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DIMEV 2459
IMEV 1459
NIMEV 1459 B Version
In a summer season when soft was the sun
William Langland, Vision of Piers Plowman, the ‘B’ text
Note: See also for ‘A’ Texts 2458; for ‘C’ Texts, see 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



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 814 (SC 2683), ff. 1-92
First Lines:
In a somer sesoun whan softe was þe sonne
I shop me in to a shrowde as y a shep were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me hap and hele til y haue pieris þe ploughman
And siþ he gradde aftir grace til y gan a wake
Note: ‘C’ Text, Prologue to II.131; ‘A’ Text, II.90-222; ‘B’ Text, III.1-XX.386.
Attributed Title: Passus primus de visione petri le ploughman (f. 3v, after Prologue)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 581 (SC 987), ff. 1-91v
First Lines:
In a somer seson whan soft was the sonne
I shope me in shroudes as I a shepe were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me happe and hele til I haue piers þe plowman
And sitthe he gradde after grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
Attributed Title: [ ]…piers plowman (f. 1, at top, almost illegible); Explicit hic dialogus petri plowman (f. 91v)
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. William Langland: The Vision of Piers Plowman. Vol. 2: Text B. EETS o.s. 38 (1869); repr. 1972.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], f. 140v
First Lines:
…and I warne yow workmen men wynn whiell you may
for honger hetherwarde hastith
to chaffer
rr ffynne be fullfyllyd ffamyn shall ariese
throwe fflodes and ffoull wether frevtes shall fayell
and so sayd sattarne and sent yov I warne/ when you se the so and þe monkes heades…
Last Lines:
…of constant cofferes in þe which is þe castell
of gregoris goode chilldrin have evyll desspendid
þen shall þe abbot of abbingdon and all his issues for ever
hav a knocke of a kynge and an vncuarrable wond
and or this kyng com kame shall ane
finnys
Note: This extract occurs in the second part (mid-sixteenth-century=non-Welles Anthology) of Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology]. The lines correspond to B.6.321-31 of Kane and Donaldson (1988).
Editions:
Weiskott, Eric. “Prophetic Piers Plowman: New Sixteenth-Century Excerpts.” Review of English Studies 67 (2012): 21-41: 23.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 142-142v
First Lines:
I warnne yow workmen winn whyell yow may
for hungerward hastyth
to chaffer
rr fiue be fullffillyd shall ffamyne shall ariese…
Last Lines:
…that gregorius good childerne han evell disspendide
then shall þe abbotte of abingdone and all his issue for evere
have a knocke of a king and an vncuarrable wonde
and or this kyng com kame shall an 11
fyniys
Note: This extract occurs in the second part (mid-sixteenth-century=non-Welles Anthology) of Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology]. The lines correspond to B.10.322-35 of Kane and Donaldson (1988).
Editions:
Weiskott, Eric. “Prophetic Piers Plowman: New Sixteenth-Century Excerpts.” Review of English Studies 67 (2012): 21-41: 23.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 38 (SC 15563), ff. 1-101v
First Lines:
To on fals fikel of tonge a fendes byȝete
ffauel þoruȝ his faire speche hath þis folke enchaunted …
Last Lines:
…And sende me hap and hele til I haue peres þe plowman
And [ ]he gradde after grace til I gan a wake
Note: ‘B’ Text, II.41-XVIII.410, XX.27-386; four leaves originally from this MS now London, British Library Lansdowne 398 (see below).
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 201, ff. 1-93
First Lines:
In a somer sesoun whan softe was the sunne
I shoop me in to shrowdes as y sheep were…
Last Lines:
…& sende me hap & heele tyl y have pers plowhman
So sore he gradde after grace þat [ erasure ] be gan a wake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
7.Source: Oxford, Oriel College 79, ff. 1-93
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XVII.98, XVII.347-XIX.280, XIX.359-XX.386.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.17, Part III, ff. 1ra-31ra
First Lines:
IN a somer seson Whan softe was the sonne
I schope me in a schroudes as I a (schepe) slepe were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me happe and hele til Ihaue piers the plowman
And sith he gradde after grace til I gane awake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
Attributed Title: Pers Plowman (RT); Explicit hic dialagus Petri plowman (f. 31a)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.31, ff. 1-101
First Lines:
In a someres seyson when soft was the sonne
I shoope me In srowdes as I a shepe were…
Last Lines:
…send me happe & heale tyll Ihave pyers þe plowman
sythe he gradde after grace tyll I gan awake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX; contemporary table of contents, ff. 101v-102, and summaries of chapters on ff. 102v-103.
Attributed Title: The Prophecies of Piers Plowman (post medieval, f. iiv); Hic incipit petr[ ] de visione liber primus (f. 1); Explicit diolagus petri plowman (f. 101)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.4.14, ff. 1-107
First Lines:
IN a somer sesoun whanne softe was þe sunne
I schope me in schroudes as I a scheep were…
Last Lines:
…and sende me happe and hele till I haue piers þe plowman
and sithe he grede after grace till I gan awake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
Attributed Title: Explicit hic Dialogus Petri Plowman (f. 107)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 201/107, ff. 1-119v
First Lines:
In a summer season when set was the sonne
I shope me into shroudes as I a shepe were…
Last Lines:
…And send me hap & heale til I have Pierce þe plowman
And sith I grad after grace til I gan awake
Note: 16th century copy.
Attributed Title: Pierce Plougheman his Workes (f. vii)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Newnham College 4 [olim Yates-Thompson], ff. 1-104
First Lines:
In a somer seson whan softe was the sonne
I shope me in shroudes as I a shepe were…
Last Lines:
…And send me hape and hele til Ihaue piers þe plowman
And sith he gradde after grace til I gan a wake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
Attributed Title: Explicit hic dialagus Petri Plowman (f. 104)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.15.17 (353), ff. 1-130v
First Lines:
IN a somer seson Whan softe ws þe sonne
I shoop me in nto shroudes as I a sheep weere…
Last Lines:
…And sende me hap and heele til I haue Piers þe Plowman
And siþþe he gradde after Grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
Attributed Title: Explicit hic dialogus Petri Plowman (f. 130v)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Vision and the Creed of Piers Ploughman. 2 vols. London; Pickering, 1842; 2nd ed., rev. 1856.
Kane, George, and E. Talbot Donaldson, eds. Piers Plowman: The B Version: Will’s Visions of Piers Plowman, Do-well, Do-better, and Do-best. London: Athlone, 1975; rev. ed. 1988.
14.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10574, ff. 1-91v
First Lines:
In a somer sesoun whan softe was þe sunne
I shop me in to a shrowde as y a sheep were…
Last Lines:
…and accorde wiþ conscience and kisse eiþer oþer
Thus þurgh hende speche entrid þe frere…
Note: ‘C’ Text, Prologue to II.128; ‘A’ Text, II.86-198; ‘B’ Text, III.1-XX.354; ends imperfectly and completed by Dr Adam Clarke (1762?-1832). Medieval text ends incomplete (with catchword ‘and cam’ for further quire) on f. 91v; remaining lines supplied by a modern hand on lined paper on ff. 92r-v, ending f. 92v.
Attributed Title: …and sende me hap & hele tyl I have Peris the Ploughman / And sith he gradde after Grace tyl y gan awake (92v); Explicit Visio Petri Ploughman (f. 92v; modern hand)
15.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35287, ff. 1-104
First Lines:
In a somer seson whanne softe was the sonne
I shoop me in to shroudes as I a sheep were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me hap and hele til I haue Piers þe plowman
And sith he gradde after grace til I gan a wake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
Attributed Title: Explicit hic dialogus petri plowman (f. 104)
16.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], f. 212
Transcription:
…whene þou se the sonne a mysse & thre ij monkes heades
and a mayed bere rule & reigne & multiply by eyght
then shall fruyt of þe erth feyll by flude & foule wether
And davy the dykar shall dye for hungar
Except godd of his marcy gyve & graunt a treue…
Note: Five lines from Passus VI, ends, ‘Quod piers plowman’.
Attributed Author: Quod piers plowman (f. 212)
17.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.XI, ff. 170-286
First Lines:
IN a somer sesun whan softe was the sunne
I schop me yn to a shorowd as I yn a shepe were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me harpe and hele til I haue piers the ploughman
And othe he gradde aftir grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘C’ Text, Prologue to II.131; ‘A’ Text, II.90-222; ‘B’ Text, III.1-XX.386.
Attributed Title: Pierce Ploughman (later hand, f. 170 and table of contents, f. 2)
18.Source: London, British Library Harley 3954, ff. 92-123v
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to V.105; then ‘A’ Text, V.106-XI.
19.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 398, ff. 77-80v
First Lines:
…Crist kepe þe sire kyng and þi kyngriche
And leue þe lede þi land so lewet þe louþe
And fore riȝtful rewelyng be rewarded in heuene
[skips a line]
And sithen in þe heir an heþ an aungel of heuene…
Last Lines:
…haue no kende knowyng quatȝ I ȝette mote I lerne bettre
[ ] what craft in my corps it comseth and where
[skips a line]
[ ]w dotede daffe quatȝ sche dulle arn þi wittes
Note: Originally part of first quire of Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 38 (SC 15563) (see above); ‘B’ Text, Prologue.125 to I.140.
Attributed Title: Passus primus de visione petri plowman (f. 78v)
20.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS 733B, ff. 77-80v
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly.
21.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 114 [olim Phillipps 8252], ff. 1-130v
First Lines:
In a somer sesoun whan softe was þe sonne
I schope me in a schrowde as I a schepe were…
Last Lines:
…And send me hap & hele tyl y have found Piers plowman
And sethyn y cryed after grace tyl y began to awake
Note: ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
Attributed Title: Piers Ploghman (f. 1); Explicit Pers Ploughman (f. 130v)
22.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 128 [olim Ashburnham 130], ff. 96-96v; 95
First Lines:
…than drede went wyȝtly and warnede fals
and badde hym fle for fere and his felawes alle…
Last Lines:
…Or to greden after goddes men Whan ȝe delen doles
In aduenture ȝe hauen ȝoure hire here and ȝoure heuene als
Note: Fragment; ‘B’ Text, II.209-III.49, III.50-72; not pages missing from second occurrence in this MS; after last line on f. 95, ‘Nesciat sinistra manus quid faciat dextra’ and rest of page and f. 95v blank.
Editions:
Haselden, Reginald Berti. “The Fragment of Piers Plowman in Ashburnham no. CXXX.” Modern Philology 29 (1932): 391-4: 391-4.
23.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 128 [olim Ashburnham 130], ff. 113-205
First Lines:
IN a someres seysoun whan set was the sunne
y schoop me in to shrowdes as y a sheep were…
Last Lines:
…and sende me hap and hele tyl y haue peris þe ploughman
and siþ he gradde after grace tyl y gan awake
Note: Second occurrence in MS; ‘B’ Text, Prologue to XX.
Attributed Title: Explicit visio Petri ploughman (f. 205)
24.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 23 [olim Sion College, Arc. L 40 2/E 76], ff. 1-91v
First Lines:
…And cam vp kneling to kisse his bulles
He bunched them with his breuet & blerid their eyis…
Last Lines:
…And contreplede me Conscience now kynde me avenge
And stud me hap and helth till I haue piers þe plowman
Note: Missing first folio so begins incomplete. ‘B’ Text, Prologue.73-XX.285; copied mid-sixteenth century.