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DIMEV 5854
IMEV 3694.3
NIMEV 3694.3
Thou that has cast three sixes here
Divination by means of dice — in quatrains, one for each possible combination of three dice
Note: Cf. More (1540), trans. of Le livre de passetemps de la Fortune des Dez.
Subjects: divination; dice
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aabb, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 513, ff. 98v-99v
First Lines:
þu þat hast y cast tre syses here
þu schalt haue þy desere þis same ȝere…
Last Lines:
…he þat syȝe trey & as haþ take
yn his workes wisily doþ wake…
Note: 74 lines only; ends with first two lines for combination 6-3-1.
2.Source: Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Library 123, ff. 149v-152v
First Lines:
Thow þat has cast iij sixes here
Shalt have þy desyre þis same ȝere…
Last Lines:
…þou canst þy love as privily kepe
wyþe hur byrdys when men hem seche…
Note: 188 lines; ends incomplete.
Editions:
Tweedie, Michael G. “An astrogalantic poem of the fifteenth century.” M.Litt thesis. University of Aberdeen, 1973.
3.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk], ff. 2-3
First Lines:
…Schall haue ȝowre dessyer þis same ȝer
hold ȝow stabyll and ware nowȝt…
Last Lines:
…Be trew and trost in mary myld
and sche wyll ȝow fro schame schyld…
Note: Fragment: 95 lines only, missing first line; ends with 5-5-3 cast.
Editions:
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. A Commonplace Book of the Fifteenth Century. Norwich: Kerrison, Goose, 1886: 15-18.
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. “Notes on A Common-Place Book of the Fifteenth Century with a Religious Play of Abraham and Isaac.” The Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany. Walter Rye, ed. 3 vols. Norwich: Goose & Co, 1873-87: 3.115-67: 150-2.
4.Source: Boston, MA, Boston Public Library med. 100 (1527) [olim Kraus Cat. 22, no. 21], ff. 84v-87
First Lines:
Þai þat has castin iii sisses here
Sal haue þi dissire þis sam yhere
Hald þe stabil & wari þou noght
for þou sal haue þi dissir þat is in þi thoght…
Last Lines:
…Þou has casted thre acys on raw
I rede þou lar god to knaw
& prai ihesu of his special grace
at þou myght se hym in his face
Note: Complete: 224 lines written as 56 quatrains, with illustrations of the dice to right of each quatrain.
Facsimiles:
Ives, S. A. “An Unpublished Piece of Medieval English Folklore.” Rare Books: Notes on the History of Old Books and Manuscripts…Together with Catalogue No. 22. H. P. Kraus, ed. (1942): 4 (facsim. of f. 84v).
Editions:
Ives, S. A. “An Unpublished Piece of Medieval English Folklore.” Rare Books: Notes on the History of Old Books and Manuscripts…Together with Catalogue No. 22. H. P. Kraus, ed. (1942): 6-7 (first 10 quatrains only).