The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1086
IMEV 663
Cross and courteous Christ this beginning speed
Pierce the Ploughmans Crede — 855 alliterative lines
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 336; Ringler Jr. (1988)
Title(s): Pierce the Ploughmans Crede
Subjects: tales; religious controversy
Versification: — alliteration

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 317-328
First Lines:
Cros and Curteis Crist þis bygynnynge spede
ffor þe faderes frendchipe þat fourmede heuene
And þoruȝ þe speciall spirit þat sprong of hem tweyne
And alle in on godhed endles dwelleþ…
Last Lines:
…& ȝyue hem wiit & good will swiche dedes to werche
Þat þei maie wynnen þe lif þat euer schal lesten
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Vision and the Creed of Piers Ploughman. 2 vols. London; Pickering, 1842; 2nd ed., rev. 1856.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. Pierce the Ploughman’s Crede. EETS o.s. 30 (1867): 1-32.
Dean, James M., ed. Six Ecclesiastical Satires. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1991.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 78, f 3
First Lines:
…And a waited on that wold how wondirly bilt
With arches on eche half ekeliche I cornerd…
Last Lines:
…With wyndows of glas I wrought as a chirche
Than walked I ferre and went al aboute…
Note: Lines 172-207 only.
Doyle, A. I. “An Unrecognized Piece of Piers the Ploughman’s Creed and Other Works by Its Scribe.” Speculum 34 (1959): 428-36: 435-6.
3.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 B.XVII, ff. 1-13v
First Lines:
Crose and curtys crist thys begynyng spede
ffor the ffathers ffrendshipe that fformyd hevin…
Last Lines:
…and gyve them wyt and good will such dedes to werche
that they may wynnen the lyff that euer shall lasten
Note: Lines 172-207 only.
Attributed Title: On the Crede (written in a sixteenth-century hand)

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 19904. Pierce the ploughmans crede, [Imprinted at London: By Reynold wolfe, Anno Domini. M.D.L.III. [1553]]
Note: Reprinted, after Langland’s Vision of Piers Ploughman, in Pierce the Ploughmans Crede, R. Wolfe, 1553 .
Whitaker, Thomas Dunham, ed. Visio Willi de Petro Plouhman, item Visiones ejusdem de Dowel, Dobet et Dobest…printed from a MS. contemporary with the author…. 2 vols. London: Murray, 1813, 1814.