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DIMEV 5270
The first day of the year
Calculating leap year by the computus — four couplets
Subjects: calendars; astrology/astronomy
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1404, ff. 81-81v
Transcription:
The first of the yere
Flet þe thrid hole to þe nere
And at the ferþe lepe yere
While þou levest in erthe
Thrid eke þe kennyth
the Sonday what letter on rennyth
And in what yere
the solsicle without wer
Editions:
Means, Laurel. “‘Ffor as moche as yche man may not haue þe astrolabe:’ Popular Middle English Variations on the Computus.” Speculum 67 (1992): 595-623: 606.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.10.21 (1473), ff. 38-38v
3.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.I, f. 88
4.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 26, ff. 61-62v
Note: Variant text.
5.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 505 [olim Phillipps 10603], f. 59v
Note: Variant text.
Editions:
Hanna, Ralph, ed. “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: A Checklist of Addenda.” Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980): 235-58: 254.