The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6820
IMEV 4246
NIMEV 4246
Ye folks all which have devocion
John Lydgate, ‘Virtues of the Mass’ — 83 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), including envoy
Note: Cf. 6819
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Interpretacio Misse
Subjects: religious observance; envoys; mass, virtues of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 73 (SC 4119), ff. 4-9v
First Lines:
Ye folkys alle that haue deuocion
To here masse first doth your besy cure
Last Lines:
Graunte or y dye crist for thi passion
Y may resteyve this breed sent doun from heuen
Note: Lines 1-376
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 30v-31v
First Lines:
Yhe folkes alle whiche han deuocioune
To here messe…
Note: Lines 321-60 only: ‘A praier to the hooly Sacrament’.
Attributed Title: HEre is a praier of the hooly sacrament (f. 30v)
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 317-333
First Lines:
O ye folkes all which haue devocoun
To here masse first doth your besy cure
With all your inward contemplacoun
As in a merour presentyng in figure…
Last Lines:
…Thyn auctor symple thorowgh affeccoun
He may well pray them þat shall the rede
With goodly support d to do correccoun
The to refowrm wher as they se nede
Attributed Title: Prologus of the masse (p. 317); Explicit prologus (p. 317)
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
4.Source: Oxford, St John’s College 56, ff. 75v
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 174/95, pp. 451-453
First Lines:
…That day a man devoutly heryth masse
Whyle he ys present he schall not wexen olde…
Last Lines:
…Wyth godely support to do correction
The to reforme where as they se nede
Note: lines 593-664 only due to missing quires preceding p. 451; but includes one-stanza envoy; in 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 205v-214
First Lines:
yE folkys all whyche haue deuocioun
To here musse furst do your besy cure
With all your inward contemplacion
As in a myrrour presentyng in figure…
Last Lines:
…With goodly support to do correccion
Thee to reforme where as they se nede
Attributed Author: Lydgate (added by later hand, f. 205v); John Lydgate (added by later hand after explicit , f. 214, and at sub-headings throughout, ff. 206v, 207v, etc.)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 86-115.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], f. 103
Note: Missing lines 1-57
8.Source: London, British Library Arundel 396, ff. 121-130
First Lines:
The folkes alle whiche haue deuocyon
To heere masse first dooth youre besy cure…
Last Lines:
…With goostly supporte to doon correctyon
The to refoorme as thei seen neede. Amen
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 179-188
First Lines:
YE that beth of goode deuocyoun
To here youre masse with al your cure…
Last Lines:
…With goodely support to do correccioun
The to reforme where they se nede
Attributed Author: Explicit quod lidegate Amen (f. 188)
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 344, ff. 1-8
First Lines:
…Kyrye and christe þu nombre thryes thre
Words of greke playnly to determyne…
Last Lines:
…Wyth goodly support to do correxcyoun
The to reforme where as they se nede
Note: Begins imprefectly due to loss of leaf: missing stanzas 1-23.
Attributed Author: John Lidgate . how to hear Mass (wants þe Begining) — in a much later hand (flyleaf, verso)

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17037.5. Lydgate, John, [The virtue of the mass], [W. de Worde, c. 1500] , sig. 1
Note: Lacks Envoy
Huth, Henry. Fugitive Tracts, written in Verse. Compiled by William Carew Hazlitt. Vol. 1: 1493-1600. 2 vols. London: Wittingham, 1875.
2.Source: STC 17038. Lydgate, John, The vertue of ye masse, W. de Worde, [1520?] , sig. 1
Note: Lacks Envoy