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1.   Pallas Evander and his son lieth here
DIMEV 4342 Witnesses: 13
John Trevisa; Ranulph Higden: Polychronicon
2.   Palmers all our fathers were
DIMEV 4343 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph, A.D. 1407, on Thomas Palmer of Snodland, Kent
3.   Parce michi domine
Refrain to 924, 3075
4.   Parce mihi O lord most excellent
DIMEV 4344 Witnesses: 1
Moralizing stanzas on the approach of death — two 8-line stanzas (ababbcbd)
5.   Pardon alas why say I so
DIMEV 4345 Witnesses: 1
‘Farewell my loue and my dere’
6.   Parting parting / I may well sing / Hath caused all my pain [Parting, parting / I may well synge / hath caused all my payne]
Refrain to 160
7.   Parting parting / I may well sing [Parting parting / I may well synge]
Refrain to 126
8.   Pass forth thou pilgrim and bridle well thy beast
DIMEV 4346 Witnesses: 3
John Gower (attrib.); Benedict Burgh (attrib.): ‘Balade moral of gode counseyle’
9.   Pass over is an ease [Passe ouer ys an ease]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
10.   Passed the pilgrimage of this present life
DIMEV 4346.5 Witnesses: 1
Memorial inscription — sixteen lines
11.   Pastime with good company
DIMEV 4347 Witnesses: 3
‘The Kynges Balade’
12.   Pastimes of youth some time among [Pastymes of yough sun tyme among]
See 5883
13.   Pastor cesus in gregys medio / Pacem emit cruorys precio
Burden to 670
14.   Pater de celis deus
Burden to 3934
15.   Pater noster most of might
DIMEV 4348 Witnesses: 1
An Orison — one l0-line stanza (ababccdccd)
16.   Patience is a point though it displease oft
DIMEV 4349 Witnesses: 1
Patience
17.   Patience is painted with pride
DIMEV 4350 Witnesses: 1
Friar Nicholas Philip : ‘Pacyens is þing of gret mede’
18.   Pax uobis quod the fox
Burden to 2715
19.   Peace and harken all yfere
DIMEV 4351 Witnesses: 1
The Pride of Life
20.   Peace be / In virtue of thee
DIMEV 4352 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
21.   Peace I hear a voice sayeth man thou shalt die [Peas I hier a voyce saith man thou shalt dye / Remembre the paynes of purgatorie]
Burden to 6675
22.   Peace lordings I pray you peace
DIMEV 4353 Witnesses: 2
The Knight who Refused to Abjure Our Lady — 36 lines in 6-line stanzas
23.   Peace maketh plenty
DIMEV 4354 Witnesses: 15
Gnomic verses — three couplets (texts show slight variations)
24.   Peace now amongst us by good men all and some [Pes now amonges vs be gode men alle and some]
DIMEV 0.2743 Witnesses: 0
Formerly 2743; intoductory couplet to some MSS of 6380.
25.   Peace pearls and periwinkles of price
DIMEV 4355 Witnesses: 1
Verses calling for peace so that all can listen to the extertainment that is to follow — six nine-line stanzas, ababcdcde of which pairs of e-lines rhyme with one another
26.   Peace with your lieges plenty and gladness [Pees with your leges plente and gladness]
Refrain to 747
27.   Pearl plesaunt to princes pay
DIMEV 4356 Witnesses: 1
Pearl
28.   Pecunia maketh wrong right
DIMEV 4357 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
29.   Peerless princess of every place
DIMEV 4358 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
30.   Penance is in heart reusing
DIMEV 4359 Witnesses: 1
On Penance — six lines
31.   Penes the bearer that was Mary the maid
DIMEV 4360 Witnesses: 1
Prayers regarding the Virgin Mary and Christ — three monorhyming lines
32.   Penny is an hardy knight
DIMEV 4361 Witnesses: 2
‘Sir Peny’
33.   Perfect and prudent Richard by right the second
DIMEV 4362 Witnesses: 3
Epitaph for Richard II after his body had been translated to Westminster, translating three couplets of Latin verse which precede it, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Henrici Quarti — two stanzas rhyme royal
34.   Peter of Petra may be tane [taken]
DIMEV 4363 Witnesses: 1
Scottish Legendary
35.   Peter Peter prince of apostles all
DIMEV 4364 Witnesses: 1
Benedict Burgh (attrib.): ‘A Christemasse game made by Maister Benet’
36.   Peters brother where liest all night
DIMEV 4365 Witnesses: 1
The White Benedictus, a spell — eighteen irregular lines
37.   Peters chair beginneth Vere
DIMEV 4366 Witnesses: 1
On the Commencements of the Seasons — four lines (aaba)
38.   Phebus found first the craft of medicine
DIMEV 4367 Witnesses: 1
How to obtain good health: Phebus’ and Esculapius’ doctrines on ‘temperat diete’ — one stanza rhyme royal
39.   Phebus is as much as to set as the sun [Phebus ys as moche as to set as þe Sonne]
The Prologue to The Assembly of Gods: See 6393
40.   Phebus out of Gemini his course when he avaled
DIMEV 4368 Witnesses: 1
Hendred, prior of Leominster: Peregrinatio humani generis
41.   Philip Sedgebarrow / Thou nast plow ne harrow
DIMEV 4369 Witnesses: 1
‘Þou art a sory marwe’ — four monorhyming lines
42.   Phillip hay Phillip hay
DIMEV 4370 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a song — two unrhymed lines
43.   Philosophers and clerks of planets all
DIMEV 4371 Witnesses: 1
On the position and courses of the planets; an extract from the Pricke of Conscience — forty-seven lines in couplets
44.   Piked him and diked him
DIMEV 4372 Witnesses: 11
Peter Langtoft: Chronicle (Langtoft)
45.   Pilate was lither man & come of lither more
DIMEV 4373 Witnesses: 13
South English Legendary
46.   Piteously / Constrained am I
DIMEV 4374 Witnesses: 3
John Skelton (attrib.)
47.   Pity that I have sought so yore ago
DIMEV 4375 Witnesses: 10
Geoffrey Chaucer: ‘The Compleynt unto Pite’
48.   Pla-ce-bo
DIMEV 4376 Witnesses: 2
John Skelton: ‘Phyllyp Sparowe’
49.   Plain word entereth the heart
DIMEV 4377 Witnesses: 1
A single couplet translating ‘Planus sermo vsque ad cor penetrat, politus autem pascit aures
50.   Plaining of his woe
DIMEV 4378 Witnesses: 1
On Christ’s seven last words — one 7-line stanza in a Latin sermon for Good Friday
51.   Pleasant beauty had wounded sore my heart
DIMEV 4379 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: The Wound of Love
52.   Please it your grace dear heart to give audience
DIMEV 4380 Witnesses: 1
‘Helpe me of my payne’
53.   Pleasure it is
DIMEV 4381 Witnesses: 1
William Cornish (?)
54.   Plenty of money things
DIMEV 4382 Witnesses: 1
Bernardus Sylvestris
55.   Plunged in the waw of mortal distress
DIMEV 4383 Witnesses: 3
John Lydgate (attrib.): ‘The Lamentatyon of Mary Magdaleyne’
56.   Po po po po / Love brawn and so do mo [Po po po po / Loue brane and so do mo]
Burden to 717
57.   Poets written by dark parables
DIMEV 4384 Witnesses: 1
Humfrey Newton
58.   Polemius was a noble man in Alexandria I-bore
DIMEV 4385 Witnesses: 1
South English Legendary
59.   Poor and hungry that han need
DIMEV 4386 Witnesses: 1
John Grimestone
60.   Poor of spirit blessed be
DIMEV 4387 Witnesses: 1
‘A lernyng to good leuynge’
61.   Pope John the XII at Avignon was
DIMEV 4388 Witnesses: 1
John Audelay: ‘De passione domini nostri ihesu Cristi de horis canonicis’
62.   Praise to God sorrowfully to forgive you your sin
DIMEV 4389 Witnesses: 1
[Prayer?] in two verse lines and one long prose line
63.   Praised be thou king and blessed be thou king [Preised be þou kyng & blessed be þou kyng]
See 3290
64.   Praising be to God at this beginning
DIMEV 4390 Witnesses: 3
Stephen Scrope: Epitre d’Othéa
65.   Pray for Beverley that ought this book
DIMEV 4391 Witnesses: 1
A book motto — two triplets
66.   Pray for him that made this scrite
DIMEV 4392 Witnesses: 1
Prayer for the scribe of the manuscript — three couplets
67.   Pray for me all that ye may
DIMEV 4393 Witnesses: 1
A prayer for the writer
68.   Pray for the people of Northgate
DIMEV 4393.5 Witnesses: 1
Four lines inscribed in a chapel window (not extant) praying for the makers of the window
69.   Pray for the soul all ye that live in light
DIMEV 4394 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph for Sir Geoffrey Gate of High Easter, Essex (1477) — five monorhyming lines
70.   Pray for the souls of John Caxton and of Joane
DIMEV 4395 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph — 12 lines
71.   Pray for us that we saved be [Pray for vs that we saued be / Prothomartir Stephane]
Burden to 2645
72.   Pray for us the Prince of Peace [Prey for vs the prynce of pees / Amice cristi johannes]
Burden to 6020
73.   Pray for us to God on high [Pray for vs to god on hye / Blyssed saynt johan and our lady]
Burden to 3839
74.   Pray for us to the Trinity [Pray for vs to the trinite / Johannes christi care]
Burden to 5821
75.   Pray God entirely to be thy good guide [Prey god entierly to be thi goode guyde]
Author’s Preface (three stanzas rhyme royal) to the English translation of De Consulatu Stiliconis: see 2573.
76.   Pray not to God with thy lips only [Pray not to God wyth thy lyppes only]
See London, British Library Sloane 1360 copy of 560
77.   Pray we now with all our might
Epilogue (6 couplets) to 2147
78.   Pray we to the Trinity [Prey we to the trinyte]
Burden to 2841
79.   Pray we to God that all my guide
DIMEV 4396 Witnesses: 1
Prayer for victory in France, A.D. 1513, a round — five lines
80.   Pray we to Our Lady dear [Pray we to oure lady dere / For here holy grace]
Burden to 4826
81.   Pray you all my friends dear [Praye you all my freendys deere]
See 2245
82.   Prayeth for the soul in way of charity
DIMEV 4397 Witnesses: 1
Epitaph — 10 lines
83.   Prefulgent in preciousness O Synope the Queen
DIMEV 4398 Witnesses: 2
Geoffrey Chaucer (attrib.): ‘The ix ladyes worthy’
84.   Prenegard prenegard / þus bere I myn baselard
Burden to 3117
85.   Presence of you it causeth my comfort
DIMEV 4399 Witnesses: 1
Charles d’Orléans: ‘I am yowr owen’
86.   Press forth rude volume and recommend me
DIMEV 4400 Witnesses: 1
Envoy to Volume I of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VII, cap. 246 — three stanzas rhyme royal
87.   Prick of Conscience this book is I-hote
DIMEV 4401 Witnesses: 3
Epilogue to The Pricke of Conscience — in couplets and triplets
88.   Pride Covetous Sloth Wrath and Onde
DIMEV 4402 Witnesses: 2
The Seven Deadly Sins — one long couplet
89.   Pride goeth before and after cometh shame [Pryde goth before and aftyr cometh shame]
See Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599) copy of 5530
90.   Pride is head of all kind sin
DIMEV 4403 Witnesses: 5
The Seven Deadly Sins — sixteen couplets
91.   Pride is out and pride is in
DIMEV 4404 Witnesses: 3
A song against Pride — five quatrains (aaab) and burden (bb): ‘Man be war er þu be wo /Þink on pride & let hym goo’
92.   Pride man I thee forbid
DIMEV 4405 Witnesses: 1
Verses on Pride, Envy, and Wrath — three quatrains
93.   Pride of heart and high bearing
DIMEV 4406 Witnesses: 1
Augustine (attrib.); John Grimestone
94.   Pride peerless
DIMEV 4407 Witnesses: 1
Septem peccata mortalia’, seven alliterative monorhyming epithets
95.   Pride pride woe thou be mater visiorum
DIMEV 4408 Witnesses: 2
Against Pride and Flaunting Manners — twenty macaronic lines in couplets
96.   Pride that is overgart
DIMEV 4409 Witnesses: 11
‘Pride goes before destruction’ (6 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus morum
97.   Pride wrath and envy
DIMEV 4410 Witnesses: 2
The Seven Deadly Sins — two couplets
98.   Priest ne monk ne yet chanon
DIMEV 4411 Witnesses: 1
Against the Friars — fifteen 12-line stanzas (aaabcccbdede)
99.   Primum nomen istius prisone vocatur
DIMEV 4412 Witnesses: 1
Seven Names of a Prison — eight stanzas rhyme royal
100.   Prince desire to be honorable
DIMEV 4413 Witnesses: 1
101.   Prince duke and earl lord knight and squire
DIMEV 4414 Witnesses: 1
James Ryman
102.   Princes proud that beth in press
DIMEV 4415 Witnesses: 9
Roberd of Cisyle
103.   Princess most excellent born of blood royal
DIMEV 4416 Witnesses: 1
Ceremonial Verses (including the Nine Worthies) at the Coventry Pageant (1456) to welcome Queen Margaret — sixteen stanzas rhyme royal and three quatrains
104.   Princess of woe and weeping Proserpina [Pryncesse of wo and wepynge proserpyne]
See 1904
105.   Princess of youth and flower of godlihood
DIMEV 4417 Witnesses: 1
A fragmentary English song with music — one couplet
106.   Principium gratum finem facit esse beatum
See 53
107.   Print in thee patience
DIMEV 4418 Witnesses: 1
Moral precepts — two 8-line tail-rhyme stanzas
108.   Prisoner a prisoner
DIMEV 4419 Witnesses: 1
Prayer to Christ for help for prisoners — fragment of two lines
109.   Privy penance discretely [Preuy penawns discretly]
See Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 393 (SC 2224) copy of 553
110.   Pro salute fidelium
Refrain to 5471
111.   Problems of old likeness and figures
DIMEV 4420 Witnesses: 22
John Lydgate: ‘Chorle and the Birde’
112.   Processit ex virgine
Refrain to 5477
113.   Proface welcome welcome / This day is born a child of grace [Proface welcom wellcome / This day ys borne a chylde of grace]
Burden to 80
114.   Psallemus cantantes / Domino noua cantica dantes
DIMEV 4421 Witnesses: 1
A hymn to St. John the Evangelist — eleven 8-line stanzas (aabbbcc) including refrain, ‘Amice cristi Iohannes’ (cf. burden to 3909), the first stanza wholly in Latin, the first English, ‘My hert is set to syng / That all this worlde shall ryng…’
115.   Psallite gaudentes / Infantum festa colentes
Burden to 6312
116.   Puddings at night puddings at noon [Podynges at nyght & podynges at none]
Burden to 2248
117.   Puer natus hodie sit we down…
DIMEV 4422 Witnesses: 1
Fragment of a macaronic Christmas carol
118.   Puer nobis est hodie
Refrain to 191
119.   Puer nobis natus est / De virgine Maria
Burden to 756
120.   Pull off her bells and let her go fly [Pulle of her bellys & let her go flye]
Refrain to 6542
121.   Punish moderately and discretely correct
DIMEV 4423 Witnesses: 1
‘The counsell of Aristotell’
122.   Pure wisdom in this world hath us reft
DIMEV 4424 Witnesses: 1
Political prophecy — two couplets
123.   Put not in this world too much trust
DIMEV 4425 Witnesses: 1
On the vanity of the world — one couplet
124.   Put out his head list not for to dare
DIMEV 4426 Witnesses: 1
John Lydgate
125.   Putrifaction must destroy and deface [Putrifaccion most desstroy & deface]
See Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.III.164 [olim Laing 164] version of 6014
126.   Pyrdow pyrdow pyrdowy wows se bone
Burden to 3098