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Found Records:
1.   I always search and never find
DIMEV 2097 Witnesses: 1
A Riddle poem about time — five lines, abacc
2.   I am a child and born full bare / And bare out of this world shall fare
DIMEV 2098 Witnesses: 1
‘When I think on my Ending Day’
3.   I am afeared lo what I see
DIMEV 2103 Witnesses: 2
‘les trois vivants et les trois morts’
4.   I am a fool I can no good
DIMEV 2099 Witnesses: 1
Amor fatuus’ — eight lines, rhyming couplets and a quatrain, abab.
5.   I am aghast me thinketh I see [Ich am agast me þinket i se / þat ȝonder stonde deuelen þre]
See London, British Library Yates Thompson 13 [olim Taymouth Hours; olim Ashburnham App. (?)230; olim Yates Thompson 57] copy of 2103
6.   I am a hart I am no hare
DIMEV 2100 Witnesses: 1
Riddle of the hart and hare — four couplets
7.   I am a jolly forester [I am a joly foster]
Burden to 6503
8.   I am aknow [I am a-knowe / and wot ryght well]
See 6716
9.   I am Alexander that conquered to Paradise gate
DIMEV 2104 Witnesses: 1
Richard Kaye: The Nine Worthies
10.   I am as I am and so I will be
DIMEV 2105 Witnesses: 5
Thomas Wyatt (attrib.)
11.   I am as light as any roe [I am as lyght as any roe]
Burden to 6033
12.   I am a woman I may be bold
DIMEV 2101 Witnesses: 1
A wanton’s desires — five couplets and a 10-line heading, abbreviated in repetition as pseudo-burden
13.   I am a worm and no man
DIMEV 2102 Witnesses: 3
A couplet in a Latin sermon, translating Psalm 22:6
14.   I am beginning and end that made each creature
DIMEV 2106 Witnesses: 1
Speech of the Father of Heaven at the Pageant celebrating the marriage of Prince Arthur to Princess Catherine — four stanzas rhyme royal
15.   I am beguiled of a wight that works me woe
DIMEV 2107 Witnesses: 1
Lament of the rejected lover — 37 lines in 6-line stanzas with an ‘O’ and ‘I’ refrain
16.   I am bliss of mickle light
DIMEV 2108 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
17.   I am called Childhood in play is all my mind
DIMEV 2109 Witnesses: 1
Thomas More
18.   I am coming toward your bride
DIMEV 2110 Witnesses: 1
A ‘sotelty’ for a bridal feast — three irregular lines
19.   I am despised as man forsake
DIMEV 2111 Witnesses: 1
Lament of a sinner — five couplets translating Latin hexameters which appear on an imago humilis
20.   I am diseased and all forshend
DIMEV 2112 Witnesses: 4
A single couplet in a Latin homily for Good Friday
21.   I am elder than I was of winter and of lore
DIMEV 2113 Witnesses: 7
‘Poema Morale’
22.   I am fell and mercy have none
DIMEV 2114 Witnesses: 1
Death’s warnings to man — three couplets separated by Latin prose in Sermones 13
23.   I am gracious and great God withouten beginning
DIMEV 2115 Witnesses: 2
The York Plays
24.   I am here Sir Christmas [I am here syre cristemasse]
See 1128
25.   I am he that hath you daily served
DIMEV 2116 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a love song — four lines
26.   I am he that will not flee
DIMEV 2117 Witnesses: 2
English couplet translating ‘Ego sum illy quy non youlte fugere da mychi bacoulum par carytatye
27.   I am Honour whom folk of every degree
DIMEV 2118 Witnesses: 1
‘The speche of Honour’ at the Pageant celebrating the marriage between Prince Arthur and Princess Catharine — four stanzas rhyme royal
28.   I am Jesu that come to fight
DIMEV 2119 Witnesses: 1
Jesus, Man’s Champion — two quatrains
29.   I am Mayus that is both young and sheen
DIMEV 2120 Witnesses: 1
English couplets on illustrations of the months of the year
30.   I am Mercury the mighty Flos Florum
DIMEV 2121 Witnesses: 18
Sapientia Patris
31.   I am Michael of Arras
DIMEV 2122 Witnesses: 1
A couplet tag
32.   I am not for this thing tho
DIMEV 2123 Witnesses: 1
On man’s mortality(?)
33.   I am not he that you would fain see
DIMEV 2124 Witnesses: 1
A riddle — two couplets
34.   I am not unkind to love as I find
DIMEV 2125 Witnesses: 1
One line of a love lyric added to flyleaf of a Psalter
35.   I am now in prison
DIMEV 2126 Witnesses: 1
The prisoner’s lament — four short lines
36.   I am of Ireland [Icham of Irlaunde / Ant of the holy londe / Of Irlande]
Burden to 1647
37.   I am old when age doth appeal
DIMEV 2127 Witnesses: 1
The trials of old men in love — one 8-line stanza
38.   I am Rose woe is me
DIMEV 2128 Witnesses: 1
A woman’s lament — four short lines translating Latin version preceding, heu iii qui rosa…
39.   I am sore astoned when I remember me
DIMEV 2129 Witnesses: 1
Francesco Petrarch: Secretum
40.   I am sorry for her sake
DIMEV 2130 Witnesses: 2
A Lover’s sad plight — three quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘Care away, away, away / Murnynge away / Y am forsake another ys take / No more murne yc may’
41.   I am that one I would all wist
DIMEV 2131 Witnesses: 1
On Nought — six couplets
42.   I am thirsty full dry I will
See 1372
43.   Iam Veni Coronaberis
Refrain to 1048
44.   I am walked in a way
DIMEV 2132 Witnesses: 1
Daily reminder of death — one couplet
45.   I am wedder
DIMEV 2133 Witnesses: 1
Words of the ‘weddere’ — four monorhyming lines translating ‘Ego sum ille cui aliqua nubet…’ which follows
46.   I asked Philosophy how I should
DIMEV 2135 Witnesses: 1
Three impossibilities — 5 couplets
47.   I ask this soul for to win
DIMEV 2134 Witnesses: 1
Verses in a Latin miraculum beatae Mariae — sixteen lines in couplets, interspersed in Latin prose
48.   I believe in God Father in heaven
DIMEV 2136 Witnesses: 1
The Creed — twenty couplets
49.   I believe in God the Father almighty
DIMEV 2137 Witnesses: 1
The Creed — two stanzas rhyme royal
50.   I believe on God in persons three
DIMEV 2138 Witnesses: 1
The Creed — five stanzas rhyme royal
51.   I believe that Christ was born of Mary the Virgin
DIMEV 2139 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic paraphrase of the Creed — eleven 8-line stanzas
52.   I beseech all people far and near
DIMEV 2140 Witnesses: 1
An epitaph, A.D. 1445 — eight lines
53.   I beseech the Holy Ghost this place that here is set
DIMEV 2141 Witnesses: 1
Charm/prayer against thieves — four lines
54.   I beshrew you by my fay
DIMEV 2142 Witnesses: 1
John Skelton
55.   I betake the Holy Ghost this place here I-set
DIMEV 2143 Witnesses: 1
A charm against thieves — 16 lines, in couplets
56.   I-blessed be Christs sonde
DIMEV 2339 Witnesses: 1
‘God spede the plowe alle way’
57.   I-blessed be God over all thing
DIMEV 2340 Witnesses: 1
Rejoice in God’s Mercy — two couplets translating the portion of the psalm ‘Benedictus deus qui non amouit orationem meam’, which precedes it
58.   I-blessed be that Lord in magesty [Iblessid be þat lord in mageste / Qui natus fuit hodie]
Burden to 5152
59.   I-blessed be thou lady full of heaven bliss
DIMEV 2341 Witnesses: 2
An orison to the Virgin Mary — five monorhyming quatrains
60.   I boast and brag ay with the best
DIMEV 2144 Witnesses: 17
Speculum Christiani (Quarta Tabula)
61.   I-bore and ever before of ancestry
DIMEV 2342 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s supremacy — one couplet in a Latin sermon Dominus hiis opus habet
62.   I bring tidings that be full true [I bryng tydyngys thatte be fulle tru]
Burden to 471
63.   I can be wanton and if I will
DIMEV 2145 Witnesses: 1
I can be wanton — six cross-rhyming quatrains
64.   I can find no man now that will inquire
DIMEV 2146 Witnesses: 1
Peter Idley: Instruction
65.   I can not half the woe complain
DIMEV 2147 Witnesses: 1
Richard Beauchamp, earl of Warwick: ‘Balade made of Isabelle, Countasse of War[rewyk] and Lady Despenser, by Richard Beauchamp, Eorlle of Warrewyk’
66.   I can not know a A fro a B
DIMEV 2148 Witnesses: 1
Complaint of the illiterate against his teacher — one couplet
67.   I cannot stay my hasty pen
DIMEV 2149 Witnesses: 1
The lost Rose, a lover’s lament, c. 1550 — nine quatrains (abab) lacking opening words
68.   I come from the wedlock as a sweet spouse [I come vram þe wedlok ad a suete spouse]
DIMEV 0.1289 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1289; now included as second portion of 2261
69.   I command all the rattons that are here about
DIMEV 2150 Witnesses: 2
Charm against Rats — twenty-one irregular lines
70.   I command silence in the pain of forfeiture
DIMEV 2151 Witnesses: 1
The Digby Play of Mary Magdalene
71.   I complain me sore when I remember me
DIMEV 2152 Witnesses: 1
Advice to follow virtue in youth — eleven eight-line stanzas
72.   I conjure the loathly beast with that ilk spear
DIMEV 2153 Witnesses: 1
A charm for the tooth-ache — 14 lines, 5 couplets plus 4 unrhymed lines
73.   I conjure them in the name of the father
DIMEV 2155 Witnesses: 1
A charm against thieves — in couplets
74.   I conjure the wound belive
DIMEV 2154 Witnesses: 8
A charm against a wound — fourteen lines in couplets
75.   I counsel whatsoever thou be
DIMEV 2156 Witnesses: 12
John Lydgate: ‘Consulo quisque eris’
76.   I counsel you both more and less [Y concell yow both more and lasse]
See 5392
77.   I count his conquest great
DIMEV 2157 Witnesses: 1
Let Reason defeat Will
78.   I cry thee mercy and leisure to repent [I cry the mercy and lasar to repent]
Refrain to 6021
79.   I dare not say when she sayeth peace [I dar not seyȝ quan che seȝt pes]
Refrain to 6875
80.   I dark I dare so will I may [I drukke I dare so wil I may / Quan I thynke on myn endyng day]
Burden to 2098
81.   I deal his bin[?] tache [Ic del his bin teche]
DIMEV 2158 Witnesses: 1
An English couplet in a Latin story about a boy with an ulcerated hand
82.   I die for sorrow I pain for thought
DIMEV 2159 Witnesses: 1
Words of a dying sinner — three lines
83.   I do you to witting without fail
DIMEV 2160 Witnesses: 1
John of Bromyard
84.   I Edward King
DIMEV 2161 Witnesses: 2
‘Charta Sancti Edwardi Regis de concessione ballivae suae’
85.   I eschew to climb too high aloft
DIMEV 2162 Witnesses: 1
The Golden mean — one couplet
86.   If all that the wolf unto a priest wrought [If al that the wolf unto a preeste worthe]
See 5887
87.   If all the earth were parchment scribable
DIMEV 2346 Witnesses: 3
The Remedy of Love
88.   If a man or woman more or less / In his head have great…
DIMEV 2343 Witnesses: 6
A collection of medical receipts — in couplets
89.   If any man ask a question of thee
DIMEV 2347 Witnesses: 1
One quatrain against hasty tongue
90.   If any man asketh who made this cry
DIMEV 2348 Witnesses: 1
A couplet on the rebellion of 1469
91.   If any person steal this book
DIMEV 2349 Witnesses: 1
A Book Plate — three lines
92.   If any thieves come nigh
DIMEV 2350 Witnesses: 1
Prayer and conjuration against thieves — four couplets plus two line Latin conjuration
93.   If anything amiss be
DIMEV 2351 Witnesses: 1
Scribe’s plea not to be blamed for deficiencies — two couplets
94.   If a thought come to thine heart
DIMEV 2344 Witnesses: 1
Be well advised before acting or speaking — one quatrain
95.   If a young woman had a hundred men take
DIMEV 2345 Witnesses: 1
‘A good medesyn yff a mayd have lost her madenhed to make her a mayd ageyn’
96.   If capud come of capio
DIMEV 2352 Witnesses: 1
A schoolboy’s conjugation/declension rhyme — two quatrains (abcb, abab)
97.   If Christmas day on the Monday be
DIMEV 2353 Witnesses: 1
Prognostics from the day on which Christmas falls: the Monday section only — six 6-line stanzas
98.   If death would come and shew his face
DIMEV 2354 Witnesses: 1
Preparation of death — 15 eight-line stanzas
99.   If ever this book done take his flight
DIMEV 2355 Witnesses: 1
Stephen Batman
100.   If excellent of wit of grace of good virtue
DIMEV 2356 Witnesses: 3
Epitaph of the Emperor Frederick, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, translating a Latin couplet that precedes it, Septima Pars, Henrici Tercii — one stanza rhyme royal
101.   If God send thee plenteously riches
DIMEV 2357 Witnesses: 1
‘Nolite cor apponere’
102.   If hope nere heart would to-burst [ȝyf hope nere hert wolde to berste]
See 2072
103.   If I be wanton I wot well why [If I be wanton I wotte well why]
See 2101
104.   If I could make my wanton wishes flee
DIMEV 2358 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
105.   If I had cunning and eloquence
DIMEV 2359 Witnesses: 1
Osbern Bokenham: ‘Life of St. Anne’
106.   If I had space now for to write
DIMEV 2360 Witnesses: 1
The lover’s pains — one 8-line tail-rhyme stanza
107.   If I had wit for to indite
DIMEV 2361 Witnesses: 3
‘My hart she hath and euer shall’
108.   If I held the low assize
DIMEV 2362 Witnesses: 1
Politic counsels — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Lord how scholde I roule me / Of al men I preysyd to be’
109.   If I lie backbite or steal / If I curse scorn or swear
DIMEV 2363 Witnesses: 2
A lesson to be kept in mind by a virtuous child — eighteen lines in couplets
110.   If I love in thee
DIMEV 2364 Witnesses: 1
De dilectione cadus
111.   I find written a noble story [I ffynde wretyn a noble story]
See 2777
112.   If in this journey thou wilt go
DIMEV 2367 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
113.   If I sing ye will me lack
DIMEV 2365 Witnesses: 1
‘For sothe I may not synge’
114.   If it befall that God thee list visit
DIMEV 2371 Witnesses: 3
Balade de bone counseyle
115.   If it be lost and you it find
DIMEV 2368 Witnesses: 2
A book plate — two couplets
116.   If it be so that leeches do thee fail
DIMEV 2369 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: ‘Dietary’
117.   If it be so that ye so cruel be
DIMEV 2370 Witnesses: 1
Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde
118.   If it please you your kisses for to sell
DIMEV 2372 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
119.   If it so betide
DIMEV 2373 Witnesses: 1
God’s curse on a witch — one quatrain (aabb) translating ‘Si tibi contingat epialpes te priuet ipsum…’, which follows
120.   If it were not [Yf yt ware not]
Refrain to 3671
121.   If I were in my castel of Bungey
DIMEV 2366 Witnesses: 1
Hugh Bigot’s defiance of Henry III — a popular quatrain
122.   If love of parents may allure
DIMEV 2374 Witnesses: 1
Chose God instead of wordly goods — one quatrain (abab)
123.   If love reigned as it hath been
DIMEV 2375 Witnesses: 1
Henry VIII (attrib.)
124.   If lust or anger do thy mind assail
DIMEV 2376 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Lower
125.   I fly / Constrained am I / With weeping eyes / To mourn and plain
DIMEV 2163 Witnesses: 1
No comfort without his mistress — in short lines
126.   If man him bethought
DIMEV 2377 Witnesses: 1
A remembrance of Mortality — five couplets
127.   If my husband gives not
DIMEV 2378 Witnesses: 1
A woman’s view of marriage, citing sayings ‘Contra matrimonium’, first in French, then these in English — four monorhyming lines.
128.   If no love is O God what feel I so
DIMEV 2379 Witnesses: 3
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘Song of Troilus’
129.   If only sight suffice
DIMEV 2381 Witnesses: 1
The lover struggles against jealousy and envy — eight quatrains
130.   If on the rocks of Scylla and Charybdis I do chance
DIMEV 2380 Witnesses: 1
To his mistress — three long couplets
131.   If prayer or meed
DIMEV 2382 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
132.   If Saint Pauls day be fair and clear
DIMEV 2383 Witnesses: 9
Prognostics for weather from St. Paul’s Day — four couplets
133.   If Saint Pauls day be fair and clear [Giff sanct Paullis day be fair and cleir]
DIMEV 0.1426.1 Witnesses: 0
See 3705-1
134.   If sin nere mercy nere none [ȝif sinne nere merci nere non]
See 3478
135.   If so be that leeches doon thee fail [If so be þat lechis doon þee faile]
See 2369
136.   If so were that ye know my woe truly
DIMEV 2384 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
137.   If that death would receive meed [Yef that dethe wold receue mede / Many wold ouerlede]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy (lines 91-92) of 5530
138.   If that he be a christian man [If that he be a crysten man]
See [Sir Eglamour], [de Worde, 1500] version of 2867
139.   If that lorel lords this understood
DIMEV 2385 Witnesses: 2
A treatise in reproof of worldiness in the clergy
140.   If that our faith and trust in God
DIMEV 2386 Witnesses: 1
Verses advising Christian living — two 4-line stanzas, abcb
141.   If that thou list for to intend / Of this book to hear legend
DIMEV 2387 Witnesses: 1
John Shirley: ‘Þe Prologue of þe kalundare of þis litell booke’ (Shirley)
142.   If the blind will have his boon
DIMEV 2388 Witnesses: 1
Christ and Mary, the sun and moon — two couplets in a Latin sermon
143.   If the leech be not in the town
DIMEV 2389 Witnesses: 1
What to do until the horse doctor comes — in couplets, about 8 lines legible
144.   If the lord biddeth flee
DIMEV 2390 Witnesses: 3
Nicholas Bozon: Contes moralisés
145.   If the sick be well kept
DIMEV 2391 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
146.   If the stone is one
DIMEV 2392 Witnesses: 9
John Trevisa; Ranulph Higden: v
147.   If they do so He will them save
DIMEV 2393 Witnesses: 1
Last forty-five lines of a description of Christ — in quatrains
148.   If thou art poor then art thou free
DIMEV 2394 Witnesses: 1
Wealth avails little — two couplets in a Latin sermon
149.   If thou art young then marry not a kit
DIMEV 2395 Witnesses: 1
Hendyng: The Proverbs of Hendyng
150.   If thou be I-cast adoun
DIMEV 2396 Witnesses: 1
Advice in a Latin sermon — twelve irregularly rhyming lines (ababcdefegch)
151.   If thou be Johan I tell it thee [If thou be johan I tell it the]
Burden to 5416
152.   If thou be rich and wise also
DIMEV 2397 Witnesses: 1
The fruits of pride — one quatrain occuring instead of 4409 in one manuscript of the Fasciculus morum, translating ‘Si tibi copia si sapientia formaque detur
153.   If thou be rich and wise in lore
DIMEV 2398 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
154.   If thou be stalwart fare thou
DIMEV 2399 Witnesses: 1
Practical counsel — four lines (much faded)
155.   If thou comes to the flood
DIMEV 2400 Witnesses: 1
Hendyng: The Proverbs of Hendyng
156.   If thou comest to Me
DIMEV 2401 Witnesses: 1
Christ the Defender — four couplets interspersed in an exemplum based on the Gesta Romanorum in a Latin sermon
157.   If thou feast him deliciously then he will sleep
DIMEV 2402 Witnesses: 1
The nature of Man — two couplets
158.   If thou flee idleness
DIMEV 2403 Witnesses: 1
‘Ouidius de remedio amoris’
159.   If thou givest him eaten enough then must him sleepen
DIMEV 2404 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
160.   If thou my true lover will be
DIMEV 2405 Witnesses: 1
A couplet on a scroll attached to a picture of the Christ Child in the lap of the Virgin
161.   If thou seekest love and wilt Him find
DIMEV 2406 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
162.   If thou serve a lord of price / Be not too boistous…
DIMEV 2407 Witnesses: 1
‘Seruyse is non erytage’
163.   If thou thy life in sin have led
DIMEV 2408 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
164.   If thou will have Gods grace [Yef thow wyll haue goddes grace]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 71-72) copy of 5530
165.   If thou wilt been rich or cleped holy
DIMEV 2410 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
166.   If thou wilt been strong in fight
DIMEV 2411 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
167.   If thou wilt be good and holy
DIMEV 2409 Witnesses: 1
Moral precepts preceding a mystical prose devotion in style of Rolle
168.   If Thou wilt do Gods lore
DIMEV 1436.1 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
169.   If thou wilt eschew bitter adventure
DIMEV 2412 Witnesses: 1
How to avoid heartbreak — one cross-rhymed quatrain
170.   If thou wilt fleen lechery
DIMEV 2413 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
171.   If thou wilt go in to the parts of the east
DIMEV 2414 Witnesses: 1
Prognostics by the moon for a journey — four couplets
172.   If thou wilt live purely
DIMEV 2415 Witnesses: 1
Moral advice for those who wish to be accepted into heaven — five monorhyming lines
173.   If thou wilt not hear
DIMEV 2416 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
174.   If thou wilt right well for to speed
DIMEV 2417 Witnesses: 1
On invoking divine help — one couplet at the beginning of an English prose alchemical tract
175.   If thou wilt this work begin
DIMEV 2418 Witnesses: 1
Geber: On the Virtue of the Planets and of the Philosopher’s Stone
176.   If thou wilt worship singularly
DIMEV 2419 Witnesses: 1
‘An exortacion…to excyte euery crystyn creature to worshyp euery drope of blood that oure blessyd and mercyfull Lord Ihus shed’
177.   If thou wise be will / Six keep thou which I thee ken
DIMEV 2420 Witnesses: 4
Book of Vices and Virtues
178.   If thou would have in mind how brutal is thy kind
DIMEV 2421 Witnesses: 1
On transitoriness of mortal life — three long monorhyming lines
179.   If thy bond is ill [[?þ]yf þy bonde ys ylle / Held þy tonge stille
Concluding couplet to 4786
180.   If thy goods will it been thine
DIMEV 2422 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
181.   If thy horse have four white feet give him to thy foe
DIMEV 2423 Witnesses: 1
The properties of a horse judged by white hooves — two long couplets
182.   If thy poor friend
DIMEV 2424 Witnesses: 1
Distichs
183.   If thy russet hood oppose my red hood
DIMEV 2425 Witnesses: 1
Translation of Latin, in a schoolbook — one couplet
184.   If word and deed agree
DIMEV 2426 Witnesses: 1
A single couplet
185.   If ye be lusty and of age
DIMEV 2427 Witnesses: 1
7-line stanza in rhyme royal
186.   If ye liven after the fleshes rede
DIMEV 2428 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
187.   If ye will to this medicine apply [Yf ye wolle to þys medycyn applye]
See 5095
188.   If ye will wit the property
DIMEV 2429 Witnesses: 2
A Morality of Wisdom
189.   If ye would love and loved be
DIMEV 2430 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar (attrib.): ‘Advyce to luvaris’
190.   I go to the meadow to milk my cow [I go to the medowe to mylke my cow]
See 3324
191.   I grace dieu queen and heavenly princess
DIMEV 2164 Witnesses: 9
Thomas Hoccleve: Pèlerinage de l’âme
192.   I had my silver and my friend
DIMEV 2165 Witnesses: 11
A warning against lending money — four monorhyming lines
193.   I had richesse I had my health
DIMEV 2166 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
194.   I hang on cross for love of thee [I hange on Cros for loue of þe]
See 2199
195.   I have a gentle cock
DIMEV 2167 Witnesses: 1
My gentle cock — five long couplets, or quatrains abcb
196.   I have a hole
DIMEV 2168 Witnesses: 1
‘A sheath’, a double-entendre riddle — two couplets
197.   I have a lady whereso she be
DIMEV 2169 Witnesses: 3
‘The Discryuyng of a fayre lady‘
198.   I have a love untrue
DIMEV 2170 Witnesses: 1
Christ laments unfaithful mankind, his love — three couplets in a Latin sermon Luna mutatur
199.   I have a mantle I-maked of cloth
DIMEV 2171 Witnesses: 1
A single line fragment of an English song
200.   I have a new garden and now is begun
DIMEV 2172 Witnesses: 1
An amorous encounter — six quatrains
201.   I have a thing and rough it is
DIMEV 2173 Witnesses: 1
‘A gloue’, a double-entendre riddle — two couplets
202.   I have a young sister far beyonden the sea
DIMEV 2174 Witnesses: 1
A riddling love-song — seven quatrains
203.   I have been a forester long and many a day
DIMEV 2175 Witnesses: 1
A ‘jolly forester’ song — two cross-rhymed quatrains with internal [middle rhymes with end] rhyme in second and fourth lines
204.   I have been a forester / Long and many a day
DIMEV 2176 Witnesses: 1
A ‘jolly forester’ song: the old lover — six 5-line stanzas
205.   I have been both far and near
DIMEV 2177 Witnesses: 1
A good cheer poem — one quatrain
206.   I have forgive take heed thereto / I charge that thou no more do so
DIMEV 2178 Witnesses: 1
Gesta Romanorum
207.   I have forgive thee all thing
DIMEV 2179 Witnesses: 1
Gesta Romanorum
208.   I have forsworn it while I live [I haue forsworne hit whil I life / To wake the well-ey]
Burden to 5369
209.   I have great marvel of a bird
DIMEV 2180 Witnesses: 1
On an unfaithful mistress — in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with refrain, ‘alas þat euer sho was unkynd’
210.   I have great wonder by this light
DIMEV 2181 Witnesses: 4
Geoffrey Chaucer: The Book of the Duchesse
211.   I have heard many men make their moan
DIMEV 2182 Witnesses: 1
Against lawyers — two couplets
212.   I have in heart and fresh in mind
DIMEV 2183 Witnesses: 2
‘My Sauyowr’
213.   I have in love and fresh in mind [I have in loue and freysch in mynde]
See 2183
214.   I have I-sought in many a side
DIMEV 2184 Witnesses: 1
A song of the well of Mercy — three quatrains and 4-line burden: ‘To many a will haue y go / To fynde water to washe me fro woo’ (repeated)
215.   I have labored sore and suffered death
DIMEV 2185 Witnesses: 1
Christ Triumphant — three couplets
216.   I have loved so many a day [I haue loued so many a day]
Burden to 5680
217.   I have none English convenient and digne
DIMEV 2186 Witnesses: 1
To My Soverain Lady
218.   I have now set my heart so high
DIMEV 2187 Witnesses: 1
A song of love to the Virgin Mary — two 12-line stanzas (ababababbcbc)
219.   I have set my heart so high
DIMEV 2188 Witnesses: 2
My Heart is set on the Love of Christ
220.   I have so long keep sheep on the green [Ie have so longe kepe schepe on the grene]
DIMEV 0.1312 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1312; see 6823
221.   I have sought many a day [I haue þe soghte many a day]
See 3936
222.   I have sought thee many a day
DIMEV 2189 Witnesses: 1
On the mercy of Christ in saving the dying man from the devil — three couplets
223.   I have sought thee many a day
DIMEV 2190 Witnesses: 1
Comments of death, a monk, and Christ, attached to a drawing of a deathbed scene — three couplets on scrolls
224.   I have the obit of my lady dear
DIMEV 2191 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
225.   I have to a seemly that I beset send mine sond selly set
DIMEV 2191.5 Witnesses: 1
One monorhymed quatrain (or two monorhymed quatrains) of alliterative verse, about the sending of a gift to a beloved.
226.   I have twelve oxen that be fair and brown
DIMEV 2192 Witnesses: 1
A poem about oxen, possibly erotic — four couplets and two-line refrain
227.   I heard a carping of a clerk
DIMEV 2194 Witnesses: 1
Robyn and Gandeleyn
228.   I heard a maiden weep / For her sons passion
DIMEV 2195 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Hours of the Cross — fourteen quatrains (abab)
229.   I heard an harping on a hill as I lay under lind
DIMEV 2197 Witnesses: 1
A chanson d’aventure song of the Passion with symbolic letters — six 6-line stanzas with ‘O and I’ refrain
230.   I heard a plaint of great pity
DIMEV 2196 Witnesses: 1
‘Alas that any kyndeman wantys gode’
231.   I heard men upon mold make much moan
DIMEV 2198 Witnesses: 1
The Song of the Husbandman
232.   I-heareth of one little tale that I you will tell
DIMEV 2431 Witnesses: 2
The Passion of Our Lord — 706 lines in couplets
233.   I-heareth of one thing [I-hereþ of one þinge / þat ye owen of þenche]
An introduction of sixteen lines in two MSS (Oxford, Jesus College 29 and London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.IX) to the poem on Death: see 5640
234.   I hear many people plain
DIMEV 2193 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: On Love and its Rewards
235.   Ihesus
See under ‘Jesu[s]’
236.   I hold him wise and well I-taught [I hold hym wyse and wel itaught / Can bar an horn and blow it nought]
Burden to 882
237.   I hold Hindburn here worthily water and wise in world as I ween
DIMEV 2198.5 Witnesses: 1
One quatrain (or twelve short lines?) of rhyming, alliterative verse, possibly about the Hindburn in Lancashire.
238.   I hung on the cross for love of thee
DIMEV 2199 Witnesses: 9
In cruce sum pro te’ (4 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus morum, translating ‘In cruce sum pro te qui peccas desine pro me / Desine do veniam dic culpam retraho penam’ which precedes them
239.   I John of Gaunt
DIMEV 2200 Witnesses: 1
A [?spurious] grant by John of Gaunt, granting the manors of Sutton and Potton to Sir Roger Burgoyne and his heirs — three doggerel couplets
240.   I Joseph wonder how this may be
DIMEV 2201 Witnesses: 1
Joseph’s Trouble about Mary
241.   I Julius Caesar your high emperor
DIMEV 2202 Witnesses: 1
On the three worthies: Julius Caesar, Alexander, and Hector — three quatrains
242.   I Katherine of the court celestial
DIMEV 2203 Witnesses: 1
‘The speche of Saynt Kateryn’
243.   I King Athelstan [Ich king Athestane]
See 6767
244.   I knowledge to God with very contrition
DIMEV 2206 Witnesses: 1
A general Confession — eleven stanzas rhyme royal
245.   I knowledge to the God full of might
DIMEV 2207 Witnesses: 1
A general Confession — twenty-eight couplets
246.   I know of no thing
DIMEV 2204 Witnesses: 1
Verse introduction to 6513 — 15 lines, generally in couplets, derived from Rolle
247.   I know to the god full of might
DIMEV 2205 Witnesses: 1
The Lay Folks’ Mass Book
248.   I laid my ware a buckler broad [I leyde my ware a bogeler brode]
See 719
249.   I languish and cry in my default
DIMEV 2208 Witnesses: 1
Lament, c. 30 lines of verse in rough couplets, written in 11 lines as if prose
250.   I Leofric for the love of thee
DIMEV 2209 Witnesses: 1
Couplet commemorating ride of Lady Godiva
251.   I leve in God Almighty Father
DIMEV 2210 Witnesses: 1
The Creed — eleven couplets
252.   I leve on our holy dright
DIMEV 2211 Witnesses: 1
On the Creed — 14 couplets
253.   Ilk a finger has a name as men their fingers call [Ilke a fyngir has a name als men thaire fyngers calle]
DIMEV 0.1441.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1441.5 (Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48); not an extract but part of 4732
254.   Ilke a wise wight should wake / And wait with work heaven to win
DIMEV 2433 Witnesses: 2
‘Mak no Tarijng til to-Morn’
255.   Ilk man that bounden is
DIMEV 2432 Witnesses: 1
Richard Rolle: Form of Living
256.   Illa iuventus that is so nice / Me deduxit in to vain devise
DIMEV 2435 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic carol of five quatrains and refrain: ‘Terribilis mors conturbat me
257.   Illi qui sunt in fide stiff and stable
DIMEV 2436 Witnesses: 1
The steadfast man — two macaronic couplets in a Latin sermon, ‘Filius
258.   Ill might he speed where that he go
DIMEV 2434 Witnesses: 1
William Wymondham
259.   Illurin the pope that holy martyr is
DIMEV 2437 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
260.   Illustre Lodovick of France most christian king
DIMEV 2438 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: Elegy on the death of Bernard Stewart, Lord of Aubigny
261.   I love a flower of sweet odor
DIMEV 2212 Witnesses: 1
Sir Thomas Phelipps
262.   I love a lover that loveth me well
DIMEV 2213 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
263.   I love and I dare not
DIMEV 2214 Witnesses: 1
Contrasts: eight monorhyming lines in two sets of semi-proverbial aphorisms, one leading to frustration and the other to achievement
264.   I love as I find cause
DIMEV 2215 Witnesses: 1
An amatory scribble — five irregular lines
265.   I loved a child of this country
DIMEV 2222 Witnesses: 1
A Forsaken Maiden’s Lament
266.   I love good all that is no fail
DIMEV 2216 Witnesses: 1
A cryptogram containing the beloved’s name — two quatrains
267.   I love I love and whom love ye [I loue I loue and whom loue ye]
See 2212
268.   I love loved and loved would I be
DIMEV 2217 Witnesses: 1
The faithful lover — one stanza rhyme royal
269.   I love so sore I would fain discern
DIMEV 2218 Witnesses: 1
The three leaves of true love, according to a woman — eighth stanzas rhyme royal
270.   I love truly without feigning
DIMEV 2219 Witnesses: 1
A love song — one quatrain
271.   I love unloved I wot not what love may be
DIMEV 2220 Witnesses: 1
An Epistle to his Mistress — 48 lines generally in 8-line stanzas
272.   I love unloved such is mine aventure
DIMEV 2221 Witnesses: 1
Unrequited love — one stanza rhyme royal
273.   Iluminare Jerusalem
Refrain to 2032, 2787
274.   I made a likeness of myself
DIMEV 2223 Witnesses: 1
Fragmentary beginning of a poem on age, a self-portrait (the artist possibly aged twelve?) — two couplets
275.   I made of my friend my foe [I made of my frend my foo]
See 2333
276.   I Master Andro Kennedy
DIMEV 2224 Witnesses: 4
William Dunbar: ‘The Testament of Mr Andro Kennedy’
277.   I may say and so may mo [I may say and so may mo / I wyte muyself myne owene wo]
Rhymed heading to London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II copy of 2551
278.   I may sayen and so may mo [I may seyn & so mown mo / Þat in semenaunt goth gyle]
Burden to 4808
279.   I may sayen to the most and least [I may seyn to most & lest / Verbum caro factum est]
Burden to 2884
280.   I may sing of a may [I may synge of a may / Of joyis fyve & merthis most]
Burden to 5275
281.   I may well sigh for grievous is my pain
DIMEV 2225 Witnesses: 1
A Lover’s Plaint
282.   I meekly unto you sovereign am sent
DIMEV 2226 Witnesses: 1
A ‘sotelty’ for a bridal feast — one couplet
283.   I met with Our Lady in a green way
DIMEV 2227 Witnesses: 1
Sorrows of the Virgin Mary — one stanza (aabbccdd) of 8 irregular lines
284.   I mourn for love thou may see
DIMEV 2228 Witnesses: 4
A couplet in a Latin homily ‘Amore Langueo
285.   I must go walk the wood so wild
DIMEV 2229 Witnesses: 5
The Banished Lover
286.   In a blissful time that man is born [In a blyssefull tyme that mane ys borne / That may fynd frend to trust vpon]
Burden to 1228
287.   In a bolts-head all three wipe ye
DIMEV 2439 Witnesses: 1
Instructions for the use of alchemical equipment — six couplets and an unrhymed line on an illustration
288.   In a bushel of winning
DIMEV 2440 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet, with Latin version
289.   In a chamber as I stood
DIMEV 2441 Witnesses: 2
‘Seruice is noon heritage’
290.   In a church as I gan kneel
DIMEV 2442 Witnesses: 2
A lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 8-line stanzas. Every second stanza ends with ‘"ffor thy son dyȝed my dere sone dere’
291.   In a church there I can kneel / This ender day in on morning
DIMEV 2443 Witnesses: 3
Deo gracias
292.   In a day go we to the tower with hay hay
DIMEV 2444 Witnesses: 2
One line fragment of a popular song preserved in a Latin poem on Neville’s Cross
293.   In a dream late as I lay
DIMEV 2445 Witnesses: 1
On the Virgin Mother — two 6-line stanzas with a lullaby burden: ‘[By by lullaby] rockyd I my chyld / [by by by] lullaby rockyd i my child’
294.   In a forest late as I was I… [In a f[orest] laytt as I was I…]
Burden (fragment) to 851.3
295.   In a frith as I gan fare fremed
DIMEV 2446 Witnesses: 1
The Meeting in the Wood — 48 alliterative lines in 12-line stanzas
296.   In a garden underneath a tree
DIMEV 2447 Witnesses: 1
A chanson d’aventure of the unhappy lover — six 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas and a 2-line refrain: ‘This nyghtes rest’.
297.   In age as he groweth sua crescat gracia fructu
DIMEV 2466 Witnesses: 2
‘fful litel he knowith quanto dolet Anglia luctu’
298.   In a glorious garden green / Saw I sitting a comely queen
DIMEV 2448 Witnesses: 1
The White Rose; a political carol on Elizabeth, wife of Henry VII — two 7-line stanzas (aaaabbc) and 4-line repeated burden: ‘This day day dawes / This gentill day day dawes / this gentill day dawes / & I must home gone’
299.   In a goodly night as in my bed I lay
DIMEV 2449 Witnesses: 1
An erotic dream vision — six 8-line stanzas
300.   In a land as I was lent [In a lande as I was lente]
See London, British Library Cotton Vitellius E.X copy of 620
301.   In Alexandria that great City / There was a man of much poustie
DIMEV 2467 Witnesses: 1
Golden Legend
302.   In all manner thrift I pass all thing
DIMEV 2468 Witnesses: 1
A single couplet on Superbia
303.   In all our garden grows there no flowers
DIMEV 2469 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar (attrib.): ‘Balade [of Unstedfastness]’
304.   In all the lands of christendom [In all the londes of crystyente…]
See [Bevis of Hampton], [Westminster: W. de Worde, 1500] copy of 3250
305.   In all this world is none so true
DIMEV 2470 Witnesses: 1
A single couplet on the Virgin
306.   In all this world nis a merrier life
DIMEV 2471 Witnesses: 1
On the Joys of being a bachelor — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: A, a, a, a, yet I love wherso I go
307.   In all your deeds and your exploits
DIMEV 2472 Witnesses: 1
Aphorisms for living and dying well — in couplets
308.   In alms dare thou do no thing [In Almys dar thow do no thyng]
See Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 530 copy of 4312
309.   In a merry morning of May / whan the sun…
DIMEV 2450 Witnesses: 1
Speculum Misericordie
310.   In a morning of May as I lay on sleeping
DIMEV 2451 Witnesses: 1
Dialogue between a Nightingale and a Clerk
311.   In a morning of May when meadows should spring
DIMEV 2452 Witnesses: 3
The Quatrefoil of Love
312.   In a noon tide of a summers day
DIMEV 2453 Witnesses: 3
‘Reuertere’
313.   In another mans house [In anoþer mannys hous / ne be þou neuer coueytous]
See (stanza 3 of) 6621.5
314.   In Antioch beyond the sea
DIMEV 2473 Witnesses: 9
Northern Homily Cycle
315.   In any work beginning
DIMEV 2474 Witnesses: 1
Advice for forethought, in a Latin sermon — one couplet
316.   In a pistle that Paul wrought
DIMEV 2454 Witnesses: 2
Each Man ought Himself to know — nine 12-line stanzas
317.   In a pleasant arbor very quaint and quadrant
DIMEV 2455 Witnesses: 1
‘Vice through violence puttyth vertue vnto flyte’ — twelve 8-line stanzas with this refrain
318.   In April and in May
DIMEV 2475 Witnesses: 1
Carmina: a Bele Aeliz poem — two quatrains abab and two lines, probably incomplete
319.   In Armorica that called is Brittany
DIMEV 2476 Witnesses: 57
Geoffrey Chaucer: Franklin’s Tale
320.   In a season of summer that sovereign is of all
DIMEV 2456 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of an alliterative poem describing a bird who shares the writer’s loneliness — 41 lines of surviving fragment
321.   In a seemly summers tide
DIMEV 2457 Witnesses: 1
‘Mesure is best of all thynge’
322.   In asking should discretion be [In asking sowld discretioun be]
Refrain to 4161
323.   In a slumber late as I was [In a slumbir late as I was / I harde a voice…]
DIMEV 0.1457 Witnesses: 0
Burden to 798; formerly 1457
324.   In a summer season as I south went / I shope me… [In a somer seson as y south wente / I schoop me…]
DIMEV 0.1458 Witnesses: 0
Three copies of the ‘A’ text of Piers Plowman with alternate first line; formerly 1458; see 2458
325.   In a summer season when soft was the sun
DIMEV 2458 Witnesses: 19
William Langland: Vision of Piers Plowman
326.   In a summer season when soft was the sun
DIMEV 2459 Witnesses: 29
William Langland: Vision of Piers Plowman
327.   In a summer season when soft was the sun
DIMEV 2460 Witnesses: 22
William Langland: Vision of Piers Plowman
328.   In a tabernacle of a tour
DIMEV 2461 Witnesses: 8
A lament of the Virgin Mary — twelve 8-line stanzas with the refrain: Quia amore langueo
329.   In a thester study I stood a little strife to hear
DIMEV 2462 Witnesses: 3
Debate between the Body and the Soul — twenty-seven four-line stanzas, the first with medial rhyme
330.   In a time as good Jesus / By Jerico went thus
DIMEV 2463 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
331.   In autumn when the sun in Virgin / By radiant heat enripened hath our corn
DIMEV 2477 Witnesses: 2
John Skelton: ‘The Bowge of Courte’
332.   In a valley of this restless mind
DIMEV 2464 Witnesses: 2
A Complaint of Christ — sixteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with the refrain, ‘Quia amore langueo
333.   In a wilderness an hermit found
DIMEV 2465 Witnesses: 11
Northern Homily Cycle
334.   In bale be blithe for that is best
DIMEV 2478 Witnesses: 1
‘In baill be blyth for it is best’
335.   In beginning word it was / And the word at God it was
DIMEV 2479 Witnesses: 3
‘In principio erat verbum’
336.   In Bethlehem a child is I-born
DIMEV 2480 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Nativity, Star, Magi, etc., and reference to the Passion — twenty quatrains (abab) in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
337.   In Bethlehem that fair city
DIMEV 2481 Witnesses: 6
A Christmas carol — four quatrains each ending with a Latin line, and burden: ‘To blys God bryng vs al & sum / Christe redemptor omnium
338.   In Bethlehem that fair city [In bethelem that fayre cite / Borne was thys etc.]
See 2481
339.   In Bethlehem that noble place
See 3761
340.   In Bethlehem this bird of life
DIMEV 2482 Witnesses: 2
A Christmas carol — five 6-line stanzas (aaabab) and burden: ‘Nowel nowel nowel / To vs is born owr god emanuel’
341.   In blossomed busk I bode ’bout
DIMEV 2483 Witnesses: 1
‘Mede & muche thank’
342.   In book a beast we find can / That hath a face as a man
DIMEV 2484 Witnesses: 2
Six exempla: marvellous beast, tree, fowls, fish, etc.
343.   In book we find as we read / Of a priest was wild of deed
DIMEV 2485 Witnesses: 1
‘Of a prest þat lay by a noone’, a miracle of the Virgin Mary — thirty-nine couplets
344.   In Christ Jesu be we all glad [In criste ihesu be we alle gladde / By whome oure joye endeles is hadde]
Burden to 5327
345.   In ciuitate Dauid
Refrain to 2689
346.   In cleanness and charity [In clennes and in charite]
Refrain to 3395
347.   In Clent cow-bach under an thorn
DIMEV 2486 Witnesses: 3
A twelfth-century scrap, regarding the death of St. Kenelm to be sent to the pope
348.   In clothing is life I-hid
DIMEV 2487 Witnesses: 1
‘Cloþyngge color and question’
349.   In domus dei if thou will speed
DIMEV 2488 Witnesses: 1
The Seven Works of Mercy Bodily — three couplets
350.   Inducas Inducas / in temptacionibus
Burden to 5426, 5593
351.   In earth there is a little thing
DIMEV 2489 Witnesses: 2
Sir Peny
352.   I ne can tell you nought [I ne can telle ȝou nowt / Hou richeliche the fadel was wrout]
Floris and Blauncheflur (Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS] version): see 3686
353.   In Egypt whilom as I read and find
DIMEV 2490 Witnesses: 7
John Lydgate: Fabula duorum mercatorum
354.   I ne have joy ne pleasance nor comfort
DIMEV 2230 Witnesses: 1
On the absence of his mistress — one stanza rhyme royal
355.   In eight is all my love [In 8 is alle my loue]
See 1180
356.   I ne may a live
DIMEV 2231 Witnesses: 1
A fragment of an early soldiers’ song, sung by the followers of Geoffrey de Mandeville, Earl of Essex, in one MS of Matthew Paris, Historia Anglorum — couplet
357.   I ne may come to my lief but by the water
DIMEV 2232 Witnesses: 1
A dance-song refrain — three lines
358.   I ne may leven on no manner
DIMEV 2233 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
359.   In England by old days / Were kings seven as gest us shows
DIMEV 2491 Witnesses: 14
Northern Homily Cycle
360.   In England whilom woned a knight [In ingland whilom wund a knight]
See London, British Library Harley 4196 copy of 2758
361.   I never saw joy like to that sight
DIMEV 2235 Witnesses: 1
A description of his mistress — three quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘My dere an dese þat so fayr ys / Of lufe gentyl & fre / I kwn not ly, wiþowtyn lese / My lady lele best lyks me’
362.   I never saw maiden and with my eye
DIMEV 2236 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s lament — one monorhyming quatrain
363.   In every beginning
DIMEV 2493 Witnesses: 1
A fragment of aphoristic verse — three lines (aab)
364.   In every place men may see / When children to school set shullen be
DIMEV 2494 Witnesses: 1
An ABC poem on the Passion — 199 lines in 6-line stanzas
365.   In every place where I can go
DIMEV 2495 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial statement about lack of forethought — one couplet
366.   In every place where that I wend / My purse is my own friend
DIMEV 2496 Witnesses: 1
‘Gremercy Mine own Purse’ — five quatrains (aaab) with this refrain and burden: ‘I may syng & sey iwys / Gremercy my owne [purse]’
367.   In every place ye may well see
DIMEV 2497 Witnesses: 2
The excellence (or not!) of women — ten quatrains (aaaa) with burden: ‘Of all creatures women be best / Cuius contrarium verum est
368.   In every state in every degree [In euery state in euery degre / The mene ys the beste as semeth me]
Burden to 5331
369.   I ne wot what is love
DIMEV 2234 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone: Nescio quid sit amor
370.   In Faguell a fair country
DIMEV 2498 Witnesses: 1
The Knight of Curtesy and the Fair Lady of Faguell
371.   In faith Squire thou hast thee well I-quit
DIMEV 2499 Witnesses: 37
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘Squire-Franklin Link’
372.   In faith ye be to blame / for my good will me to defame
DIMEV 2500 Witnesses: 1
Love scorned — three quatrains (aaab) with burden: ‘And wyll ye serue me so / For my kyndnes thus to serue me soo.’
373.   In February when the frosty moon
DIMEV 2501 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: The Floure of Curtes
374.   In Février when that it was cold [In Fevrier when that it was cold]
See 2624
375.   Infinite laud with thankings manifold
DIMEV 2674 Witnesses: 1
Wynkyn de Worde; Walter Hilton: Scala Perfeccionis
376.   In Flanders whilom was a company
DIMEV 2502 Witnesses: 57
Geoffrey Chaucer: Pardoner’s Tale
377.   In flattering words lieth great guile [In flatyeryng wordys lythe gret gyle]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 27-28) version of 5530
378.   Informed as I was by a book [Informed als I was by a boke / That wes sentt me by a frere]
See 5830
379.   In four parts of a man [In foure parties of a man / Begynnyth þe sekeness þat þei han]
See 2343 (Stockholm, Royal Library, Stockholm X.90 text)
380.   In four points my will is ere I hence depart
DIMEV 2503 Witnesses: 4
The Testament of one about to die — four stanzas rhyme royal
381.   In frosome[?] flood
DIMEV 2503.5 Witnesses: 1
Stained glass inscription — two six-line verses
382.   In full great heaviness mine heart is pwyght
DIMEV 2504 Witnesses: 1
A moral lament — six stanzas rhyme royal
383.   In gemescentes pauperes dolenter maken their moan
DIMEV 2505 Witnesses: 1
The evils of wealth — one of two related couplets in a Latin sermon for Trinity 23
384.   In God Father hearing sit [In God ffader heryng sit]
An invocation to the Trinity — really the concluding stanzas of 1754
385.   In God is all my trust
DIMEV 2506 Witnesses: 1
Trust in God — one couplet
386.   In great blood
DIMEV 2507 Witnesses: 1
Mary’s joy at Christ’s birth, in a Latin sermon in nativitate domini — two couplets
387.   In grieving should discretion be [In geving sowld discretioun be]
Refrain to 6002
388.   Inguar and Ubbe Beorn was the third / Lothbrogs sons
DIMEV 2675 Witnesses: 1
The three sons of Lothbrog
389.   In hand and heart true love keep
DIMEV 2508 Witnesses: 1
True love — six lines
390.   In heart clean and buxom
DIMEV 2509 Witnesses: 12
Three lines in the Fasciculus morum translating the divisio of a Latin sermon for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist
391.   In heaven and earth angel and man
DIMEV 2510 Witnesses: 1
Pèlerinage de l’âme
392.   In Heaven shall dwell all christian men
DIMEV 2511 Witnesses: 26
Speculum Christiani (Secunda Tabula)
393.   In heaven there sit a lady…
DIMEV 2512 Witnesses: 1
In praise of women — five 3-line stanzas and burden: Women ben good for lo[ve] / …that sit above
394.   In hell ne purgatory none other place
DIMEV 2513 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay
395.   In Herods King of Judea days
DIMEV 2514 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
396.   In His being He is God in persons three
DIMEV 2515 Witnesses: 1
Three lines on Christ in a Latin sermon
397.   In holy book find we / That this day has names three
DIMEV 2516 Witnesses: 11
Northern Homily Cycle
398.   In Holy Church of Christs foundation
DIMEV 2516.5 Witnesses: 1
Clergy’s place in the three estates — sixteen 5-line stanzas (including a 2-line refrain) and burden: ‘In towne a god wolde hyt were layde downe a’
399.   In holy psalter may we read
DIMEV 2517 Witnesses: 1
William of Shoreham: Exposition of Christian Doctrine
400.   In honorance of Jesu Christ [In honorance of iesu cryst / Sitteþ stile & haueþ lyst]
Assumpcio beate marie (with a Prologue of twelve lines): see 2165
401.   In honor of the god Cupid [In honour of the god Cupide]
See 6716
402.   In honor of the orders nine [In honour of the ordouris nyne]
See 658
403.   In honor of this high feast of customs year by year
DIMEV 0.2518 Witnesses: 0
Formerly DIMEV 2518/IMEV 1496; see 1378, where this refrain appears before the first stanza: ‘In honnour of þis heghe fest of custume yere by yere / Is first for to remembre me vpon my lady dere’,
404.   In honor of this high feast of custom year by year [In honnour of þis heghe fest of custome yere by yere]
See 1378
405.   In hot summer these airs thou take
DIMEV 2519 Witnesses: 1
A book of medical recipes in English verse and prose, beginning imperfectly
406.   In hour of our death help us Lord
DIMEV 2520 Witnesses: 1
A prayer tag in an English primer — one couplet
407.   In humble manner and most due reverence
DIMEV 2521 Witnesses: 1
Robert Copland’s Envoy to his translation of the Secreta Secretorum — five stanzas rhyme royal
408.   In illis diebus when horse could speak [In illis diebus when horse coulde speake]
See 565
409.   In Isopes further to proceed
DIMEV 2522 Witnesses: 1
Aesop; John Lydgate: How the wollffe discyvyd the crane
410.   In Israel
Refrain to 5602
411.   In July when Phoebus her beams doth splay
DIMEV 2523 Witnesses: 1
The lover pleading that some men are true in love — four eight-line stanzas plus one short-line stanza rhyme royal
412.   In July when the sun shone sheen
DIMEV 2524 Witnesses: 2
The Siege of Calais
413.   In June when Titan was in the Crabs head
DIMEV 2525 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘A Sayenge of the Nyghtyngale’
414.   In Kent all care began
DIMEV 2526 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic couplet presumably on the Great Rebellion of 1381
415.   In King Arthur time an aunter betide [In kyng Arthure tyme ane awntyr by-tyde]
See 2628
416.   In lack of justice this realm is shend alas [In lak of justice this realme is schent allace]
Refrain to 6169
417.   In libro men shall read
DIMEV 2527 Witnesses: 1
Verbum domini comparatur
418.   In Lide joy and bliss bringeth me to bide
DIMEV 2528 Witnesses: 1
End of a song
419.   In little business standeth mickle rest [In lytyll besynesse stant mykyll rest]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) (lines 45-46) copy of 5530
420.   In love of patriarchs all
DIMEV 2529 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
421.   In lovers paradise as them among
DIMEV 2530 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
422.   In loves dance [In lovys daunce / Syth that oure chaunce]
See 3636
423.   In maidens breast
DIMEV 2531 Witnesses: 1
The four advents of Christ — two couplets in a sermon
424.   In manner which enlumineth every estate
DIMEV 2532 Witnesses: 1
Stans puer ad mensam
425.   In March after the first C
DIMEV 2533 Witnesses: 21
How to find Easter Day according to the new moon (C) — three couplets
426.   In March thou shalt learn
DIMEV 2534 Witnesses: 1
de arte piscandi
427.   In Matthews gospel as we find
DIMEV 2535 Witnesses: 1
The VII Works of Mercy Bodily — fifteen quatrains
428.   In May as that Aurora did upspring
DIMEV 2536 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘The Merle and the Nichtingaill’
429.   In May it merryeth when it dawes
DIMEV 2537 Witnesses: 1
On Women: a Defence and a Warning — four 12-line stanzas
430.   In May that lusty season
DIMEV 2538 Witnesses: 1
A courtly maying song — one 9-line tail-rhyme stanza
431.   In May when every heart is light
DIMEV 2539 Witnesses: 1
‘The lame[ntacioun] of ladyes for the death of King Edward the iiijth’
432.   In May when every heart is light
DIMEV 2540 Witnesses: 3
“Birds’ Praise of Love”
433.   In May when Flora the fresh lusty queen
DIMEV 2541 Witnesses: 11
John Lydgate: The Complaint of the Black Knight (Lydgate)
434.   In May when mirth moves upon loft
DIMEV 2542 Witnesses: 1
A political prophecy — six irregular lines
435.   In May when thy heart is light
DIMEV 2543 Witnesses: 1
Advice urging men to pray to God instead of their lovers in May — three monorhyming lines
436.   In me as long
DIMEV 2544 Witnesses: 1
On youth and age — 2 (?) six-line stanzas
437.   In measure eat sleep and drink [In mesure ete slepe and drynke]
See 553
438.   In merry May when meads springeth [In mery May quhen medis springis]
See 6267
439.   In mundum be our kind taking
DIMEV 2545 Witnesses: 1
Three lines in a Latin sermon
440.   In my bed lying on Christs day half sleeping [In my bed liyng on cristes day half slepyng]
See 6149
441.   In my beginning God me speed
DIMEV 2546 Witnesses: 1
Fragment (first 8 lines) of a poem urging readers to live a virtuous life — couplets
442.   In my conscience I find / And in my soul I hear & see
DIMEV 2547 Witnesses: 1
God’s Appeal to Man — fourteen 8-line stanzas
443.   In my defense god me defend
DIMEV 2548 Witnesses: 2
A simple prayer to the Son of God — one quatrain
444.   In my grace thou hope not
DIMEV 2549 Witnesses: 1
Reply of Righteousness to Adam — one couplet in a prose sermon
445.   In my heart is there nothing of remembrance
DIMEV 2550 Witnesses: 1
To his Sovereign Lady — three stanzas rhyme royal
446.   In my youth full wild I was
DIMEV 2551 Witnesses: 4
‘I wiyte my silf myn owne woo’
447.   In name of God almighty the blessed Trinity
DIMEV 2552 Witnesses: 1
The Miroure of Mans Saluacioune
448.   In name of him All-wielding / That is our high heaven king
DIMEV 2553 Witnesses: 2
Edmund Rich Archibishop of Canterbury: Speculum ecclesie
449.   In name of him which that is monarch
DIMEV 2554 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate (?)
450.   In niuis algore cantat gallnia dolore
See 342
451.   In nomine patris at my crown
DIMEV 2555 Witnesses: 1
A night prayer — six lines
452.   In nomine patris and filii / Et spiritus sancti Amen / Mercy Ihesu and gramercy
See 2862
453.   In nomine patris god keep me & filii for charity
DIMEV 2556 Witnesses: 5
John Russell: ‘Boke of Kervyng & Nortur’
454.   In old days there was a man [In olde dayes ther was a man / His name was Dyoclesyan]
See 4984
455.   In old Romance and stories as I read
DIMEV 2557 Witnesses: 4
Generydes
456.   In old time strange things came to pass [In olde tyme straung thynges cam to pass]
See 5602
457.   In ortu regis omnium
Refrain (final stanza only) to 6737
458.   I not what I shall sing nor say
DIMEV 2237 Witnesses: 1
Verses — eleven 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Turne up hur halter and let hur go’
459.   In our gospel is goodly graid / How Christ to his disciples said
DIMEV 2558 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
460.   In our Gospel is goodly graid
DIMEV 2559 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
461.   In our gospel Matthew says us
DIMEV 2560 Witnesses: 7
Northern Homily Cycle
462.   In our gospel Saint Luke says us / That mickle folk come to Jesu
DIMEV 2561 Witnesses: 11
Northern Homily Cycle
463.   In our gospel Saint Luke us leres / No man be proud…
DIMEV 2562 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
464.   In our gospel says Matthew / That Christs deeds til us will show
DIMEV 2563 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
465.   In Patras there born he was
DIMEV 2564 Witnesses: 1
A song of St. Nicholas — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Mak ye merie as ye may / & syng with me I you pray’
466.   In Peblis town sometime as I heard tell
DIMEV 2565 Witnesses: 1
Introduction to the ‘Thre prestis of Peblis’ (79) — 31 couplets
467.   In place as man may see / When a child to school shall set be
DIMEV 2566 Witnesses: 2
An ABC poem on the Passion — in 6-line stanzas
468.   In places oft when I him here meet
DIMEV 2569 Witnesses: 1
A love lyric — four cross-rhymed quatrains
469.   In prophecy thus it is said
DIMEV 2570 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: The prophecy of Simeon
470.   Inquit marie gabriell / Concipies emmanuel
Burden to 5191
471.   In reverence of our Lord in heaven [In reuerens of oure lord in heuen / Worchip this marter swete sent steuen]
Burden to 4760
472.   In rightfulness doing
DIMEV 2571 Witnesses: 1
Rules for a man — three monorhyming lines in a Latin sermon
473.   In Rome another miracle was [In Rome another miracle wes]
See 6660
474.   In Rome was an emperor [In Rome was an emperour / A man of swyth mikil honur]
See 4984
475.   In Rome was once a rich man / That hight forsooth Euphemian
DIMEV 2572 Witnesses: 3
Northern Homily Cycle
476.   In Ruffins legend which late was writ …
DIMEV 2573 Witnesses: 1
Claudianus: De Consulatu Stiliconis
477.   In secret place this hinder night
DIMEV 2574 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Ane Brash of Wowing’
478.   In September at the falling of the leaf
DIMEV 2575 Witnesses: 4
Geoffrey Chaucer (attrib.): ’The Boke called Assemble de Damys’
479.   In seven fourteen and four
DIMEV 2576 Witnesses: 1
A riddling number couplet
480.   In sighing sore I sit unsought
DIMEV 2577 Witnesses: 1
A alliterative complaint ballad containing a cryptogram — five 11-line stanzas
481.   In sleep been laid all song dance or disport
DIMEV 2578 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
482.   In some religion as we read
DIMEV 2579 Witnesses: 1
A Monk sees a vision of Our Lady, a miracle of the Virgin Mary
483.   In some time weren in England kings swith rife
DIMEV 2580 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
484.   In sorrow and care he led his life [In soro & car he led hys lyfe / Þat haue a schrow ontyll is wyfe]
Burden to 6874
485.   In sorry time my life is I-spent
DIMEV 2581 Witnesses: 1
The woebegone lover — six lines (possibly incomplete)
486.   Instruct well thy family
DIMEV 2676 Witnesses: 1
Moral counsel: an acrostic on Isaace Frise — eleven lines
487.   Insufficiency of cunning and of wit
DIMEV 2677 Witnesses: 22
John Walton; Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae
488.   In summer before the Ascension / At Evensong on a Sunday
DIMEV 2582 Witnesses: 2
‘Mane nobiscum domine’
489.   In summer season as soon as the sun
DIMEV 2583 Witnesses: 1
Fourteen and one-half alliterative quatrains (abab), with some corruption of rhyme at the end — ends imperfectly
490.   In summer when flowers will smell
DIMEV 2584 Witnesses: 1
An Advanture on Wednesday
491.   In summer when the leaves spring
DIMEV 2585 Witnesses: 1
‘Robyn Hode and the Potter’
492.   In summer when the shaws be sheen
DIMEV 2586 Witnesses: 2
A Little Jest of Robin Hood and the Monk
493.   In Syria whilom dwelt a company
DIMEV 2587 Witnesses: 64
Geoffrey Chaucer: Man of Law’s Tale
494.   In taking should discretion be [In taking sowld discretioun be]
Refrain to 230
495.   In terra pax hominibus / Quia natus est dominus
Burden to 6016
496.   In that time and in that land / Eleven disciples were sitting
DIMEV 2588 Witnesses: 1
Gospel, ‘In die Ascensionis’, 34 lines
497.   In that time as was full well
DIMEV 2589 Witnesses: 1
Gospel, ‘Missus est angelus Gabriel’ (Feast of the Annunciation), 48 lines
498.   In that time God Jesus / To His disciples said thus
DIMEV 2590 Witnesses: 2
‘In festo sancti Martini confessoris’
499.   In that time thus befell / A false man began to spell
DIMEV 2591 Witnesses: 4
Northern Homily Cycle
500.   In that year snow shal be / Wet harvest ye shall see
DIMEV 2592 Witnesses: 1
Prognostics according to the day of the week on which New Year falls — 58 lines in couplets; last eight lines cross-rhymed quatrains
501.   In the beginning God me speed [In the begynnyng god my speade]
See 709
502.   In the beginning of the Father the Son was and is [In þe bygynnyng of þe fadir þe sone was & is]
See under 463
503.   In the beginning of this deed
DIMEV 2593 Witnesses: 2
A collection of 136 proverbs, written first in Latin and then translated — 973 lines, in stanzas of 4-8 lines per proverb
504.   In the beginning of this little work
DIMEV 2594 Witnesses: 9
Peter Idley: Instructions
505.   In the beginning of this year
DIMEV 2595 Witnesses: 2
A New Year Carol — one quatrain (aabb) and burden: ‘nay mary I nay maye mary / I peter but ye must / nay mary I’
506.   In the beginning was the Son [In þe beginnyng was þe sone / whilom wiþ þei fader to wone]
Gospel, ‘In die natalis dni’ in the Northern Homily Cycle, lacking the usual Prologue: see 874
507.   In the beginning when God made all of nought [In the begynning when gode made all of noughte]
See 975
508.   In the chieftime of Charles that chosen chieftain
DIMEV 2596 Witnesses: 1
The Taill of Rauf Coilȝear
509.   In the city called Assisi / Vir trahens tunc originem
DIMEV 2597 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
510.   In the country heard was we
DIMEV 2598 Witnesses: 3
Rimes on the Rising in Yorkshire (1392) — five 6-line stanzas (aabccb)
511.   In the dawning the Sunday as the day gan spring [In þe dawenyge þe soneday as þe day gan springe]
DIMEV 0.1546 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1546; a section heading to 787
512.   In the day of fast and spiritual affliction
DIMEV 2599 Witnesses: 1
’Balat set upponne the yates of Caunterbury’
513.   In the day of Saint Swithin
DIMEV 2600 Witnesses: 1
A quatrain (abab) translating ‘Si pluat in festo processi S. Martiniari’ etc. which follows
514.   In Thee God Father I believe
DIMEV 2633 Witnesses: 1
The Creed — fourteen quatrains
515.   In thee is all my bliss
DIMEV 2634 Witnesses: 1
Inscriptions on a chest made by a usurer and a priest — three (four?) lines in an exemplum
516.   In the emperor days Octavian
DIMEV 2601 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
517.   In the end of hiems when Phoebus had searched
DIMEV 2602 Witnesses: 1
A pageant address to a London Lord mayor — four rhyme royal stanzas with a couplet heading: ‘By hym that all dothe embrase / And nothing his pleasure may compase’
518.   In the first week of the season of May
DIMEV 2603 Witnesses: 2
’A Lytel Treatyse called the Dysputacyon or Complaynt of the Heart thorughe perced with the Lokynge of the Eye’
519.   In the forest of noyous heaviness
DIMEV 2604 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
520.   In the honorance of sweet Jesu
DIMEV 2605 Witnesses: 1
The Apocryphal History of the Infancy — 1854 lines
521.   In the honor of Christs birth [In the honour of Christes byrth / Syng we al with ioye and myrthe]
Burden to 2642
522.   In the honour of God that is most of might
DIMEV 2605.5 Witnesses: 1
Monumental brass inscription — couplet
523.   In the land of life I hope to see
DIMEV 2606 Witnesses: 4
A single couplet in a Latin homily
524.   In the land of More Brittany
DIMEV 2607 Witnesses: 1
An English prophecy — eleven quatrains
525.   In the land of Rome I-bore was Saint Calston
DIMEV 2608 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
526.   In the midst of May at morn as I ment
DIMEV 2609 Witnesses: 3
Sir Richard Holland (attrib.): The Buke of the Howlat
527.   In the month of May when the grass groweth green
DIMEV 2610 Witnesses: 3
On the Death of the Duke of Suffolk (1450)
528.   In the month of May when mirths been fele
DIMEV 2611 Witnesses: 2
‘The Parlement of the thre Ages’
529.   In the months of June and July
DIMEV 2612 Witnesses: 1
Alchemical verses — twenty lines (Singer, Dorothea Waley. Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts. 3 vols. Brussels: Lamertin, 1928-31, 864)
530.   In the name of our sovereign Savior [In þe name of oure souereyn sauyour]
Prologue (in Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1) to 6825
531.   In the name of the blessed Trinity
DIMEV 2613 Witnesses: 1
A prayer on rising — one stanza rhyme royal
532.   In the name of the Father that sitteth in throne
DIMEV 2614 Witnesses: 1
On the different places of a pilgrimage to Compostella, Rome, and Jerusalem — 1694 lines in couplets
533.   In the name of the Holy Trinity
DIMEV 2615 Witnesses: 1
Alchemical verses: the order of God’s universe a justification for the Philosopher’s Stone — eleven couplets (Singer, Dorothea Waley. Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts. 3 vols. Brussels: Lamertin, 1928-31, 856)
534.   In the name of the Trinity
DIMEV 2616 Witnesses: 2
Added verses on some copies of the Ripley Scroll, citing authorities for way to find the Philosopher’s Stone and praying God for assistance — 34 lines in couplets
535.   In the noble land of Syria
DIMEV 2617 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Castelford of Bek: Chronicle of England
536.   In the old days of King Arthur
DIMEV 2618 Witnesses: 58
Geoffrey Chaucer: Wife of Bath’s Tale
537.   In the old law in that life a man hight Ysakar
DIMEV 2619 Witnesses: 1
The Children of St. Anne
538.   In the parts of Rome the wedding
DIMEV 2620 Witnesses: 1
539.   In the Roman Acts written is thus
DIMEV 2621 Witnesses: 9
Thomas Hoccleve: Tale of the Emperor Gerelaus
540.   In the sacrament I am contained both God and man
DIMEV 2622 Witnesses: 1
On the Sacrament — one 8-line stanza (aabccdbd)
541.   In the season of Février when it was full cold
DIMEV 2624 Witnesses: 1
A Ballade in praise of Margaret, the daisy — seven stanzas rhyme royal
542.   In the season of huge mortality
DIMEV 2625 Witnesses: 1
‘A disputacion betwyx þe body and wormes’
543.   In the season of summer surely who likes
DIMEV 2626 Witnesses: 1
A prophecy on the states of Europe — twelve quatrains
544.   In the sea withouten lease
DIMEV 2623 Witnesses: 9
George Ripley (attrib.): Emblematical Scroll
545.   In these words plus pi been contained
DIMEV 2635 Witnesses: 1
Acrostic (Plus pi) on those not obligated to fast — one stanza rhyme royal commenting on ten lines of Latin preceding
546.   In the space of a half a day was made this short gest [In þe space of a halu a day was made þis schorte geste]
DIMEV 0.1565 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1565; see 5816 for verse beginning at what was formerly considered the second stanza of 1565; this line begins the last stanza of 5480.
547.   In the third day of May
DIMEV 2627 Witnesses: 1
The Boy and the Mantle — 196 lines in quatrains
548.   In the time of Arthur an aunter betide
DIMEV 2628 Witnesses: 5
The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne
549.   In the time of Arthur as true men me told
DIMEV 2629 Witnesses: 1
Golagrus and Gawain
550.   In the Vale of Abraham
DIMEV 2630 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Creation and Fall of Adam — eight quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Now bething the gentilman / How Adam dalf and Eue sp[an]’
551.   In the vale of restless mind [In the vaile of restles mynd]
See 2464
552.   In the way of penance of bitterness
DIMEV 2631 Witnesses: 1
Three monorhyming lines
553.   In the year of Christ one thousand four hundred full trow with four and sixteen
DIMEV 2632 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph, A.D. 1416 — five long and three short lines, irregularly rhyming
554.   In thine adversity thank thy God
DIMEV 2636 Witnesses: 1
A set of pious verses
555.   In thine hands lord mine
DIMEV 2637 Witnesses: 1
In manus Tuas
556.   In this Gospel is goodly graid
DIMEV 2638 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
557.   In this gospel is goodly graid / How Christ to his disciples said
DIMEV 2639 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
558.   In this time a child was born
DIMEV 2640 Witnesses: 1
A song of the six festivals in honor of Christ: Nativity, Circumcision, etc. — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ’Man be glad in halle & bour / This tyme was born our sauyour’
559.   In this time Christ hath us sent
DIMEV 2641 Witnesses: 3
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Make we mery in hall & bowr / Thys tyme was born owr savyower’
560.   In this time of Christmas
DIMEV 2642 Witnesses: 1
Mary plays with the Christ Child, a carol — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘In the honour of christes byrth / Syng we al with joye and myrthe’
561.   In this treatise the which I think to write
DIMEV 2643 Witnesses: 1
‘The Babees Book’
562.   In this tree is all His might
DIMEV 2644 Witnesses: 1
Satan’s reply to Adam and Eve — six lines
563.   In this vale of wretchedness
DIMEV 2645 Witnesses: 1
Song for St. Stephen’s Day — four quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and four-line burden: ‘Pray for vs that we saued be / Prothomartir Stephane’ (repeated)
564.   In this wise fell the case / As God would by His grace
DIMEV 2646 Witnesses: 1
De resurrectione domini’, the last portion of the metrical Life of Christ
565.   In this world is nothing else
DIMEV 2647 Witnesses: 1
There is nothing but anguish and pain in this world — one couple
566.   In this world that is so wicked [In þis werd þat hys so wicke]
DIMEV 0.1580 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1580; see 4266
567.   In thought despaired not knowing remedy
DIMEV 2648 Witnesses: 1
A moralizing poem on Fortune — seven stanzas rhyme royal
568.   In thought in wishes and in dreams soft
DIMEV 2649 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
569.   In thy condition of infortunage
DIMEV 2650 Witnesses: 1
On Fortune — three 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
570.   In Tiberius time the true emperor
DIMEV 2651 Witnesses: 9
Sege of Ierusalem
571.   In-til one garth under an red rosier
DIMEV 2678 Witnesses: 4
Robert Henryson: The Praise of Age
572.   In time of Decius Caesar
DIMEV 2652 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
573.   In time of weal think on thy woe
DIMEV 2653 Witnesses: 1
‘In die bonorum non immemor sis malorum’
574.   In time to come the wood shall want and water shall increase
DIMEV 2654 Witnesses: 1
Prophecy of evil times to come — one long couplet
575.   Into heaven bliss [In to heuen blisse / þere as neuer ende is…]
Added to bottom margin of the page below 5072 and 5083, more text cropped; perhaps to be inserted into one of these texts
576.   In token that death should the lust of man refrain
DIMEV 2655 Witnesses: 1
A story of King Palaan — one introductory stanza rhyme royal and nine quatrains
577.   Into my heart imprinted is so sore
DIMEV 2679 Witnesses: 1
On his mistress — three stanzas rhyme royal
578.   In torn clothes […in torne clothis]
DIMEV 0.1585.8 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1585.8; see 3513.1 (third line)
579.   Into sorrow and care turned is our play [Into sorwe & care turned is oure pley]
See 3510
580.   Into their dark and drublie days
DIMEV 2680 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Medtatioun in wynter’
581.   Into thine hands Lord beteach I ghost mine
DIMEV 2681 Witnesses: 1
In manus tuas
582.   Into this world is I-come light
DIMEV 2682 Witnesses: 1
Christ the light — one couplet in a Latin sermon
583.   Into this world now is come [Into this world now ys cum / Christe, redemptor omnium]
Burden to 4099
584.   Into this world this day did come
DIMEV 2683 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Nativity — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘I pray you be mery & synge with me / In worship of cristys nativite’
585.   Into thy hands lord I take my soul
DIMEV 2684 Witnesses: 2
In Manus Tuas
586.   In town a… [In towne a…]
Burden to 2516.5
587.   In trifling tales by poets told
DIMEV 2656 Witnesses: 1
Roger North
588.   In trouble and in thrall
DIMEV 2657 Witnesses: 2
A simple prayer against slanderers — one 6-line stanza
589.   In truth truly teaching meedful
DIMEV 2658 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
590.   In twenty year of age remember we everyone
DIMEV 2659 Witnesses: 1
The Four Ages of Man — four monorhyming quatrains and six-line burden: ‘So dye shall then / All cristyn men / No man wottith his tyme ne when / Wherfor thow may / Yf thou behye / Thynk non other but thou shalt dye’
591.   In vice most vicious he excels
DIMEV 2660 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Aganis treason: Epitaphe for Donald Owre’
592.   In villa in villa
Burden to 3400
593.   Inwardly lord beseech I the / All my trespass forgive thou me
DIMEV 2685 Witnesses: 2
‘An orisoun for negligence of the X Commandments’
594.   In weal and woe he standeth fast [in wele and woo he stondith fast]
See 1338
595.   In weal beware ere thou be woe [In wele beware ore þu be woo / þenke wens þu come etc.]
Burden of Audelay’s song of the Seven Deadly Sins: see 1424
596.   In weal be wise and ware ere thou be woe
DIMEV 2661 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve: De Regimine Principum
597.   In wealth beware of woe what so thee haps / And bear thee even for dread of after claps
DIMEV 2662 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet in a series of six (see 6621.7)
598.   In Wenlock
DIMEV 2663 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph of William Wenlock of Luton, Beds.
599.   In what estate so ever I be [In what estate so euer I be]
Burden to 633; and see 3363
600.   In what order or what degree
DIMEV 2664 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘ffac ad quod venisti’
601.   In whom is truth pity freedom and hardiness
DIMEV 2665 Witnesses: 1
Qualities of a Gentleman — two couplets
602.   In wilderness / There found I Bess
DIMEV 2666 Witnesses: 2
A betrayed maiden, with a chanson d’aventure opening — eight 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas
603.   In Wiltshire of England two priests there were
DIMEV 2667 Witnesses: 1
Legend of Wulfryk the priest — five stanzas rhyme royal
604.   In winter when the weather was cold
DIMEV 2668 Witnesses: 3
Thomas Brampton: Seven Penitential Psalms
605.   In womanhood as auctors all write
DIMEV 2669 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: ‘A Balade declaring that wemens chastite Doeth moche excel all treasure worldly’
606.   In women is rest peace and patience
DIMEV 2670 Witnesses: 2
On Women, two views depending on the punctuation adopted — one 8-line stanza
607.   In word and eek in deed / Obey thy living Lord
DIMEV 2671 Witnesses: 1
John Wilson
608.   In word in deed in will in thought
DIMEV 2672 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘Cantalena de virginibus’
609.   In worship of that Maiden sweet / Mild Mary mother and maid
DIMEV 2673 Witnesses: 2
‘Of Wymmen comeþ þis worldes welle’
610.   In youth in age both in wealth and woe / Auxilium meum a Domino
Burden to 5882
611.   I passed through a garden green [I passud þoru a garden grene]
See 637
612.   I Patrick Larrons of Spitalfields
DIMEV 2238 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s plea — in couplets
613.   Ipocras great wisdom had
DIMEV 2686 Witnesses: 1
True learning now disregarded — two six-line stanzas
614.   Ipocras made this book / Whoso will therein look
DIMEV 2687 Witnesses: 2
Verses at the end of a Book of Medicines
615.   Ipocras this book harkeneth to me and I you will tell [Ipocras þis bouk herknyþ to me and I ȝew wole telle]
DIMEV 0.1604 Witnesses: 0
Former 1604; reclassified as prose by Rossell Hope Robbins, and John L. Cutler. Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse. Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press, 1965 and deleted.
616.   Ipocras this book made yare / And sente it to the emperor…
DIMEV 2688 Witnesses: 5
A rhymed preface to an English prose tract on medicine — five couplets
617.   I praise nothing these kisses Dutch
DIMEV 2239 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
618.   I pray daily their pains to assuage
DIMEV 2240 Witnesses: 1
Concluding three lines of a love song
619.   I pray Thee lady the Mother of Christ
DIMEV 2241 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary and all saints — one stanza rhyme royal
620.   I pray thee spirit that angel art
DIMEV 2242 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the guardian angel — ten quatrains (abab, abcb)
621.   I pray to God speed well the plough [I pray to god spede wele the plough]
Refrain to 618
622.   I pray you all for charity
DIMEV 2243 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph, A.D. 1437, for John Spyeer of Burford, Oxford — eight couplets
623.   I pray you all give your audience
DIMEV 2244 Witnesses: 4
Everyman
624.   I pray you all my friends dear
DIMEV 2245 Witnesses: 40
Speculum Christiani (Septima Tabula)
625.   I pray you all with o thought [I pray yow all wyth o thowght / Amende me and peyre me nowght]
Burden to 2050
626.   I pray you be merry and sing with me [I pray you be mery & synge with me / In worship of cristys nativite]
Burden to 2683
627.   I pray you brothers everyone [I pray youe breder euerechon / Worchip þis postil swete saynt jon]
Burden to 4630
628.   I pray you come kiss me [I pray yow cum kyss me / My lytle prety Mopse]
Burden to 278
629.   I pray you lady Mary dear
DIMEV 2246 Witnesses: 2
‘Ane orisoun to our Lady callit Obsecro’
630.   I pray you maidens everyone
DIMEV 2248 Witnesses: 1
An erotic carol with double entendre — six quatrains (aabb) and burden: ‘Podynges at nyght & podynges at none / Were nat for podynges the world were clene done’
631.   I pray you maids that here be [I praye youe maydys that here be]
Burden to 2667
632.   I pray you M to me be true
DIMEV 2247 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
633.   I pray you sirs all in fere [I pra you sers al in fere / Worchip seynt thomas this hole marter]
Burden to 1379
634.   I pray you sirs both more and less
DIMEV 2249 Witnesses: 1
Introduction to a series of Christmas carols — one couplet
635.   I pray you sirs par charitee [I pray ȝou serys pur charyte / When ȝe han etc.]
See 2006
636.   Ipse mocat me
DIMEV 2689 Witnesses: 1
A nonsense carol — four 3-line macaronic stanzas (aab) including In ciuitate Dauid refrain and 2-line burden: ‘Gebit gebit gebit gebit / Lux fulgebit hodie
637.   I put myself unto your mercy lo
DIMEV 2250 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
638.   I read in a story I can shew you anon
DIMEV 2251 Witnesses: 2
A tale of Henry III and the Archbishop of Canterbury
639.   I receive no light but of thy beams bright
DIMEV 2252 Witnesses: 1
Leconfield proverbs — five lines on a scroll attached to a picture of Christ[?]
640.   I recommend me to you with heart and mind
DIMEV 2253 Witnesses: 1
A love letter to his mistress — thirteen cross-rhymed quatrains
641.   I rede that thou be jolly and glad
DIMEV 2254 Witnesses: 2
On the Choice of Friends — nine lines in two stanzas (ababa + cdcd)
642.   I rede that thou do right so [I rede þat þou do right so]
Extract (Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 81) from 4229
643.   I rede we all take heed / What Matthew witnesseth here in deed
DIMEV 2255 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
644.   Is an ending of sorrow and ginning of bliss
DIMEV 2692 Witnesses: 1
The water of life — one couplet in a Latin sermon
645.   Is a privy poison
DIMEV 2690 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone: Sanguis Christi
646.   Is a robber of rents and lands
DIMEV 2691 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
647.   I saw a dog seething souse
DIMEV 2256 Witnesses: 1
A nonsense carol of ‘tall stories’ — seven quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Hay hey hey hey / I will haue the whetston and I may’
648.   I saw a fair maiden sitten and sing
DIMEV 2257 Witnesses: 1
Cradle song of the Virgin Mary — five couplets and burden: ‘Lullay myn lykyng my dere sone myn swetyng / Lullay my dere herte myn owyn dere derlyng’
649.   I saw a sight that was unsure
DIMEV 2258 Witnesses: 1
A song of impossibilities against faithlessness in women: ‘Lemman whan þe song is soþ / Of loue þou ssalt be trewe’ — 24 lines
650.   I saw a sparrow
DIMEV 2259 Witnesses: 1
Tag translating Latin, ‘vidi passerem sagitare sagittam…’ which follows it, in a series of Latin sentences with English translations in a schoolbook — four monorhyming lines
651.   I saw a sweet seemly sight
DIMEV 2260 Witnesses: 1
The Virgin’s Lullaby — one 6-line stanza (aabccb) and 5-line burden: ‘Lullay lullow lully lullay / Bewy bewy lully lully / Bewy lully lullow lully / Lullay baw baw my barne / Slepe softly now’
652.   I saw him with flesh all bespread
DIMEV 2261 Witnesses: 1
How Christ shall come, in a Latin sermon — twenty long lines with ‘I sayh’ and ‘I come’ anaphoras, followed by 16 lines
653.   I saw three headless playen at a ball
DIMEV 2262 Witnesses: 2
Riddling verses — two couplets
654.   I say algate
Refrain to 2664
655.   I say thee so [I sai the so]
Refrain to 1303
656.   I say without boast
DIMEV 2263 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
657.   I see a ribbon rich and new
DIMEV 2264 Witnesses: 2
Man for the Better Abyde
658.   I seek about this world unstable
DIMEV 2267 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘Of the changes of life’
659.   I seek a youth that eldeth not
DIMEV 2266 Witnesses: 1
On a religious life — three couplets
660.   I see there is but little trust
DIMEV 2265 Witnesses: 2
On Woman’s faithlessness — one stanza rhyme royal
661.   I served Our Lady both night and day
DIMEV 2269 Witnesses: 1
On the Redemption — four couplets, with couplet heading
662.   I serve where I no trust can find
DIMEV 2268 Witnesses: 1
The lover despairs of his mistress — three 5-line stanzas
663.   I shall please my lord by working
DIMEV 2270 Witnesses: 1
Officium pro Mortuis
664.   I shall pray for his soul that God give him rest
DIMEV 2271 Witnesses: 1
On prayer for the souls of the dead — two couplets
665.   I shall say what inordinate love is
DIMEV 2272 Witnesses: 1
A definition of Inordinate Love — one 8-line stanza translating Latin verses ‘Dicam quid sit amor
666.   I shall tell you a tale
DIMEV 2273 Witnesses: 1
John Paston I
667.   I shall the teach son take heed [I sale þe teche sone tak hede]
DIMEV 0.1361 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1361; see 4995
668.   I shall you tell a full good sport
DIMEV 2274 Witnesses: 2
The Gossips’ Meeting — twenty-five 6-line stanzas (aaabbc) with ‘Good gossips myn’ refrain and burden: ‘Hoow gossip myne gossip myn / Whan will we go to the wyne / Good gossipes [myn]’
669.   I shall you tell a great marvel / How an angel for our avail
DIMEV 2275 Witnesses: 1
A song of the Annunciation — six 3-line stanzas (aaa) and burden: ̴What hard ye not the kyng of Jherusalem / Is now bor in Bethelem’
670.   I shall you tell this ilk night
DIMEV 2276 Witnesses: 3
A carol to St. Stephen — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘The holy marter Steuen we pray / To be our socour both myght and day’
671.   I shall you tell with hearty mood
DIMEV 2277 Witnesses: 2
On the Three Kings of Cullen
672.   I shall you tell without leasing
DIMEV 2278 Witnesses: 7
George Ripley (attrib.): The Emblematical Scroll
673.   I sigh and sob both day and night for one so fair of hue [I sigh and sob both day and nyght for on so fair of hewe]
Part of 3275, last seven stanzas, possibly for a separate poem; cf. 2854; and Wilson, Sarah. “The Longleat Version of ‘Love is Life.’” Review of English Studies n.s. 10 (1959): 337-46, 345-6
674.   I sigh when I sing / for sorrow that I see
DIMEV 2279 Witnesses: 2
A song of the Passion — six 10-line stanzas
675.   I sin each day and nought repent me
DIMEV 2280 Witnesses: 1
The soul of the damned nun speaks to her sister — three lines
676.   I sing of a maiden that is makeless
DIMEV 2281 Witnesses: 2
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — five couplets
677.   I sing of kings by the days of Arthur
DIMEV 2282 Witnesses: 2
Sir Lamwell
678.   Is in my remembrance none but ye alone [[I]s in my remembrauns non but ye alone]
See 640
679.   I Sir Hector most honorable that prince was of Troy
DIMEV 2283 Witnesses: 1
On the Nine Worthies — 9 eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
680.   I sit and sing / of love longing
DIMEV 2284 Witnesses: 1
Desert of Religion
681.   Is it not sure a deadly pain
DIMEV 2693 Witnesses: 1
The anguish of separated lovers — one stanza rhyme royal
682.   I sleep and my heart wakes to Thee
DIMEV 2285 Witnesses: 1
Couplet attached to scroll for picture of man lying on ground
683.   I sleep and my heart wakes / Who shall to my leman say
DIMEV 2286 Witnesses: 11
Richard Rolle: Ego Dormio
684.   Isop [Aesop] mine auctor makes mention [Isope myn auctor makis mencioune]
See Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS] copy of 5871
685.   Is she not full of all goodly manner
DIMEV 2694 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
686.   I stand as still as any stone
DIMEV 2287 Witnesses: 1
God amends all — one quatrain
687.   Iste liber pertinet And bear it well in mind / Per me Gulielmum downes so gentelle ande so kynde
DIMEV 2700 Witnesses: 2
Bookplate of William Downes — two couplets
688.   Iste liber pertinet bere yt well in mynd / me fawkner bothe gentyll and kynde
DIMEV 2700.5 Witnesses: 1
An onwership inscription.
689.   Is [I shall?] tell you my mind Annis Taylor dame
DIMEV 2695 Witnesses: 2
A plea to Annis Taylor for another drink — a Welsh-English ‘englyn
690.   Iste puer is a prince that is peerless
DIMEV 2701 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s singularity — four monorhyming lines in a Latin Sermo in natali domini
691.   Is there any good man here
DIMEV 2696 Witnesses: 1
A Minstrel’s Greeting
692.   Is this a fair avaunt is this honor
DIMEV 2697 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve: Lespistre de Cupide
693.   Is this burgh breme yond Britainric [Is ðeos burch breome geond Breotenrice]
DIMEV 2698 Witnesses: 2
Simeon of Durham: Chronicle
694.   Is wan of beating
DIMEV 2699 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
695.   I take my leave against my will [I take my leve agaynst my wyll]
Refrain to 1269
696.   Italicis Olilant Lombards waymenten
DIMEV 2773 Witnesses: 1
National reactions to ?a political event, or stereotypes — four macaronic monorhyming lines
697.   It befell at Martinmass
DIMEV 2702 Witnesses: 1
Ballad of the battle of Crecrynbroghe(?)—thirty 4-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Syck sicke & totowe sike / & sicke & like to die / the sikest nighte that euer I abode / god lord haue mercy on me’
698.   It befell in the wintertide
DIMEV 2703 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
699.   It befell some time in certain / In the City of Thessaly
DIMEV 2704 Witnesses: 1
‘De Theodosio Imperatore’
700.   It befell whilom Ich understand
DIMEV 2705 Witnesses: 1
‘þe wenche þat [lov]ed [a k]ing’
701.   It belimpeth for to speak to readen and to sing
DIMEV 2706 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to God (with the Pater Noster as its basis) — nine monorhyming quatrains
702.   It beth three times on that day / that sooth to witten me may
DIMEV 2707 Witnesses: 1
Three Sorrowful Things — six lines
703.   It betid upon a day
DIMEV 2708 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
704.   It better is to trow in God above [It better is to trowe in god aboue]
See 5365
705.   It cometh by kind of gentle blood
DIMEV 2709 Witnesses: 1
On Good Words — four lines
706.   It doth harm and hate done harm
DIMEV 2710 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
707.   Item I shall tell you a tale [Item I shall telle yow a tale]
See 2273
708.   It falleth for every gentleman
DIMEV 2711 Witnesses: 5
Speak no evil behind a friend’s back — short poem, accompanied by Latin
709.   It falseth
DIMEV 2712 Witnesses: 1
Cupiditas — four monorhyming lines
710.   It fell about the Lamastide
DIMEV 2713 Witnesses: 2
‘þe battel of Otterburn’
711.   It fell against a midsummer month
DIMEV 2714 Witnesses: 2
‘The Songe of Sir Andraye Barton, Knight’
712.   It fell against the next night
DIMEV 2715 Witnesses: 1
The Fox and the Goose — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Pax uobis quod the fox / ffor I am comyn to toowne’
713.   It fell six days before the pase
DIMEV 2716 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
714.   It fell sometimes in the land of Beame
DIMEV 2717 Witnesses: 1
Eger and Grine
715.   I thank Thee Jesu of all Thy goodness
DIMEV 2288 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to be said at the ‘leuacion’ — six lines
716.   I thank Thee Lord God full of might
DIMEV 2289 Witnesses: 1
A morning thanksgiving to God — eleven 8-line stanzas
717.   I thank Thee Lord that Thou me wrought / And with strong…
DIMEV 2290 Witnesses: 9
Arma Christi
718.   I that in health was and gladness
DIMEV 2291 Witnesses: 3
Dunbar Dunbar: ‘Lament for the Makars’
719.   I that to your service would were able
DIMEV 0.1371 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1371; see 4390
720.   I Thee honour with all my might / In form of bread as I Thee see
DIMEV 2292 Witnesses: 6
A prayer at the ‘leuacion’ — five quatrains
721.   I think all day I think of nought
DIMEV 2293 Witnesses: 1
‘De Cupiditate‘
722.   I think it a maiden every deal [I thanke it a maydyn euery dyll]
Refrain to 5272
723.   I thought long while some lord come home
DIMEV 2294 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: A Welcome to the Lord Treasurer
724.   It is a merchant and spendeth not
DIMEV 2718 Witnesses: 1
Paradoxes — seven lines
725.   It is a name of price [It is a name of pryce]
Refrain to 5416
726.   It is a wonder by the Rood
DIMEV 2719 Witnesses: 1
A poser attacking duplicity — two couplets
727.   It is beginning of the days brightness
DIMEV 2720 Witnesses: 1
Three characteristics of dawn, which are compared with advent/birth of the Virgin Mary — three rhyming lines in a sermon
728.   It is bitter to mans mend
DIMEV 2721 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
729.   It is bread from heaven come / Flesh & blood of Mary it nam
DIMEV 2722 Witnesses: 1
A Song in honour of the Eucharist — seven quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Worchyp we bothe more & lesce / Crystes body in furme of bred’
730.   It is but a simple oak
DIMEV 2723 Witnesses: 2
Proverbial couplet in a letter from Elizabeth Brews to John Paston, February 1477 [Davis, Norman. The Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971, 1976, No. 782, and repeated in No. 785 (numbers 896 and 899 in Gairdner, James. The Paston Letters. 6 vols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1904; repr. Alan Sutton, 1986)]
731.   It is done there is no more to say
DIMEV 2724 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
732.   It is doubt in mans richesse
DIMEV 2725 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
733.   It is first the floritif of fairness
DIMEV 2726 Witnesses: 1
Three rhyming alliterative lines in an English prose homily
734.   It is folly a man a thing to begin
DIMEV 2727 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial couplet about the folly of attempting what one has not intelligence to do — one couplet
735.   It is folly to buyen a beggar if it be well bought
DIMEV 2728 Witnesses: 1
‘Wyllughby’
736.   It is full hard to know any estate
DIMEV 2729 Witnesses: 2
Proverbial verses showing the influence of Cato’s ‘Distiches’ — in rhyme royal stanzas.
737.   It is full heavy chastity
DIMEV 2730 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘De matrimonio mulierum’
738.   It is full lightly I-born
DIMEV 2731 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
739.   It is heard of saints sere
DIMEV 2732 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
740.   It is I-come to this town
DIMEV 2733 Witnesses: 1
A quatrain in a Latin sermon
741.   It is I-found in Holy Writ
DIMEV 2734 Witnesses: 1
Six lines assuring pardon to those who say the prayer which follows
742.   It is in harvest carts to clatter
DIMEV 2735 Witnesses: 1
Aphoristic lines: a schoolboy’s exercises, with a Latin translation — five monorhyming lines
743.   It is known in every shire
DIMEV 2736 Witnesses: 1
On the evil wrought by ‘wekyd tongges’ — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘A man that con his tong stere / He ther not rek wer that he go’
744.   It is law that faileth not
DIMEV 2737 Witnesses: 1
An anagram on L. O. V. E. — four lines
745.   It is merry in hall
DIMEV 2738 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial couplet translating ‘Aula gaudescit &c.
746.   It is my father will [It is my fader wyll]
Refrain to 2089
747.   It is no right all other lusts to lose
DIMEV 2739 Witnesses: 2
‘Balade by Chaucer’
748.   It is not worth to a child his friends goodness
DIMEV 2741 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
749.   It is no wise mans lore
DIMEV 2740 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet translating Non est consultum pro paruo perdere multum, which follows
750.   It is one that seemeth a hundred
DIMEV 2742 Witnesses: 1
four lines
751.   It is praise to know high thing
DIMEV 2743 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial tag translating Latin
752.   It is so pretty in every degree
DIMEV 2744 Witnesses: 2
The deluded lover — four quatrains and 2-line refrain
753.   It is the best early and late [Hit is the best erele & late / Vche mon kepe his oune state]
Burden to 2664
754.   It is the property of a gentleman
DIMEV 2745 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial statement about gentlemen’s speech — one couplet
755.   It is to be titled now proved without obstacle [It is to be titelled now proved wtoute obstacle]
DIMEV 0.1637 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1637; ‘On the Crafte of Philonomye’: see Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 336/725 copy of 2599
756.   It is to me a right great joy
DIMEV 2746 Witnesses: 1
One line only, serving as a round
757.   It is to virtue full good and necessary
DIMEV 2747 Witnesses: 1
The speech of Job in the pageant celebrating the marriage of Prince Arthur and Princess Catherine — four stanzas rhyme royal
758.   It is unknow / What man built this city now
DIMEV 2748 Witnesses: 12
John Trevisa; Ranulf Higden: Polychronicon
759.   It is well found a passing great damage
DIMEV 2749 Witnesses: 1
Against ‘double intendement’ — three stanzas rhyme royal with refrain.
760.   It nis but truth I-wend on afte
DIMEV 2750 Witnesses: 1
‘Nego’
761.   It peases them that be wroth
DIMEV 2751 Witnesses: 1
Five virtues of Christ’s blood — five lines in a sermon for Passiontide translating the Latin text which precedes them
762.   It resteth and it queemeth
DIMEV 2752 Witnesses: 1
The Four Benefits of Poverty
763.   It reveth a man his strength and putteth him in great feebleness
DIMEV 2753 Witnesses: 1
John Waldeby
764.   I trow in God Father of might that all has wrought
DIMEV 2295 Witnesses: 1
The Creed, with the clauses assigned to the Apostles — ten couplets (twelve Apostles named)
765.   I trow in God Father of might that wrought
DIMEV 2296 Witnesses: 1
‘Boke of Penance;’
766.   I trow in God the Father almighty
DIMEV 2297 Witnesses: 1
The Creed — three stanzas rhyme royal
767.   It seems white and is red / It is quick and seems dead
DIMEV 2754 Witnesses: 3
Rhyming lines on the Host — one quatrain
768.   It standeth written in a book
DIMEV 2755 Witnesses: 1
One gnomic couplet
769.   It strengtheth man in his fighting
DIMEV 2756 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
770.   It that I give I have / It that I lend I crave
DIMEV 2757 Witnesses: 3
Moralizing lines on lending money — eight lines
771.   I-turned into joy is all my woe [y-turned into ioye is al my wo / þou hast wrapped me wyȝt blisse for euere mo]
See Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 51v copy of 5349
772.   I-turned into joy is all my woe [Yturnd into ioye is al my wo]
See Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8 copy of 5349
773.   It was a knight beyond the sea / That rich man was wont to be
DIMEV 2758 Witnesses: 11
Northern Homily Cycle
774.   It was a maid of brenten arse
DIMEV 2759 Witnesses: 1
‘My ladyes water-myll’
775.   It was a man as I heard say / That to Saint James took the way
DIMEV 2760 Witnesses: 11
Northern Homily Cycle
776.   It was an Earl of much might / Beyond the sea Sir Theobald he hight
DIMEV 2763 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
777.   It was a rich man o land / Full far beyond the sea woning
DIMEV 2761 Witnesses: 13
Northern Homily Cycle
778.   It was a squire of low degree
DIMEV 2762 Witnesses: 3
The Squyer of Lowe Degre
779.   It was once a gardener / That to God was both lief and dear
DIMEV 2764 Witnesses: 11
Northern Homily Cycle
780.   It was once a hende knight / That slew another knight in fight
DIMEV 2765 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
781.   It wasteth
DIMEV 2769 Witnesses: 1
On lechery — four monorhyming lines following Latin Luxuria facit hec
782.   It was upon a holiday / As Luke in our gospel gan say
DIMEV 2766 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
783.   It was upon a Saturday a little before prime
DIMEV 2767 Witnesses: 1
The birth and crucifixion of Christ — six couplets
784.   It was upon a Sheer Thursday that our Lord arose
DIMEV 2768 Witnesses: 1
The Bargain of Judas — eighteen couplets
785.   It were my death to see you die [Yt were my death to se you dye]
Refrain to 267
786.   It were speedful whoso couth
DIMEV 2770 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
787.   It wern four letters of purpose I / of M and A R and I
DIMEV 2771 Witnesses: 2
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘M & A & R & I / Syngyn I wyl a newe song’
788.   It will stand sink into mans brain
DIMEV 2772 Witnesses: 1
Faith a remedy for sin — one monorhyming quatrain
789.   I vow to God she makes great steer
DIMEV 2298 Witnesses: 10
Chronicle
790.   Ivy chief of trees it is [Ivy chefe off treis it is / Veni coronaberis]
Burden to 5413
791.   Ivy is both fair and green
DIMEV 2774 Witnesses: 1
A carol in praise of ivy — five 7-line stanzas (ababccc) including bob and burden: ‘Ivy ys good & glad to se / Iuy is fair in hys degre’
792.   I wail I weep I sob I sigh full sore
DIMEV 2299 Witnesses: 1
John Skelton: On the Death of the Earl of Northumberland
793.   I-wandering full weary and walking the ways [Y wandryng ful wery and walkynge þe ways]
DIMEV 0.1378.5 Witnesses: 0
Former 1378.5; now 2775
794.   I-wandering full weary and walking the ways
DIMEV 2775 Witnesses: 1
An ABC alliterative poem on flowers, one stanza to each letter of the alphabet — 15 alliterative quatrains (abab)
795.   I warn each lede that liveth in land
DIMEV 2300 Witnesses: 6
Keep Well Christ’s commandments
796.   I warn you everyone for ye should understand
DIMEV 2301 Witnesses: 1
The Rose of Rouen
797.   I was a man as now you be
DIMEV 2302 Witnesses: 1
Mortality verses.
798.   I was an hound and sith an hare
DIMEV 2303 Witnesses: 1
A dialogue between an Englishman and a Scot, a ‘flytyng’ — six lines
799.   I was as ye be now in dust and clay
DIMEV 2304 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph, A.D. 1458 — four lines
800.   I was at Erceldoune
DIMEV 2305 Witnesses: 1
Sir Tristrem
801.   I was born in a stall / Between beasts two
DIMEV 2306 Witnesses: 1
The Story of Christ’s Sufferings — thirteen quatrains (abab) and burden: ‘Shall I moder shall I / Shall I do soo / Shall I dye for mannys sake / And I never synned thereto’
802.   I was in an summery dale
DIMEV 2307 Witnesses: 2
The Owl and the Nightingale
803.   I was long time one of the company
DIMEV 2308 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
804.   I was well fair such shalt thou be] Y was wel fair scuch ssaltou be / for godes loue be war be me]
See London, British Library Yates Thompson 13 [olim Taymouth Hours; olim Ashburnham App. (?)230; olim Yates Thompson 57] copy of 2103
805.   I was with pope and cardinal
DIMEV 2309 Witnesses: 1
Well is he that has enough and can say, ‘Whoa!’ — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Forsothe I hold hym well and withowt woo / That hath ynowgh and can say whoo’
806.   I welcome you brethren goodly in this hall
DIMEV 2310 Witnesses: 1
A ‘sotelty’ for a bridal feast — five lines
807.   I wend to death a king iwis
DIMEV 2311 Witnesses: 3
Dialogue between the Spearman Death and a king, a Knight and an Archbishop
808.   I which that am sorrowfullest man
DIMEV 2312 Witnesses: 3
Geoffrey Chaucer: Compleint Damours
809.   I will…
DIMEV 2313 Witnesses: 1
A fragment — eight lines, possibly in couplets
810.   I will bear to washen down in the town
DIMEV 2315 Witnesses: 1
A couplet among miscellaneous Latin and English notes
811.   I will be mended if I say miss
DIMEV 2314 Witnesses: 1
‘Of the sacrament of the Altere’
812.   I will bewail in manner of tragedy
DIMEV 2316 Witnesses: 55
Geoffrey Chaucer: Monk’s Tale
813.   I will eat capon and chicken
DIMEV 2316.5 Witnesses: 1
A couplet accompanying an illustration at the foot of the page. See also 1651.5.
814.   I will have the whetstone [I will haue þe whetston]
Refrain to 2256
815.   I will leave but I no dare [I wyll leue but I no dar]
DIMEV 0.1390 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 1390; see 2333
816.   I will lose my life [Ich wolle leose my life]
See London, British Library Harley 7322 copy of 5148
817.   I will no more go to the plow
DIMEV 2317 Witnesses: 1
A woman’s complaint and wish for death — 5 quatrains (abab)
818.   I will not man that thou die
DIMEV 2318 Witnesses: 1
Reply of Mercy to Adam
819.   I will not rehearse all the manner [I will nocht reherss all the maner / For quha sa likis]
Ballad of the victory of Sir Andrew Hercla in Barbour’s Bruce (xvi. 519), pr. Skeat, Walter William. The Bruce, etc. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 31-33. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1894, 69. See 5039.
820.   I will please what so betide [I wyll please what so betyde / if thou wylt please lay truthe asyde]
A proverbial couplet (= lines 19-20 of 5530), pr. Smith, William George. The Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; rev. ed. 1948, 506.
821.   I will that the cock have the quede / And for his song he shall be dead
DIMEV 2319 Witnesses: 1
Gesta Romanorum
822.   I will that ye flee sin
DIMEV 2320 Witnesses: 1
Exhortation to be Meek and True — one quatrain
823.   I will you tell a full good sport [I wyll yow tell a full good sport]
See 2274
824.   I will you tellen by and by [I wil ȝou tellyn bi & bi]
See 4171
825.   I winked I winked when I a woman took
DIMEV 2321 Witnesses: 1
On the need for caution in marriage — a 3-line tag
826.   Iwis iwis I remember me
DIMEV 2776 Witnesses: 1
‘Why plesyth not age with no revylry’
827.   I wit myself mine own woe [I wiyte my silf myn owne woo]
Refrain to 2551
828.   I wonder much in the writing above
DIMEV 2322 Witnesses: 1
A question and answer on the love of God — two couplets in a Latin sermon commentary
829.   I worship Thee O God in persons three
DIMEV 2323 Witnesses: 1
‘The X Commaundementys’
830.   I wot a bird in a bower as beryl so bright
DIMEV 2324 Witnesses: 1
Annot and Iohon
831.   I wot a bird in bower bright / That fully seemly is on sight
DIMEV 2325 Witnesses: 1
The loveliest lady in the land — ten 8-line stanzas (aaabcccb) and 4-line burden: ‘Blow northerne wynd / sent þou me my suetyng / blow norþerne wynd / blou blou blou’.
832.   I wot a bower so bright
DIMEV 2326 Witnesses: 1
A fragment of a song, perhaps a religious love poem — one five line tail-rhyme stanza (aaaab)
833.   I wot a tree twelve boughs betake
DIMEV 2327 Witnesses: 1
‘Anigmata’
834.   I wot in ferne country so men me tolden to
DIMEV 2328 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
835.   I wot no better weal
DIMEV 2329 Witnesses: 2
Richard Rolle: English Psalter
836.   I wot well soon of me thus wilt thou think
DIMEV 2330 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve: de Regimine Principum
837.   I would be absent day and night
DIMEV 2331 Witnesses: 1
Against sycophants — one quatrain (aabb)
838.   I would fain be a clerk / But yet it is a strange work
DIMEV 2332 Witnesses: 2
The Schoolboy’s Lament
839.   I would if that I might [wielden?] him to wife [I wold ȝef þat I moght w[e]ldynd im to wif]
Burden to 3259
840.   I would I were thrushelcock [Ich wolde ich were a threselcock]
Refrain to ?reconstructed 183
841.   I would lend but I ne dare
DIMEV 2333 Witnesses: 5
Verses on the Incommodities of Lending — four couplets
842.   I would not spare for to speak wist I to speed
DIMEV 2334 Witnesses: 1
Laurence Minot: The Defeat of the Spaniards
843.   I would witen of some wise wight / Witterly what this world were
DIMEV 2335 Witnesses: 2
‘This World Fareþ as a ffantasy’
844.   I wretch fulfilled of thought and heaviness
DIMEV 2336 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
845.   I-written I find a good story / The Pope it wrote Saint Gregory
DIMEV 2777 Witnesses: 6
The Trental of St. Gregory
846.   I yield myself to you save me my life
DIMEV 2337 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
847.   I you honor bless laud and glorifyI you honoure blesse lawde and glorifie]
Last two stanzas rhyme royal of Proheme (New York, Columbia University Library Plimpton 256) to 5365
848.   I you rede ye sitten still
DIMEV 2338 Witnesses: 1
Wise admonitions: Biblical texts paraphrased, intermingled with similar texts in Latin