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Of all the crafts ought blessed be the plow
‘The Plowman’s Song’, a pseudo-Chaucerian balade — two stanzas rhyme royal
Title(s): ‘The Plowman’s Song’
Subjects: husbandry; erotic verse
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, ff. 244v-245
First Lines:
Of alle þe crafftes oute blessed be þe ploughe
So mury it is to holde to by hinde…
Last Lines:
…Ageyns þe hil tpruk in tpruk out I calle
For of my ploughe þe best stotte is balle
Attributed Title: Balade (f. 244v)
Editions:
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “Omissions from the Editions of Chaucer.” Modern Language Notes 19 (1904): 35-38: 37.
Furnivall, Frederick James. Jyl of Breyntford’s Testament and Other Poems. London, 1871; privately circulated: 35-6.
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards. “‘Chaucer’s Chronicle,’ John Shirley, and the Canon of Chaucer’s Shorter Poems.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 20 (1998): 201-18: 217-18.