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DIMEV 681
As the Pilgrims forth did ride
Prologue to ‘The Ploughman’s Tale’ (6603) inserted into in one version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (6414) — two rhyme royal stanzas
Subjects: tales; Virgin Mary, miracles of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 228v-229
First Lines:
As the Pylgrymys fforth ded ryde
Owr host be gan to loke A boute…
Last Lines:
…And heuene blysse had to hys mede
Hoo seruyth Owr lady the better shalle spede
Note: An incipit for the tale is copied at the foot of f. 248v, and then crossed out, with the ‘Prologue’ continuing on f. 229. The ‘Tale’ follows on f. 229 (6603).
Attributed Title: The prologe of the Ploughman (f. 228v); Here be gynnyth the tale (f. 148v, foot)
Editions:
Bowers, John M., ed. The Canterbury Tales: Fifteenth-Century Continuations and Additions. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 1992.