The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
There is a bush that is foregrow
Sarcastic verses against King Richard’s Ministers — fifteen
six-line stanzas (aabccb)
Subjects: historical poems; allegories; Richard II
1.Source: Stafford, Staffordshire Record Office Bagot D1721/3/186 [olim Deritend House]
Þer is a busch þat is forgrowe
Crop hit well & hold
or ellis hit wolle be wilde…
…Our lene bestes to have reste
In place þat hem
þat were in point to spylle
“Sarcastic Verses, written by an Adherent to the House of Lancaster, in
the last year of the Reign of Richard the Second, A.D. 1399.”
21 (1827): 88-91: 89-91.
Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during
the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III.
14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.363-6.