The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
NIMEV see 824/56-7
If it be so that leeches do thee fail
John Lydgate, ‘Dietary’, in disarranged order as follows: stanzas
2, 1, 8, 9, 3, 6, 5, l0 — stanzas 4 and 7 wanting
For the normal text see 1356
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: bloodletting; medicine; calendars
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 116
, f. 166
Iff it be so that leches do the fayle
Vse good diete by the consaile
…Ne of gret maistere þat conynge can shewe
counsaile the to be diete after this diatery
Note: Lines 97-168 of Lydgate’s Dietary.
Attributed Title: The diatory made by the monk of Bury (f. 166, added by fifteenth- to
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853
, pp. 1822
Iff so be þat lechis doon þee faile
Vse good diete bi
þe councel of me
Mesurable fedyng & temperat trauaile
not maliciose for noon aduersite…
…fforȝete not þis diete for it is good þ
Þouȝ it b bouȝt of no potecarie
Ne of noon
oþer maister þat greet cunnynge can schewe
þee be dietid by þis diatorie
Preceded by a verse incipit; see 5964.5
Furnivall, Frederick James,
The Babees Book, etc.
o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and
Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: orig. ed. 54-8.
Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman
and Myllar Prints.
Scottish Text Society
65. Edinburgh, 1918: 296-7.