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DIMEV 6818
IMEV 4244.5
NIMEV 4244.5
Ye crossbow men in trouth ye have great need
The Order of Shooting with the crossbow — sixteen stanzas rhyme
Subjects: crossbow, instructions for; utilitarian instructions
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 359, ff. 26v-29
First Lines:
Ye crosbow men in trouth ye haue gret nede
To be ful ware of deling with the game
lest rechelesnesse cause you some tyme to blede…
Last Lines:
…Though that youre thombe ouerthart ye vse to lay
Content youre thombe your kikmygge the assay
Attributed Author: Quod M Beele (f. 29)
Attributed Title: The order of shoting in with the crosbow (f. 26bad key)
Editions:
Y., X. “The Order of Shoting with the crosbow,” The Retrospective Review 1 (Feb., 1853): 206-8; signed “X.Y.” (p. 208) in “Anecdota Literaria” : 1.206-8.
Mooney, Linne R. “Practical Didactic Works in Middle English.” Diss. Toronto, 1981: 410-17.