NIMEV 1459 A Version
In a summer season when soft was the sun
William Langland, Vision of Piers Plowman, the ‘A’
Includes ‘A’ Texts formerly listed under 1458
; for ‘B’ and ‘C’ Texts, see
; for former 745
Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 669/646 copy of 2460
Author(s): William Langland
Vision of Piers Plowman
Subjects: dream visions; sins, deadly; prayers, asked on behalf of scribes; scribes; penitence
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1468, Part III (SC 8177 [7004 sic])
, pp. 307-378
He [ ] for us [ ]ly he deyd for vs alle
And [ ] yt wrout hym
But mekely with mouth Mercy gan seche
To hauyn on þat puple
þat pyned hym to dede…
…Mon persyn with apater noster þe poles of heuyn
oute penauns at here partyng into þe blisse of heuyn
Note: Begins imperfectly at I.142 imperfectly because of the loss of folios;
some folios are missing in the middle; first lines discoloured and partly
illegible; ends at XI.313.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 145 (SC 1746)
, ff. 2-130
In a somer season whan soft was the sone
I schope me into schrubbes
as I a schepe were…
…And send me happe & heale til I haue pers plowman
I grad after grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI; then ‘C’ Text,
Attributed Title: Primus passus de visione Petri ploughman (f. 2)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 323 (SC 21897)
, ff. 102-140
In a somer sesoun whan softe was the sonne
I schope me to schrondes
as I a Schep were…
…Percen with a pater noster þe paleys of heuene
penaunce at here partyng in to heye blysse
Now of þis litel book y haue
makyd an ende
Goddis blessyng mote he haue þat drinke wil me
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI; with scribe’s note at
ending, f. 140.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber peteri plouman (f. 140)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS]
, ff. 394vb
IN A somer sesun whon softe was þe sonne
I schop me in to a
schroud A scheep as I were…
…Hit is a wel feir lyf quod heo among þe lewed peple
is I hoten hosebondes hit vsen…
Note: Imperfect at end: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI.180.
Attributed Title: PEtrus plowmon (f. iii)
Doyle, I. A.,
The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng.
with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds.
A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1.
Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Skeat, Walter William,
William Langland: the Vision of Piers Plowman. Vol. 1: Text A.
o.s. 28 (1867); repr. 1990.
Skeat, Walter William,
The Vision of William concerning Piers the Plowman.
2 vols. London: Oxford UP, 1954.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 137 (SC 14631)
, ff. 1-41v
In a somyr sesoun whenne I south wente
I schop me a schroude as I a
…Marie moder and may for man þou be seke
bryng vs to blys þat bled vp on þe rode
‘A’ Text, Prologue to XII; at the end: ‘Explicit do wel .
Nomen scriptoris . tilot plenus amoris .’.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit liber qui uocatur pers plowman (f. 1)
6.Source: Oxford, University College 45
, ff. 1-36v
IN a somer seson as y south wente
I schoop me in a schrowde as y a
…Scihoþ theologie þat trewe is tellen it
Dauyd godis derlyng deffendeþ it also
preuaricantes & thabescebam
‘A’ Text, Prologue to XII.19 ends incomplete in ‘Passus
tercius de dowel’ (f. 36v
Attributed Title: Pieres Ploughman fuit homo / mire, Placabilitata dei ans (sixteenth
century added to f. iv)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 312.C.6 [fragment of Piers Plowman]
…And haten harlotrie for euere
Til prestis hem selfe yne[ ]
…þanne þis folk forfere fet hem manye
and pesin him to poisone…
Note: Single bifolium, ‘A’ Text, IV.106-45; IV.148-V.29;
VII.84-93, VI.212-41; VII.242-282 (all with omissions from edited
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.14 (594)
, ff. 2-74v
IN a somer sesoun whane softe was the sonne
I shop me in to a shroud
as I a shep were…
…And send me hap & hele til I haue piers plouȝman
siþþe he gradde aftir grace til I gan awake
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI; ‘C’ Text,
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 875
, ff. 1-22v
IN a somer seson when soft was þe sonne
I schope me vndur a
schrowde as I a schepe were…
…As danyel deuysed in dede hit by fel after
þe king lost
his lond & lasse lordis hadden it
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to VIII.144. A leaf missing between
leaves 16 and 17 (at beginning of a quire).
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 6041
, ff. 1-96
IN a somer seson whan softe was the sonne
I schop me in to schrowdes
as I a scheep were…
…And sende me hap & hele til I haue piers þe
And siþþe he gradde aftir grace til I gan
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI, ‘C’ Text,
Attributed Title: Peorse plowmanne (f. 1, added in upper margin by a later hand)
13.Source: London, Lincoln’s Inn Hale 150
, ff. 109-125v
[I]n a somer seson when softe was þe sonne
y schaped me into
schroudes as y aschep where…
…[ ] & bisschopis Pettres
[ ]ignel [ ] in
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to VIII.155; partly illegible due to
damp. Guide letter for unexecuted initial ‘I’.
14.Source: London, Society of Antiquaries 687 [olim Bright, Sotheby’s Sale, 1924, Lot 378; Hope Allen Addit. MS.
, pp. 470-549
In a somer sesoun whan softe was þe sunne
I schop me in a
schroude a schep as y were…
…And þat hem graunte vs þe Ioie þat euere schal
With pers þe plowman to wenyn in his blysse Amen
Note: ‘A’ Text, Prologue to XI.
Attributed Title: Explicit prologus de dowel dobet & dobest (p. 549, rubric)
Knott, Thomas Albert, and D. C. Fowler, eds.
Piers the Plowman: a critical edition of the A-version.
17.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 213
, ff. 1-26v
[I]n a somer sesoun as I South went
I Shoope me in a Shrowde as I a
In habette as an herment my holy werkeȝ…
…In a full perlus plac þat purgatory hatt
þi bounde þe better may þu spede
imperfectly at VII. 45.
18.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 213
, ff. ii-1a
Wyrking & wandring as þe worlde askes
some put them to
þe ploght & pleyde for the sede…
…but for the pardoner & perish prest depart your
Þat the poor men shuld departe if þay ne were
fragment; sixteenth-century copy of last nine lines on f. 1, and last 3 of f.
19.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 213
, f. 67v
[ ]…wanderyng as þe world askys
[ ]m to þe ploght
& pleyde for þe sede…
…[ ] befor the pyschop þat ye boye prechys
[ ] &
parische preste departe þair silver
fragment; sixteenth-century copy (upside-down) duplicating text on f.
and 1a which duplicates last 9 lines of text on f. 1, and
last lines on f. 2.