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Of gifts large in love hath great delight
Of the Four Complexions (beginning with Sanguineus) — four stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: utilitarian verse; complexions, four
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 71v-72
First Lines:
Off gifftes large to love haþe gret delite
Ioyous and gladde aye of laughing chere
Of ruddy colour medele some dele with white
Disposde by kynde for to be chauntour…
Last Lines:
…Coward of kynde whane he shoulde be a man
þowe shalt him knowe by visage pale and wane
Note: Each stanza followed by Latin hexameter couplet (‘Largus amans…’, Thorndike and Kibre (1963), col. 811); omits stanza on Fleumaticus.
Attributed Title: Here nexst foloweþe þe foure complexcyons of man kynde with þe doomis of hem made by discrete Clerkes (f. 71v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 88 (SC 1689), ff. 29-29v
First Lines:
In gyftys large & in love hath grete delyte
Iocand & gladde ever of laghyng Chere…
Last Lines:
…Coward of kynde when he shuld be a man
þou shalt hym knowe by hys vysage pale & wanne
Note: Names of four complexions precede each stanza.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 162v
First Lines:
Off yefftis large in loue hayth gret delite
Iocund and glad a ay of laughing chere
Off Rody collre colour meynd somdell with Rede
Dysposed to be kynde to be a chauntre…
Last Lines:
…Coward of lynd whan he schold be man
Thou shalt hym knowe by visage pale & wane
Note: Headings, ‘Sanguinius’, ‘Colericus’, etc. for each stanza.
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 52v-53
First Lines:
Of yiftis large in love hathe gret delite
Iocund and glad ay of lawyng chere
Of Ruddy coloure meynt somdele with whight
Disposid be kynd to be a chauntere…
Last Lines:
…Coward of kynd when he shuld be a man
Thou shalt hym knowe bi visage pale & wan
Note: Each stanza preceded by Latin verses from which these are translated (‘Natura pingues…’, Thorndike and Kibre (1963), col. 902) and the Latin hexameter couplets (‘Largus amans…’, Thorndike and Kibre (1963), col. 811), both from Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum.
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 50-2.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 79-79v
First Lines:
Off yiftes large in love hath grete delite
Iocunde and gladde ay of laughyng chiere…
Last Lines:
…Coward of kynde whan he shuld be a man
Thow shalt hym knowe by visage pale and wan
Note: Headings for ‘Sanguineus’, etc. before each stanza.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 72-3.
6.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 61 [Sotheby’s, 10 November 1952, olim Lawrence Witten], f. 59
First Lines:
In yiftis large loue hathe greet delyte
Iocund & gladde ay of laughing chier…
Last Lines:
…Coward of kind whan he shuld be a man
Thou shalt him knowe bi his visage pale & wan
Note: Headings for ‘Sanguineus’, etc. before each stanza.