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ho seyde perken plouhman by seynt Peter of rome
Ich haue an half-acre to eren · by þe hye weye
Hadde ich ered þat half-acre · and sowed hit after
P.9.4
Ich wolde wende wit ȝow · and þe wey teche
That were a long lettynge · quaþ a lady in askleire
Wat sholde we wommen · worche þe whiles
Ich praye ȝow for ȝoure profit · quaþ peers to þe ladyes
P.9.8
Þat somme sewe þe sak · for shedynge of þe wete
And ȝe worþly wommen · wit ȝoure longe fyngres
Þat ȝe on selke and sendel · to sewen wenne tyme ys
Chesybles for chapelayns churches to honure
P.9.12
Wyues and widewes · wolle and flax spynneþ
Conscience consaileþ ȝow · cloþ for to make
For profit of þe poure · and plesaunce of ȝow-selue
For ich shal lene hem lyflode · bote yf þe lond faile
P.9.16
As longe as ich leue · for oure lordes loue in heuene
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Helpeþ hem to worche whyghtly · þat wynneþ ȝoure fode
By cryst quaþ a knyitȝLG P.9.19: Compare knyiȝt below at P9.23, though this spelling occurs again at P9.32. þo · he kenneþ ous þe beste
P.9.20
C P.9.20: The indication for a parasign in the left margin appears to be the sole instance in this manuscript.***??? Ac on þe teeme trywely · tauht was ich neuere
Ich wolde ich couthe quaþ þe knyȝt · by cryst and hus moder
Ich wolde a-saye som tyme · for solas as hit were
Sykerliche syre knyiȝt · seide peers þenne
P.9.24
Ich shal swynke and swete · and sowe for hus boþe
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laboure for þe while þou leuest · al þy lyf-tyme
In couenaunt þat þou kepe · holy churche and me-selue
For wastours and wyckede men · þat þus worlde struen
P.9.28
And go honte hardileche · to hares and to foxes
To bores and to bockes · þat brekeþ a-doune menne hegges
And faite þy faucones · to culle wylde foules
For þei comen to my croft · my corn to defoule
P.9.32
Corteysliche þe knyitȝ þen · comsede þes wordes
By my power peers ich plyghte þe my treuthe
To defende þe in faith · fyghte þauh ich sholde
And ȝut on poynt quaþ Peers ich praye ȝow ouere-more
P.9.36
Loke ȝe tuene no tenaunt · bote yf treuth wolle assente
Wenne ȝe a mercyn eny man · let mercy be taxour
And meknesse þy maister · maugre mede chekes
Þauh poure men profre ȝou · presantes and ȝeftes
P.9.40
Nym hit nat an aunter · thow mowe hit nat deserue
For þow shalt ȝulde so may be · and somdel a bygge
fol. 29vI
Mys-beede nouht þy boundemen · þe bet may þe spede
Þauh he be here þyn vnderling* · in heuene paraunter
P.9.44
He worth raþer receyued · and reuerentloker sette amice ascende superius .
At churche in þe charnel · cheorles aren vuel to knowe
Oþer a knyght fro a knaue · oþer a queyne fro a queene
Hit by-comeþ to a knyght · to be curteys and hende
P.9.48
Trewe of hys tonge · tales loth to huyre
Bote þei be of bounte · of batailes and of treuthe
Hald nat of harlotes · huyre nat here tales
/Nslash mark before the N to indicate parasign***???Nameliche atte mete · suche men eschywe
P.9.52
Hit ben þe deueles disours · to drawe men to synne
Contreplede nat conscience ne holy churche ryghtes
Ich assente by seynt Gyle · seyde þe knyght þenne
For to worche by þy witt · and my wyf boþe
P.9.56
Ich shal aparaile me quaþ perkyn in pylgrymes wyse
And wende wit alle þo · þat wolle lyue in treuthe .
He caste on hym hus cloþes · of alle kynne craftes
Hus cokeres and hus cuffes · as kynde witt hym tauhte
P.9.60
And heng hus hoper on hus hals · in stede of a scrippe
A boussel of bred corn · brouht was þerynne
For ich wolle sowe hit my-self · and suthe wol ywende
To pylgrimages as pilgrymes don · pardon to wynne
P.9.64
My plouh-fot shal be my pyk-staf · and puche a-two þe rotes
And help my culter to kerue · and clause þe forwes
And alle þat helpen me to erye · oþer elles to weden
Shal haue leue by oure lorde · to go and glene after
P.9.68
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And alle kynne crafty men · þat conne lyue in treuthe .
Ich shal fynde hem fode · þat feythfullech lybben
Saf Iack Iogelour · and Ionette of þe styues
P.9.72
And danyel þe dees pleyere · and denete þe baude
And also frere faytour · and folke of þe ordre
Þat lollers and loseles · for leel men halden
And Robyn þe rybaudour · for hus rusty wordes
P.9.76
For treuthe tolde me ones · and bade telle forthere
Deleantur de libro uiuencium & cum iustis non scribantur .
Ich sholde nat dele wit hem · for holyche churche hoteþ
Of hem to aske no tythe quia cum iustis non scribantur .
P.9.80
Thei ben ascaped good aunter · now god hem amende
Dame worche wen tyme hisLX P.9.81: his, "is." peers wyf hyhte
Hus douhter heithe do ryght so · oþer þy damme shal þe bete
Hus sone hihte suffre · þy souereynes haue here wil
P.9.84
Deme hem nouht for yf þow do · thow shalt dere abigge
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Consaile nat þe comune · þe kyng to displese
Ne hem þat han lawes to loke · lacke hem nat ich hote
Let god worthe with al · as holy writ techeþ
P.9.88
Super cathedram moysi sedent et cetera .
Maistres as þe meyres ben · and grete men senatours
What þei comaunde as by þe kyng · contrepleide hit neuere
Al þat þe hoten ich hote heyliche · thow suffre hem
P.9.92
By here warnyng and worchyng* · worch þow þer-after
Omnia que dicunt facite & seruate .
Ac after here doynge do þow nat · my dere sone quaþ peers
For now ich am old and hor · and haue of myn owene
P.9.96
To penaunces and to pilgrimages · ich wol passe with oþere
For-thi ich wolle er ich wende · do wryten my by-quyste
Testamentum petri plouhman . T P.9.98: Another instance in which the scribe has confused text with a marginal gloss.
In dei nomine ameC P.9.99: The scribe forgot to note word-final <n>, but filled in the space with hatching in red ink. Ich make hit my-self* ·
P.9.100
He shal haue my soule · þat alle soules made
And defende hit fro þe feende · and so is my by-leyueT P.9.97: The manuscript omits the following two lines:
Til y come til his acountes as my crede telleth
To haue relees and remissioun on þat rental y leue
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The churche shal haue my caroyne · and kepe my bones
For of my corn and catel · he crauede my tythe
P.9.104
Ich payed hit prestliche · for peril of my soule
He his holdinge ich hope · to haue me in hus masse
And menge me in hus memorie · among alle cristine
My wyf shal haue of þat ich wan · with treuthe and no more
P.9.108
And dele hit among my douhtres · and my dere children
For þauh ich deyde þys day · my dettes ben quyted
Ich bar hom þat ich borwede er ich to bedde ȝeode
With þe resydue and remenaunt · by þe rode of lukes
P.9.112
Ich wolle worshupe þer-with · treuthe al my lyf
And be apulgrym atte plouh · for profyt of poure and ryche
Now Perkyn with þe pilgrimes · to þe plouh is faren
To eryen hus half-aker · holpen hym menye
P.9.116
Dykers and deluers · diggeden vp þe balkes
Ther-with was perkyn apayed · and paied wel here hyre
Oþer werkmen þer were · þat wrouhten ful ȝurne
Eche man in hus manere · made hym-self to done
P.9.120
And somme to plese perkyn pykede aweye þe wedes
Atte hye pryme peers let þe plouh stonde
And ouer-seyh hem hym-self · ho-so best wrouhte
He sholde be hyred þer-after · wen heruest-tyme come
P.9.124
Þenne seten some and songen atten ale
And holpen to erie · þis half-acre · with hoy troly lolly
Quath peers plouhman al in pure tenne
Bote ȝe ryse þe raþere · and rape ȝow to worche
fol. 30vI
P.9.128
Shal no greyn þat here groweþ · gladen ȝow at neede
And þauh ȝe deye for deul · þe deuel haue þe recche
Tho were faitours aferede · and feynede hem blynde
And leyden here legges a-lyry · as suche lorelles conneþ
P.9.132
And maden here mone to peers how þei mowe nat worche
Ac we prayeþ for ȝow peers and fore ȝoure plouh boþe
Þat god for hus grace · ȝoure grayn multeplie
And ȝulde ȝow of ȝoure almesse · þat ȝe ȝeuene hus here
P.9.136
We may nayþer swynke ne swete · suche syknesse ous ayleþ
We haue none lymes to laborie with · lord god we þonkeþ
Ȝoure praiers quath peers and ȝe parfit were
Myght help as ich hope · ac hye treuthe wolde
P.9.140
Þat no faiterye were founde · in folk þat gon a-begged
Ȝe ben wastours ich wot wel · þat wasten and deuouren
Þat leel land tylynge men · leelleche byswynken
Ac treuthe shal teche ȝow · hus teeme for to dryue
P.9.144
Oþer ȝe shulle ete barliche brede · and of þe broke drynke
Bote ȝe be blynde oþer brokelegged · oþer bolted wit yren
Suche poure quaþ peers shullen partye wit my goodes
Boþe of my corn and of my cloþ · to kepe hem fro defaute
P.9.148
Ancres and heremites · þat eten bote at nones
And freres þat flateren nat · and poure folke syke
What ich and myne · wolleþ fynde hem þat hem needeþ
Thenne gan wastour to wratth · and wolde haue fouhten
P.9.152
And to peers plouhman proferede to fighte
And bad hym go pisse with hus plouh · peyuesshe shrewe
A brytonere com braggynge · a-bosted peers also
Wolle þow ne wolle þow · we wolleþ habbe oure wil
P.9.156
Boþe þy flour and þy flessh* · fecchen wen ous lykeþ
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e þermyd · maugre ho by-gruccheþ
Peers þe plouhman þo pleynede to þe knyght
To kepe hym and hus catel · as couenaunt was by-twyne hem
P.9.160
Awreke me of þes wastours · þat maken þys worde dere
Thei counte nat of cursyng · ne holy churche dreden
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nte quaþ peers and þe plouh ligge
Curtesliche þe knyght þen · as hus kynde wolde
P.9.164
Warned wastour · and wissede hym betere
Oþer ich shal bete þe by þe lawe · and brynge þe in stockes
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wirche quaþ wastour · and ich wolle nat now bygynne
And let lyght of þe lawe · and lasse of þe knyght
P.9.168
And sette peers at a pese · pleyne hym wer he wolde
Now by crist quaþ peers y shal apeyre ȝow alle
And hopede after hunger þat herde at þe ferste
fol. 31rI
Ich praye þe quath peers þo purcharite sire honger
P.9.172
Awreke me of þeese wastours · for þe knyght wol nat
Honger hente in haste · wastour by þe mawe
And wrang hym by þe wombe · þat al waterede hus eyen
He buffated þe brutener · a-boute þe chekes
P.9.176
Þat he loked lyk a lanterne · al hus lyf after
He bet hem so boþe · he barst neih hure guttes
Ne hadde peers witLX P.9.178: wit, "with." a peese lof · prayede hym by-leue
Honger haue mercy of hem quath peers and let me ȝeue hem benes
P.9.180
And þat was bake for bayerde · may be here bote
Tho were faitours a-fered · and flowen to peersses bernes
And flapten on whitLX P.9.182: whit, "with." flailes · fro morwe til euene
Þat honger was nat hardy · on hem for to loke
P.9.184
For a potful of potage · þat peersses wyf made
An hep of eremites · henten hem spades
Spitten and spradde donge · in despit of hunger
Thei coruen here coppes · and courtepies hem made
P.9.188
And wenten as workmen · to weden and mowen
Al for drede of here deþ · suche dyntes ȝaf
Blynde and brokeleggede · he botnede a þousand
And lame men he lechede · wit longen of bestes
P.9.192
Preestes and oþer pepleP P.9.191: An otiose mark appears above the second <p>. · to peers þei drowen
And freres and alle fyue ordres · al for fere of hunger
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Drosenes and dregges · drenke for menye beggeres
P.9.196
Þer was lad þat lyuede · þat ne lowede hym to peers
To be hus hole hywe þauh he hadde no more
Bute lyf-lode for hus labour · and hus loue at nones
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e · and putte hem alle to werke
P.9.200
In daubyng and in deluyng* · in donge a-feld berynge
In þresshynge in þecchynge · in thwytynge of pynnes
And alle kynne trewe craft · þat man couthe deuyse
Was no beggere so bolde · bote yf he blynde were
P.9.204
Þat dorst wit-sitteLX P.9.204: wit-sitte, "with-sitte." þat peeres seyde · for fere of syre hunger
And peers was proud þerof · and putte hem alle to swynge
And ȝaf hem mete and monye · as þey myght deseruen
Tho hadde peers pite · of alle poure puple
P.9.208
And bad hunger on haste · hyhe out of contre
Home in to his owen erthe · and halde hym þer euere
For ich am wel awreke of wastours þorw þy myghte
Ac ich praye þe quaþ peers . hunger er þow wende
P.9.212
Of beggers and of bydders · what best be to done
For ich wot wel be þou went · worche þei wolle ful ylle ·
fol. 31vI
Meschief hit makeþ · thei ben so meke nouthe
And for defaute þis folke · folwen my hestes
P.9.216
Hit is no þyng* for loue · thei labour þus faste
Bote for fere of famyn · in faith seide peers
Ys no final loue wit þis folke · for al here faire speche
And hit aren my blody broþren · for god bouhte vs alle
P.9.220
Treuthe tauhte me ones · to louye hem echone
And helpen hem of alle þyng · ay as hem nedeþ
Now wolde ich white or þow wentest · wat were þe beste
How ich myghte a-maistren hem · to louye and laboure
P.9.224
For here lyflode · lere me syre hunger
Now herkne quaþ hunger and hold hit for awysdome
And bolde beggeres and bygge · þat mowe here bred by-swynke
With houndes bred and hors bred · hele hem when þei hungren
P.9.228
And a-baue hem with benes · for bollynge of here wombe
And yf þe gromes grucche · bid hem go swynke
And he shal soupe þe swettere · wen he hath deserued
And yf þow fynde eny folke · wam false men han apaired
P.9.232
Comforte hem with þy catel · for so comaundeþ treuthe
Loue hem and lene hem · so lawe of kynde wolde
Alter alterius onera portate .
And alle manere men · þat þow myght aspye
P.9.236
In meschief oþer in mal-ese · and þow mowe hem helpe
Loke by þy lyf · let hem nouht for fare
Yf þow hast wonne ouht · wickeliche wisliche dispende hit
Facite uobis amicos de mammona iniquitatis
P.9.240
Ich wolde nat greuye god quaþ peers for al þe good on erthe
Myghte ich synneles do as þou seist · seide peers plouhman
Ȝe ich by-hote þe quaþ hungerer elles þe byble lyeþ
Go to oure by-gynnynge · þo god þe worlde made
P.9.244
As wise men han y-wryte · and as wittnesseþ genesis
That seith with swynke · and with swot · and swetynge face
By tulye and by trauaile · treuly oure lyf-lode
In labore & sudore uultus tui uesceris pane tuo .
P.9.248
And salamon þe sage · with þe same acordeþ
The slowe caytyf for colde · wolde no corn tulye
In somere for hus slewthe · he shal haue defaute
And gon abrybeþ and beggen · and no man bete hus hunger
P.9.252
Piger propter frigus noluit arare mendicabit in hyeme & non dabitur ei .
Matheu makeþ mencion of a man þat lente
Hus seluer to þre manere men · and menynge þat þei sholde
Chaffare and cheeue þer-with · in chele and in hete
P.9.256
And he þat best laborede · best was alowede
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And leders for here laborynge · ouere al þe lordes goodes
Ac he þat was awrecche · and wolde nat trauayle
The lord for hus lacchesse · and hus luþer sleuthe
P.9.260
By-nom hym al þat he hadde · and ȝaf hit to hus felawe
That leely hadde labored · and þenne þe lord seide
He þat hath shal haue · and helpe þer hym lykeþ
And he þat nauht haueþ · he shal nauht haue
P.9.264
And no man ȝut helpe hym · and þat he weneþ haue
Ich wolle hit hym by-reue · for hus rechelesnesse
Lo what þe sauter seiþ · to swynkers with handes
Yblessed be alle þo · þat he by-lyue swynken
P.9.268
Þorw eny leel labour · as þorgh lymes and handes
Labores manuum tuarum quia manducabis . & cetera .
Theese aren euydences quath hunger for hem þat wolle nat swynken
That here lyflode be-leue · and lytel worth here cloþes
P.9.272
By cryst quaþ peers plouhman þo · þeese prouerbes wolle ich shewe
To beggers and to boyes · þat loth ben to worche
Ac ȝut ich praye ȝow quath peers purcharite syre hunger
Ȝyf ȝe can oþer knowe · eny kynne þynge of fysyk*
P.9.276
For some of my seruauns · and my-selue boþe
Of alle awoke worchen nat · so oure wombe groneþ
Ich wot wel quath hunger what syknesse ȝow aileþ
Ȝe haue manged ouere muche · þat makeþ ȝow be syke
P.9.280
Ac eet nat ich hote · or hunger þe take
And sende of hus sauce · to sauerie with thi lippes
And kep som til soper-tyme · and sitte nauht to longe
Let nat syre sorfait · sitten at þy borde
P.9.284
And loke þow drynke no day · er þou dyne som-what
Þenk þat diues for hus delicat lyf · to þe deuel wente
And lazar þe lene beggere · þat longed after cromes
And ȝut had he hem nat · for ich hunger culde hym
P.9.288
And sitthe ich sauh hym sitte · as he a syre were
At alle amnere ese · in abrahammes lappe
And yf þow be of power peers ich þe rede
Alle þat greden at þy gate · for godesloue after fode
P.9.292
Parte witLX P.9.292: wit, "with." hem of þy payn · of potage oþer of souel
Lene hem som of þy loof · þauh þou þe lasse chewe
And þauh lyers and lacchedrawers · and lolleres knocke
Let hem abyde tyl þe bord be drawe · ac bere hem none cromes
P.9.296
Til alle þyn nedy neihebores · haue none ymaked
And yf þow dyght þe þus · ich dar legge myn eres
Þat fysyk shal hus forrede hodes · for hus fode sulle
And hus cloke of calabre · for hus comunes legge ·
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P.9.300
And be fayn by my faith · his fysyk to lete
And lerne labore with londe · leste lyflod hym faile
Ther aren meny luþere leches · and leele leches fewe
Thei don men deye þorgh here drynkes · er destyne hit wolde
P.9.304
By seynt paul quath peers þo · thou poyntest neih þe treuthe
And leelly seist as ich leue · lord þe for-ȝelde
Wend now wennou wolt · and wel be þow euere
For þow hast wel ywroke me · and also wel ytauht me
P.9.308
Ich by-hote þe quaþ hunger þat hennes nel ich wende
Er ich haue y-dyned by þys day · and y-dronke boþe
Ich haue no peny quath peers polettes for to bigge
Ner goos noþer grys · bote two grene cheses
P.9.312
Afewe croddes and creyme · and acake of otes
And bred for my barnes · of benes and of peses
And ȝut ich sey by my saule · ich haue no salt bacon
Nouht a cokeney by cryst · colhoppes to make
P.9.316
Ac ich haue porett plontes · parselye and scalones
Chiboles and chirueylles · and chiries sam-rede
And a cow with a calf · and a cart mare
To drawe a-feld my donge · þe wyle drouth lasteþ
P.9.320
By þis lyflode we mote lyue · tyl lammasse tyme
And by þat ich hope · to haue heruest in my crofte
Thenne may I · dyghte þy dyner as me dere lykeþ
Alle þe poure puple þo · peescoddes fetten
P.9.324
Benes and baken apples · thei brouhte in here lappes
And profrede peers this present · to plese þerwith hunger
Hunger eet al in haste · and askede after more
Poure folke for fere þo · fedde hunger ȝerne
P.9.328
With creym and with croddes · with carses and oþer herbes
By that yt neihed heruest · and newe corn com to chipynge
Thenne was þis folke feyn · and fedde hunger deynteuosliche
And gloton þowith good ale · gerte hunger to slepe
P.9.332
Tho wolde wastour nat worche · bote wandrede aboute
Ner beggere eete bred · þat benes were ynne
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· and of clene whete
Thei wolde non halpeny ale · in none wyse drynke
P.9.336
Bote of þe best and Brounest · þat brewesters sellen
Laboreres þat han no londe · to lyuen on bote here handes
Deyned to dyne a day · nyght olde wortes
May no peny ale hem paye · ne a pece of bacon
P.9.340
Bote hit be freesch* fleesch* oþer fysch* · fried oþer ybake
And þat chaud and pluschaud · Attributes for add:
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for chillyng* of here
mawe
Bote he be heyliche yhyred · elles wol he chide ·
þat he was werkman
fol. 33rI
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þe tyme
P.9.344
Corteis Catones consail · comseth he by-grucche
Paupertatis onus pacienter ferre memento .
And þenne he corseþ þe kyng · and alle þe kynges Iustices
Suche lawes to lere · laborers to greue
P.9.348
Ac wile hunger was here mayster · wolde non chide
Ne stryue a-ȝens þe statute · he lokede so sturne
Ac ich warne ȝow werkmen · wynne wyle ȝe mowe
For hunger hyderwardes · hyeþ hym faste
P.9.352
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· wasters to chaste
Ar fewe ȝeres be fulfilled · famyne shal aryse
AnLX An, "And." so seith saturnus and sent ȝow to warne
Þorwe flodes and foule wederes · frutes shullen faile
P.9.356
Pruyde and pestelences · shal muche puple fecche
Thre shupes and a shaft · with an viii · folwyng
prophecie .
Shal brynge bane and bataile · on bothe half þe mone
And þanne shal deþ with-drawe · and derthe be Iustice
P.9.360
And dawe þe deluere · deye for defaute
Bote god of hus goodnesse · graunte ous a trewe
 
       
Hic explicit passus nonus .