The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6059
IMEV 3798
NIMEV 3798
Toward the end of frosty January
John Lydgate, ‘Look in thy merour and deeme noon othir wiht’ —
twenty-seven 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with this refrain, including Envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Look in thy merour and deeme noon othir wiht’
Subjects: envoys; birds, as speakers/narrators; humility
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Bibliographic Ghosts: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299]: miswritten for 5966, which is in this MS.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 10 (SC 3356), ff. 207-209v
First Lines:
Loke in thy myrroure and deme non other wyght
The kynge of soules moste imperyall…
Last Lines:
…Mercy to medle wyth trouthe and equyte
And loke well theyre myrours & deme non other wyght
Note: 25 stanzas and one line; missing stanzas 1-2.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 81v-83v
First Lines:
Towarde thende of ffrosty Ianu Ianuary
Whan vatery phebus had his purpas take…
Last Lines:
…Mercy to medel trovth and equyte
Loke wele ye myrrours & deme neuer oþer wyght
Note: Twenty stanzas only.
Attributed Author: Iohn Lidgate (added by hand of the sixteenth century to top margin f. 81v); Lidgate (added by a fifteenth- to sixteenth century-hand to top left margin, f. 81v)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 29-33
First Lines:
[T]Owarde the eende of frosty Ianuarie
Whan watery Phebus had his purpos take…
Last Lines:
…Mercye to medle with trouth and equitee
Looke wele youre myrrours and deme noon other wight
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), f. 293
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, f. 7v-11v
First Lines:
TOward the Ende of ffroosty Ianuarye
Whan watry Phebus had his purpoos take…
Last Lines:
…Mercy to medle with trouthe and equyte
Look weel your myrours and deeme noon othir wiht Explict
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 156-64.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 765-72.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17026. Lydgate, John, The prouerbes of Lydgate, de Worde, [1510?]
Note: 19th-century transcription in London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Dyce 34 (Dyce’s transcript of STC 17026).
2.Source: STC 17027. Lydgate, John, The prouerbes of Lydgate, de Worde, [1520?]