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I command all the rattons that are here about
Charm against Rats — twenty-one irregular lines
Subjects: charms; rats
Versification: — irregular, mostly two-line — aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.288 (SC 12146), f. 113v
First Lines:
I comawnde alle þe ratones þat are here abowte
þat non duelle in þis place with Inne ne with owte…
Last Lines:
…god saue þis place fro alle oþer wykked wytes
boþe be dayes & be nytes & in nomine patris & filii et cetera
Note: 21 lines, mostly couplets; writing very faded; not Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.85 (SC 12145), as listed in IMEV.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 43.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 170.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 384-5.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 457/395, f. 1v
First Lines:
I commande all the ratonys þat arn in this place withinne & without
and be þe wertu off oure swet lady þat jesu bar abowte…
Last Lines:
…be the whiche this place ye kepe ffrom al wykkyd whehtis
and from all raonys & all odyr aventorys
in nomine patrys & filij & spiritus sancti amen
Note: Variant; 14+ lines written as prose.