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Found Records:
1.   Each day me cometh tidings three
DIMEV 1157 Witnesses: 4
Three Sorrowful Things — six lines in couplets
2.   Each day that shineth persuade the latter stowre [?store]
DIMEV 1158 Witnesses: 1
On taking each day as it comes — one couplet
3.   Each herdman upon mold make much moan [Ich herdemen vpo mold make muche mon]
DIMEV 0.696 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 696; transferred to 2198
4.   Each man beware that beareth a state
DIMEV 1159 Witnesses: 1
‘Man knowe thyself loue god & drede’
5.   Each man followeth his own fantasy
DIMEV 1160 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘Amor et Pecunia’
6.   Each mans appetite who may recompense
DIMEV 1161 Witnesses: 1
Tastes differ — one stanza rhyme royal
7.   Each man think for to speed [Euch mon þenche for to spede]
Burden to 4895
8.   Eadi be Thou heaven Queen
DIMEV 1162 Witnesses: 1
A hymn to the Virgin Mary — eight 8-line stanzas
9.   Early by the morrow [Yerly be þe morowe]
See 1163
10.   Early in a summerstide / I saw in London as I went
DIMEV 1163 Witnesses: 2
These Lettres XII shall save Mery Englond
11.   Early in the dawning of the day [Erly in the dawnyge of the day]
Lines 69-71 of London, British Library Harley 2252 copy of 712; lines 18-19 of Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology] copy of 708
12.   Earl or Baron which that through regions [Erl or Baroun which that thoruh regiouns]
See Har27282 copy of 4105
13.   Early in the morning Jesu the Jews gin take
DIMEV 1164 Witnesses: 4
The Hours of the Cross — 26 lines per hour; abcbdbebfgf followed by refrain of aabcbcdcecfgfhh
14.   Early on morrow and toward night also
DIMEV 1165 Witnesses: 1
‘A tretys of Crystys Passyoun’
15.   Early on Wednesday [Airlie on woddinsday]
See 4495
16.   Earth goeth upon earth as mold upon mold
DIMEV 1166 Witnesses: 1
‘Erthe upon erthe’
17.   Earth maked hall / and earth maked bower
DIMEV 1167 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone: ‘Erthe upon erthe’
18.   Earth my body I give to thee
DIMEV 1168 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph offering body to earth, soule to Jesus — one couplet
19.   Earth out of earth cleansen pure
DIMEV 1169 Witnesses: 1
Alchemical verses — six couplets
20.   Earth out of earth is wonderly wrought
DIMEV 1170 Witnesses: 17
‘Erthe upon Erthe’
21.   Earth took of earth earth with woe [Erþe toc of erþe erþe wyþ woh]
See London, British Library Harley 2253 copy of 6292
22.   Earth upon earth is waxen and wrought
DIMEV 1171 Witnesses: 2
‘Erthe upon Erthe’
23.   Eat drink sleep less
DIMEV 1172 Witnesses: 2
Precepts concluding, ‘Be man noȝt hors noþer asse’ — five monorhyming lines of varying length
24.   Eat ye this bread eat ye this bread [Ete ye this brede ete ye this brede / And ete it so ye be not dede]
Burden (2nd line also serves as refrain) to 5665
25.   Ecce ancilla domini
DIMEV 1173 Witnesses: 2
A song of the Annunciation — in 8-line stanzas with the refrain, ‘Ecce ancilla domini
26.   Ecce nunc in puluere dormio
Refrain to 3524
27.   Ecce quod natura / mutat sua iura / Virgo parit pura / dei filium
Burden to 794, 887
28.   Ecclesiae tres sunt / qui seruitium malle fallunt
DIMEV 1173.3 Witnesses: 1
Two macaronic lines on Tutivillus
29.   Edwardes dei gracia
Refrain to 4886
30.   Edward our comely king
DIMEV 1173.5 Witnesses: 1
Laurence Minot
31.   Edward the Third that was king of this land
DIMEV 1174 Witnesses: 17
John Hardyng: Metrical Chronicle (Hardyng)
32.   Eftsoons yet John as he did ere
DIMEV 1175 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
33.   Eftsoon yet there afterward as on holy Thursday [Eftsone ȝit þar afturward as an holy þoresday]
The section of the Ascension in the ‘Southern Resurrection’; this section properly begins two lines farther on in the text: see 787
34.   Egg our hearts Lord of might
DIMEV 1176 Witnesses: 1
Translation of a collect (Sunday Advent 2), Excita, Domine, corda nostra — two couplets in a Latin sermon
35.   Ego principium Alpha et O in altissimis habito / In thee…
DIMEV 1177 Witnesses: 1
The Norwich Play of the Creation of Eve — seventy-eight lines in rhyme royal
36.   Ego sum alpha et omega
DIMEV 1178 Witnesses: 1
Towneley plays
37.   Ego sum Alpha et O
DIMEV 1179 Witnesses: 12
Chester Plays
38.   Eight is my love if nine go before
DIMEV 1180 Witnesses: 5
Riddle on the word ‘HIESUS’, Jesus — three or four monorhyming or irregular lines
39.   Either other thus to clothen and feed
DIMEV 1181 Witnesses: 1
Life of St Paula
40.   Eke in four manners whoso can take heed [Eke in iiij maners who so can take hede]
See 3844.8
41.   Eke in this land I dare affirm a thing [Eek in this lond I dar afferme a thyng]
DIMEV 0.711 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 711; ‘On the Duke of Gloucester’ (seven stanzas rhyme royal), extract from John Lydgate, The Fall of Princes: see London, British Library Royal 18 D.IV copy of 1904.
42.   Eke to the souls thy mercy
DIMEV 1182 Witnesses: 1
John Arcuarius OSA
43.   Eke ye women which been inclined [Ek ye wymmen whiche been enclyned]
See 4120
44.   Eld maketh me geld
DIMEV 1183 Witnesses: 1
Old Age — in long irregular stanzas of 78 short lines
45.   Eleven disciples to Galilee them wend / To the hill… [Elleuene diciples to Galile hom wende / To þe hul…]
DIMEV 0.719 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 719; a section heading to 787
46.   Eleven thousand of virgins for our Lord I-martyred were
DIMEV 1184 Witnesses: 14
The Eleven Thousand Virgins
47.   Eleven thousand virgins he that will honor
DIMEV 1185 Witnesses: 1
A promise of pardon to all who honour the 11,000 virgins with Pater Nosters and Aves — one 8-line stanza
48.   Ellendune Ellendune thy land is full red
DIMEV 1186 Witnesses: 1
Chronicle
49.   Else must we drink as we brew [… elles most we drynk as we brew]
Refrain to 495
50.   Else were we lost
Refrain to 3500
51.   Emperor of all emperors omnipotent
DIMEV 1187 Witnesses: 1
‘Paruus tractatus…de magnificentia ecclesie’
52.   Emperors and kings be kenned
DIMEV 1188 Witnesses: 1
Dux Moraud
53.   Endless manship that rotteth not [Eneles manschepe þat rotyth not]
Alternate incipit to 3399
54.   Enemy Herod thou wicked king
DIMEV 1190 Witnesses: 1
‘Hostis Herodes impie’
55.   Enforce thy wits for to lere [Enforce thy wyttes for to ler]
DIMEV 0.726 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 726; see Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157) copy of 1418
56.   Enforce we us with all our might / To love Saint George our lady knight [Enfors we vs withall our myght / To loue seynt georg owr lady knyght]
Burden to 6797
57.   Enforce yourself as gods knight [Enforce yourselfe as goddis knyght]
Burden to 5014
58.   Engendered in
DIMEV 1191 Witnesses: 1
An alchemical poem
59.   England and Wales as to their sovereign [England and walles as to thair soffrayne]
Verses in London, British Library Harley 3730 from Epilogue to Hardyng’s Chronicle: see 1174
60.   England glad pluck up thy lusty heart [Englond be glad pluk up thy lusty hart / Help now þi kyng and take his part]
Burden to 250
61.   England glad thou be for thou might well eath [Engelond glad þou beo vor þou miȝt wel eþe]
Quatrain introducing the Life of St Thomas of Canterbury in London, British Library Stowe 949 copy of 6687; and in Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924) and London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX copies of 1507
62.   England is good land
DIMEV 1192 Witnesses: 1
Verses in praise of England, in Trevisa’s trans of Higden’s Polychronicon, Book I, ch. 41, translating Trevisa’s verses, ‘Anglia terra ferax et fertilis angulus orbis…’ — twenty couplets, partly prosified
63.   England is right good I ween it is land best
DIMEV 1193 Witnesses: 7
Robert of Gloucester: Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle
64.   England is right good I ween it is land best
DIMEV 1194 Witnesses: 7
Robert of Gloucester: Chronicle
65.   England is right good I ween it is land best
DIMEV 1195 Witnesses: 1
Robert of Gloucester: Chronicle
66.   England now rejoice for joyous may thou be [England, now rejoysse, for joyous may thou bee]
Burden to 4007
67.   England well glad thou be for thou might well ethe [Engelond wel glad þu be for þu miȝt wel eþe]
DIMEV 0.728 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 728; now included in 1507, 6687.
68.   England with the sea compassed about
DIMEV 1196 Witnesses: 1
Brief political prophecy appended to Thomas of Erceldoune’s Prophecy in one manuscript — three couplets alternating with prose
69.   English man Italianate
DIMEV 1197 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of verse — fragments of one couplet
70.   En Jesu roi sovereign
DIMEV 1189 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress — nine quatrains
71.   Enok first with a benign cheer
DIMEV 1198 Witnesses: 2
Pageant verses by Enok and Eli at the return of Henry VI to London, A.D. 1432, in Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VII, Septima Pars, Henrici Sexti — two stanzas rhyme royal
72.   Ensamples fair ye find in nature [Ensamples fayre ye fynde in nature]
See 1237
73.   Entirely beloved and most in my mind
DIMEV 1199 Witnesses: 1
An affirmation of devotion to his mistress, a love epistle — thirty-two lines in quatrains
74.   Eoves here wonede and was swain [Eoves her wonede ant was swon]
DIMEV 0.729.3 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 729.3: Evesham, museum, Seal of Evesham Abbey: omitted because text predates 1200
75.   Ere Christ God Son of time was come [Ar criste god sune of tyme was come / Sathanas…]
See 729.2
76.   Ere Christ into clouds gan flyeth up so swiftly
DIMEV 1200 Witnesses: 1
Farnelay: How the Apostles made the Creed
77.   Erecting my sight toward the zodiac
DIMEV 1203 Witnesses: 3
John Skelton: The garlande of Laurell
78.   Ere ne couth I sorrow none
DIMEV 1201 Witnesses: 1
The Prisoner’s Prayer
79.   Ere the fulfilling of time was come / Satan had all the folk I-nome
DIMEV 1202 Witnesses: 8
Ratio quare presens opus incipiat dominicam primam aduentusdomini
80.   Esperaunce en dieu
DIMEV 1204 Witnesses: 1
William Peers
81.   Espy well ere thou speak [Aspy well or thow speke]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 49-50) of 5530
82.   Eternal God Father of light
DIMEV 1205 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman (?)
83.   Eternal laud to God greatest of might
DIMEV 1206 Witnesses: 1
Bartholomeus Anglicus; John Trevisa: De Proprietatibus Rerum
84.   Eternal Maker of all o God on live
DIMEV 1207 Witnesses: 1
‘Eterne rerum conditor’
85.   Etheldreda of Ely good maid was and hende [Eþeldrede of ely gode mayde was & hende]
See 4591
86.   Et lux perpetua / Et lux perpetua luceat eis
Refrain to 3921
87.   Et nobis puer natus est
Refrain to 4514
88.   Euixa est puerpera…
Refrain to 127
89.   Euixa est puerpera / Quem gabriell predixerat / Quem matris alno gestiens / Clausus Johannes senserat
Refrain to 127
90.   Euphemia that was fair of face
DIMEV 1208 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
91.   Evarist the holy pope so I understand
DIMEV 1209 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
92.   Even as merry as I make might
DIMEV 1210 Witnesses: 1
A letter by a lady to her real love — four quatrains
93.   Even as you list [Even as you lyst]
See 1339
94.   Ever and o for my love I am in great thought [Ever and o for my leof ich am in grete thoghte]
Refrain to 3136
95.   Ever and o night and day He haveth us in His thought [Ever and o night and day he haveth us in his thoghte]
Refrain to 3137
96.   Ever as man liveth longer
DIMEV 1211 Witnesses: 1
Aphorism translating Latin ‘Quanto longiorem paciencam ante iudicium &c
97.   Ever at the end [Euer at the end / wrong wyll wende]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 13-14) copy of 5530
98.   Ever beginneth our tale
DIMEV 1212 Witnesses: 1
A couplet tag in a Latin sermon on confession
99.   Ever cursed be that man
DIMEV 1213 Witnesses: 1
William Womyndham OSA
100.   Ever in one with my due attendance
DIMEV 1214 Witnesses: 1
The Faithful Lover — one 8-line stanza
101.   Ever is six the best chance of the dice
DIMEV 1215 Witnesses: 11
A political prophecy according to the throw of the dice — in couplets
102.   Ever is the eye to the wood lay / Therein is that I love
DIMEV 1216 Witnesses: 3
Ancrene Riwle
103.   Everlasting love to me I have taken
DIMEV 1220 Witnesses: 2
Humfrey Newton
104.   Everlasting wealth without discomfiture
DIMEV 1221 Witnesses: 1
Acrostic on Elisabetha Timwaw, Queen to Henry VII — 16 lines
105.   Ever longer the worse
DIMEV 1217 Witnesses: 3
A proverbial couplet
106.   Ever man maketh man [Euyr man maketh man]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 47-48) copy of 5530
107.   Evermore
See also ‘ever more’ (as two words)
108.   Ever more
See ‘evermore’ (as one word)
109.   Ever more exalted be Thou Lord on high
DIMEV 1218 Witnesses: 1
John Walton; Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae
110.   Evermore flee discord and hate [Euermore fle dyscorde and hate…]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 31-32) copy of 5530
111.   Evermore shall the six be the best cast of the dice [Euermore schalle the 6 be the best cast of the dyce]
See 1215
112.   Evermore wheresoever I be [Evermore wheresoeuer I be / The dred off deth do troble me]
Burden to 634
113.   Ever sovereign sweet sweetest in sight
DIMEV 1219 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
114.   Ever the higher that thou art [Euer the hyer that thow ert…]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 73-74) copy of 5530
115.   Ever to thank God of all [Euer to þonke god of al]
Refrain to 925.
116.   Ever was and ever shall
DIMEV 1219.5 Witnesses: 1
A couplet in rubric inserted into a decorative feature of a catchword in a Wycliffite Bible.
117.   Every cuckolds door standeth an-inne
DIMEV 1222 Witnesses: 1
A song alluded to in a Latin sermon
118.   Every day before you go to your bede
DIMEV 1223 Witnesses: 1
George Ashby: Dicta et opiniones diversorum philosophorum
119.   Every day me comes tidings three [Heuerei deg me comez tiþings þre]
DIMEV 0.738.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 738.5: see Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 258 copy of 1157.
120.   Every day thou might lere
DIMEV 1224 Witnesses: 1
Think on Doomsday — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Gay gay gay gay / Think on drydful domisday’
121.   Every freeman hath to be hend
DIMEV 1225 Witnesses: 1
An exhortation to liberality — four monorhyming lines
122.   Every man and woman hath great need
DIMEV 1226 Witnesses: 2
‘Sex obseruanda omni Christiano in extremis’
123.   Every man delighteth highly in his degree
DIMEV 1227 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary — five stanzas rhyme royal
124.   Every man in his degree
DIMEV 1228 Witnesses: 1
‘For few be trew to tryst vpon’
125.   Every man may not have his lust [Euery man may nat haue hys lyst…]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 79-80) copy of 5530
126.   Every manner creature / Disposed unto gentilesse
DIMEV 1230 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: A Lover’s Lament
127.   Every man should teach this lore
DIMEV 1229 Witnesses: 2
The Ten Commandments — twelve quatrains
128.   Every man that hath his mind with liberum arbitrium [Euery man þat haþ his mynde with liberum arbitrium]
DIMEV 0.745 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 745; see Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 669/646 copy of 2460.
129.   Every man with good intent [Euery man with good entent / Kepe well crystys…]
See 1229
130.   Every night there a cock
DIMEV 1231 Witnesses: 13
John Trevisa; Ranulf Higden: Polychronicon
131.   Every preacher / Is Gods harper
DIMEV 1232 Witnesses: 1
Praise of preachers, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
132.   Evil ghosts well thou wit [Evyl gostes wel thu wete]
Narratio S. Augustini’ — really a section of the ‘Merita Misse.’ See 3242
133.   Evil men God they seeken [Vuele men goid þe siechen]
DIMEV 1233 Witnesses: 1
On the need of evil men to seek God, as other needy men seek their remedies, translating ‘Viri mali requirunt dominum…’ — five couplets
134.   Evil mote he speed / where that he go [Yul mowth he spede / where þat he go]
DIMEV 0.748 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 748; see 2434
135.   Example here of verily
DIMEV 1234 Witnesses: 3
Northern Homily Cycle
136.   Example may we read and see / Of Jerusalem…
DIMEV 1235 Witnesses: 5
Speculum Christiani
137.   Example sending to you root of gentleness
DIMEV 1236 Witnesses: 1
An epistle written by a lover to his mistress — four stanzas rhyme royal
138.   Examples fair ye find in nature
DIMEV 1237 Witnesses: 1
‘A Woman’s Reply to Her Lover’ — thirteen stanzas rhyme royal
139.   Excellent sovereign seemly to see
DIMEV 1238 Witnesses: 1
Duke of York (?)
140.   Excess in eating and drinking
DIMEV 1239 Witnesses: 1
Three evils of the times, rhyming phrases in an English prose homily — three monorhyming lines
141.   Excess of thought does me mischief [Exces of thocht dois me mischeif]
Refrain to 5058
142.   Exilium is contrary to his joying
DIMEV 1240 Witnesses: 1
On the casting of the dice according to the signs of the Zodiac — eleven irregular rhyming lines with some extra tags
143.   Ex illibata virgine
Refrain to 5901
144.   Experience showeth the world is variable [Experience shewith the wourld is varyable]
Refrain to 6058
145.   Experience though none auctoritee
DIMEV 1242 Witnesses: 58
Geoffrey Chaucer: Wife of Bath’s Prologue
146.   Exultet celum laudibus
Variant burden to 2481 (London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript])
147.   Eya Jhesus hodie / Natus est de uirgine
Burden to 859
148.   Eya martir Stephane
Burden to 4235
149.   Eyen to seeing
DIMEV 1243 Witnesses: 1
Saint Jerome; John Grimestone