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Of a man Mathew thought / Though he the wineyard wroght
The Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard — five 12-line stanzas (aabaabccbccb)
Subjects: scripture texts, paraphrases
Versification: — twelve-line — aabaabccbccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 70vb; 71rb
First Lines:
Of a mon matheu þohte
þo he þe wynȝord wrohte…
Last Lines:
…ant saide he come wel ȝore
ant gonne is loue for lete
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 184-6.
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 41-3.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 143-5.
Morris, Richard, ed. Specimens of Early English A.D. 1250-A.D. 1400. Oxford, 1867 [See also Morris and Skeat (1882)]: 105-7.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 42-3.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 158-9.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 41.