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Sometime in France dwelled a plowman
‘A lytell geste how the plowman lerned his pater noster’ — 207 lines in couplets
Subjects: exempla; tales; instruction, religious; plowman
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton VitelliusI F.IX, f. 63
Transcription:
Sume tym in france dwelt a plow man
the which was myte bold and strong good skyll
he cold in hosbondry and get hys
[damage] he wold [damage]
Note: Written in a 16th-century hand in the lower margin. Whether these lines were continued on the top of the verso is unknown because the MS was damaged in the Cotton fire. The primary text on the page is a Chronicle of England, and the section under which these lines appear recounts events from the Battle of St James, 1425.Witness and transcription provided by Sonja Drimmer; text identified by Mari-Liisa Varila.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 20034. Here begynneth a lytell geste how the plowman lerned his pater noster, [London: [By Wynkyn de Worde], 1510] , ff. 1-4v
First Lines:
SOmtyme in fraunce dwelled a plowman
Whiche was myghty bolde & stronge…
Last Lines:
…Unto the whiche he vs brynge
That in heuen reygneth eternall kynge
Note: CUL Sel.5.22.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a lytell geste how the plowman lerned his pater noster (f. 1)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.43-7.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.210-16.
Bennett, Henry Stanley. England from Chaucer to Caxton. London: Methuen, 1928: 79.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 514-29.