SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 6013
IMEV 3771
NIMEV 3771
To the Holy Ghost my goods I bequeath
A charm against thieves — seventeen lines, possibly in ten-line stanzas
Subjects: charms; thieves
Versification: — ten-line — irregular



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1378, Parts II, III (SC 7798), p. 77
First Lines:
To the holy goste my goodes I bequeth
that in this place be set…
Last Lines:
…If any theves [ ]ther come here
I bynd yow theves and do yow [ ]
[ ]hartyly[ ]
Note: Ends incomplete (17 lines); in the left margin appears the same Latin charm as accompanies 685: Dismas et gismas / medioque devine / potestas / Summa petit dismas / Infelix ad Infima / Gismas / nos et Res nostras / Salvet Diuina / potestas.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 59.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 126.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 120-1.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 12 B.XXV, f. 253v
Note: Parts illegible.
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3160, f. 137v