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DIMEV 2460
IMEV 1459
NIMEV 1459 C Version
In a summer season when soft was the sun
William Langland, Vision of Piers Plowman, the ‘C’ text
Note: See also for ‘A’ Texts 2458; for ‘B’ Texts, see 2459; 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 Laud misc. 656 (SC 1059), ff. 19v-114
First Lines:
In a somer seson whan softe was þe sonne
I schope in to schrebbes as I ascheperde were…
Last Lines:
…& sende me hape & hele til ic haue pers plouman
& siþ he grade after grace til ich gan a wake
Note: ‘C’ Text.
Attributed Title: Incipit Piers Plowman (f. 19v); Explicit passus secundus de dobest incipit passus tercius (f. 114)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 102 (SC 1703), ff. 1-97v
First Lines:
To fette ffauel forth floreynes ynowe
And bad Gyle to gyue gold al aboute…
Last Lines:
…And sende me hap & hele til y haue Peres Plouhman
And seth he gradde aftur Grace tyl y gan awake
Note: ‘C’ Text, III.160-end. At the end: ‘Explicit etc’. Written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 171 (SC 1772), ff. 3-62
First Lines:
Drede stod atte dore and þat deone herde
What þe kynges wille was and wiȝteliche he went…
Last Lines:
…And mad merþe with þis mete ac y mornede euere
ffor a doctor at þe heie deye drank wyn faste
Note: ‘C’ Text, II.217-XV.65.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 851 (SC 3041), ff. 124-208
First Lines:
In a somer sesoun wen softe was the sonne
y schope me in to schrodue As y A schep were…
Last Lines:
…And sende hap & hele tyl y haue perijs plowman
seþe he gradde after grace til y gan a wake
Note: ‘C’ Text.
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Charlotte, and A. George Rigg. “Introduction.” Piers Plowman. A Facsimile of the Z-Text in Bodleian, Oxford, MS Bodley 851. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1994.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 104 (SC 21678), ff. 1-112v
First Lines:
IN a sommur sesoun whan softe was þe sonne
I shop me in to schrudes as y a schep were…
Last Lines:
…& send me halp & hole to I haue peres þe ploughman
And sith he gred after grace til I can a wake
Note: ‘C’ Text.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber de Petro Ploughman (f. 112v)
Facsimiles:
Pearsall, Derek, ed. “Introduction.” Piers Plowman. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Douce 104. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1992.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.3.13, ff. 3-99v
First Lines:
Concience andn þe kynges yn to court wente
Where houede an hundryd yn houves of selke…
Last Lines:
…Philosofres fursoken welþe for þey wolde be needy
& wonede wel elingly & wolde nat be riche
Note: ‘C’ Text, I.154-XXIII.39.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.35, ff. 49v-152
First Lines:
IN a somur sesoun whanne softe was þe sunne
I schep me in to schrubbes a schepard as I were…
Last Lines:
…and send me hap & heletil Ihaue perus plowman
& sith he gradde aftur grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘C’ Text, ends imperfectly.
Attributed Title: Explicit passus secundus de Dobest (f. 152)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 4325, ff. 3-83
First Lines:
IN a somerus sesun whan softe was þe sonne
I schop me in to schrobbes as y aschepherde wer…
Last Lines:
…And syþþe he gradde after grace tyl I gan awake
Explicit passus secundus de dobest
Note: ‘C’ Text.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 293, ff. 1-128
First Lines:
In a somerus sesone whan softe was þe sonne
I shoop me in to schrubbes as I a shepherde were…
Last Lines:
…And send me hap & hele il y haue perus plowman
And siþþe he gradde after gracce til y ga a wake
Note: ‘C’ Text; many leaves missing.
Attributed Title: Explicit secndus & ultimus de dobett (p. 128)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 669/646, p. 210
First Lines:
Euery man þat haþ his mynde with liberum arbitrium
And whan y wilne oþer wolde annus y hyȝte…
Last Lines:
……And whan y fle fro þe flesch & fey lene þe careyne
þan am y spira specheles & spiritus þan y hote…
Note: A fragment/extract from C-Text of Piers Plowman, Passus XVI, lines 181-197, omitting line 182 and lines 198-200 — 16, alliterative unrhymed lines plus Latin prose; added to originally blank leaf at end of volume, signed, ‘quod Johannes Cok’ (as is a copy of the Pater Noster on p. 1); owned by John Shirley (his motto and design, f. iiv, name f. iii); Robert Sheringham, DD, Fellow of Gonville & Caius (f. ii, p. 2); formerly 745.
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34779, ff. 2-93v
First Lines:
IN a somur sesoun…t was þe sonne
I shoop me into shrowde as y a sh…erd…
Last Lines:
…Hende speche hyght pees open þe…attes
Lat yn þe frere & his felowe & make hem fair cheer
Note: ‘C’ Text. Manuscript faded, so some text indecipherable. Ends imperfectly, with final six lines on f. 93v added by a later hand.
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35157, f. 1-124
First Lines:
In a somer sesoun when soft was þe sonne
I shoep me in to shrowdes as y a shep were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me happe & hele til y haue pers ploughman
And sithe he gradde after grace til y gan awake
Note: ‘C’ Text. Scribe signs f. 124 ‘ Preston’, or ‘Prestoun’.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber vocatus Pers Ploghman (f. 124)
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian B.XVI, ff. 6-95
First Lines:
In a somer seson whan softe was þe sonne
I schop me in to schrobbes as I a schepherde were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me hap and hele til I haue peres plouhman
And seþþe he gradde after grace til I gan a wake
Note: ‘C’ Text.
Attributed Title: Piers Plowman (added seventeenth century, top margin folio 1; Explicit secundus passus de dobest (f. 95)
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 2376, f. 1
Note: ‘C’ Text.
15.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 B.XVII, ff. 14-122v
First Lines:
In somer season whan softe was the sonn
I shope me in to shrobbes as I shepharde wer…
Last Lines:
…and sende hape and hele tyll y haue peres plougheman
and sythen he grade after grace tyll I be gane to waken
Note: Copied in a sixteenth-century hand, same as text on ff. 1-13v.
Attributed Title: Explicit passus secundus de dobeste (f. 122v)
16.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 212, ff. 1-89
First Lines:
In assomur seson wan softe was þe sonne
Y shop me in to schrobbus as y a schepurde were…
Last Lines:
…Hadden pryked and preyed polles of people
Largeliche a legyon lees þe lyf sone
Note: ‘C’ Text, Prologue to XXII.87; heavily glossed.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit uisio Willelmi de Petro Plouhman (f. 1)
17.Source: London, University of London Sterling Library V.17 [olim Clopton], ff. 1-97v
First Lines:
IN a somur sesoun whan softe was þe sonne
I schop me in to schrobbes as y a schepherde were…
Last Lines:
…Hadden prycked and preyed polles of people
Largelyche a legyoun lees þe lyf sone. Amen
Note: ‘C’ Text, Prologue to XXIII.87.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit uisio Willelmus de Petro Ploushman (f. 1, rubric)
18.Source: London, University of London Sterling Library V.88 [olim Ilchester], ff. 1-126
First Lines:
…ele to make with her papelotes
…greedeþ after foode…
Last Lines:
Of eny kyne catell but knoweleched him souereyn
Boþe of sande sonne & see and sennes þey we[?]e…
Note: ‘C’ Text, I.56-end, missing several leaves; transcript by Skeat and Hall in Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.2.36 (536), ff. 2-230 (= ff. 40-112 of original). First folio so damaged that little that remains is legible. Transcription commences with first two lines on f. 2, on which the first part of most lines is also illegible. As the final folios are also very damaged, o the transcription includes the last two [nearly] completely legible lines on f. 112v.
19.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 137 [olim Phillipps 8231], ff. 1-89v
First Lines:
IN asomere seyson whan softe was þe sonne
Y shop in to shrobbis as y shepherde were…
Last Lines:
…And sende me hap and hele til ich haue peers plouhman
And suthe he gradde after grace til ich gan awake
Note: ‘C’ Text.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit Visio Willelmi de petro plouhman (f. 1, originally rubric, mostly erased); Hic explicit passus secundus de dobest. Explicit peers plouheman scriptum per Thomam Dankastre (f. 89v)
Editions:
Bad Key: Whitaker1813.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. William Langland: The Vision of Piers Plowman. Vol. 3: Text C. EETS o.s. 54 (1873); repr. 1978.
20.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 143 [Sotheby’s sale 24 July 1924, lot 129; post Rosenbach], ff. 1-106v
First Lines:
IN a somer sesoun whan softe was þe sonne
y shope me in to shroudes as y a shep were…
Last Lines:
…And seende me hap and hele til y haue Peres plouhman
And sethe he gradde aftur grace tyl y gan awake
Note: ‘C’ Text; ‘Piers plouhman’ in penultimate line, and elsewhere, partially erased.
Facsimiles:
Chambers, Raymond Wilson, R. B. Haselden, and H. C. Schultz. “Introduction.” Piers Plowman: the Hungington Library MS (HM 143). San Marino, CA: Henry E. Huntington Library, 1936.
Editions:
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 242-57 (excerpts).
21.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 143 [Sotheby’s sale 24 July 1924, lot 129; post Rosenbach], f. 108
Transcription:
In a somer seson when softe was þe sunne
y schop me to a schrobbe as y a schep were
In habit of an Ermyte vnholy of werkes
Wente forth in þe world wondres…
Note: On the back pastedown. ‘C’ Text, second occurrence in MS; a false start, fifteenth-century hand different from that of either 5248 or the whole text of 2460 in this MS; with the name ‘Ihon redbery’ written above by a different hand from these four lines of text.
22.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa.45 (fragment, bifolium), ff. 1-2v
First Lines:
…ant þe graffe of grace and grayþest wity is he[ ]
ffor thy y may seye as y sayd eere by shit of thys [ ]…
Last Lines:
…[ ]asse prisones payeth for hem ofte
[ ]iaylers gold & grotes to gidderes…
Note: ‘C’ Text, fragmentary bifolium, damaged along leading edges of leaves; corresponds to 1.200-3.174. Olim Oslo and London, Schøyen Collection [Piers Plowman fragment [olim Holloway, Old Vicarage, Wickhambrook, Suffolk, olim Hanna].
Facsimiles:
Hanna, Ralph. “Studies in the Mansucripts of Piers Plowman.” The Yearbook of Langland Studies 7 (1993): 1-26: frontis (opposite 1).