The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3034
IMEV 1842
NIMEV 1842
Late when Aurora of Titan took leave
John Lydgate, a Balade with the refrain: ‘To fynde a freond at neode’ — seventeen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: friendship
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 34v
First Lines:
Vhane Aurora toke of Tytan hir leve
Nought yoore agone in a gladde mornyng
Soole by my self walkyng in a greve
Goldine Phebus freshe in his chare shyning…
Last Lines:
…Gret coustume is a bowte þe tree
While þat þe bowes been with fruytes lade
Attributed Title: þan foloweþe nowe a notable moralisacoun made by Lidegate of a fabul poetical . howe trees chase hem a kyng bytwene [þe] þe Ryal Cydre of þe hye mountayne and þe thowthistelle of the lowe valeye. þis moralisacion is in þis same boke to fore. And writ a poletyke balade with refrayde / to finde a frende at nede (f. 34v)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 755-9.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 34v
Note: Variant second copy of first 12 lines.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 35-37
First Lines:
Late whane Aurora of Tytane toke love
Nought longe agone in a gladde mornyng
Soole by my self walking in a greve
Goldyne Phebus feyre in chare shyninge…
Last Lines:
…ffor Maries sake be oure proteccoun
And helpe alle þoo þat calne þee at þeire nede
Note: 17 stanzas.
Attributed Title: Here begynneþe a Polletyke Balade ryale made by þat approbate Poete Lidegate þe Munk of Burye [with] with þe gode Refrayde / To fynde a freonde at neode (f. 35)