden to 5005
192.   Bolning of genitors of a man [Bolnyng of genytras of a man]
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 276; included in Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.14.39 (911) copy of 2343
193.   Bolning of brooks breaks the brinks
DIMEV 883 Witnesses: 1
Aphoristic advice on causes and effects and on forethought — four monorhyming and alliterative lines
194.   Bones among stones lies full still
DIMEV 883.5 Witnesses: 1
Inscription over window portrait — one couplet
195.   Bon Jowre
Refrain to 2696
196.   Bonjour bonjour a vous [Bon jowre bon jowre a vous]
Burden to 2696
197.   Book of Troilus and Criseide
DIMEV 884 Witnesses: 1
Ownership rhyme — one couplet
198.   Booth beware bishop though thou be
DIMEV 885 Witnesses: 1
On Bishop Booth
199.   Bore, Born
See also ‘i bore’
200.   Born of the most chaste Virgin Mary bright [borne of þe most chest virgin mary bricht]
Refrain to 3735
201.   Both man and child have mind of this [Bothe man & chielde haue myende of þis / How god is sonne of blis…]
Burden to 106
202.   Both man and woman God hath wrought
DIMEV 886 Witnesses: 1
Alchemical verses — in couplets
203.   Both young and old take heed of this
DIMEV 887 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
204.   Both young and old whether ye be
DIMEV 888 Witnesses: 1
‘Se what oure Lord Suffride for oure Sake’
205.   Bought and sold full traitorously / And to a pillar bound
DIMEV 889 Witnesses: 1
A Song of the Passion — five quatrains (abab) and burden (cc): ‘To see the mayden wepe her sones passion / It entrid my hart full depe with gret compassion’
206.   Break eggs in basin and swing them soon [Breke egges in bassyn and swyng hem sone]
See 3799
207.   Break out and not blin
DIMEV 890 Witnesses: 1
A couplet translating ‘Erumpe et clama’ in an English sermon
208.   Bright as an angel shining in his weed
DIMEV 891 Witnesses: 1
The Romance of Clariodus
209.   Bright as the star of day began to shine [Bryght as the stern of day begouth to schyne]
See 4493
210.   Bring the ox to the hall
DIMEV 892 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
211.   Bring us in no brown bread for that is made of bran
DIMEV 893 Witnesses: 2
Bring us in good ale! — long lines in couplets, and refrain ‘And bryng vs in good ale’
212.   Brother abide I thee desire and pray / Abide abide…
DIMEV 894 Witnesses: 1
The Complaint of Christ to Man ‘his Brother Natural’
213.   Brother have meat enough thy… [Brodyr [h]aue mete anow þi]
See 1372
214.   Brute fare by west over the land of France
DIMEV 895 Witnesses: 1
Diana’s reply to Brute in the land of Lergesia, translating Latin verse which precedes it, in Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part I, cap. 2 — one 8-line stanza
215.   Burgess thou has so blown at the coal
DIMEV 896 Witnesses: 1
Warning against lechery — seven 8-line stanzas
216.   Burning desire to see my fair mistress
DIMEV 897 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: The Fire of Love
217.   Burns ne battles Briton at shall be
DIMEV 898 Witnesses: 1
Political prophecy using emblems or devices — fourteen cross-rhymed quatrains
218.   Busieth you in this ilk life [Biseth you in þis ilke lif]
Heading to 4895
219.   Busily give thee to lore
DIMEV 899 Witnesses: 2
John Grimestone
220.   Busken berns bows britnen
DIMEV 900.5 Witnesses: 1
One quatrain (or twelve short lines?) of rhyming, alliterative verse, evoking hunting scenes.
221.   Busy in study be thou child
DIMEV 900 Witnesses: 1
Advice on good behaviour — two short couplets
222.   But and the wife once hap to go astray [But and the wyf oons happe to go astraye]
Extract (pr. Thomas Wright, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845, 2.27) from the Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 416 (SC 1479) version of 2594
223.   But false men make their fingers felt
DIMEV 901 Witnesses: 1
Lynne (?)
224.   But for because that dainty lo is lief
DIMEV 902 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: The Food of Love
225.   But Fortune with her smiling countenaunce strange
DIMEV 903 Witnesses: 1
John Paston III
226.   But God that good may give [Bot god that good may geue]
DIMEV 0.553.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 553.5; see second Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 423 copy of 423.
227.   But grain of wheat is cast to ground
See 6315
228.   But he say soth he shall be shent [But he sey soth he schal be schent]
Refrain to 6619
229.   But if I appeal from the law of script to the law of grace
DIMEV 906 Witnesses: 1
On the difference between human and divine law — one couplet in a Latin sermon
230.   But if that I may have truly
DIMEV 907 Witnesses: 1
A drinking song — sixteen 6-line stanzas (aabccb), with 4-line burden: ‘back and syde goo bare goo bare / bothe hand & fote goo colde / but belly god sende the good ale I nowghe / whether hyt be newe or holde’
231.   But if thou turn me against right
DIMEV 908 Witnesses: 1
Man’s plea not to be turned against right, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
232.   But if thou wilt amends make [But if þou wylt amendis make]
Refrain to 5891
233.   But I me bethought
DIMEV 904 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
234.   But I the ghost of Guido him…
DIMEV 905 Witnesses: 1
Gast of Gy
235.   But I will not say so [But I will nott say so]
Refrain to 5621
236.   But late ago went I my heart to see
DIMEV 909 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
237.   But now I see even then
DIMEV 910 Witnesses: 1
Prayer for his mistress — one couplet
238.   But one thing mistress grieves me full sore
DIMEV 911 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
239.   But spend it on a pretty wench [But spend yt on a prety wenche]
See 146
240.   But Suffolk Salisbury and Saye
DIMEV 912 Witnesses: 1
Against the Earl of Suffolk, A.D. 1448 — a seven-line tag
241.   But this stone up shall turned be [But þis ston vp shal turned be]
See 2385
242.   But Thou glorious Lord Thou quickenest the dead
DIMEV 913 Witnesses: 1
Prayer in Rolle’s Meditations on the Passion, following 101 after a brief prose passage
243.   But we hope we shall the thee a privy thing
DIMEV 914 Witnesses: 1
Reynold, lord Grey of Ruthin (1388-1440)
244.   But yhene of them oft with them to meet / For all seem they
DIMEV 915 Witnesses: 1
For variant text see 1154.
245.   But why am I so abused
DIMEV 916 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s complaint — one stanza rhyme royal
246.   But wit pass will / Vice will virtue spill
DIMEV 917 Witnesses: 1
Moral Distiches, prefixed by a quatrain ‘Fyrst þu sal luf god and drede’ — introductory quatrain and 104 couplets
247.   But woe is him that is in woe
DIMEV 918 Witnesses: 1
John of Bromyard
248.   By a bank as I lay
DIMEV 919 Witnesses: 1
A song in praise of Henry VIII — five 11-line stanzas including three-line refrain: ‘blessyd is that lond / of þe Lords own hond / þat hathe a nobull kyng’
249.   By a bank as I lay
DIMEV 920 Witnesses: 1
A May song of love — three 7-line stanzas
250.   By a bloody way
DIMEV 921 Witnesses: 1
A note on the Passion of Christ, as a gloss on a Latin sermon on the subject — one couplet
251.   By a decree of Natures law [by a decree of Natures law / Peysyd egally þe balance of reson]
Lydgate’s fable of the Frog and the Mouse from Isopes Fabules: included under 6701
252.   By a forest as I gan fare
DIMEV 922 Witnesses: 2
The Mourning of the Hunted Hare
253.   By a forest as I gan walk
DIMEV 923 Witnesses: 4
‘Merci Passith Riȝtwisnes’
254.   By a forest side walking as I went
DIMEV 924 Witnesses: 9
‘A tretyse of Parce michi domine’
255.   By a way wandering as I went / Sore I sighed sad
DIMEV 925 Witnesses: 7
’Thank God of All’
256.   By a wood as I gone ride / Walking all my self alone
DIMEV 926 Witnesses: 4
‘For þi Sunnes Amendes make’
257.   By Beal arn birds breme on boughs
DIMEV 926.5 Witnesses: 1
Eight lines of rhyming, alliterative verse, contrasting the lustiness of birds in spring with men troubled in love.
258.   By by lullaby [By by lullaby / rockyd I my chyld]
Burden to 2445
259.   …by by lullay
Refrain element of 5729.2
260.   By cause that tears waymenting and plaint
DIMEV 927 Witnesses: 1
‘The Lufaris Complaynt’
261.   By deeds of Dyane I swear to thee
DIMEV 928 Witnesses: 12
A wedding oath, a tag in the Fasciculus morum — one couplet translating ‘Iuro tibi sane per mistica sacra Dyane / Me tibi nupturam sponsam comitemque futuram’, which precedes it
262.   By diverse ways and operations
DIMEV 929 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar
263.   By doughty Arthurs daws / That held England in good laws
DIMEV 930 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Chestre: Launfal Miles
264.   By frailness of thy flesh thou fell in a case
DIMEV 931 Witnesses: 2
Our Lady mediates — two couplets translating Case cecidisti carne cecata…
265.   By God and Saint Hillary
DIMEV 932 Witnesses: 1
The Madman’s Song — one eight-line stanza
266.   By god but one my very pleasant joy
DIMEV 933 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
267.   By god of love commanded lo am I
DIMEV 934 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: The strong castle of the Heart
268.   By god of love I set nothing
DIMEV 935 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
269.   By god of loves ordinance [By god of louys Ordynaunce]
See 6716
270.   By Gods heart I have an hind
DIMEV 936 Witnesses: 1
Oaths by parts of God’s body — six fragmentary lines, including one couplet
271.   By granting charters of peace
DIMEV 937 Witnesses: 1
On the decay of the English language in Ireland — one 6-line stanza in the Albus liber Scacarii, Dublin
272.   By Herodes day the king a priest was of good life
DIMEV 938 Witnesses: 2
The Expanded Nativity, a revision of a portion of 6380 — 897 long-line couplets
273.   By Him that all doth embrace [By hym that all dothe embrase]
DIMEV 0.575 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 575; see 2602
274.   By mercy and meekness all thing cheveth [By mercye and mekenes all thynge chevythe]
Lines 7-8 of London, British Library Harley 2252 copy of 712
275.   By name Theobaldus hight [By name þat theobaldus hyȝt]
See 1818
276.   By one forest as I gan ride [By one foreste as I cone ryde]
See 3292
277.   By one forest as I gan walk [By one foreste als I gan walke]
See 923
278.   By reason of two and power of one [By resone of ii and powur of one]
Refrain to 1542 in New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 6 [olim Helmingham Hall LJ. I. 10].
279.   By Saint Mary my lady [By saynt Mary my lady]
See 1203
280.   By sapience temper thy courage / Of hasty ire…
DIMEV 939 Witnesses: 8
Seven Wise Counsels
281.   By Sir Thomas Mallory knight
DIMEV 940 Witnesses: 1
Verse epilogue to Morte Darthur — one couplet
282.   By that the Manciple had his tale all ended
DIMEV 941 Witnesses: 47
Geoffrey Chaucer: Parson’s Prologue
283.   By the days of Arthur […by the dayes of Arthur]
See the Oxford, Bodleian Library Malone 941 (printed) [Launfal fragments] fragment of Sir Launfal (5002)
284.   By the grace of Our Lord omnipotent
DIMEV 942 Witnesses: 1
Biblia pauperum
285.   By the oath that I swear to thee [By þe ath þat I swere to þe]
See 928
286.   By the Sea of Galilee Our Lord in a time He wend [Be þe see of Galilee oure lord in a tyme he wende]
DIMEV 0.577 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 577; see 3452
287.   By the sea of Tiber Jesu Christ more showed him to his fere [Bi þe see of Tybre Ihc more schewede him to his fere]
DIMEV 0.578 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 578; a section heading to 787
288.   By these two trees which here grow upright
DIMEV 943 Witnesses: 2
Pageant verses recited by a Tree of Jesse at the return of Henry VI to London, A.D. 1432 — two stanzas rhyme royal
289.   By this fire I warm my hands
DIMEV 944 Witnesses: 2
The occupations appropriate to the several months — six couplets
290.   By this tokening of the rood far from me mote flee
DIMEV 945 Witnesses: 1
The power of the symbol of the Cross to put evil to flight and give birth to all blessings — four lines in couplets
291.   By Thy birth Thou blessed Lord
DIMEV 946 Witnesses: 1
A Song of the Nativity — two six-line stanzas (aabccb; aaabbc) with refrain, ‘Qui hodie natus es nobis’, and four-line burden: ‘Blessed mote ye be swete Ihesus / Qui hodie natus es nobis’ (repeated)
292.   By title of sight
DIMEV 947 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
293.   By true record of the Doctor Bede
DIMEV 948 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate
294.   By us it is seen in this figure round
DIMEV 949 Witnesses: 1
Verses on the crede, accompanying illustrations of the art or craft to live well — nine quatrains
295.   By west under a wild wood side / In a land…
DIMEV 950 Witnesses: 3
Mercy Passes all Things — sixteen 12-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Mercy passeth alle thinge’
296.   By wit of man all thing that is contrived
DIMEV 951 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: ‘A song of Iust Mesure’