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First mine uncunning and my rudeness
On the chaunse of the dyse — fifty-nine stanzas rhyme royal
Title(s): On the chaunse of the dyse
Subjects: dice
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 638 (SC 2078), ff. 195-203v
First Lines:
Fyrst myn vnkunnyng & my Rudenesse
Vnto you all that listen know her chaunce…
Last Lines:
…ffor hasard hath with maistry quytte me so
My while that I ioyles now leue yn wo
Note: Folio 195 torn; ff. 197, 201 mutilated; lacks lines 295-336
Attributed Title: The chaunce of the Dyse (f. 195); Explicit The Chaunce of the Dyse (f. 203v)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Bodley 638: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1982.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 148v-154
First Lines:
FIrst myn vnkunnynge and my rudenesse
Vnto yow alle that lysten knowe here chaunce…
Last Lines:
…For hasarde hath with maystry quytte me soo
My while that I ioylesses now leue in woo
Note: Balade (3 stanzas, f. 148) treated as separate work from Chaunces (56 stanzas, ff. 148-154).
Attributed Title: Balade vpon the Chaunse of the Dyse (f. 148); Explicit Balade vpon the chaunse of the dyse (f. 148); Chaunces of the Dyse (f. 148v), Explicit the Chaunce of thee Dyse (f. 154)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “The Chance of the Dice.” Englische Studien 59 (1925): 1-16: 5-16.
Cohen, Helen Louise. The Ballade. New York: Columbia UP, 1915: 285 (three stanzas only).