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DIMEV 843
IMEV 447
NIMEV 447
Between midnight and the fresh morrow gray
John Lydgate, Fifteen Joys and Sorrows of Our Lady — in rhyme royal including Prologues and an Envoy
Note: Formerly 447; see also 6541.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Fifteen Joys and Sorrows of Our Lady
Subjects: Virgin Mary, joys of; Virgin Mary, sorrows of; dream visions; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 204-208v
First Lines:
Be twene mydnyght and þe fressh morowe grey
Nat longe agon in herte ful pensife…
Last Lines:
…To þat entent ydo the forth directe
Where þu failest þat men shal þe correcte
Attributed Author: Lydgate (RT (RT, ff. 207-208)
Attributed Title: xv Ioyes (RT, ff. 204-206); Here endeth the lyfe of seynt George.And here begynneth þe prologe of þe xv Ioyes of our ladye (f. 204); Here endeþ þe prolog of þe xv Ioyes & begyneþ þe tale (f. 204v); xv heuynesse of oure ladye (f. 207); Here endeth the xv heuynes of oure lady (f. 208)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 182 [olim Ashburnham 134], f. 49
First Lines:
Goo litill boke and mekely me excuse
To all tho that schall þe see or rede…
Last Lines:
…To þat entent I doo the forthe directe
Where thow failist that men schall the correcte
Note: Fragment (one-stanza envoy) used as envoy to 1544; with rubric heading, ‘Lenuoy’ and rubric ‘Explicit’.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 53-58
First Lines:
[A]twene mydnyght and þe fressh morowe graye
Not yore ago in herte full pensife…
Last Lines:
…To þat entent I do þe forth directe
Where þu failest þat men shall þe correcte
Note: 45 stanzas.
Attributed Title: Incipiunt quindecim gaudia beate marie (f. 53)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 157-161v
First Lines:
betwene mydnyght & þe morow fresshe gray
Nat yore ago in hert full pensyfe
Of þoughtfull syghes my peyne to put away
Causyd by the trobyll of thys vnstable lyfe…
Last Lines:
…To that entent dothe forthe dyrecte
Where thow faylyst that men shall the correcte
Note: 45 stanzas including two prologues of 5 and 4 stanzas and one envoy of 3 stanzas.
Attributed Title: Here is þe begynynge of þe xv Ioyes & þe xv sorows that our blissyd lady had whill she was here on earthe (added [?] by Stow, f. 157); Quindecim Lamentationum Beati Marie (rubric, f. 157); expliciunt quindecim lamentaciones beate Marie (rubric, f. 161v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 238-242
First Lines:
Betwene mydnyght and the morow fresshe gray
Nat yore agone in hert full pensyf
Of thoughtfull syghes my payne to put away
Causyd by the troble of thys vnstabyll lyst…
Last Lines:
…To that entent dothe forth dyrect
Where thow faylyst that men shall the correct
Note: 45 stanzas including two prologues of 5 and 4 stanzas and one envoy of 3 stanzas.
Attributed Author: John Lydgate (added by later hand, ff. 238, 242)
Attributed Title: Expliciunt quindecim gaudia beate Marie Virginis (f. 240); Incipit prologus quindecim Dolorum beate Marie (f. 240); Expliciunt quindecim dolores beate Marie Virginis (f. 242)
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton App. XXVII, ff. 1-2v
First Lines:
Thou that arte called glorie of Israell
For that Ioye moste souereyne of renoun…
Last Lines:
…Of eche conseuruyd the same obserueance
As here to forne is put in remembraunce
Note: Stanzas 8-23.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 88-93v
First Lines:
Atween mydnyght and the fressh morwe gray
Nat yore ago in herte ful pensiff…
Last Lines:
…To that entent I do the forth directe
Wher thu faylest that men shal the correcte
Attributed Author: Explicit quod lidgate (f. 93v)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 268-79.