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I saw three headless playen at a ball
Riddling verses — two couplets
Subjects: riddles
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 26v
Transcription:
I saw iij hedles playen at a ball
on hanles man served hem all
whyll iij movthles men lay & low
iij legles a way hem drow
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 35 (as part of 3343).
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 241.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 144-5.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), f. 144
Transcription:
iij heddelyse men playd at ball
I heddelyse man seruit them all
Note: Translating ‘Tres homines assifoli ad pilam ludebant…’ (4 lines), which precedes.
Editions:
Meech, Sanford Brown. “A Collection of Proverbs in Rawlinson MS D 328.” Modern Philology 38 (1940-41): 113-32: 125.