The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2779
IMEV 1654
NIMEV 1654
Jack Miller asketh help to turn his mill aright
Jack Miller’s Song — seventeen irregular lines
Note: Text preserved in early chronicles, such as Walsingham and Knighton, and followed in most later chronicles; cf. 2953.
Title(s): Jack Miller’s Song
Subjects: Peasants’ Revolt (1381)
Versification: — irregular

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 23338. Stowe, John, with continuators The Annales of England, T Adams, 1615 , p. 294
First Lines:
Jack Miller asketh helpe to turn his Mill aright…
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