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DIMEV 2458
IMEV 1459
NIMEV 1459 A Version
In a summer season when soft was the sun
William Langland, Vision of Piers Plowman, the ‘A’ text
Note: Includes ‘A’ Texts formerly listed under 1458; for ‘B’ and ‘C’ Texts, see 2459 and 2460; for former 745, see Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 669/646 copy of 2460.
Author(s): William Langland
Title(s): Vision of Piers Plowman
Subjects: dream visions; sins, deadly; prayers, asked on behalf of scribes; scribes; penitence
Versification: — alliterative
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1468, Part III (SC 8177 [7004 sic]), pp. 307-378
First Lines:
He [ ] for us [ ]ly he deyd for vs alle
And [ ] yt wrout hym tene
But mekely with mouth Mercy gan seche
To hauyn on þat puple þat pyned hym to dede…
Last Lines:
…Mon persyn with apater noster þe poles of heuyn
I with oute penauns at here partyng into þe blisse of heuyn
Note: Begins imperfectly at I.142 imperfectly because of the loss of folios; some folios are missing in the middle; first lines discoloured and partly illegible; ends at XI.313.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 145 (SC 1746), ff. 2-130
First Lines:
In a somer season whan soft was the sone
I schope me into schrubbes as I a schepe were…
Last Lines:
…And send me happe & heale til I haue pers plowman
And sith I grad after grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI; then ‘C’ Text, XII.297-XXIII.
Attributed Title: Primus passus de visione Petri ploughman (f. 2)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 323 (SC 21897), ff. 102-140
First Lines:
In a somer sesoun whan softe was the sonne
I schope me to schrondes as I a Schep were…
Last Lines:
…Percen with a pater noster þe paleys of heuene
With oute penaunce at here partyng in to heye blysse
Now of þis litel book y haue makyd an ende
Goddis blessyng mote he haue þat drinke wil me sende
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI; with scribe’s note at ending, f. 140.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber peteri plouman (f. 140)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 394vb-401vb
First Lines:
IN A somer sesun whon softe was þe sonne
I schop me in to a schroud A scheep as I were…
Last Lines:
…Hit is a wel feir lyf quod heo among þe lewed peple
A lyf is I hoten hosebondes hit vsen…
Note: Imperfect at end: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI.180.
Attributed Title: PEtrus plowmon (f. iii)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. William Langland: the Vision of Piers Plowman. Vol. 1: Text A. EETS o.s. 28 (1867); repr. 1990.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Vision of William concerning Piers the Plowman. 2 vols. London: Oxford UP, 1954.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 137 (SC 14631), ff. 1-41v
First Lines:
In a somyr sesoun whenne I south wente
I schop me a schroude as I a schep ware…
Last Lines:
…Marie moder and may for man þou be seke
þat barn bryng vs to blys þat bled vp on þe rode
Note: Formerly 1458; ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XII; at the end: ‘Explicit do wel . Nomen scriptoris . tilot plenus amoris .’.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit liber qui uocatur pers plowman (f. 1)
6.Source: Oxford, University College 45, ff. 1-36v
First Lines:
IN a somer seson as y south wente
I schoop me in a schrowde as y a scheep were…
Last Lines:
…Scihoþ theologie þat trewe is tellen it deffendeþ
Dauyd godis derlyng deffendeþ it also
Vidi preuaricantes & thabescebam
Note: Formerly 1458; ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XII.19 ends incomplete in ‘Passus tercius de dowel’ (f. 36v).
Attributed Title: Pieres Ploughman fuit homo / mire, Placabilitata dei ans (sixteenth century added to f. iv)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 312.C.6 [fragment of Piers Plowman]
First Lines:
…And haten harlotrie for euere
Til prestis hem selfe yne[ ] preching…
Last Lines:
…þanne þis folk forfere fet hem manye
Grene porettes and pesin him to poisone…
Note: Single bifolium, ‘A’ Text, IV.106-45; IV.148-V.29; VII.84-93, VI.212-41; VII.242-282 (all with omissions from edited texts).
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.14 (594), ff. 2-74v
First Lines:
IN a somer sesoun whane softe was the sonne
I shop me in to a shroud as I a shep were…
Last Lines:
…And send me hap & hele til I haue piers plouȝman
And siþþe he gradde aftir grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI; ‘C’ Text, XII.297-XXIII.
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 875, ff. 1-22v
First Lines:
IN a somer seson when soft was þe sonne
I schope me vndur a schrowde as I a schepe were…
Last Lines:
…As danyel deuysed in dede hit by fel after
þe king lost his lond & lasse lordis hadden it
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to VIII.144. A leaf missing between leaves 16 and 17 (at beginning of a quire).
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 6041, ff. 1-96
First Lines:
IN a somer seson whan softe was the sonne
I schop me in to schrowdes as I a scheep were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me hap & hele til I haue piers þe plouȝman
And siþþe he gradde aftir grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI, ‘C’ Text, XII.297-XXIII.
Attributed Title: Peorse plowmanne (f. 1, added in upper margin by a later hand)
11.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS 733B, pp. 1-176
Note: ‘A’ Text, I.76 to VIII.184; ‘C’ Text, XI-XXII.
12.Source: Liverpool, Liverpool University Library F.4.8 [olim Horton Hold Hall, olim Chaderton], pp. 1-202
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI;; ‘C’ Text, XIII-XXIII.
13.Source: London, Lincoln’s Inn Hale 150, ff. 109-125v
First Lines:
[I]n a somer seson when softe was þe sonne
y schaped me into schroudes as y aschep where…
Last Lines:
…[ ] & bisschopis Pettres
[ ]ignel [ ] in foilde
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to VIII.155; partly illegible due to damp. Guide letter for unexecuted initial ‘I’.
14.Source: London, Society of Antiquaries 687 [olim Bright, Sotheby’s Sale, 1924, Lot 378; Hope Allen Addit. MS. VI], pp. 470-549
First Lines:
In a somer sesoun whan softe was þe sunne
I schop me in a schroude a schep as y were…
Last Lines:
…And þat hem graunte vs þe Ioie þat euere schal lastyn
With pers þe plowman to wenyn in his blysse Amen Amen
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI.
Attributed Title: Explicit prologus de dowel dobet & dobest (p. 549, rubric)
Editions:
Knott, Thomas Albert, and D. C. Fowler, eds. Piers the Plowman: a critical edition of the A-version. Baltimore, 1952.
15.Source: Tokyo, Private owner 6 [olim Westminster (Eaton Hall), Sotheby’s, 11 July 1966, lot 233, Quaritch] 1459, ff. 1-76
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI; ‘C’ Text, XIII-XXIII.
16.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M818 [olim Harmsworth; olim Ingilby], ff. 16-54v
First Lines:
In a summer sesyn whane softe was þe sunne
I schope me in to þe schropbys a schepe as I were…
Last Lines:
…ffro deth þat is oure duke swyche dedys we bryng
Myht I se quod he god wote ȝoure gatys wold I holdyn
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XII.88.
17.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 213, ff. 1-26v
First Lines:
[I]n a somer sesoun as I South went
I Shoope me in a Shrowde as I a Sherpe were
In habette as an herment my holy werkeȝ…
Last Lines:
…In a full perlus plac þat purgatory hatt
Misbid noght þi bounde þe better may þu spede
Note: Formerly 1458; ends imperfectly at VII. 45.
18.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 213, ff. ii-1a
First Lines:
Wyrking & wandring as þe worlde askes
some put them to þe ploght & pleyde for the sede…
Last Lines:
…but for the pardoner & perish prest depart your syluer
Þat the poor men shuld departe if þay ne were
Note: Formerly 1458; fragment; sixteenth-century copy of last nine lines on f. 1, and last 3 of f. 2.
19.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 213, f. 67v
First Lines:
[ ]…wanderyng as þe world askys
[ ]m to þe ploght & pleyde for þe sede…
Last Lines:
…[ ] befor the pyschop þat ye boye prechys
[ ] & parische preste departe þair silver
Note: Formerly 1458; fragment; sixteenth-century copy (upside-down) duplicating text on f. iir and 1a which duplicates last 9 lines of text on f. 1, and last lines on f. 2.