The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Found Records:
1.   Naked into this world born am I
DIMEV 3674 Witnesses: 1
‘Of þe seuen ages’
2.   Naked is his white breast and red is his bloody side [Naked es his whit breste & rede es his blody syde]
A paraphrase of Augustine’s ‘Candet nudatum pectus’ — four long lines introduced in the ‘Meditatio de passione’: see 3617. For other versions occurring separately see 752 and 6540.5
3.   Nascitur ex virgine / sine viri semine
Burden to 22
4.   Nas there never carion so loath
DIMEV 3675 Witnesses: 7
The loathesomeness of Death, a tag in the Fasciculus morum freely rendering a quotation attributed to St. Bernard — six lines roughly rhyming aabccb
5.   Naveth my soul but fire and ice
DIMEV 3676 Witnesses: 1
May the Lord preserve us — last ten lines of a religious poem, possibly in 8-line stanzas (abababab)
6.   Nay marry nay marry I Peter [Nay mary nay mary I Peter]
Burden to 2595
7.   Nay nay holly must have the mastery as the manner is [Nay nay Ive it may not be iwis / For holy must haue þe mastry as þe maner is]
Burden to 2039
8.   Nay nay Ivy it may not be iwis [Nay nay Ive it may not be iwis]
Burden to 2039
9.   Nay nay nay / We named never William Grey
DIMEV 3677 Witnesses: 1
Political slogan from the dispute over the mayoral election in Norwich in 1433 — one couplet
10.   Ne be the day never so long
DIMEV 3678 Witnesses: 1
A couplet in a Latin sermon
11.   Ne be thy wimple never so yellow ne so strutting
DIMEV 3679 Witnesses: 2
On the vanity of fashions — two couplets
12.   Ne bring thou not thyself too low
DIMEV 3680 Witnesses: 1
Warning against the pleasures of lust — four lines translating ‘Nulli confundi misera dulcedine mundi…’ which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
13.   Need not I love where men love me
DIMEV 3688 Witnesses: 2
Three little songs: of love, of sorrow, of joy, in a Latin sermon — three couplets or other rhyme schemes
14.   Ne hath my soul but fire and ice
DIMEV 3681 Witnesses: 1
On the need to pray God for forgiveness of sin before death — ten lines, mostly cross-rhymed
15.   Ne have thou no God buten one
DIMEV 3682 Witnesses: 1
‘X Precepta’
16.   Ne may no lewed lede liven in land
DIMEV 3683 Witnesses: 1
Five stanzas (aabccbddbeebffgggf)
17.   Ne no thing is to man so dear [Ne no thyng ys to man so dere]
An extract from Handlynge Synne in praise of women: see 1283
18.   Nere hope heart would burst [Ner hope harte wolde breste]
See 2072
19.   Ne reminiscaris domine
Refrain to 609
20.   Ne say never such a man a Jordan was
DIMEV 3684 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a song, considerably mutilated
21.   Ne shalt thou never lady twinklen with thine eyen
DIMEV 3685 Witnesses: 1
Robert St. Mary (clerk)
22.   Nes no clune on liue þat maketh wamman
See 3694
23.   …ness an buxomness
DIMEV 2289.4 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
24.   Ne thirst man never in land
DIMEV 3686 Witnesses: 4
Floris and Blaunchfleur
25.   Nevermore to love oft have I thought [Neuyrmore to loue oft haue y thought]
See 3546
26.   Nevertheless I am sorry that Rygge
DIMEV 3690 Witnesses: 1
Expressions of regret regarding animal bites, written by John Paston II to John Paston III, 8 November 1472 — two couplets
27.   Never to yielden and ever to craven
DIMEV 3689 Witnesses: 2
John Grimestone
28.   Ne voceat spasmus michi me iuuet almus erasmus
Heading and colophon to 318
29.   Ne were my true innocent heart
DIMEV 3687 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
30.   News news [Newes newes]
Burden to 624
31.   News news news have ye any news
DIMEV 3691 Witnesses: 1
Coplande’s Prologue to Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls in the 1530 de Worde edition, four eight-line stanzas
32.   New Year day the holy feast holy day it is and good [Newȝere day þe holy feste helie day it is & gude]
See Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039 copy of 6852
33.   Next that a tournament was tried
DIMEV 3692 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘The justis betuix the tailyeour and sowtar’
34.   Next the dark night the gray morrow
DIMEV 3693 Witnesses: 1
35.   Nis no clune [?] alive that maketh woman
DIMEV 3694 Witnesses: 1
Aphorism about lovers being most likely source of woman’s tears — one couplet
36.   Nobis puer natus est [(Et) nobis puer natus est]
Refrain to 4514
37.   Noble princesses and ladies of estate [Noble princesses and ladyes of estate]
The Envoy to Lydgate’s ‘Life of St. Margaret’: see 720
38.   Nobles report your matins in this book
DIMEV 3702 Witnesses: 1
‘Porteus of Noblenes’
39.   No cattle no care leticia [No catell no care leticia]
See 3209
40.   No doubt she is a love of all that ever I see [nou doute she ys a loue of all that euer I see]
Refrain to 3627
41.   No evil will do and do no miss
DIMEV 3695 Witnesses: 1
Flee evil — one couplet
42.   No god ne have thou buten one
DIMEV 3696 Witnesses: 1
English verse translation of the Ten Commandments — six couplets
43.   No kind of labor is a thing of shame
DIMEV 3697 Witnesses: 2
Not work, but idelness is blameworthy — one couplet
44.   Nolite cor apponere
Refrain to 2357
45.   Nolo mortem peccatoris
Refrain to 315
46.   Nolo mortem peccatoris
Refrain to 1809
47.   No man is wretched but himself it were [Noo man is wrechched but him self yt were]
La response du ffortune au pleintif: see 5803
48.   No man this book he take away
DIMEV 3698 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay
49.   Nomen eius emanuell
Refrain to 5720
50.   No more ne will I wicked be
DIMEV 3699 Witnesses: 1
A Resolve to Reform — three 6-line stanzas
51.   No more of this for Gods dignity
DIMEV 3700 Witnesses: 52
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘Thopas-Melibee Link’
52.   None of all these I do you well assure [None of all these I doo yow well assure / Off kyndely ryght may no while endure]
Refrain to 81
53.   None sigheth so sore
DIMEV 3703 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
54.   Nor Ipocras nor yet Galen [[N]or Ipocras nor yet Galien]
See 1364
55.   Nor that I dread displeasen you only
DIMEV 3704 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
56.   Nor yet I trust hereafter shalt thou not [Nor yet y trust heraftir shalt thou not]
Refrain to 3895
57.   Not dreamed I in the mount of Parnassus
DIMEV 3705 Witnesses: 1
Benedict Burgh
58.   Not far from March in the end of Fevriere
DIMEV 3706 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.)
59.   Not full asleep nor full awaking
DIMEV 3707 Witnesses: 1
‘The Visione’ — 46 8-line stanzas
60.   Nothing commended but it in measure be [Nothyng commendyd but it in measure be]
Refrain to 951
61.   Nothing should grieve me half so sore
DIMEV 3713 Witnesses: 1
Letter of a lover to his absent lady — five 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) plus one 7-line of shorter lines, ababcbc
62.   Not long ago a marvelous thing
DIMEV 3708 Witnesses: 1
Gilbert Bannister: Miraculum sancti Thome martyris
63.   Not long ago I hied me a pace [Not long a-goo y hyed me a pase]
See 3546 (line 350)
64.   Not long ago purposed I and thought
DIMEV 3709 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s complaint — five stanzas rhyme royal
65.   Not mans steven but good will
DIMEV 3710 Witnesses: 14
Four lines translating ‘Non vox set votum. Non musica cordula set cor’, etc., a tag in the Fasciculus Morum, which precedes it
66.   Not oft I praise but blame as in substaunce
DIMEV 3711 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
67.   Not wot I now what wise to bear my cheer
DIMEV 3712 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
68.   Nought founden in me wickedness [Noght funden in me wickednes]
See 4803
69.   Nought to like thou me to lack
DIMEV 3714 Witnesses: 1
Percival, Premonstratensian Canon at Coverham Abbey, Yorkshire
70.   Nova nova Aue fit ex Eua
Burden to 1485
71.   Nova noua saw you ever such / The most master of the house weareth no breech [Nova noua sawe yow euer such / The most mayster of te hows weryth no brych]
Burden to 1093
72.   Nouis fulget Thomas miraculis
Burden or refrain to 3708
73.   Nouo profusi gaudio / Benedicamus domino
Burden to 4252
74.   Nouus sol de virgine / Reluxit nobis hodie
Burden to 5727
75.   Now all men may seen by me
DIMEV 3715 Witnesses: 1
On worm’s meat — six couplets
76.   Now are the feasts made of Christ
DIMEV 3716 Witnesses: 10
Northern Homily Cycle
77.   Now at my thought I will begin [Now at my thought I wil begynne]
See 3777
78.   Now Bairns Birds bold and blithe
DIMEV 3717 Witnesses: 2
Against my will I take my Leave — eight 8-line stanzas with ‘…take my leue’ refrain
79.   Now Barbara the spouse of Christ
DIMEV 3718 Witnesses: 1
Colophon to Middle English prose life of St. Barbara — four monorhyming lines
80.   Now beginneth that new fruit that late gan to [Now bigunneþ þat nywe frut þat late gan to]
See 3721
81.   Now begins to go the banner of our Lord the King
DIMEV 3719 Witnesses: 1
Vexilla regis prodeunt
82.   Now bethink thee gentleman [Now bething the gentilman / How Adam dalf and Eue span]
Burden to 2630
83.   Now be we glad and not sad [Now be we glad & not to sad / For verbum caro factum est]
Burden to 5729.7
84.   Now blessed lady weep no more [Now blessid lady wepe no more]
Refrain to 4890
85.   Now blessed Lord as I have trust in Thee
DIMEV 3720 Witnesses: 2
‘In te domine speraui non confundar’
86.   Now bloweth the fruit that late began to spring
DIMEV 3721 Witnesses: 14
South English Legendary
87.   Now brother Walter brother mine after the fleshless kind
DIMEV 3722 Witnesses: 1
Orm: Ormulum
88.   Now Christ Jesu soothfast priest and king
DIMEV 3723 Witnesses: 2
A prayer to Jesus — five stanzas rhyme royal
89.   Now comes age where youth has been [Now cumis aige quhair ȝewth hes bene / And trew luve rysis fro the Splene]
Burden to 3724
90.   Now cooled is Dame Venus brand
DIMEV 3724 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: ‘Of luve erdly and divine’
91.   Now death is at mine head
DIMEV 3725 Witnesses: 1
The sinner’s lament, a dialogue between Death and the Dying Man — eight quatrains
92.   Now do I know you changed thought
DIMEV 3726 Witnesses: 2
A rebuke to his ‘newfangled’ mistress — six quatrains
93.   Now dread I danger nor yet none of his
DIMEV 3727 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘God of loue woll helpe me in my nede’
94.   Nowell [Nowel]
Burden / refrain to 4337, 5221, 5272, 5791
95.   Nowell ell [Nowel el]
Burden to 3424, 3825
96.   Nowell ell both elde and young
DIMEV 3825 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — eight quatrains (aaab) and ‘Nowel el’ burden
97.   Nowell ell ell ell ell ell ell ell ell ell ell / Mary was great with Gabriel [Nowel el el el el el el el el el el / Mary was gret with gabriel]
Burden to 3427
98.   Nowell ell ell ell ell / I thank it a maiden every deal [Nowel el el el el / I thank it a maydyn euery del]
Burden to 5272, 6121
99.   Nowell nowell ell ell / I pray you listen what I you tell [Nowell nowell ell ell / I pray yow lystyn qwat I yow [tell]]
Burden to 4339
100.   Nowell nowell ell ell / Iwis it is a wonder nowell [Nowell nowell ell ell / Iwys yt ys a wunder nowell]
Burden to 2895
101.   Nowell nowell nowell [Nowel nowel nowel]
Burden to 5565
102.   Nowell nowell nowell nowell / And Christ save merry England and speed it well [Nowell nowell nowell nowell / & cryst saue mery Y[n]glon[d] & sped yt well]
Burden to 5957
103.   Nowell nowell nowell nowell / Nowell nowell nowell nowell /Inquit marie gabriel / concipies Emanuel
Burden to 1710
104.   Nowell nowell nowell nowell / This said angel Gabriel [Nowell nowell nowell nowell / This sayd the aungell Gabryell]
Burden to 3257
105.   Nowell Nowell nowell nowell / This is the song of the Angel Gabriel [Newell Newell newell newell / Thys ys þe songe of Angell Gabryell]
In New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk], burden to 5952
106.   Nowell nowell nowell nowell / Tidings good I think to tell [Nowell nowell nowell nowell / Tydynges gode y thyng[ke] to telle]
Burden to 5221
107.   Nowell nowell nowell nowell / Who is there that singeth so [Nowell nowell nowell nowell / Who ys there that syngeth so]
Burden to 1128
108.   Nowell nowell nowell / Sing we with mirth [Nowel nowel nowel / Syng we with myrth]
Burden to 6101
109.   Nowell nowell nowell / To us is born our God Emanuel [Nowel nowel nowel / To vs is born owr god emanuel]
Burden to 2482
110.   Nowell nowell / This is the salutation of the angel Gabriel [Nowell nowell / This is the salutacion off the aungell gabriell]
Burden to 5952
111.   Nowell sing we both all and some [Nowel syng we bothe al and som / Now Rex Pacificus ys ycome]
Burden to 1241; variant burden to 2481 [in Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.3.58 (1230)]
112.   Now ere ever I begin
DIMEV 2354.5 Witnesses: 1
A short alchemical poem — ten long lines
113.   Now every man at my request [Now euery man at my request / Be glad & mery all in this fest]
Burden to 5700
114.   Now every man in his beginning
DIMEV 3728 Witnesses: 1
‘The working of the phylozophers stone’ — 169 lines
115.   Now fairest of stature formed by nature
DIMEV 3730 Witnesses: 1
The lover’s appeal to his mistress for mercy — four stanzas rhyme royal
116.   Now fair fairest of every fair
DIMEV 3729 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar
117.   Now fare well my joy my comfort and solace [Now fayre wele my Ioye my comfort and solace]
See 1268
118.   Now fell me when this Jubilee thus was made
DIMEV 3731 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
119.   Now for to sing I hold it best
DIMEV 3732 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
120.   Now fresh flower to me that is so bright
DIMEV 3733 Witnesses: 1
A poem addressed to his heartless mistress — thirteen quatrains (abab)
121.   Now ginneth the devil to wrathen him sore
DIMEV 3734 Witnesses: 1
Henry Lovelich: Merlin
122.   Now gladdeth every lifes creature
DIMEV 3735 Witnesses: 1
‘Of the Nativitie of Christ’
123.   Now gladly shall the clergy sing
DIMEV 3736 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
124.   Now God almighty down hath sent
DIMEV 3738 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — three monorhyming quatrains plus 7-line burden (aabbccb, of which apparently only last five lines repeated after the quatrains): ‘Now make we merthe al & sum / ffor cristemesse now is i-com / þat hath no pere / Syng we alle in fere / Now ioye & blysse / þei xul not mysse / þat makyth good chere’
125.   Now God almighty have mercy on me
DIMEV 3739 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to God for mercy — one stanza rhyme royal
126.   Now god that sittest on high in throne
DIMEV 3740 Witnesses: 1
A prayer for England — nineteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with refrain, ‘Of alle oure synnys god make a delyueraunce’
127.   Now goeth falsehood in every flock
DIMEV 3741 Witnesses: 2
Verses claiming Truth is a Prisoner — a single quatrain
128.   Now goeth the sun under wood / Me rueth Mary thy fair rood
DIMEV 3742 Witnesses: 41
Edmund Rich Archibishop of Canterbury: Speculum Ecclesie
129.   Now go guile guile guile [Now go gyle gyle gyle / Now go gile gyle go]
Burden to 1673
130.   Now good Jesu for Thine circumcision [Nowe good ihu for þin circumcysyon]
See 3786
131.   Now good sweet heart and mine own good mistress
DIMEV 3743 Witnesses: 1
Stephen Hawes: Pastime of Pleasure
132.   Now go we on to our wits five
DIMEV 3737 Witnesses: 1
The V Bodily Wits, concluding with a form of confession — forty couplets
133.   Now gracious God grounded of all goodness
DIMEV 3744 Witnesses: 2
Ludus Coventriae
134.   Now great glorious God through grace of himselven
DIMEV 3745 Witnesses: 1
Alliterative Morte Arthure
135.   Now harken every man both more and less
DIMEV 3746 Witnesses: 2
Augustine of Hippo
136.   Now harken words wonder good [Now herkynnis wordis wundir gude]
See 1771
137.   Now has Mary born a flower
DIMEV 3747 Witnesses: 1
Song to the Virgin Mary — two fragmentary stanzas
138.   Now hath ye heard both old and young
DIMEV 3748 Witnesses: 2
Prognostics from the day on which Christmas falls, with a 32-line prologue — in couplets.
139.   Now have good day [Now haue gud day]
Refrain to 1971
140.   Now have good day now have good day [Now haue gud day now haue gud day / I am crystmas and now I go my way]
Burden to 1971
141.   Now have good day now have good day [Now haue gud day now haue gud day / I am Crystmas & now I go my way]
Burden to 1971
142.   Now have I told you though I it yelp [Now haue y told ȝow þow y it ȝelpe]
Unique lines in New York, Pierpont Morgan Library B.21 [olim Phillipps 7008; Katherine Fenwick; Thomas FitzRoy Fenwick; Alan George Fenwick; William H. Robinson Ltd., London; their sale, London, Sotheby’s, July 17, 1950, lot 27; purchased for Curt F. Bühler at Sotheby’s (London, Feb. 28, 1955, lot 169) by E.P. Goldschmidt, London] copy of 2343
143.   Now have I writ all
DIMEV 3749 Witnesses: 1
English couplet translating common Latin colophon: ‘Nunc scripsi totum pro christo da michi potum
144.   Now heartily ye be welcome into this hall [Now hertely ye bee welcome into this hal]
See 5633
145.   Now hear this pistle I you pray
DIMEV 3750 Witnesses: 1
John Audely: ‘De epistola domini nostri ihesu Christi de die dominica’
146.   Now help Fortune of thy goodness
DIMEV 3751 Witnesses: 1
A plea to Fortune for success in love — four lines
147.   Now here after will I show
DIMEV 3752 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
148.   Now here is go worth
DIMEV 3753 Witnesses: 1
Miseries of a fallen girl — one couplet
149.   Now hold himself from love let see that may
DIMEV 3754 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
150.   Now Holy Ghost of the High Deity
DIMEV 3755 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve: ‘Inuocacio ad spiritum sanctum’
151.   Now Holy Ghost our very comforter
DIMEV 3756 Witnesses: 1
‘Nunc sancte nobis spiritus’
152.   Now I have declared thou this [Now I haue declared þowe þis]
Prologue in Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600) to 1593
153.   Now I have that I nolde
DIMEV 3757 Witnesses: 1
To save the soul — nine irregular lines written as prose in a sermon collection
154.   Now I have that I will
DIMEV 3758 Witnesses: 12
A tag in the Fasciculus morum — one couplet
155.   Now in Bethlehem that holy place
DIMEV 3761 Witnesses: 2
James Ryman
156.   Now in the name of our lord Jesu [Now in the name of our lord ihesus]
Long Melford, Suffolk, Clopton Chapel, extracts of Lydgate’s ‘Testament’: See 3937
157.   Now is all my loud song
DIMEV 3762 Witnesses: 1
On speaking softly, as a gloss on a Latin text on this subject — one couplet
158.   Now is Christmas I-come
DIMEV 3763 Witnesses: 1
An Epiphany carol — twelve 5-line stanzas (aaabb, lacks burden)
159.   Now is come our Savior / And now hathe Mary borne
DIMEV 3764 Witnesses: 1
Carol for the Festivals following Christmas — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Welcum welcum welcum / Christe redemptor omneum
160.   Now I see blossom spring [Nv yh she blostme sprynge]
See 6334
161.   Now is England all in fight [Now ys Yngland alle in fyght]
See 2335
162.   Now is England perished in fight
DIMEV 3765 Witnesses: 2
On the state of England — seven quatrains, generally monorime
163.   Now I shall here begin
DIMEV 3759 Witnesses: 1
Arnoldus de Villa Nova
164.   Now is man holy and saint
DIMEV 3766 Witnesses: 1
Debate of the Body and Soul — a fragment, twenty-two lines in couplets and cross-rhymed quatrains
165.   Now is my robe I-shape forsooth all amiss
DIMEV 3767 Witnesses: 1
On the Defilement of Sin — four monorhyming lines
166.   Now is the Fox driven to hole hoo to him hoo hoo
DIMEV 3768 Witnesses: 1
On the arrest of the Duke of Suffolk — fifteen couplets
167.   Now is the Rose of Rouen grown to a great honor [Now is the Rose of Rone growen to a gret honoure]
Burden to 2301
168.   Now is the twelfth day I-come
DIMEV 3769 Witnesses: 3
An Epiphany carol — seventeen 5-line stanzas (aaabb), and burden: ‘Reges de saba venient / Aurum tus myrram offerent
169.   Now is this feast this holy feast [Now in this fest this holy fest / Nunc puer nobis natus est]
Burden to 5929
170.   Now in this feast this holy feast [Nowe in this fest thy holy fest / Saluator mundi natus est]
Burden to 730
171.   Now is this meadow fair and green [Now yn this medow fayre and grene]
See 3324
172.   Now is time to slay and time to heal
DIMEV 3770 Witnesses: 9
A tag in the Fasciculus morum — one couplet translating Eccles. 3.3
173.   Now is up now is down
DIMEV 3771 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
174.   Now is well and all thing a-right
DIMEV 3772 Witnesses: 1
Christ the Faithful Champion — sixteen lines
175.   Now is Yule comen with gentle cheer
DIMEV 3773 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab, same rhymes throughout) and burden: ‘Hay ay hay ay / Make we mere as we may’
176.   Now I will that ye I-write how it is I-went
DIMEV 3760 Witnesses: 1
Ayenbite of Inwyt
177.   Now I write a song of love [Nou I Write a song of loue]
See 3651
178.   Now Jesu Christ for Thy dearworth blood
DIMEV 3774 Witnesses: 1
A homily on the Ten Commandments — twenty quatrains
179.   Now Jesu Christ O heaven king [Now Iesus Christ o heuen king / grant you all his deare blessing]
Syr Tryamowre: See 1924
180.   Now Jesu lord and well of all goodness
DIMEV 3775 Witnesses: 3
‘A deuout prayer toward thy bedde at nyght’ — six quatrains (abab)
181.   Now Jesu rector anime / Ne cademus sustine [Now jhesus rector anime / Ne cademus sustine]
Burden to 1592
182.   Now joy be to the Trinity / Father Son and Holy Ghost
DIMEV 3776 Witnesses: 1
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (abab) and burden: ‘Wassaill wassayll wassaill syng we / In worshipe of cristes natiuite’
183.   Now knoweth all that been here [Now knoweth ȝe alle that ben here]
See Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 176 copy of 6769
184.   Now know I that reason in thee faileth [[Now know I t]hat reson in the fayleth]
Cecil fragment of 5248
185.   Now late me thought I would begin / My sinful language to abate
DIMEV 3777 Witnesses: 4
A lament of the Virgin Mary — in 12-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) with the refrain, ‘Who can not wepe come lerne at me’
186.   Now let us be merry both all and some
DIMEV 3778 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic Christmas poem — three quatrains
187.   Now let us sing and merry be [Nowe lete us syng and mery be / ffor crist oure kyng haþe made us fre]
Burden to 3732
188.   Now let us talk of Mount of Flodden
DIMEV 3779 Witnesses: 3
Flodden Feilde
189.   Now listeneth all unto me [Now lystyneth all on to me]
See 3245
190.   Now listen of an gentle knight
DIMEV 3781 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar
191.   Now list Fortune thus for me to purvey
DIMEV 3780 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.)
192.   Now Lord Jesu I cry Thee now mercy [Nowe Lorde Iesu I crye þee nowe mercy]
Concluding couplet to a series of proverbs: see 509
193.   Now loves comes with largess loud
DIMEV 3782 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: ‘The Petition of the Gray Horse, Auld Dunbar’
194.   Now make we mirth all and some [Now make we merthe al & sum]
Burden to 3738
195.   Now man behold this worlds vanities
DIMEV 3783 Witnesses: 1
Moralizing verses on the inevitability of death — five quatrains (abab), including refrain phrase, ‘…doutles þow man de’
196.   Now may we mirths make [Now may we myrthis make]
See 3817
197.   Now may we singen as it is [Now may we syngyn as it is / Quod puer natus est nobis]
Burden to 5652
198.   Now mercy God and grant mercy [Nou Merci God and Graunt Merci]
Refrain to 631
199.   Now mercy Jesu I will amend [Now marcy Jhesu I wyll amend]
Burden to 3656
200.   Now must I need part out of your presence
DIMEV 3784 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.)
201.   Now next after of Bartholomew
DIMEV 3785 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
202.   Now now Jesu for Thy circumcision
DIMEV 3786 Witnesses: 5
A prayer by the Seven Times Christ shed his Blood — four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
203.   Now of a prophet I will you tellen that was called Zachary [Now of a prophete I will ȝow tellen þat was called ȝakarye]
See 938
204.   Now of Saint James speak will we
DIMEV 3787 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
205.   Now of this feast tell I can
DIMEV 3788 Witnesses: 1
The Feest of Tottenham
206.   Now of this little book I have maked an end [Now of þis litel book y haue makyd an ende / Goddis blessyng mote he haue þat drinke wil me sende]
See Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 323 (SC 21897) copy of 2458
207.   Now of this matter to you most clear [Now of this matter to you most cleere]
See 4236
208.   Now of women this I say for me
DIMEV 3789 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘In prais of wemen’
209.   No wonder thou I mourning make
DIMEV 3701 Witnesses: 1
Sore I sigh — seven quatrains with refrain, ‘alone I lyue alone’ and 2-line burden: ‘Alone I lyue alone / And sore I sighe for one’
210.   Now Our Lady Mary for the joys five
DIMEV 3790 Witnesses: 1
An orison to the Virgin Mary by the Five Joys — one stanza rhyme royal
211.   Now pride is in price
DIMEV 3791 Witnesses: 1
Evils of the Time — two monorhyming quatrains
212.   Now reigneth pride in price [Now raygneth pride in price]
See 2957
213.   Now righteous judge Christ Lord Jesu
DIMEV 3792 Witnesses: 1
‘Iuste iudex Ihesu Christe rex regum & Domine’
214.   Now say me lo mine heart what is thy rede
DIMEV 3793 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
215.   Now seeth that prince is gone of excellence [Now seth that prynce is gone of excellence]
Dedication to Henry VI in Hardyng’s Chronicle: See 1174
216.   Now shaketh my hand my pen waxeth dull
DIMEV 3794 Witnesses: 1
Prologue to Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, at beginning of Part VII, cap. 218 — five stanzas rhyme royal
217.   Now shall you hear a tale for your disport
DIMEV 3795 Witnesses: 2
The Gossips’ Meeting — in eight-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Gode gosyp’, after fourth and eighth
218.   Now she that I / Loved truly…
DIMEV 3796 Witnesses: 1
Three quatrains with refrain ‘…a way morning away / I am forsake / Another ys take / no lenger…’
219.   Now shrinketh rose and lily flower
DIMEV 3797 Witnesses: 1
An autumn song in praise of the Virgin Mary — six 10-line stanzas
220.   Now sing we all and some [Nowe syng we both all & sum / Lapidauerunt stephanum]
Burden to 6402
221.   Now sing we all in fere [Now syng we all in fere / Alma redemptoris mater]
Burden to 608
222.   Now sing we as we were wont [Now synge we as we were wont]
In Kele text, burden to 1771
223.   Now sing we sing we [Now syng we syng we]
Burden to 997
224.   Now sing we sing we [Now synge we syng we]
Burden to 1486
225.   Now sing we this time thus [Nowe syng we thys tyme thus]
Burden to 3878, 5473
226.   Now sing we this time thus [Nowe syng we thys tyme þus / Te deum laudamus]
Burden to 5473
227.   Now sing we with angels [Now synge we with angelis / Gloria in excelsis]
Burden to 5
228.   Now sing we with joy and bliss [Now syng we wyth joy and blys / Puer natus est nobys]
Burden to 3412
229.   Now sitteth still and harkneth all
DIMEV 3798 Witnesses: 1
An English version of a French proclamation from a mystery play — 22 lines in short couplets
230.   Now slights of cure will I preach
DIMEV 3799 Witnesses: 2
Liber Cure Cocorum
231.   Now speak I will a little more [Now speke I wele a lytel more]
Prologue (14 lines) to the Liber Cure Cocorum: see 3799
232.   Now springs the spray [Now springes the sprai / Al for loue i am so seke]
Refrain to 614
233.   Now take good heed thou that doest over live
DIMEV 3800 Witnesses: 1
Verses on the tomb of King Louis of France, said to have been engraved at the command of Alice his wife for the counsel of his son Philip, translating Latin couplet which precedes it, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VII, cap. 235 — one stanza rhyme royal
234.   Now the book taketh on hand
DIMEV 3801 Witnesses: 13
John Trevisa; Ranulf Higden: Polychronicon
235.   Now the days star in his heavenly sphere
DIMEV 3802 Witnesses: 1
‘Iam lucis orto sidere’
236.   Now the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost
DIMEV 3803 Witnesses: 1
The Croxton Play of the Sacrament — 927 lines, generally in quatrains (abab)
237.   Now the law is laid by clear conscience
DIMEV 3804 Witnesses: 6
On the Evils of the Time, a ‘punctuation poem’ — one 8-line stanza (ababbcbc)
238.   Now the Passion we will take
DIMEV 3805 Witnesses: 1
Passio domini’ — a portion of the metrical Life of Christ, in short couplets
239.   Now these fowls singeth and maketh their bliss
DIMEV 3806 Witnesses: 1
‘Exemplum de beata Virgine et gaudiis eius’
240.   Now this time rex pacificus
DIMEV 3807 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
241.   Now this yule et cetera [Now this yol &c.]
Burden to 3422
242.   Now tho me thou take good heed
DIMEV 3808 Witnesses: 1
Four lines introducing a prose tract on Urines
243.   Now thou unseely body upon bier liest
DIMEV 3809 Witnesses: 1
Address to the body on the bier — nine monorhyming lines
244.   Now to do well how shalt thou do
DIMEV 3810 Witnesses: 1
‘Do well & drede no man’ — two quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘Do well & drede no man / The best concell ys þat Y can’ (repeated)
245.   Now to speak will I not spare
DIMEV 3811 Witnesses: 2
On Speaking for one’s self — one eight-line stanza, cross-rhymed
246.   Now to the honor of God and of the Blessed Virgin Mary so clean
DIMEV 3812 Witnesses: 1
A treatise on Shrift — about 200 long irregular lines, sometimes falling into prose, interspersed with Latin
247.   Now understand both more and less
DIMEV 3813 Witnesses: 1
Augustine of Hippo
248.   Now understand thou unkind man
DIMEV 3814 Witnesses: 1
Christ’s Appeal from the Cross to Unkind Man — three quatrain (abab), inserted in a variant text of the prose tract on Three Arrows
249.   Now we beth in story so far I-come within [Now we beoþ in storie so fer i-come wiþ inne]
Eight additional lines at end of 6690 introducing the Founding of the Feast of the Conception in Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], treated as beginning of 6690
250.   Now welcome summer with thy sun soft
DIMEV 3815 Witnesses: 3
A roundel (‘Qui bien aimé a tard oubliè’) inserted in two MSS of Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules (5373) between stanzas 97 and 98 — thirteen lines
251.   Now well and now woe / now friend and now foe
DIMEV 3816 Witnesses: 1
A song on Mutability — five 6-line stanzas (aabccb)
252.   Now well may me mirths make
DIMEV 3817 Witnesses: 3
A macaronic Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and burden (b): Letabundus exultet fidelys chorus Alleluia
253.   Now we should sing and say nowell [Now we shuld syng and say newell / Quia missus est angelus Gabriel]
Burden to 1468
254.   Now what tiding my lady and mistress
DIMEV 3818 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
255.   Now will ye be merry [Nowe will ye be mery & can ye be merye]
Burden to 5571
256.   Now will ye lords wash or shall I wash
DIMEV 3819 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
257.   Now will you be merry [Now will you be merye And can you be merye]
Burden to 4245
258.   Now witteth all that been here [Now witeþ alle þat been here]
See 6769
259.   Now worshipful sovereigns that sitten here in sight
DIMEV 3820 Witnesses: 1
Epilogue to a Miracle Play — two stanzas ababbcbcbdddb and one abab
260.   Now would I fain
DIMEV 3821 Witnesses: 4
Prologue to Volume II of Fabyan’s Chronicle, in praise of London and its officers, Part VII, cap. 246 — twelve 8-line stanzas, aaabcccb, and two 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc
261.   Now would I fain some mirths make
DIMEV 3822 Witnesses: 2
A Pledge of Loyalty to his Mistress — six 5-line stanzas (aabcb)
262.   Now ye all be glad and blithe
DIMEV 3823 Witnesses: 1
Christ comes as a Champion — ten lines
263.   Now ye will of love hear
DIMEV 3824 Witnesses: 1
The Parliament of Love
264.   Nunc in puluere dormio
Refrain to 2166
265.   Nunc leticia / nunc wele
DIMEV 3826 Witnesses: 1
Macaronic on mutability, in a Latin sermon — five short lines of which third and fifth rhyme
266.   Nunc natus est altissimus
Refrain to 6124