The preface to the Book of Fortune, on the cast of the dice, by Thomas
More — thirty-seven stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): Thomas More
Title(s): Book of Fortune
Subjects: dice; prefaces
More, Thomas, The boke of the fayre genty[l]woman that no man shulde put his truste, or
confydence in that is to say, Lady Fortune, flaterynge euery man that coueyteth to haue all, and
specyally, them that truste in her, she deceyueth them at laste
, [London]: Imprinted by me
Robert Wyer dwellynge, in Saynt Martyns parysshe, in the Duke of Suffolkes tentes, besyde Charynge
Crosse, [ca. 1540] , sigs. A.1v
(A.1v) As often as I consydre, these olde noble
Poetis, Oratours, & Phylosophers sectes thre…
(A.2v) FOrtune, O myghty & varyable
What rule thou
claymest, with thy cruel power…
(A.3) Myne hyghe estat power and auctoryte
If ye ne knewe enserche
and ye shall spye…
…Begynnes lustely the browes to set vp
And at the last
concludeth, in the good ale cup (A.1v)
…Neyther for euer cheryssheynge, whom she taketh
oppressynge, whom she forsaketh (A.2v)
…In euery poynt, eche answere by and by
As are the iudgementis
of Astronomye (B.4)
The print edition includes a Prologue (three rhyme royal stanzas, sig.
), followed by two French verses (sig. A.2), and two more
rhyme royal stanzas stanzas (sig. A.2v
) before the text congruent
with that in Oxford, Balliol College 354 commences on A.3. Further editions include
; Campbell (1927)
, 338-44 (facs. and
Attributed Author: quod T. M. (A.1v); finis quod T. M. (A.2v); quod
Tho. Mo. (A.3)
Attributed Title: The Boke of the fayre Genty[l]woman, that no man shulde put his truste, or
confy=dence in: that is to say, Lady Fortune: flaterynge euery man that couyteth
to haue all, and specyally, them that truste in her, she decey=ueth them at
laste. (A.1); Finis Prologus (A.1v); The words of Fortune to the
people. (A.3); To them that trusteth in Fortune (A.3v); Here fineth
Lady Fortune (B.4)
Furnivall, Frederick James,
Captain Cox., His Ballads and Books.
7 (1871); repr. New Shakespeare Society, 1890: xcv-vi (Pro.).
Fugitive Tracts, written in Verse. Compiled by William Carew Hazlitt.
Vol. 1: 1493-1600.
2 vols. London: Wittingham, 1875.
The Surrey and Wyatt Anthology, 1509-1547 A.D.
London, New York: Frowde, 1900: 112-24.