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DIMEV 5748
NIMEV 3639.77
This senator that sometime was ruler of Rome
A mathematical riddle — six lines
Subjects: riddles; ages of man’s life
Versification: — six-line — abbacc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 211, f. 200v
Transcription:
Thys senator þat somme tyme was ruler of rome
That caput mundi called is seyde vnto hys sone
Sone yf þu scholdest leue as long as þu hast done
And all much ageyn & halfundell þat somme
And half of þat halffe þan wot I wyll þu where
An .C. wynter olde how long is þat þu where bore
Note: Added to blank page in a sixteenth-century hand; interlinear notes begin above line 3 with ‘xxvj ȝere viij mones’ in answer to the mathematical problem.