The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
O Mossy Quince hanging by your stalk
A scurrilous balade against his mistress — three stanzas rhyme
Subjects: women, praise of; lovers, addresses to beloved
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599)
, ff. 205v
O mosy Quince hangyng on youre stalke
The whyche noman dar pluk away
Of all the folk that passe forby or walke
Youre flowres fresshe
be fallyn away and shake…
…Ye do me so moche worshyp there as ye be present
Of all wemen
I loue yow best a thowsand tymes fy
Attributed Author: Chaucer (added by later hand, left margin, f. 205v)
Person, Henry Axel.
Cambridge Middle English Lyrics.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 40-1.
Fletcher, Bradford Y.
Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile.
Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers
addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of
Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere
[Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Note: Omits stanza 2
The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper.
London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.564.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes
, Speght, 1598