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NIMEV TM 1581
The plowman plucked up his plow
The Plowman’s Tale — 1380 alliterative lines in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), including
Prologue
Note: Ringler lists prologue and tale separately: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 40, TM 1581; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 47.5, TP 1818.
Title(s): The Plowman’s Tale
Subjects: allegories; birds, as speakers/narrators; Lollardy; clergy, criticism/satire of
Versification: — eight-line, alliteration — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 8 [olim Ashburnham; olim Sotheran]
Note: Fragment: 9 ff. on same or similar paper stock as the print volume, inserted between f. 126 and the Romaunt of the Rose. Victorian forgery?



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.147-90.
2.Source: STC 5069. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes, [R. Grafton f.], W. Bonham 1542
3.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Editions:
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 178.
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.218.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.623-34.
4.Source: STC 5100. The plouumans tale compylled by syr Geffrey Chaucher knyght, [Imprinted at London: In Paules churche yarde at the sygne of the Hyll by Wyllyam Hyll, [1548?]]
Attributed Author: compylled by syr G. Chaucher