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I heard men upon mold make much moan
The Song of the Husbandman — six 12-line alliterative stanzas (ababababcdcd)
Title(s): The Song of the Husbandman
Subjects: political poems; evils of the time; contemporary conditions; laments; taxation
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 64
First Lines:
Ich herde men vpo mold make muche mon
Hou he beþ itened of here tilyynge…
Last Lines:
…Þer wakeneþ in þe world wondred ant wee
Ase god is swynden anon as so forte swynke
Note: Written two lines of verse per line in the MS.
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 149-52.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 1.71.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 102-5.
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 134+5.
Sampson, George. The Cambridge Book of Prose and Verse. Cambridge: at the UP, 1924: 396-8.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 171.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 358.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 7-9.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 111-14.
Turville-Petre, Thorlac. Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages. Routledge Medieval English Texts. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1989: 17-20.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 31.