The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4228
IMEV 2662
NIMEV 2662
Of them that written us tofore
John Gower, Confessio Amantis, C Text — in eight Books and a Prologue: the longest version has about 34,000 lines
Note: See 4226 for the A Text, 4227 for the B Text, and 4229 for fragments.
Author(s): John Gower
Title(s): Confessio Amantis
Subjects: tales; love
Versification: — two-line — aa
Macaronic: Latin

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 3 (SC 3883), ff. 1-186
First Lines:
Off hem þat writen ous tofore
The bokes duelle and we þerfore…
Last Lines:
…Wher resteþ loue and alle pes
Our ioie mai ben endeles
Attributed Author: Iohannus Gower (f. 186)
Macaulay, George Campbell, ed. English Works of John Gower. 2 vols. EETS e.s. 81, 82 (1900, 1901); repr. 1978.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 317-41 (selections).
Peck, Russell A., ed. Confessio Amantis. Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching 9. Toronto: University Press, 1980: (some passages summarized).
Peck, Russell A., ed. Confessio Amantis. 3 vols. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2000-04. 2nd ed. of vol. 1, 2006.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 51 (SC 4099), ff. 2v-205v
First Lines:
Torpor hebes sensus scola par|ua minimusque …
Of hem that wryten vs to for
The bookes dwelle & we therfor…
Last Lines:
… That oold grysel is no foole
There ben full many yeres stole
Note: An incomplete copy, ending VIII.2408 at bottom of second column, recto, of last folio (205rb), because this last leaf is bound backwards. Copied from Caxton’s text.
Attributed Title: This book is intituled confessio amantis that is to saye in englisshe the confessyon off the louer maad and compyled by Iohan Gower … (f. 1)
3.Source: Oxford, Magdalen College Lat. 213, f. 3
Note: Nine leaves missing.
4.Source: Oxford, New College 266, f. 1
Note: Four leaves missing.
5.Source: Oxford, Wadham College A.19.19 (formerly 13), ff. 1-442
First Lines:
Off hem that writen vs to fore
The bokes duell & we þerfore…
Last Lines:
…Where resteth loue and alle pees
Oure ioye may be endles Amen
Note: Eight books and Prologue; 3 leaves missing; Followed by six Latin verses beginning, ‘Explicit iste liber qui transeat obsecro liber’; Followed by, ‘Epistola super huius opusculi siue complementum Iohanni Gower a quoddam philosopho transmissa’ followed on ff. 442v-446v by ‘Traitie pour essampler les Amantz marietz’ in French imperfect at the end.
Attributed Author: dedwod Iohn (f. 1)
Attributed Title: This boke made And fynished yn the xxj yere of kyng Rychard the Second And the yere of our lorde god M CCC xcij Compiled & made by Iohn gower wyche he dedycated vnto þe mighti prynce henry erle of darby wch after was <ky>ng of england called harry þe fowrthe (f. iiiv in a different hand)
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 3869, f. 5
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 7184, ff. 1-134v
First Lines:
Of them that writen vs tofore
The bokes dwelle and we therfore…
Last Lines:
…Hath do wherof his kniȝthiede
Is yit comended ouer all…
Note: Over fifty leaves missing.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lyell 31, ff. 1-165va
First Lines:
To hem that writen vs tofore
The bokes duelle & we therfore…
Last Lines:
…[ ]ere reste loue and al pes
[ ]re ioye may ben endeles
9.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 178 [olim Gurney 121], f. 1
Note: Four leaves missing.
10.Source: Washington DC, Folger Shakespeare Library V.b.29 [former SM.1; olim Phillipps 8942; post Rosenbach], f. 1
Note: Ends 8.3119