The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Found Records:
1.   O [indefinite pronoun]
See ‘One’
2.   O Albion of all lands to behold
DIMEV 3827 Witnesses: 1
Metrical prophecy on England — in couplets
3.   O altitude of all science
DIMEV 3828 Witnesses: 1
Pèlerinage de l’âme
4.   O and I
Refrain to 1639, 2197, 4230, 5304, 6526
5.   O angel dear wherever I go
DIMEV 3829 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Guardian Angel — five quatrains plus burden (c): ‘To þe gud angell’
6.   O Aue Jesse Virgula
Refrain to 1698
7.   O beauteous branch flower of fumosity
DIMEV 3830 Witnesses: 1
Poem to his mistress — eight stanzas rhyme royal
8.   O beauty peerless and right so womanhood
DIMEV 3831 Witnesses: 1
Alternative Envoy to La belle dame sans merci (1761) — two stanzas rhyme royal
9.   O benigna laude digna / tuo nato nos consigna
Burden to 4881
10.   O best maker of light and of creature
DIMEV 3832 Witnesses: 1
‘Lucis creator optime’
11.   O blessed Alban O martyr most benign
DIMEV 3833 Witnesses: 1
Hymn to St. Alban — five stanzas rhyme royal
12.   O blessed child Jesu what hast Thou to do
DIMEV 3834 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve
13.   O blessed God in Trinity
DIMEV 3835 Witnesses: 1
Te Deum Laudamus’, a Christmas carol — three 5-line stanzas (ababc) with this refrain and 3-line burden: ‘T[e deum] laudamus / Te dominum confitemur / Te eternum
14.   O blessed God that art almighty
DIMEV 3836 Witnesses: 1
A prayer of confession — 94 long lines, generally in couplets
15.   O blessed Jesu high heavens king
DIMEV 3837 Witnesses: 1
A prayer of confession — forty-three lines in couplets
16.   O blessed Jesu that art full of might
DIMEV 3838 Witnesses: 2
Life of St. Anne — ninety-four stanzas rhyme royal, including 14-stanza prologue
17.   O blessed John the Evangelist
DIMEV 3839 Witnesses: 1
A carol to St. John — five quatrains (aaab) and 2-line burden: ‘Pray for vs to god on hye / Blyssed saynt johan and our lady’
18.   O blessed king so full of virtues
DIMEV 3840 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Henry VI — six 8-line stanzas (ababbcc)
19.   O blessed Lady Christs Mother dear
DIMEV 3841 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate
20.   O blessed Lord how may this be
DIMEV 3842 Witnesses: 1
A loving mistress complains of her heaviness — one 5-line stanza (abbcc)
21.   O blessed Lord my Lord O Christ Jesu
DIMEV 3843 Witnesses: 6
John Lydgate: ‘Fifteen O’s of Christ’
22.   O blessed Lord of heaven celestial
DIMEV 3844 Witnesses: 1
Edmund Turges
23.   O blessed Lord though through Thy righteousness
DIMEV 3845 Witnesses: 1
A sinner’s appeal for mercy, not justice — one stanza, rhyme royal
24.   O blessed maid flower of all goodness
DIMEV 3846 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate; Guillaume Deguileville: Pèlerinage de la Vie Humaine
25.   O blessed maid mother and wife
DIMEV 3847 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
26.   O blessed Mary the flower of virginity
DIMEV 3848 Witnesses: 1
A salutation to the Virgin Mary — six stanzas rhyme royal
27.   O blessed Mother and Maiden
DIMEV 3849 Witnesses: 1
Verse introduction to a dialogue between the Virgin and Christ — three long lines in one manuscript
28.   O blessed Queen about the starred heaven
DIMEV 3850 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate (?): ‘Stella celi extirpauit’
29.   O blessed Robert innocent and virgin
DIMEV 3851 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate
30.   Oblesse oblesse que porar obler
DIMEV 4121 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
31.   O blissful bird full of grace
DIMEV 3852 Witnesses: 1
Salue regina / mater misericordie’ — six quatrains with Salue refrain and this burden
32.   O blissful Lord on high what shall I do [O blyssful lord on hye what shall I doo]
See 878
33.   O blissful psalm and song celestial [O blisful psalme and song celestiall]
See 3541
34.   O castitatis lilium / Tuum precare filium
Burden to 4913
35.   O certain death that now hast overthrow
DIMEV 3853 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph — ten irregular lines, roughly four couplets
36.   O Christ Jesu meekly I pray to thee
DIMEV 3854 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Christ against perils — three stanzas rhyme royal
37.   O Christ Jesu pity and mercy have
DIMEV 3855 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph for Alys Thorndon of Frettenham — one stanza rhyme royal
38.   O Christs precious heart
DIMEV 3858 Witnesses: 1
A prayer by the passion — fourteen lines
39.   O Christ that art the perfect partner
DIMEV 3856 Witnesses: 1
‘Consors paterni luminis’
40.   O Christ Thou hast restored my soul
DIMEV 3857 Witnesses: 1
Prefatory prayer to an alchemical tract — one quatrain
41.   Ocker through craft of ockerers
DIMEV 4122 Witnesses: 1
‘De Terminis vsure’
42.   O clavis dauid inclita
Burden to 3868
43.   O clemens O pia / O dulcis maria
Burden to 4910
44.   O clemens o pia
Refrain to 4035
45.   O closed gate of Ezekiel
DIMEV 3859 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
46.   O closed gate of Ezekiel
DIMEV 3860 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
47.   O come to me some gladsome tiding new
DIMEV 3861 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
48.   O comfort all general
DIMEV 3862 Witnesses: 1
A prayer, written as one line — one couplet
49.   O creatures create of Me your Creator
DIMEV 3863 Witnesses: 2
God’s or Christ’s address to sinners, urging them to repent, with the refrain, ‘And mistrest neuer for thy misdeid’ — twelve 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
50.   O Criste rex gencium / Whose kingdom hath none end
DIMEV 3864 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: ‘O Christe rex gentium’
51.   O criste rex gencium
Burden to 4020
52.   O cruel danger all mine adversary
DIMEV 3865 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.)
53.   O cruel death painful and smart
DIMEV 3866 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
54.   O Cupid I grant thy might is much
DIMEV 3867 Witnesses: 1
55.   O David thou noble key
DIMEV 3868 Witnesses: 1
A song based on the antiphon ‘O clavis Dauid’, etc. — three 5-line stanzas (abaab, lines 3 & 4 identical) and a 7-line Latin burden: O clavis dauid inclita / Dans viam in portis / [1 & 2 repeated] / Educ nos de carcere [repeated] / Et de vmbra mortis
56.   O dear God behold this world so transitory
DIMEV 3869 Witnesses: 1
‘The Lamentatyon of Edward, late Duke of Buckyngham’
57.   O dear God peerless Prince of Peace
DIMEV 3870 Witnesses: 1
‘Miserere mei deus’
58.   O death how bitter is the mind of thee
DIMEV 3871 Witnesses: 2
The bitterness of Death, an elegy for the tomb of Ralph, Lord Cromwell, circa 1450 — eight 8-line stanzas (ababbaba; only two rhymes used throughout)
59.   O death whilom displeasant to nature
DIMEV 3872 Witnesses: 2
An apostrophe of a Lover wishing for Death — one stanza rhyme royal
60.   O desirable diamond destinate with diversification
DIMEV 3873 Witnesses: 1
An aureate invocation of his absent mistress — lines each ending in ‘-ion’
61.   O deus sine termino
Refrain to 3894
62.   O devout people which keep an observance [O deuout people which kepe an obseruance]
DIMEV 0.2413 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2413; see 6819
63.   O dreadful death come make and end
DIMEV 3874 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
64.   O dulcis Maria
Refrain to 4035, 4910
65.   O Emperess the Emperor
DIMEV 3875 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
66.   O endless God both three and one
DIMEV 3876 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
67.   O endless God of majesty
DIMEV 3877 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
68.   O endless God of majesty
DIMEV 3878 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
69.   O endless God of majesty
DIMEV 3879 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: ‘Te Deum Rite laudamus’
70.   O eternal and persons three
DIMEV 3880 Witnesses: 1
O lumen indeficiens o claritas se[e]mpiterna,’ a prayer to God for the light of knowledge to free men from the darkness of ignorance — 40 lines
71.   O eternal God of power infinite
DIMEV 3881 Witnesses: 2
Robert Henryson: ‘Prayer for the Pest’
72.   O excellent princess and Queen celestial
See 6322
73.   O excellent sovereign most seemly to see
DIMEV 3882 Witnesses: 1
The Beauty of his Mistress, a ‘symple letter’ — six 12-line stanzas (ababbccdeeed)
74.   Of a chance I will you tell
DIMEV 4123 Witnesses: 1
‘A Penni Worthe of Witte’
75.   Of a clean maid I was born
DIMEV 4124 Witnesses: 1
Contra luxuriam — four lines
76.   Of a day of well and of a day of woe
DIMEV 4125 Witnesses: 1
On doomsday — one couplet in a Latin sermon on 2 Cor. 6:2
77.   Of a gallant full able[?] [Huff a galawnt vylabele]
The burden of 1488
78.   Of Agamemnon under the large empire born in Athens
DIMEV 4129 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate: ‘Life of St. Giles’
79.   Of a good beginning cometh a good ending [Of a gode begynnyng comyth a gode endyng]
See 53
80.   O fair Dido most noble in constancy [O fayre Dido most noble in constaunce]
An extract (II.2171-2233) from The Fall of Princes in London, British Library Harley 2251 only: see 1904
81.   O fairest flower O flower of flowers all
DIMEV 3889 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
82.   O fairest lady O sweetest lady [O farest lady o swetast lady]
See [burden? to] 4059
83.   O fair I wot ye have in remembrance
DIMEV 3883 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
84.   O fair madame all though that there be none
DIMEV 3884 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
85.   O fair madame Christ would ye knew my pain
DIMEV 3885 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
86.   O fair madame if so ye dare not lo
DIMEV 3886 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
87.   O fair madame no more unto me write
DIMEV 3887 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
88.   O fair madame your goodly looks spare [O fayre madame yowre goodli lookis spare]
See 3546
89.   O fair Rachel seemly in sight
DIMEV 3888 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
90.   Of all flowers fairest fall one
DIMEV 4130 Witnesses: 3
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — thirteen 8-line stanzas
91.   Of all good things the world brought forth
DIMEV 4131 Witnesses: 1
A faithful friend — one couplet
92.   Of all mankind that he made that most if of might
DIMEV 4132 Witnesses: 2
‘Of Sayne Iohnne þe euangelist’
93.   Of all matters I have say[ ]yns
DIMEV 4133 Witnesses: 1
Verses appended to Hardyng’s Chronicle as envoy to royal patron — ten stanzas rhyme royal
94.   Of all mens disposition natural
DIMEV 4134 Witnesses: 1
On the Battle of Northampton (1460) — twenty 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc, abababab)
95.   Of all nations under heaven
DIMEV 4135 Witnesses: 2
John Skelton: ‘Agaynst a comely coystrowne’
96.   Of all our sins God make a deliverance [Of alle oure synnys god make a delyueraunce]
Refrain to 3740
97.   Of all that I was wont to have
DIMEV 4136 Witnesses: 4
A single couplet rendering Job 17:1
98.   Of all the birds that ever yet were
DIMEV 4137 Witnesses: 1
Ave regina celorum’ — seven 12-line stanzas
99.   Of all the crafts ought blessed be the plow
DIMEV 4138 Witnesses: 1
‘The Plowman’s Song’
100.   Of all the creatures women be best [Of all the creatures women be best / Cuius contrarium verum est]
Burden to 2497
101.   Of all the enemies that I can find [Offe al the enmys þat I can fynd ]
DIMEV 0.2612 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2612; burden to 6738
102.   Of all the joys that in this world may be
DIMEV 4139 Witnesses: 1
A remembrance of the Passion — 398 lines in cross-rhymed quatrains
103.   Of all the knots that I see [Off al the knottes that I se / I prese the knot in Trinite]
Burden to 472
104.   Of all the marvel of Merlin how he makes his moan
DIMEV 4140 Witnesses: 13
A late Merlin prophecy — alliterative lines in various stanzas, quatrains abab, 8-line stanzas, six-line stanzas. nine-line stanzas
105.   Of all these keen conquerors to carp is our kind
DIMEV 4143 Witnesses: 3
The Turnament of Totenham
106.   Of all the spices that I know [Of alle the spyces þat I knowe / Blyssid be the qwete flour]
Burden to 6264
107.   Of all the ways that I know by east or by west
DIMEV 4141 Witnesses: 1
Albertus Magnus: ‘Semita Recta’
108.   Of all the witty men and wise I warn all I thee watch
DIMEV 4142 Witnesses: 1
The Papelard Priest
109.   Of all thing it is the best
DIMEV 4144 Witnesses: 1
Love Jesus over all things — three lines
110.   Of all things that God… [Of alle thynges that god…]
Burden to 6780
111.   Of all things that God made [Of alle þyngis þat god made]
See 6780
112.   Of all things that I can find
DIMEV 4146 Witnesses: 1
On hope — one couplet, ‘quod Carter’
113.   Of all thing that ever was I am the beginner
DIMEV 4145 Witnesses: 1
The Dublin Play of Abraham and Isaac — 369 lines in cross-rhymed quatrains
114.   Of all thy friends She is the flower
DIMEV 4147 Witnesses: 1
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — six quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘Asay, asay’ and burden: ‘Man asay say say / Make thi mone to mary þat mild m[ay]’
115.   Of all women that ever were born
DIMEV 4148 Witnesses: 3
The Lamentation of the Virgin Mary
116.   Of all works in this world that ever were wrought
DIMEV 4149 Witnesses: 1
Richard Fannande ironmonger of Abingdon (attrib.)
117.   Of a maid Christ did not forsake
DIMEV 4126 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
118.   Of a maiden to us born is [Of a mayden to vs borne is / the sonne of god and king of blis]
Burden to 3807
119.   Of a man Mathew thought / Though he the wineyard wroght
DIMEV 4127 Witnesses: 1
The Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard — five 12-line stanzas (aabaabccbccb)
120.   Of Anton story who list to lere [Of Anton story who lyste to lere]
See 1969
121.   Of a rose a lovely rose [Off a rose a louely rose]
Burden to 3114, 3128
122.   Of a rose sing we [Off a rose synge we / Misterium mirabile]
Burden to 5744
123.   Of a sinner he will no death [Of a synner he wille no deth]
Refrain to 2408
124.   Of a story I will begin [Of a story I wyll begynne]
See 432
125.   O Father God how fierce and how cruel
DIMEV 3890 Witnesses: 11
Thomas Hoccleve: ‘The Lamentation of the grene tre of the losyng of hire appil’
126.   O Father of eternal bliss
DIMEV 3891 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
127.   O Father of high majesty / O Son and Holy Ghost all three
DIMEV 3892 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman, a hymn to the Trinity — three quatrains including refrain, ‘Te deum laudamus’ and burden: ‘Synge we alle thys tyme thus / Te deum laudamus
128.   O Father of high majesty / The Son and Holy Ghost with Thee
DIMEV 3893 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
129.   O Father without beginning
DIMEV 3894 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
130.   Of a true love clean and derne
DIMEV 4128 Witnesses: 2
‘Of Clene Maydenhod’
131.   Of beauty yet she passeth all
DIMEV 4150 Witnesses: 1
‘What wold she more’ — eight quatrains with this refrain
132.   Of benefice at every feast
DIMEV 4151 Witnesses: 3
William Dunbar: To the King
133.   Of Charles the Great and emperor most Christian
DIMEV 4152 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph of Charlemagne, in Part VI of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VI, cap. 155 — one couplet
134.   Of Christs curse he may not miss
DIMEV 4153 Witnesses: 1
Two very faded couplets, abusively ribald
135.   Of Christs high righteousness to Christian man needful
DIMEV 4154 Witnesses: 1
One couplet
136.   Of clean Maidenhood
DIMEV 4155 Witnesses: 1
Rhyming heading to 4128 — one couplet
137.   Of Columbine I will you tell [Of Columbyne I wyll ȝow tell]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.7.23 (759) version of 5977
138.   Of death and life which be in strife to treat I now intend
DIMEV 4156 Witnesses: 1
139.   Of each manner evil whatever it be
DIMEV 4157 Witnesses: 1
A rhyming opening (seven lines of which four are couplets) to a prose tract
140.   Of earth I am formed and maked
DIMEV 4157.5 Witnesses: 1
Alabaster slab for Ralph Wodford esq (d. 1498).
141.   Of eleven thousand virgins in fere
DIMEV 4158 Witnesses: 1
Osbern Bokenham: Legend of the 11,000 Virgins
142.   Of English kings here lieth the beauteous flower
DIMEV 4159 Witnesses: 3
Epitaph for Edward III, translating four lines of Latin verse which precede it, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Edwardi Tercii — one stanza rhyme royal
143.   Of Englishmen the scourge of Welsh the protector
DIMEV 4160 Witnesses: 3
Epitaph for Llewellen, giving him a positive character, translating four lines of Latin verse which precedes it, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Edwardi Primi — one stanza rhyme royal, translating 4 lines of Latin verse which precede
144.   Of every asking follows nought
DIMEV 4161 Witnesses: 4
William Dunbar: ‘Of discretioun in asking’
145.   Of every kind of [everykune] tree
DIMEV 4162 Witnesses: 1
‘My lemmon …. þe fairest of erþkinne’ — two quatrains (aaba)
146.   Of evil tongues cometh great hate [Of euyll tonges commeth gret hate / ffor wemen and howndys ys oft debate]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
147.   Of fair most fair very source and well
DIMEV 4163 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
148.   Of February the fifteenth night
DIMEV 4164 Witnesses: 4
William Dunbar: ‘The Dance of the Sevin Deidly Synnis’
149.   Of ferlies of the great confusion [Of ferlyis of this grete confusion]
See 3457
150.   Of ferly fare whoso will find [Of farly fare who so wyll fynd]
See 1553
151.   Of festers there been manners two
DIMEV 4165 Witnesses: 1
How to distinguish between hot and cold festers — one monorhyming quatrain, as introduction to a prose recipe for treatment
152.   Of flowers fair the fairest flour in faith
DIMEV 4166 Witnesses: 1
Lover’s praises of his beloved, introducing the song, ‘Ma beele amour’ at end — one stanza of eight lines (ababbcbc) and one of seven (ababbcb)
153.   Of ghostly fighting
DIMEV 4167 Witnesses: 1
Rhyming phrases describing four spiritual activities, in a prose sermon on Corinthians 6 — four monorhyming phrases
154.   Of gifts large in love hath great delight
DIMEV 4168 Witnesses: 6
Of the Four Complexions (beginning with Sanguineus) — four stanzas rhyme royal
155.   Of God and kind proceedeth all beauty
DIMEV 4169 Witnesses: 10
John Lydgate: ‘A dyte of womenhis hornys’
156.   Of greater cause may no wight him complain
DIMEV 4170 Witnesses: 1
‘Complaint to my Lodesterre’
157.   Of hands and body and face arn clean [Of hondes and body and face arn clene]
See 6781
158.   Of herbs twenty-three
DIMEV 4171 Witnesses: 19
‘A tretys of diverse herbis’
159.   Of him I have heard much good [Of hym I haue herde myche good]
See [Here begynneth a lytell geste of Robyn hode], [York: Hugh Goes, not after 1509] copy of 3129
160.   Of his life of folly and of sin through law
DIMEV 4172 Witnesses: 1
Four irregular lines on the folly of the world
161.   Of holy fathers in the life
DIMEV 4173 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
162.   Of Holy Mass in the secre
DIMEV 4174 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
163.   Of honest mirth let be thy daliance
DIMEV 4175 Witnesses: 1
Moral counsel — a fragment of three lines
164.   Of honey and gall
DIMEV 4176 Witnesses: 1
‘Ibe mel ubi fel’
165.   Of honey men gather out sweetness [Of hony men gadyr out swetnesse]
See 663
166.   Of humility and lowliness cometh grace
DIMEV 4177 Witnesses: 1
Pride and Envy destroy Virtue — one couplet
167.   O fie Fortune fie thy deceit and scorn
DIMEV 3895 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘Nor yet y trust heraftir shalt thou not’
168.   O fie love fie amend your governaunce
DIMEV 3896 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
169.   O First Founder and heavenly Creator
DIMEV 3897 Witnesses: 1
‘Conditor alme siderum’
170.   Of joy and bliss is all my song care to believe
DIMEV 4178 Witnesses: 6
Concepcio Marie
171.   Of Lenten in the first morning
DIMEV 4179 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘All erdly joy returnis in pane’
172.   Of life and death now choose thee
DIMEV 4180 Witnesses: 1
Satirical verses against Marriage — two couplets in a collection of Latin sermons
173.   Of long sufferance / Cometh great grievance
DIMEV 4181 Witnesses: 1
Couplet giving advice regarding suffering — one couplet
174.   O florum flos O flos pulcherime
Refrain to 3495
175.   O flos campi of sweet odor
DIMEV 3898 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
176.   O flos de lesse virgula
Burden to 216
177.   Of love and truth with long continuance
DIMEV 4182 Witnesses: 1
Devotion to his mistress — seven stanzas rhyme royal
178.   Of love were liking of to lere
DIMEV 4183 Witnesses: 1
Ipomadon (Version A)
179.   O flower of all virginity
DIMEV 3899 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
180.   Of Mantua am I beget and born
DIMEV 4184 Witnesses: 1
Gavin Douglas, ‘Mantua me gemit’ — three couplets
181.   Of March take the first C
See 2533
182.   Of martyrs if we should mind
DIMEV 4185 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
183.   Of Mary a maid without leasing
DIMEV 4186 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
184.   Of Mary Christ was bore
DIMEV 4187 Witnesses: 1
Richard Smert
185.   Of Mary de…
DIMEV 4188 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a carol, perhaps on the Annunciation, with notation, and with a refrain beginning, ‘ffarewell lo…’, on a binding fragment
186.   Of Mary Magdalene may men take
DIMEV 4189 Witnesses: 1
‘De sancta Maria Magdalena historia’
187.   Of Mary mild now will I mean
DIMEV 4190 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
188.   Of M A R I / Syng I wyll a new song
Burden to Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734) copy of 2771
189.   Of Mistress Ann Flint soul Jesu mercy have [Of Mistress Ann Flynt soul Jesu mercy have]
See 4272
190.   Of my chamber he is and born in palatine
DIMEV 4191 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a poem on Sir Eger de Femyne — nine lines only
191.   Of my desire that I may see right nought [Of my desire that I may ce ryghte noghte]
Refrain to 1365
192.   Of my lady Margery at her good I will gin
DIMEV 4192 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a song(?) about lady Margery — four lines rhyming aaab plus burden: ‘With fyd & fy with fy’
193.   Of my lady well me rejoice I may
DIMEV 4193 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Hoccleve: Humourous Praise of his Lady
194.   Of noble men both kings and princes royal
DIMEV 4195 Witnesses: 1
Giovanni Boccaccio: De Mulieribus Claris
195.   Of no man like makes hap in a stound many rich
DIMEV 4194 Witnesses: 1
On Fortune — four English and three Latin lines with internal rhyme
196.   Of one prophet I will now tell
DIMEV 4196 Witnesses: 2
South English Legendary
197.   Of one stable was His hall
DIMEV 4197 Witnesses: 1
On the lowliness of Christ — three monorhyming lines
198.   Of one that is so fair and bright
DIMEV 4198 Witnesses: 3
A macaronic song in praise of the Virgin Mary — five 9-line stanzas (ababccdcd)
199.   O Fortune dost thou my death conspire
DIMEV 3900 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
200.   O foul tongue so often here before
DIMEV 3901 Witnesses: 1
Against a foul tongue — three stanzas rhyme royal
201.   Of our five wits a well witting
DIMEV 4199 Witnesses: 1
Against Temptation — three lines
202.   Of Our Lady Mary beginneth now Her the plaint
DIMEV 4200 Witnesses: 1
Verse introduction and conclusion to ME prose narration of the Passion — two couplets
203.   Of our lords disciples thilke day tway [Off oure lordes disciples þilke day tweye]
DIMEV 0.2647 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2647; a section heading to 787
204.   …of ow / [ ] sing
DIMEV 2647.5 Witnesses: 1
Fragmentary poem — possibly in couplets
205.   Of passed time the plaster of no care
DIMEV 4201 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘Love’s Maledy’
206.   Of Pompey and Caesar Julius [Of Pompey and Cesar Julius]
Refrain to 3369
207.   O freshest flower
DIMEV 3903 Witnesses: 1
Title (three words only) of a courtly love lyric mentioned in a bill of a music teacher, c. A.D. 1473-75
208.   O fresh flower most pleasant of praise
DIMEV 3902 Witnesses: 1
A mocking love epistle by a lover in reply to his satirical mistress (see 6117) — eight stanzas rhyme royal, with introductory and concluding couplets
209.   Of Ribaldry I rhyme and read of my roll
DIMEV 4202 Witnesses: 1
Satire on the Retinues of the great — ten long alliterative monorhyming quatrains
210.   Of Saint Andrew now follows next
DIMEV 4203 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
211.   Of Saint George our Ladys knight
DIMEV 4204 Witnesses: 2
Introductory couplet to an English prose prayer
212.   Of Saint Margaret the virgin pure
DIMEV 4205 Witnesses: 1
Osbern Bokenam: Life of St. Margaret
213.   Of Saint Philip now speak will we
DIMEV 4206 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
214.   Of Saint Stephen Gods knight [Of saynt Steuen goddes knyght]
DIMEV 0.2652.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2652.5; now included in 2276
215.   Of Saint Thomas speak will we
DIMEV 4207 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
216.   Of serving men I will begin
DIMEV 4208 Witnesses: 1
In Praise of Serving Men — eight quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘So well ys me begone / Troly lole’ (repeated)
217.   Of seven sciences called liberal [Of seuyn sciences callyd lyberall]
See 5788
218.   Of Simon now of Canaan
DIMEV 4209 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
219.   Of Spain take the clear light
DIMEV 4210 Witnesses: 31
Richard Carpenter (attrib.)
220.   Of speech is good to be soft [Of speche ys good to be soft]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
221.   Of strifes new and fraudulent falseness
DIMEV 4211 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate (?)
222.   Of such even plain
DIMEV 4212 Witnesses: 1
Title (three words only) of a courtly love lyric mentioned in a bill of a music teacher c. A.D. 1473-75
223.   Of tales and trifles many men tells
DIMEV 4213 Witnesses: 1
The Tale of the Basin
224.   Oft bringeth on day
DIMEV 4244 Witnesses: 3
A proverb similar to modern ‘what a difference a day makes’ — one couplet, translating Latin, ‘Sepe dat vna dies quod non dat circulus anni
225.   Oft hath this song been put in ure
DIMEV 4245 Witnesses: 1
John Redford
226.   Of the Apostle Saint Jame
DIMEV 4214 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
227.   Of the blessed counselor Saint Roch
DIMEV 4215 Witnesses: 2
Introductory couplet to a Latin prayer to St. Roch
228.   Of the blessed martyr Saint Sebastian
DIMEV 4216 Witnesses: 2
Introductory couplet to a ME prose praye
229.   Of the conception of our Lady [Of þe concepciun of vr luedi / I will ȝu tell wittirli]
Couplet introduction to Göttingen, Göttingen University Library Theol.107 copy of 3092
230.   Of the dream thou shalt have joy
DIMEV 4217 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
231.   Of the graces that God hath thee sent
DIMEV 4218 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
232.   Of the ground there is a hell
See 2278
233.   Of the holy feast of Innocents that ended their life in great tourment
DIMEV 4219 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
234.   Of the holy homilies now I will blin
DIMEV 4220 Witnesses: 1
Introductory couplet to a Middle English devotional prose tract
235.   Of their nature they greatly them delight
DIMEV 4225 Witnesses: 2
A balade on hypocritical women — four stanzas rhyme royal
236.   Of them that written us tofore
DIMEV 4226 Witnesses: 35
John Gower: Confessio Amantis
237.   Of them that written us tofore
DIMEV 4227 Witnesses: 9
John Gower: Confessio Amantis
238.   Of them that written us tofore
DIMEV 4228 Witnesses: 10
John Gower: Confessio Amantis
239.   Of them that written us tofore
DIMEV 4229 Witnesses: 10
John Gower: Confessio Amantis
240.   Of the Psalter in English here is the ginning
DIMEV 4221 Witnesses: 1
Couplet introducing a Middle English prose translation of the Psalter
241.   Of these disciples there were tway [Of þese disciplis þer were tweye]
See 2647
242.   Of thes iiij . letters purpose I
See 2771
243.   Of these friar minors me thinks much wonder
DIMEV 4230 Witnesses: 1
Against the Minorite Friars — seven 6-line stanzas (aabbcc) with an ‘O and I’ refrain
244.   Of these sayings Christine was auctoress
DIMEV 4231 Witnesses: 1
Anthony Wydeville (earl Rivers); Christine de Pisan: Morale Prouerbes of Cristyne
245.   Of the shining stone take clear light [Of the schynyng stone take klier lyȝthe]
See 4210
246.   Of the sick as I understand long shall lie
DIMEV 4222 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
247.   Of the sick take no dread
DIMEV 4223 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
248.   Of þe sonne take the clere light
See 4210
249.   Of the uprist of Christ as Nicodemus gan tell
DIMEV 4224 Witnesses: 1
Gospel of Nicodemus
250.   Of thine hood alway be hende [Of thyne hoode alwey be hende]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
251.   Of thine sweet words I am swith glad [Of þine swete wordes ich am swiþe glad]
See f. 181 of 1467
252.   Of things all O mighty maintour
DIMEV 4232 Witnesses: 1
‘Rerum deus tenax’
253.   Of this chapel see here the foundation
DIMEV 4233 Witnesses: 1
The foundation of the Chapel of Walsingham — one quatrain and twenty stanzas rhyme royal
254.   Of this dream take no recover
DIMEV 4234 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
255.   Of this martyr make we mend
DIMEV 4235 Witnesses: 1
A song for St. Stephen’s Day — three macaronic quatrains (abab) and burden (bb): ‘Eya martir stephane / Prey for vs we prey to þe’
256.   Of this matter to you most clear
DIMEV 4236 Witnesses: 17
Alchemical verses on the Exposition of Earth of Earth — in couplets
257.   Of this process to make no delays [Off þis proces to make no delaies]
Envoy in one MS (Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56)) of1816
258.   Of thy dream take no recover
DIMEV 4237 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
259.   Of thy mercy let us not miss [Of thy mercy lete vs not mys]
Burden to 3950; refrain to 3860
260.   Of thy sorrow be not too sad [Of thy sorow be nat to sad]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
261.   Oft in my thought full busily have I sought
DIMEV 4246 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
262.   Of Troy through hard fetching [Of Troye throw hard fechyng]
DIMEV 0.2667 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2667; see 1930
263.   Of truth giveth light again blindness of unk[indness]
DIMEV 4238 Witnesses: 1
Characteristics of youth — three lines possibly rhyming
264.   Oft then have ye heard tell
DIMEV 4247 Witnesses: 4
Northern Homily Cycle
265.   Of which poison if ye lust more to read
DIMEV 4239 Witnesses: 1
Versified commentary on text of English prose Disce Mori after reference to carnal love as poison — one couplet
266.   Of wine away the moles may ye wash
DIMEV 4240 Witnesses: 3
On removing spots made by wine, water, and milk — one stanza rhyme royal
267.   Of wisdom I have most plaint
DIMEV 4241 Witnesses: 1
Dialogue between a king and four philosophers — four couplets
268.   Of wit and wisdom the beginning [Offe witte & wisdome þe begynnynge]
See Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29 copy of 5530
269.   Of women cometh this worlds weal [Of Wymmen comeþ þis worldes welle]
Refrain to 2673
270.   Of women now this I say for me [Off women now þis I say for me]
See 3789
271.   Of wonders that shall fall after our day
DIMEV 4242 Witnesses: 1
A prophecy — ninety-two irregular rhyming lines
272.   Of wrenches unware
DIMEV 4243 Witnesses: 1
A quatrain on unexpected adversity
273.   Of X and M and other too [Of X & M & other too / Of I & E I syng allso]
Burden to 6812
274.   Of your charity that passeth hereby
DIMEV 4243.5 Witnesses: 1
Monumental brass effigy in civilian dress with foot inscription in three lines of English verse, not dated but c. 1505
275.   O gentle and most gentle Jesu you save
DIMEV 3904 Witnesses: 1
A love letter to his disdainful mistress — two stanzas rhyme royal
276.   O gentle Fortune I thank you iwis
DIMEV 3905 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s good fortune — one stanza rhyme royal
277.   O glorious cross that with holy blood [O glorious crosse that with holy blode]
See 1519
278.   O glorious feast among all other
DIMEV 3906 Witnesses: 1
Pèlerinage de l’âme
279.   O glorious God our governor gladden all this guesting
DIMEV 3907 Witnesses: 1
The Tale of the Lady Prioress and her Three Suitors — mixed stanzaic forms, some monorhyming (aaaa), some 8-line stanzas (aaabcccb), some 9-line stanzas (aaaabcccb)
280.   O glorious god redeemer of mankind
DIMEV 3908 Witnesses: 2
A prayer prefixed in some MSS to the ‘Arms of Christ’ — three quatrains
281.   O glorious John evangelist
DIMEV 3909 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to St. John — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘To almyghty God pray for pees / Amice christi lohannes
282.   O glorious Lady and Virgin immaculate
DIMEV 3910 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary against the plague — seven 8-line stanzas with the refrain: ‘A peste succurre nobis
283.   O glorious Martyr which of devout humbless
DIMEV 3911 Witnesses: 11
John Lydgate
284.   O glorious Mother and Maid of pity
DIMEV 3912 Witnesses: 1
‘Vita et spes nostra salue’
285.   O glorious queen of all flowers flower
DIMEV 3913 Witnesses: 1
‘A miracle of oure lady done to ser Amery knyght’ — one stanza rhyme royal and twenty couplets
286.   O glorious virgin and martyr Dorothy
DIMEV 3914 Witnesses: 3
Life of St. Dorothy — forty-three 8-line stanzas
287.   O God alone in heaven wearing crown [O god alone in heuen werynge crowne]
See 5445
288.   O God and man sempiternal
DIMEV 3915 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
289.   O God how that she loketh very fair
DIMEV 3916 Witnesses: 2
Charles d’Orléans
290.   O god of love of which lord art and sovereign [O god of loue wyche lorde hart and souereyne]
One stanza rhyme royal in ‘The Parliament of Love’: see 3824
291.   O God so as it enjoyeth me
DIMEV 3917 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
292.   O God sweet lord Jesu Christ that madest me
DIMEV 3918 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Christ and the Virgin — 184 lines
293.   O God that in time all things did begin
DIMEV 3919 Witnesses: 7
John Skelton
294.   O God the which Thou wouldest Lord
DIMEV 3920 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘Quomodo ihc fuit reprobatus a iudeis’
295.   O God we pray to Thee in special
DIMEV 3921 Witnesses: 1
A prayer for all souls — three five-line stanzas (aaaabc) with refrain: ‘Et lux perpetua / Et lux perpetua luceat eis’, and 2-line burden: ‘For all cristen saulys pray we / Requiem eternam dona eis domi[ne]
296.   O good Harry the Sixth by name
DIMEV 3922 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
297.   O good Lord that knowest all thing
DIMEV 3923 Witnesses: 1
Form of confession for a female Augustinian — two quatrains
298.   O goodly fair sith I have done and shall
DIMEV 3925 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘O good swet hert have me not in disdayne’
299.   O goodly fair which I most love and dread
DIMEV 3926 Witnesses: 2
Charles d’Orléans
300.   O good sweet heart my joy and sole pleasaunce
DIMEV 3924 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
301.   O gracious Jesu both trusty and kind
DIMEV 3927 Witnesses: 1
‘Spes mea in deo est’, on the instability of the world and need to put one’s trust in God, perhaps based on Psalms 36:3—four cross-rhymed quatrains including refrain, ‘Spes mea in deo est’
302.   O gracious life of poor folk chief patron [O gracious lyfe of pore folk chef patron]
Prayer to St. Giles (four 8-line stanzas with Envoy) following his life: see 4129
303.   O gracious Princess good and fair
DIMEV 3928 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar: ‘Of the same James quhen he hed plesett him’
304.   O hateful harm condition of poverty
DIMEV 3929 Witnesses: 56
Geoffrey Chaucer: Man of Law’s Prologe
305.   O heart more hard than rock of any stone
DIMEV 3930 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
306.   O Heavenly Star most comfortable of light
DIMEV 3931 Witnesses: 1
‘De sancta Maria contra pestilenciam’
307.   O heavenly star so clear and bright
DIMEV 3932 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
308.   O High Empress and queen celestial
DIMEV 3933 Witnesses: 2
William Dunbar (attrib.): ‘Ane Ballat of Our Lady’
309.   O High Father of heaven bliss
DIMEV 3934 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
310.   O holy Saint George O very champion
DIMEV 3935 Witnesses: 1
James Packe
311.   O honorable lord and most victorious knight [O honourable lord and most victorious knight]
The address to Edward IV prefixed to some MSS, added as epilogue to others, of Ripley’s Compound of Alchemy; also prefixed to one copy of another shorter alchemical peom attributed to Ripley. See 975 and 680
312.   O hope indeed thou help me
DIMEV 3936 Witnesses: 2
: ‘O spes in morte me salua maria precor te’
313.   O how wholesome and glad is the memory
DIMEV 3937 Witnesses: 16
John Lydgate: ‘Testament’
314.   Oiez seynours vne demaunde
See 6112
315.   O Immensa Trinitas Father and Son maker of all
DIMEV 3938 Witnesses: 2
O Immensa Trinitas
316.   O Jesse yard florigerat
DIMEV 3939 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
317.   O Jesse yard florigerat
DIMEV 3940 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
318.   O Jesu Christ of everlasting sweetness
DIMEV 3941 Witnesses: 7
The Fifteen O’s of Christ — thirty-four stanzas rhyme royal
319.   O Jesu for Thy holy name [O ihesu for þi holy name]
See 2841
320.   O Jesu full of might
DIMEV 3942 Witnesses: 1
A prayer for the king — four lines
321.   O Jesu grant me Thy will of weeping
DIMEV 3943 Witnesses: 1
The Fifteen O’s — fifteen 8-line stanzas and a 6-line Envoy
322.   O Jesu let me never forget thy bitter passion
DIMEV 3944 Witnesses: 1
A remembrance of the Passion — eight lines, followed by prose petitions
323.   O Jesu mercy what world is this
DIMEV 3945 Witnesses: 1
Despair — two quatrains
324.   O Jesu our redemption and why
DIMEV 3946 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Jesus, four stanzas rhyme royal, written without breaks for stanzas.
325.   O Jesu that madest the heavens clear
DIMEV 3947 Witnesses: 2
The Fifteen O’s — nine stanzas rhyme royal
326.   O Jesu to all Thy true lovers
DIMEV 3948 Witnesses: 1
A simple prayer — twenty-seven irregular lines, with many medial rhymes
327.   O kindly creature of beauty peerless
DIMEV 3949 Witnesses: 1
A song to his mistress — one monorhyming quatrain
328.   O king of grace and indulgence
DIMEV 3950 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
329.   O lady dear O condite clear
DIMEV 3951 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
330.   O lady I shall me dress with busy cure
DIMEV 3952 Witnesses: 1
A love lyric — four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
331.   O Lady mine to whom
DIMEV 3953 Witnesses: 1
An epistle to his mistress, including a Dialogue between the Lover and Dame Nature—32 stanzas rhyme royal plus Envoy of 1 stanza rhyme royal
332.   O lady star of Iacob glory of Israel
DIMEV 0.2478.8 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2478.8; included as variant in 4057
333.   Old and young I rede you your follies for to let
DIMEV 4248 Witnesses: 5
The Life of St. Margaret
334.   Old and young that here be
DIMEV 4249 Witnesses: 4
The Life of St. Margaret
335.   Old man witless [Old man wytles]
See 2994
336.   Old men been scorned [Old men been scornyd]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157) copy of 1506
337.   Old Menelaus on a day
DIMEV 4251 Witnesses: 1
A mock dream vision, bawdy — fragment of eighteen lines only, in couplets
338.   Old men sayen in words few
DIMEV 4250 Witnesses: 1
Proverbial sayings on absence — three couplets
339.   O lewd book with the fool rudeness
DIMEV 3954 Witnesses: 5
Balade with Envoy to Alison — three stanzas rhyme royal and 6-line Envoy (ALISON)
340.   O lily flower of sweet odour
DIMEV 3955 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
341.   O little book who gave thee hardiness [O litil book who yaf thee hardynesse]
The Envoy (a virelai) to De Regimine Principium, appearing separately in one MS, San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 111 [olim Phillipps 8151], f. 39v: see 3581
342.   O little while listeneth to me
DIMEV 3956 Witnesses: 1
A Disputation between the Virgin Mary and the Cross — 372 lines in irregular stanzas
343.   O Lobe Lobe on thy soul God have mercy
DIMEV 3958 Witnesses: 1
‘The Epytaphye of Lobe, the Kynges foole’
344.   O lo mine heart since ye will gone your way
DIMEV 3957 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘Ye wote my wele what shulde y wordis more’
345.   O Lord almighty blessed thou be
DIMEV 3959 Witnesses: 2
A prayer of confession — three 8-line and one 4-line stanzas
346.   O Lord by whom all thing is wrought
DIMEV 3960 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
347.   O Lord by whom all thing is wrought
DIMEV 3961 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
348.   O Lord God O Christ Jesu
DIMEV 3962 Witnesses: 1
‘Ane deuoit orisoun… in the honour of þe sevin wordis that our saluiour spak apoun þe croce’
349.   O Lord God of comfort of care
DIMEV 3963 Witnesses: 1
On careful speech — one quatrain
350.   O Lord God that art of mights most
DIMEV 3963.5 Witnesses: 1
Monumental brass inscription — eight lines
351.   O Lord God what it is great pleasaunce
DIMEV 3964 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.)
352.   O Lord Jesu Christ hanging on a cross
DIMEV 3965 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay
353.   O Lord of heaven and King of might
DIMEV 3966 Witnesses: 1
The dilemma of an unfortunate lover — two cross-rhymed quatrains
354.   O lord of love hear my complaint
DIMEV 3967 Witnesses: 1
A description of his mistress — five 8-line stanzas
355.   O Lord of whom I do depend
DIMEV 3968 Witnesses: 1
A simple prayer — one quatrain
356.   O Lord omnipotent Father of our creation
DIMEV 3969 Witnesses: 2
‘Psalmi passionis domini’
357.   O Lord Our Lord Thy name how marvelous
DIMEV 3970 Witnesses: 63
Geoffrey Chaucer: Prioress’s Prologue
358.   O Lord right dear [O lord right dere]
Responsio humana: see 3984
359.   O lord so sweet Sir John doth kiss
DIMEV 3971 Witnesses: 1
Our Sir John, an amorous adventure — five quatrains (abab) and a 2-line burden: ‘Hey noyney I wyll loue oure ser Iohn & I loue eny / hey troly loly hey troly loly’
360.   O Lord that art Maker and Creator
DIMEV 3972 Witnesses: 1
‘Deus creator omnium’
361.   O love most dear O love most near my heart
DIMEV 3973 Witnesses: 1
The Pains of Love, a love epistle — twenty-four stanzas rhyme royal
362.   O love til restore thy expellent loss
DIMEV 3974 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar (?): ‘Cristes Passioun’
363.   O lumen indeficiens o claritas sempiterna
See 3880
364.   O lust flower of youth benign and bright
DIMEV 3975 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar, To the Queen Dowager — five 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Devoyd langour and leif in lustiness’
365.   O lusty lily the lantern of all gentilness
DIMEV 3976 Witnesses: 1
‘Amonges your new louers remembre your olde’ — fifteen lines (three rhymes throughout)
366.   O lux beata trinitas
Refrain to 3938
367.   O maker of heaven immensurable
DIMEV 3977 Witnesses: 1
‘Immense celi conditor’
368.   O man behold before thee how thy life wasteth
DIMEV 3978 Witnesses: 1
Verses prefixed to an English prose treatise, ‘Memoriale Credencium’, concerning the good and evil of life — ten lines
369.   O mankind for love of thee [O mankynd for the lufe of the]
Refrain to 467
370.   O mankind / Have in thy mind
DIMEV 3987 Witnesses: 3
Appeal of Christ to man by the pains of his Passion — one 6-line stanza
371.   O man more than mad what is thy mind
DIMEV 3979 Witnesses: 1
A warning against deceitful women — eight stanzas rhyme royal
372.   O man of mould
DIMEV 3980 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
373.   O man remember the great kindness [O man Remembre the great kyndnes]
DIMEV 0.2501.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2501.5 (Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 704 (SC 815), f. 20v); omitted because 4-line verse in Latin, only with an English title as above
374.   O man stand and behold what I for thee thole
DIMEV 3981 Witnesses: 1
Vide hoc quid pro te pacior’, etc. — seven lines
375.   O man the bell is solemnly rung [O man the belle is solemplye rownge]
See 6431
376.   O man thou behold that I [ ]…
DIMEV 3982 Witnesses: 1
Verses ?of Christ addressing mankind — possibly couplets
377.   O man thou marrest in thy mind
DIMEV 3983 Witnesses: 1
On the mysteries of Creation — twelve 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Hoc factum est a domino
378.   O man unkind / Have in mind
DIMEV 3984 Witnesses: 6
Querela diuina’ and ‘Responsio humana’ — six 6-line stanzas (aabccb)
379.   O man unkind print in thy mind
DIMEV 3985 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
380.   O man which art the earth take fro
DIMEV 3986 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
381.   O marble heart and yet more hard pardieux [O Marble herte and yet more harde perde]
An extract (lines 717-724) in MS London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire] occurring separately: see 1761
382.   O martir Thoma
Refrain to 4334
383.   O marvelous and blessed Nativity [O meruelous & blessed natiuite / Off goddes sone in diuinite]
Burden to 6188
384.   O mater indulgencie
Refrain to 3899
385.   O mater Ihesu salve Maria
Refrain to 4515
386.   O mater ora filium
Refrain to 4034
387.   O mater summi iudicis
Burden to 4066
388.   O meek Hester so mild of mind
DIMEV 3988 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
389.   O merciful and O merciable
DIMEV 3989 Witnesses: 3
A lover pleading for mercy from his beloved, a pseudo-Chaucerian lyric, but apparently made up of scraps of other poems — thirteen stanzas rhyme royal including 3-stanza envoy
390.   O merciful God maker of all mankind
DIMEV 3990 Witnesses: 1
An epitaph — two 6-line stanzas (aabaab) and burden (cc): ‘To dy to dy what haue I / offendit þat deth is so hasty’
391.   O merciful Jesu for merci to Thee I cry
DIMEV 3991 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Jesus for mercy, said at the Levacion — twelve irregular lines
392.   O mercy queen and emperess [O mercy quene and emperesse]
DIMEV 0.2509 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2509; see 3496
393.   O Michael by grace of Christ Jesu
DIMEV 3992 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate (?): ‘A prayere to seynt Michaell’
394.   O mighty Lady our leading to have
DIMEV 3993 Witnesses: 5
Jevan ap Rydderch ap Jevan Lloyd
395.   O mighty Mars that marreth many a wight
DIMEV 3994 Witnesses: 1
A Prophecy — 76 lines in irregular stanzas
396.   O mighty Mars that with thy stern light
DIMEV 3995 Witnesses: 25
John Lydgate: Troy Book
397.   O mistress mine til you I me commend
DIMEV 3996 Witnesses: 1
A Balade to his Mistress — three 8-line stanzas, including refrain, ‘O maistres myn till ȝow I me commend’
398.   O mistress why / Outcast am I
DIMEV 3997 Witnesses: 1
On an inconstant mistress — four 8-line stanzas (aaabcccb)
399.   Omne quod est in se calidum pomum cacat acre…
See 164
400.   Omne seminarium voluptatis venenum puta
See 387
401.   Omnes gentes plaudite / Car nostre saueyour est ne
DIMEV 4252 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic carol of the Nativity in Latin, French, and English — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Nouo profusi gaudio / Benedicamus domino
402.   Omnes gentes plaudite
DIMEV 4253 Witnesses: 1
A minstrel’s begging song — five couplets
403.   Omni labe carens
Refrain to 3932
404.   Omnipotentem semper adorant
DIMEV 4254 Witnesses: 2
An aureate macaronic song of praise to the Lord of Creation — nine 8-line stanzas
405.   Omnis caro fenum est
See 612
406.   O mors mordens aspere in guile thou hast no peer
DIMEV 3998 Witnesses: 1
An apostrophe to Death — four long macaronic lines
407.   O mortal man and worms meat
DIMEV 3999 Witnesses: 1
Warning to sinners to repent — one quatrain
408.   O mortal man behold take tent to me
DIMEV 4000 Witnesses: 3
Robert Henryson: ‘The Ressoning betuix Deth and Man’
409.   O mortal man by great exaltation
DIMEV 4001 Witnesses: 2
‘Consilium domini in eternum manet’
410.   O mortal man call to remembrance
DIMEV 4002 Witnesses: 1
De Profundis — eleven 12-line stanzas (ababababbcbc), each with Latin heading
411.   O mortal man call to remembrance [O mortal man cal to remembraunce / This text…]
See 5633
412.   O mortal man lift up thine eye
DIMEV 4003 Witnesses: 1
‘The crafte to lyue well’
413.   O mortal man mazed with pomp and pride
DIMEV 4004 Witnesses: 3
‘Remember man thow art but wormes mete’
414.   O mortal man remember night and day
DIMEV 4005 Witnesses: 1
415.   O Mossy Quince hanging by your stalk
DIMEV 4006 Witnesses: 3
A scurrilous balade against his mistress — three stanzas rhyme royal.
416.   O most blessed Father omnipotent [O most blessid Fader omnipotent]
DIMEV 0.2525 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2525; see 1519
417.   O most famous noble king thy fame doth spring and spread
DIMEV 4007 Witnesses: 2
John Skelton (?)
418.   O Mother mild maid undefiled
DIMEV 4008 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
419.   O Mother of God inviolate Virgin Mary
DIMEV 4009 Witnesses: 1
‘Off þe Resurreccioun of crist’
420.   O my dear heart the lantern of light
DIMEV 4010 Witnesses: 2
To his Mistress, a letter protesting his devotion — five stanzas rhyme royal with 4-line Envoy: ‘Farewell swet harte’
421.   O my dear Son why dost Thou so
DIMEV 4011 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
422.   O my desire what aileth thee
DIMEV 4012 Witnesses: 1
A lover’s complaint — two 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘O my desyre what wylyth the’
423.   O my good brother
DIMEV 4013 Witnesses: 1
Dialogue between the Devil and the Fiend (Friar?) — one 6-line stanza rhyming aabccb
424.   O my heart and O my heart
DIMEV 4014 Witnesses: 2
Henry VIII (attrib.): ‘My hart it is so sore’
425.   O my heart is woe [O my hart is wo]
Burden to 6423
426.   O my lady dear both regard and see
DIMEV 4015 Witnesses: 1
An aureate love letter to his sweet mistress — twenty-four stanzas rhyme royal
427.   O my lady dure
DIMEV 4016 Witnesses: 1
A love song — one couplet
428.   O my sweet lady and excellent goddess
DIMEV 4017 Witnesses: 1
Stephen Hawes: Pastime of Pleasure
429.   On (indefinite article)
See under ‘An’
430.   On a birchen bank there boughs arn bright
DIMEV 4255 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay (attrib.): ‘De tribus regibus mortuis’
431.   On a dear day by a dale so deep
DIMEV 4256 Witnesses: 1
‘Fortis vt mors dileccio’
432.   On all souls day men shall let sing and read
DIMEV 4258 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
433.   On a time reigned in Rome the Emperor Decius
DIMEV 4257 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
434.   On boughs of tree of great might
DIMEV 4259 Witnesses: 1
A verse charm, Jesus on the cross — one six-line stanza in couplets
435.   Once forsworn
DIMEV 4280 Witnesses: 2
A proverbial tag said to have been spoken by Stonore in year books of the reign of Edward III, Michaelmas, 18 Edward III — one couplet
436.   On Christmas day at morn / This child was I-borne [On Cristmasse day at morne / Thys childe was iborne]
See London, Westminster Abbey 20 copy of 21
437.   On Christmas day in the morn
DIMEV 4260 Witnesses: 1
The life of Christ, a lullaby carol — nine quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘Sweet Jesus is his name’ and four-line burden (cccb): ‘This babe was born I wis / To be the king of bliss / Our Saviour as he is / Sweet Iesus is his name’
438.   On Christs day I understand
DIMEV 4261 Witnesses: 1
A song of Christ, an Ear of Wheat — five quatrains (aaab) and burden (bb): ‘A blessid byrd as I you say / Þat dyed & rose on good fryday’
439.   On cliff that castle so knettered
DIMEV 4262 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton (?)
440.   On days when I am called to the school
DIMEV 4263 Witnesses: 2
Ffulgens scola discolus est menator pessimus — five cross-rhymed quatrains (abab) plus burden (cc): ‘Frangens scola disculus / est mercator pessimus
441.   …on earde / and alle þeo i-sceaftan þe to him to sculen
DIMEV 2684.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2684.5; deleted because too early
442.   On early morning the daylight springeth
DIMEV 4264 Witnesses: 1
Aurora lucis rutilat
443.   On Easter day in the dawing Jesu rose fro death to life
DIMEV 4265 Witnesses: 2
The Story of the Resurrection based upon the South English Legendary
444.   One begger is woe
DIMEV 4281 Witnesses: 2
One couplet, translating ‘Tedet mendicum reliquum sibi sumere vicum
445.   One cock suffice fifteen hens / scarse fifteen men suffice one woman
DIMEV 4282 Witnesses: 1
‘Dictio hisopii’
446.   One day bringeth that all year ne may [On dai bringd that al ier ne mai]
See 4244
447.   One feler then three and fewer than five
DIMEV 4283 Witnesses: 1
Tag translating Latin, ‘vno plures tribus & pauciores quinque…’ which follows it, in a series of Latin sentences with English translations in a schoolbook — written as prose
448.   One God I bid thee worship ay swear not in vain
DIMEV 4284 Witnesses: 1
The Ten Commandments — ten lines
449.   One God is in heaven man of mild steven
DIMEV 4285 Witnesses: 2
Speculum Sacerdotale
450.   One god only thow shalt love
See 4288
451.   One God thou shalt worship
DIMEV 4286 Witnesses: 1
The Ten Commandments — five couplets
452.   On eight is all my love when nine goes before [On viii is all my lofe qwen ix goys before]
See York, York Minster Library XVI.O.10 copy of 1180
453.   One it is and ne haveth nother
DIMEV 4287 Witnesses: 1
The Covetous Man
454.   One only God thou shalt love and worship perfectly
DIMEV 4288 Witnesses: 4
The Ten Commandments (ten rhyming lines)
455.   One sleeth the deer with an hooked arrow
DIMEV 4289 Witnesses: 1
An extract from Lydgate’s Fall of Princes (1904, I.5125-5131, I.3998-4004, II.2535-2548, VIII.1660-1680, and I.1331-1337) — eight rhyme royal stanzas.
456.   One thousand year three hundred ninety and one
DIMEV 4290 Witnesses: 2
Andrew Wintoun: Chronicle of Scotland
457.   One year other two
DIMEV 4291 Witnesses: 15
Walter de Henley: Le Dite de Hoseboundrie
458.   On folly was my silver laid
DIMEV 4266 Witnesses: 1
On youth and old age — 23 lines in 8-line stanzas (abababab)
459.   On foot by forth as I could found
DIMEV 4267 Witnesses: 1
Robert Henryson (attrib.)
460.   On foot should be all Scots war
DIMEV 4268 Witnesses: 4
461.   On green
DIMEV 4269 Witnesses: 7
Peter Langtoft; Robert Mannyng: Chronicle
462.   On ground there is an hill [On gronde ther is an hille]
See 4274
463.   On Her is all my life i-long
DIMEV 4270 Witnesses: 4
An orison to the Virgin Mary — five 10-line stanzas (ababababab)
464.   On Her I think and say right nought [On her I thynk & say right nowght]
Refrain to 6121
465.   On holy hills which beth of great renown
DIMEV 4271 Witnesses: 6
John Lydgate: ‘Gloriosa Dicta sunt de Te’
466.   On Mistress Ann Flint soul Jesu mercy have
DIMEV 4272 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph for Ann Flint of Norwich, d. 1529 — one stanza rhyme royal
467.   On morrow morn cometh all our care
DIMEV 4273 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
468.   O noble worthy King Henry the Fourth [O noble worthy king Henry the ferthe]
See 4100
469.   On the ground there is an hill
DIMEV 4274 Witnesses: 8
George Ripley (attrib.): Emblematical Scroll
470.   On the Rood I was put for thee
DIMEV 4275 Witnesses: 1
A paraphrase of ‘In cruce sum pro te’, etc. — five lines
471.   On the tree he has I-born
DIMEV 4276 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
472.   On the twelfth day fro Christs birth [On þe twelf day fro cristis birthe]
See 5511
473.   On this ne trust I me nought…
DIMEV 4277 Witnesses: 1
Nicholas Bozon: Contes moralisés
474.   On twelfth day came kings three
DIMEV 4278 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
475.   On twelfth day this star so clear
DIMEV 4279 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
476.   O of Jesse thou holy root
DIMEV 4018 Witnesses: 1
Song ‘0 radix Iesse’ — three quatrains and 8-line Latin burden: ‘O radix iesse supplices / Te nos inuocamus / Veni vt nos liberes / Quem iam expectamus’ (repeated)
477.   O O O O / Exultet mundus gaudio
Burden to 395
478.   O o o o o o o o / O deus sine termino
Burden to 3894
479.   O orient light and king eterne
DIMEV 4019 Witnesses: 1
Pèlerinage de l’âme
480.   O orient light shining most bright
DIMEV 4020 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: ‘O criste rex gencium’
481.   O Our Father that art in bliss
DIMEV 4021 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: Pater Noster
482.   O painful heart in pains sight
DIMEV 4022 Witnesses: 1
A disconsolate lover — two cross-rhymed quatrains
483.   O painful heart that lies in travail
DIMEV 4023 Witnesses: 1
Introductory lines of a song otherwise lost, appearing to indicate melody to be used with another poem — fragment
484.   O peerless Prince of Peace
DIMEV 4024 Witnesses: 1
The evil state of morality among clergy and laity — twelve short cross-rhymed quatrains
485.   Open warning / Loud calling
DIMEV 4292 Witnesses: 1
Warning about judges, in a Latin sermon — seven lines in couplets and triplet
486.   Open without leasing
DIMEV 4293 Witnesses: 1
Four principles of confession — four monorhyming lines in a Latin sermon, Dominus hiis opus habet
487.   O Piers Plowman just is thy life
DIMEV 4025 Witnesses: 1
Praise of Piers Plowman for living by his labour, written in margin beside description of agricultural work in Aristotle’s Rhetoric
488.   O piteously may I wail and complain
DIMEV 4026 Witnesses: 1
A poem on heraldry — in rhyme royal
489.   O pitiful Creator concerning earthly sepulture
DIMEV 4027 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph, A.D. 1496
490.   Oppressed with thought langour and heaviness
DIMEV 4294 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
491.   O precious Lord under w[ ]
DIMEV 4028 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to God as creator and guardian of all to help the sinful petitioner — fragments of twelve lines, possibly couplets
492.   O precious treasure incomparable
DIMEV 4029 Witnesses: 2
Thomas Hoccleve: La Male Regle de T. Hoccleue
493.   O prince desire to be honorable [O prince desire to be honurable / Cherice þi folk and hate extorcioun]
Fourth stanza (envoy) to 3190
494.   O prince of peace and king of grace
DIMEV 4030 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
495.   O princess of eternal peace
DIMEV 4031 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
496.   O prudent folks taketh heed
DIMEV 4032 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘Bycorne and Chychevache’
497.   O Queen of bliss thy son Jesu
DIMEV 4033 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
498.   O Queen of grace and of comfort
DIMEV 4034 Witnesses: 2
James Ryman
499.   O Queen of grace O Mary mild [O quene of grace O mary myelde / ffor vs thou pray vnto thy childe]
Burden to 3859
500.   O Queen of heaven that sittest in see [O quene of heuen þat syttist in se]
See 823
501.   O queen of mercy and of grace
DIMEV 4035 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
502.   O queen of pity and of grace
DIMEV 4036 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
503.   O quem mirabilia good Lord thy works been
DIMEV 4037 Witnesses: 3
Ballade on King John of England, King Philip of France, and Emperor Otto, inserted in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Johannis — three stanzas rhyme royal
504.   O radiant luminer eterminable
DIMEV 4038 Witnesses: 5
A prayer to the Trinity — six 8-line stanzas, two stanzas addressed to each person
505.   O radix Iesse
Burden to 4018
506.   Ora pro nobis dominum
Refrain to 3847
507.   Ora pro nobis
Refrain to 3955, 3988, 4008, 4055, 4056, 4081, 4087, 4909
508.   Or Crist into cloudes gan flyȝe vp so swyftly
DIMEV 0.2700 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2700; see 1200
509.   Ore estote seigneurs cheris
French beginning of 3256
510.   O regina clemencia
Burden to 3899, 3940
511.   O resplendent flower print this in your mind
DIMEV 4039 Witnesses: 1
A mistress to her lover — twenty-two lines (1 x 6, aabcbc, and 4 x 4, abab)
512.   O rex noster emanuel / Thou art welcome with us to dwell [O rex noster emanuel / Thou art welcum with us to dwell]
Burden to 5818
513.   O Rex regum in thy realm celestial
DIMEV 4040 Witnesses: 2
Flodden Field
514.   O root of truth O princess to my pay
DIMEV 4041 Witnesses: 2
To his virtuous mistress — five lines (abbcc)
515.   O royal Hope too long I see thee sleep
DIMEV 4042 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: Address to Hope
516.   Orri be I-ware by Aelriche
DIMEV 4295 Witnesses: 1
English couplet in a Latin Fabula de duobus canibus — one couplet
517.   Or þe fulfillyng of tyme was come
Formerly 323; see 1202
518.   Ortus est sol iusticie / Ex illibata virgine
Burden to 5901
519.   O ruefully pierced right hand of Christ Jesu
DIMEV 4043 Witnesses: 1
On the five wounds — eleven couplets
520.   O sapientia of the Father surmounting all thing
DIMEV 4044 Witnesses: 1
The Seven O’s of Christ — eight stanzas rhyme royal with original Latin interspersed
521.   O Scotland thou was flowering
DIMEV 4045 Witnesses: 1
Lament on the misfortunes following Flodden — six stanzas rhyme royal
522.   O seely anchor that in thy cell
DIMEV 4046 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
523.   O sinful man behold and see [O synfull man behold & se / What thy maker hath done for the]
Burden to 4011
524.   O sinful man give me thine heart [O synfull man geve me thyn hert]
Refrain to 1810
525.   O sinful man into this mortal sea
DIMEV 4047 Witnesses: 2
Robert Henryson: ‘The Thre Deid Pollis’
526.   O sinful man thir are the forty days
DIMEV 4048 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: ‘The maner of passyng to confessioun’
527.   O sisters two
DIMEV 4049 Witnesses: 1
The Coventry Carol — three 6-line stanzas (aabccb) with burden: ‘Lully lulla þow littell tine child / By by lully lullay thow littell tyne child / By by lullay lullay’, occurring in the Coventry Pageant of Shearmen and Tailors
528.   O Son supernal proceeding
DIMEV 4050 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman: ‘Verbum supernum prodiens’
529.   O soothfast sun of all brightness
DIMEV 4051 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: Eight Verses of St. Bernard
530.   O sop of sorrow sunken into care [O sop of sorrow sor kin into care]
Crisseid’s Complaint against Fortune in Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid: see 477
531.   O sorrow of all sorrows my heart doeth dear
DIMEV 4052 Witnesses: 1
‘The lamentatyon of the Ladye Gryffythe’
532.   O sovereign lord be it to your pleasaunce [O soverayne lord be it to ȝoure pleasance]
Dedication to Edward IV, added to Hardyng’s Metrical Chronicle in London, British Library Lansdowne 204, f. 2b: see 1174
533.   O sovereign prince of all gentleness [O souuereyn prince off all gentilnesse]
Envoy to The Parliament of Love: see 3824
534.   O spes in morte me salua Maria precor te
See 3615.
535.   O splendent spectacle most comeliest of hue
DIMEV 4054 Witnesses: 1
Verses in praise of the Virgin Mary — four cross-rhymed quatrains
536.   O spousess most dear most bright most clear
DIMEV 4055 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
537.   O spousess of Christ and paramour
DIMEV 4056 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
538.   O star of Jacob glory of Israel
DIMEV 4057 Witnesses: 5
John Lydgate
539.   O steadfast truth display thy banner
DIMEV 4058 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans
540.   O stern so bright that gives light
DIMEV 4059 Witnesses: 1
An orison to the Virgin Mary — four six-line stanzas plus burden, written as introductory and concluding couplet: ‘O farest last o swetast lady / O blissful lady hewynus quheyne’
541.   O strong Judith so full of might
DIMEV 4060 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
542.   O sweet angel that keepeth me [O swete Angell that keepithe me]
The ‘versicull’ concluding 4061
543.   O sweet angel to me so dear
DIMEV 4061 Witnesses: 1
‘A praier to the goode Angell’
544.   O sweetest balm of greatest excellence
DIMEV 4068 Witnesses: 1
An orison to the Virgin Mary — three 8-line stanzas with the refrain, ‘For in thin helpe is al myn affiaunce’
545.   O sweet heart dear and most best beloved
DIMEV 4062 Witnesses: 1
A love letter — eight eight-line stanzas ababcdcd including refrain, ‘your bewtye maketh my harte to blede’, plus 1 x 4, aabb, envoy
546.   O sweet Jesu so meek and mild / Fili Marie virginis
DIMEV 4063 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
547.   O sweet Jesu we knowledge this
DIMEV 4064 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
548.   O sweet lady maiden mild
DIMEV 4065 Witnesses: 1
A simple prayer attached to a scroll — two couplets
549.   O sweet Lady O Virgin pure
DIMEV 4066 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
550.   O sweet thought I never in no wise
DIMEV 4067 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléan
551.   O that my tongue could but express
DIMEV 4069 Witnesses: 1
552.   Othea of prudence named goddess [Othea of prudence named godesse]
See 4390
553.   O this great heaviness and pain [O this grete hevynesse and payn]
See 163
554.   O thou chosen of God protector of France
DIMEV 4070 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: ‘A devowte invocacioun to Sainte Denys’
555.   O thou Fortune that causest people ’plain [O thou fortune that causist pepill playne]
See 3731
556.   O thou Fortune which hast the governance
DIMEV 4071 Witnesses: 2
Charles d’Orléans
557.   O thou fortune why art thou so inconstant
DIMEV 4072 Witnesses: 1
A complaint against Fortune — in rhyme royal stanzas with refrain, ‘He holdyth ryght naught of clene conscience’, and headings in Latin above six stanzas
558.   O thoughtful heart plunged in distress
DIMEV 4080 Witnesses: 53
John Lydgate: Life of Our Lady
559.   O Thou Holy Ghost give us good dread
DIMEV 4073 Witnesses: 1
A prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost — one stanza rhyme royal
560.   O thou joyful light eternal ye shine
DIMEV 4074 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘Regina celi letare’
561.   O thou Lucina queen and emperess
DIMEV 4075 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate: ‘Balade made by Lydgate at þe Departyng of Thomas Chaucyer on Ambassade into France’
562.   O thou most noble pastor chosen by God
DIMEV 4076 Witnesses: 1
John Butler Mayor of Waterford
563.   O thou my brother have in thy mind
DIMEV 4077 Witnesses: 1
Prayer to the Virgin Mary, in a prose miracles of the Virgin Mary — eight 12-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) including refrain, ‘Mater misericordie
564.   O thou my soul give laud unto the Lord
DIMEV 4078 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate
565.   O thou noble Samson which was annunciate [o thow noble Sampsoun whyche was Anunciat / By the Aungell…]
Story of ‘The tragedy of Sampsoun’ in a composite text (6367), at beginning of portion written in 8-line stanzas
566.   O Thou peerless Prince of Peace
DIMEV 4079 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Christ — 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Miserere mei deus
567.   O thou Philip founder of new falsehood [O thou Phelippe founder of new falshede]
See 5838
568.   O tricline of the Trinity
DIMEV 4081 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
569.   Our antecestres that we should of read
DIMEV 4296 Witnesses: 3
The Actis and Deidis of the lllustere and Vailȝeand Campioun, Schir William Wallace, Knicht of Ellerslie
570.   Our bones in stones lie full still
DIMEV 4296.5 Witnesses: 1
Inscription — one couplet
571.   Our Father celestial almighty
DIMEV 4297 Witnesses: 1
A version of the Pater Noster
572.   Our Father in heaven hallowed by Thy name
DIMEV 4298 Witnesses: 1
Pater Noster
573.   Our Father in heaven I-hallowed be Thy name
DIMEV 4299 Witnesses: 2
The Pater Noster in five couplets
574.   Our Father in heaven riche
DIMEV 4300 Witnesses: 2
‘Pater Noster in anglico’
575.   Our Father that art in heaven blessed be Thy name
DIMEV 4301 Witnesses: 1
The Pater Noster — eight long lines (aaabbbcc) or three triplets
576.   Our Father that art in heaven
DIMEV 4302 Witnesses: 1
The Pater Noster — five couplets
577.   Our Father that art in heaven hallowed Thy name be [Oure fader þat art in heuene halewed þi name be]
DIMEV 0.2707 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2707; now a section of 4633 in two MSS
578.   Our Father that art in heaven anon
DIMEV 4303 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
579.   Our Father that art in heaven
DIMEV 4304 Witnesses: 1
The Pater Noster, from an abstract of Myrk’s Instructions (1581) — six couplets
580.   Our Father that in heaven is that is all soothful iwis
DIMEV 4305 Witnesses: 1
Exposition of the Pater Noster — 304 lines
581.   Our Father that is in heaven
DIMEV 4306 Witnesses: 1
The Pater Noster — ten lines
582.   Our foot folk [Oure fote folk]
See 3252
583.   Our gladness of heart is I-went
DIMEV 4307 Witnesses: 2
A translation of Lamentations 5:15-16 — two couplets
584.   Our glorious Father that art in heaven
DIMEV 4308 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: Pater Noster
585.   Our God Lord sweet Jesu
DIMEV 4309 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
586.   Our gold and silver is no common plate
DIMEV 4310 Witnesses: 1
Introductory lines for an alchemical text, preceding 5095 in one manuscript—three couplets
587.   Our gospel witness in this stead
DIMEV 4311 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
588.   Our gracious God most in magnificence [Our gracyous god moost in magnyfycence]
DIMEV 0.2711.5 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2711.5 because so titled in print; but actually Lichfield’s ‘Complaint of God’; see 4312.
589.   Our gracious God prince of pity
DIMEV 4312 Witnesses: 13
William Lichfield: ‘Complaint of God’
590.   Our Holy Father that is in heaven
DIMEV 4313 Witnesses: 1
Northern Homily Cycle
591.   Our Host gan to swear as he were wood
DIMEV 4314 Witnesses: 49
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘Physician-Pardoner Link’
592.   Our Host saw well that the bright sun
DIMEV 4315 Witnesses: 57
Geoffrey Chaucer: Introduction to the Man of Law’s Tale
593.   Our Host upon his stirrups stood anon
DIMEV 4316 Witnesses: 33
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘Epilogue’ of the Man of Law’s Tale
594.   Our king at Westminster he lay [Oure kyng at westminster he laye]
Passus I of London, British Library Cotton Vitellius D.XII variant of 1591
595.   Our Kings banners beth forth I-bore
DIMEV 4318 Witnesses: 1
Vexilla regis prodeunt
596.   Our king went forth to Normandy
DIMEV 4317 Witnesses: 2
The Agincourt Carol
597.   Our lady did her chirch gonge as it fell in the lay [Oure lady dude hyre churche gonge as hit felle in þe lay]
DIMEV 0.2717 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2717; a section heading to 6380
598.   Our Lady free on Rood tree made Her moan
DIMEV 4319 Witnesses: 2
The Disputation between the Virgin Mary and the Cross — 13-line stanzas, ababababcdddc, with an introduction and conclusion in which the first eight lines are expanded to twelve short lines, aabccbddbeebfgggf
599.   Our Lady had a child both fresh and gay [Oure lady hade a childe bothe fryssh and gaye]
DIMEV 0.2719 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2719; now 2269 to include couplet heading
600.   Our Lord Jesu assigned tho
DIMEV 4320 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
601.   Our Lord Jesu Christ did appear
DIMEV 4321 Witnesses: 1
‘Iesus Nazarenus’
602.   Our Lord Jesu Christ in Bethlehem was born [Oure lord Iesu Crist in bethlem was borne]
See 1018
603.   Our Lord Jesu Christ
DIMEV 4322 Witnesses: 1
Charm for sprained or dislocated wrists or ankles — rough couplets and a triplet
604.   Our Lord Jesu in that stound
DIMEV 4323 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
605.   Our Lord Jesu of mights most
DIMEV 4324 Witnesses: 2
Northern Homily Cycle
606.   Our Lord that all mights may
DIMEV 4325 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to Christ for mercy — two 4-line monorhyming stanzas with medial rhyme, or 8-line stanzas, abababab; probably incomplete since at end of a MS fragment
607.   Our lord would in to the toun go [Oure lord wolde in to the ton gon]
DIMEV 0.2724 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2724; a section of 4633
608.   Our marvelous God that most is of might
DIMEV 4326 Witnesses: 2
‘Spiritus Guidonis’
609.   Our nature decay as reason maketh relation
DIMEV 4327 Witnesses: 1
Prayer to God to defend us from the sweating sickness and ‘frens pox’ — two stanzas of eight lines
610.   Our pains been grill and fell
DIMEV 4328 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
611.   Our ship is launched from the ground
DIMEV 4329 Witnesses: 1
‘De Navi vel Puppe. A.D. 1458’
612.   Our water is saltless [Owre water ys saltles]
Beginning of stanza 2 of 2048
613.   Our weary limbs refreshed now with rest
DIMEV 4330 Witnesses: 1
‘Somno refectis artibus’
614.   Our wisdom this world has bereft
DIMEV 4331 Witnesses: 10
A tag in the Fasciculus morum regarding how war and famine overthrew Rome — four lines translating a Latin interpretation of an inscription
615.   Our woe thou cease our joy increase [Oure woo þou sease oure joy increse / Graunt us þat pease þat is endlese]
Refrain to 2745
616.   Out of darkness I will lead thee
DIMEV 4332 Witnesses: 1
‘By the Grace of God’
617.   Out of the blossom sprang a thorn
DIMEV 4333 Witnesses: 1
An Epiphany carol — twelve quatrains (aaab) with refrain element, ‘…his moder Marie’, burden lacking
618.   Out of the chaff was pured this corn
DIMEV 4334 Witnesses: 1
A song in honour of St. Thomas of Canterbury — two 6-line stanzas (aaabbb) with 3-line ‘O martir Thoma’ refrain and 4-line burden: ‘Clangat tuba martir th[o]m[a] / Vt liberet sic cristi vinea’ (repeated)
619.   Out of the east a star shone bright
DIMEV 4335 Witnesses: 1
An Epiphany carol — eight quatrains (aaab) plus burden (bb): ‘Be mery all þat be present / Omnes de saba venient
620.   Out of the mouth of a holy man
DIMEV 4336 Witnesses: 1
A proverbial couplet
621.   Out of your sleep arise and wake
DIMEV 4337 Witnesses: 3
A Christmas carol — six five-line stanzas (aaabb) with ‘Nowel’ refrain and burden (b):‘Nowel nowel nowel nowel nowel nowel’
622.   Out of your sleep arise and wake
DIMEV 4338 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
623.   O vanity of vanities and all is vanity
DIMEV 4082 Witnesses: 1
624.   Over all gates that I have gone
DIMEV 4339 Witnesses: 1
‘The Ivy-tre’ — nine quatrains (abab) and burden: ‘Nowell nowell ell ell / I pray yow lystyn qwat I yow [tell]’
625.   Over all I find they [tho] be sorry
DIMEV 4340 Witnesses: 1
An English couplet in a Latin tract De relinquendis temporalibus bonis
626.   Overhippers and skippers and mutterers and mumblers
DIMEV 4341 Witnesses: 1
A short interpolation embedded in a prose extract from Rolle’s Form of Living — one 13-line stanza (ababbcbcdeeed)
627.   O vernicle I honor him and thee
DIMEV 4083 Witnesses: 20
Arma Christi
628.   O very life of sweetness and hope
DIMEV 4084 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to the Virgin Mary, paraphrasing the antiphon, ‘Salve regina’ (Anal. Hymn. L.318-19) — five 3-line stanzas with 2-line burden: ‘Salve regina mater misericordie / Uita dulcedo et spes nostra salue
629.   O very lord O love god alas
DIMEV 4085 Witnesses: 1
Thomas Howard (attrib.); Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde
630.   O vir bought dear dum viuis think on the bier
DIMEV 4086 Witnesses: 3
One macaronic couplet
631.   O Virgin chaste both first and last
DIMEV 4087 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
632.   O Virgin Mary Queen of bliss [O Virgyne marie quene of blis]
Burden to 3860
633.   O virgo summe decora / Pro nobis cristum exora
Burden to 4898
634.   O vos omnes qui transitis
See 4113
635.   O wavering World all wrapped in wretchidness
DIMEV 4088 Witnesses: 2
Stephen Hawes ?
636.   O well of sweetness replete in every vein
DIMEV 4089 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate: ‘Legend of Dan Joos’
637.   O what a treasure is love certain
DIMEV 4090 Witnesses: 1
‘My lady loveth me’
638.   O when be divine deliberation
DIMEV 4091 Witnesses: 3
An envoy to the Virgin Mary — six stanzas rhyme royal
639.   O wicked women wilful and variable
DIMEV 4092 Witnesses: 1
Abuse of women — three stanzas rhyme royal
640.   Own his own and other mens edwit [Owne ys owne and other mennys edwyte / What euer thow thynkyst say but lyte]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
641.   O woeful heart forecast with heaviness
DIMEV 4093 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: The Tormented Lover
642.   O woeful heart make thy complaint
DIMEV 4094 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
643.   O woeful heart prisoned in great duress
DIMEV 4095 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.)
644.   O woeful world deceiver of mankind
DIMEV 4096 Witnesses: 1
The Treachery of Fortune — four stanzas rhyme royal plus two-line closing couplet
645.   O worldly folk averteth and take heed
DIMEV 4097 Witnesses: 3
John Lucas
646.   O worldly princes let your faith be pight
DIMEV 4098 Witnesses: 1
Exhortation to Princes to live well — five Monk’s Tale stanzas, with refrain phrase, ‘quite yow your mede’
647.   O worthy Lord and most of might
DIMEV 4099 Witnesses: 1
A macaronic song to Christ — four quatrains (abab) with Latin caudae and burden (bb): ‘Into this world now ys cum / Christe, redemptor omnium
648.   O worthy noble King Henry the fourth
DIMEV 4100 Witnesses: 2
John Gower: In Praise of Peace
649.   O wretch beware this world will wend thee fro
DIMEV 4101 Witnesses: 1
William Dunbar: ‘Of the Warldis Vanitie’
650.   O wretched sinner whatsoever you be
DIMEV 4102 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: ‘On the Image of Pity’
651.   O ye all that been or have been in disease
DIMEV 4103 Witnesses: 1
A plea to lovers for sympathy — five stanzas rhyme royal
652.   O ye all which that by me comes and goeth
DIMEV 4104 Witnesses: 1
‘The Dawnce of Makabre’
653.   O ye creatures that be reasonable
DIMEV 4105 Witnesses: 8
John Lydgate: Dance of Macabre
654.   O ye dear friends which shall hereafter be
DIMEV 4106 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph, A.D. 1463, of Richard Payne at St. Nicholas Acons Church, London — seven couplets
655.   O ye folks all which have devotion [O ye folkes all which have devocion]
See 6820
656.   O ye folks that been hard-hearted as a stone
DIMEV 4107 Witnesses: 11
John Lydgate: ‘Dance of Macabre’
657.   O ye folks that here present be
DIMEV 4108 Witnesses: 4
John Lydgate: ‘Legend of St. George’
658.   O ye holy angels in your orders nine
DIMEV 4109 Witnesses: 1
A prayer to all angels and saints — one stanza rhyme royal
659.   O ye lovers that pleaden for your right
DIMEV 4110 Witnesses: 1
Advice resented: a dialogue between an unhappy lover and the Advocate of Venus — fourteen stanzas rhyme royal
660.   O ye lovers which in great heaviness
DIMEV 4111 Witnesses: 1
William de la Pole (attrib.): ‘The Parliament off Cupyde gode of love’
661.   O ye masters and householders all
DIMEV 4112 Witnesses: 1
Verses urging masters to give more work to servants and to inspire awe in them — one quatrain (abab) and concluding couplet
662.   O ye men that by me wend
DIMEV 4113 Witnesses: 10
‘O vos omnes qui transitis’, etc. (vv. 4), translating Lam. 1.12 — a tag in the Fasciculus morum; Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978, prints ‘A ȝe men…’
663.   O ye my emperess I your servant this to you say
DIMEV 4114 Witnesses: 1
Humphrey Newton
664.   O ye my lords when ye behold
DIMEV 4115 Witnesses: 1
John Shirley: ‘Kalundare of John Shirley which he sett in ye biginninge of his booke’
665.   O ye people of Jerusalem behold and see
DIMEV 4116 Witnesses: 1
A liturgical text of the prophecies of the Advent — in rhyme royal
666.   O ye people that lovers you prebend [O ye peple that louers yow prebende]
Envoy to 4111
667.   O ye pilgrims that hereby make your passage
DIMEV 4116.5 Witnesses: 1
Monumental brass inscription “ 1455.
668.   O ye princess that pricked has my heart
DIMEV 4117 Witnesses: 1
A love lyric on the unkindness of his mistress — one stanza rhyme royal
669.   O ye that put your trust and confidence
DIMEV 4118 Witnesses: 3
Thomas More (attrib.): The lamentacioun off quene Elyȝabeth
670.   O ye virtuous sovereign spirtual and temporal
DIMEV 4119 Witnesses: 1
Laurence Wade: Life of St. Thomas of Canterbury
671.   O ye women which been inclined
DIMEV 4120 Witnesses: 2
John Lydgate: ‘Doublenesse’
672.   Oeȝ seygnur oeȝ oeȝ / ecoutez tant cum wus poez
See 3798
673.   O you that put your trust and conficence [O you that putt youre trust and convidence]
See 4263.3