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Tax has teened us all
On the Rebellion of Jack Straw (1381) — alternate English and Latin lines in 6- and 8-line stanzas
Subjects: Peasants’ Revolt (1381); historical poems
Versification: — eight-line, six-line — abababab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 196 (SC 1797), ff. 20v-21
First Lines:
The taxe hath tened vs alle
Probat hoc mors tot validorum
Last Lines:
…[ ]od as þou may best
[R]egem defende guberna
Note: 53 lines.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 55-7.
Dobson, R. Barry. The Peasant’s Revolt of 1381. London: Macmillan, 1970: 358.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 369, Part II, f. 7v
First Lines:
Tax has tenet vs alle
probat hoc more tot validorum
Last Lines:
…Lorde as þu may best
Regem defende guverna
Note: 48 lines, written two lines per line in the manuscript; on penultimate folio in volume.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 275.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.224.
Wright, Thomas. Essays on Subjects Connected with the Literature, Popular Superstitions, and History of England in the Middle Ages. London: J. R. Smith, 1846: 2.266.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.283-4.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 373.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 386.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 558.