The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1215
IMEV 734.8
NIMEV 734.8
Ever is six the best chance of the dice
A political prophecy according to the throw of the dice — in couplets
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 387; in some MSS followed by 5213; for texts which add a 4-line introduction see 6412.
Subjects: dice; prophecies, political
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Ee. B. 8 (SC 3338), ff. 271-271v
Note: 46 lines; mid-sixteenth century.
Attributed Title: The chaunces of dyce (f. 271)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.1062 (SC 13814), f. 93*v
First Lines:
[ ]st chaunce of þe dyce
[ ]reth vp þe six [picture of a dice with six dots]…
Last Lines:
…& when þe old is gon
then haue at A new Parlament
Note: Fourteen lines only; the corner of the folio is torn off.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157), f. 41
First Lines:
When {six} is the best cast of the dyse
and {one} berith vp {six} then ynglond ys paradise…
Last Lines:
…The lyon the rede rose and the flouredelyce
The loke schall nede vn do yet {six} schal bere the price
And {one} schall help there to
Note: 11 lines; followed by 5213.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra C.IV, f. 123v2
First Lines:
Euer is vi the best on the dice
When ane bereth vp vi…
Last Lines:
…Yet vi shall haue þe price
And I shall helpe þer to
Note: 12 lines; followed by 5213.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 559, ff. 39-39v
First Lines:
Even six ys the
Note: 10 lines; followed by 5213.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 7332, f. 29v
First Lines:
When Ale beareth vp syse
Ingland shall be in paradise…
Last Lines:
…When Deux putteth forth traye then all is spent
Then must we cum to a new parlyament
Note: 10 lines.
Furnivall, Frederick James. Ballads from Manuscripts. London: Ballad Society, 1863; repr. New York: AMS, 1968: 1.319.
7.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, ff. 96-96v
Note: 10 lines; followed by 5213.
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, f. 45v
9.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, f. 67
Note: Variants at ff. 45v, 52v, 64v.
10.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office SP 1/232, f. 219
First Lines:
Whan sise ys the best Caste of the dyesce
Note: 13 lines.
11.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 516, f. 118
First Lines:
Euermore schalle the {six} be the best cast on the dyce
Whan that {one} beryth vp the {six} ynglond schal be as paradice…
Last Lines:
…The Rede Rose and the floure delyce the lockes schal vnder
Yet schal the {six} ber the pryce and {one} schal helpe therto
Note: 10 lines; with glosses ‘i.e. vulgus’ over sixes and ‘i.e. rex’ over ones.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Rev. ed. of G. H. Kingsley, Francis Thynne: Animadversions upon Chaucer’s WorksEETS o.s. 9 (1865), repr. 1965; re-issued Chaucer Society 2nd ser. 13 (1876): xlv.
Viles, E., and Frederick J. Furnivall, eds. The Fraternitye of Vacabondes by John Awdeley…. EETS e.s. 9 (1869); repr. 1988: xiv.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 120.