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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 man think for to speed [Euch mon þenche for to spede]
Burden to 4895
7.   Each mans appetite who may recompense
DIMEV 1161 Witnesses: 1
Tastes differ — one stanza rhyme royal
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: 18
‘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.   Edward our comely king
DIMEV 1173.5 Witnesses: 1
Laurence Minot
30.   Edward the Third that was king of this land
DIMEV 1174 Witnesses: 17
John Hardyng: Metrical Chronicle (Hardyng)
31.   Edwardes dei gracia
Refrain to 4886
32.   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
33.   Eftsoons yet John as he did ere
DIMEV 1175 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
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.   En Jesu roi sovereign
DIMEV 1189 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress — nine quatrains
54.   Endless manship that rotteth not [Eneles manschepe þat rotyth not]
Alternate incipit to 3399
55.   Enemy Herod thou wicked king
DIMEV 1190 Witnesses: 1
‘Hostis Herodes impie’
56.   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
57.   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
58.   Enforce yourself as gods knight [Enforce yourselfe as goddis knyght]
Burden to 5014
59.   Engendered in
DIMEV 1191 Witnesses: 1
An alchemical poem
60.   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
61.   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
62.   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
63.   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
64.   England is right good I ween it is land best
DIMEV 1193 Witnesses: 7
Robert of Gloucester: Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle
65.   England is right good I ween it is land best
DIMEV 1194 Witnesses: 7
Robert of Gloucester: Chronicle
66.   England is right good I ween it is land best
DIMEV 1195 Witnesses: 1
Robert of Gloucester: Chronicle
67.   England now rejoice for joyous may thou be [England, now rejoysse, for joyous may thou bee]
Burden to 4007
68.   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.
69.   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
70.   English man Italianate
DIMEV 1197 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of verse — fragments of one couplet
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.   Ere ne couth I sorrow none
DIMEV 1201 Witnesses: 1
The Prisoner’s Prayer
78.   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
79.   Erecting my sight toward the zodiac
DIMEV 1203 Witnesses: 3
John Skelton: The garlande of Laurell
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.   Et lux perpetua / Et lux perpetua luceat eis
Refrain to 3921
83.   Et nobis puer natus est
Refrain to 4514
84.   Eternal God Father of light
DIMEV 1205 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman (?)
85.   Eternal laud to God greatest of might
DIMEV 1206 Witnesses: 1
Bartholomeus Anglicus; John Trevisa: De Proprietatibus Rerum
86.   Eternal Maker of all o God on live
DIMEV 1207 Witnesses: 1
‘Eterne rerum conditor’
87.   Etheldreda of Ely good maid was and hende [Eþeldrede of ely gode mayde was & hende]
See 4591
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.   Ever longer the worse
DIMEV 1217 Witnesses: 3
A proverbial couplet
104.   Ever man maketh man [Euyr man maketh man]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 47-48) copy of 5530
105.   Ever more
See ‘evermore’ (as one word)
106.   Ever more exalted be Thou Lord on high
DIMEV 1218 Witnesses: 1
John Walton; Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae
107.   Ever sovereign sweet sweetest in sight
DIMEV 1219 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
108.   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
109.   Ever to thank God of all [Euer to þonke god of al]
Refrain to 925.
110.   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.
111.   Everlasting love to me I have taken
DIMEV 1220 Witnesses: 2
Humfrey Newton
112.   Everlasting wealth without discomfiture
DIMEV 1221 Witnesses: 1
Acrostic on Elisabetha Timwaw, Queen to Henry VII — 16 lines
113.   Evermore
See also ‘ever more’ (as two words)
114.   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
115.   Evermore shall the six be the best cast of the dice [Euermore schalle the 6 be the best cast of the dyce]
See 1215
116.   Evermore wheresoever I be [Evermore wheresoeuer I be / The dred off deth do troble me]
Burden to 634
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 man should teach this lore
DIMEV 1229 Witnesses: 2
The Ten Commandments — twelve quatrains
127.   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.
128.   Every man with good intent [Euery man with good entent / Kepe well crystys…]
See 1229
129.   Every manner creature / Disposed unto gentilesse
DIMEV 1230 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: A Lover’s Lament
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.   Ex illibata virgine
Refrain to 5901
136.   Example here of verily
DIMEV 1234 Witnesses: 3
Northern Homily Cycle
137.   Example may we read and see / Of Jerusalem…
DIMEV 1235 Witnesses: 5
Speculum Christiani
138.   Example sending to you root of gentleness
DIMEV 1236 Witnesses: 1
An epistle written by a lover to his mistress — four stanzas rhyme royal
139.   Examples fair ye find in nature
DIMEV 1237 Witnesses: 1
‘A Woman’s Reply to Her Lover’ — thirteen stanzas rhyme royal
140.   Excellent sovereign seemly to see
DIMEV 1238 Witnesses: 1
Duke of York (?)
141.   Excess in eating and drinking
DIMEV 1239 Witnesses: 1
Three evils of the times, rhyming phrases in an English prose homily — three monorhyming lines
142.   Excess of thought does me mischief [Exces of thocht dois me mischeif]
Refrain to 5058
143.   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
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