The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2953
IMEV 1796
NIMEV 1796
Johan the Miller hath I-ground small small small
Moralising verses by John Ball in a letter to the peasants of Essex, 1381 — eight lines
Note: Text preserved in early chronicles, such as Walsingham and Knighton, and followed in most later chronicles. Cf. 2957.
Author(s): John Ball
Subjects: abuses, of the age; Peasants’ Revolt (1381); historical poems

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 13 E.IX, f. 287
Stow, John. The annales, or, Generall chronicle of England. Londini: Impensis Thomae Adams, 1615: 294.
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 6 vols. London: Johnson, 1807-08: 2.749.
Mackay, Charles, ed. Songs and Ballads Relative to the London Prentices. Percy Society 1. London: Richards, 1840: 2.
Wright, Thomas. Essays on Subjects Connected with the Literature, Popular Superstitions, and History of England in the Middle Ages. London: J. R. Smith, 1846: 2.260.
Riley, Henry Thomas, ed. Thomae Walsingham, Quondam Monachi S. Albani, Historia Anglicana. 2 vols. Rolls Series 28a (1863-64); repr. Kraus, 1964: 2.34.
Thompson, Sir Edward Maunde, ed. Chronicon Angliae ab anno Domini 1328 usque ad annum 1388. Rolls Series 64 (1874); repr. Kraus 1965: 322.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. Piers Plowman. Oxford: Clarendon, 1886:
Trevelyan, George Macaulay. England in the Age of Wycliffe. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1899 et seq: 203.
Eberhard, Oscar. Der Bauernaufstand vom Jahr 1381 in der englischen Poesie. Anglistische Forshungen 51 Heidelberg: Winter, 1917: 23.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 161.
Owst, Gerald Robert. Literature and Pulpit in Medieval England. Cambridge: UP, 1933: 221.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: cxliv; 1977, clxxi.
Lindsay, Philip, and Reginald Groves. The Peasants’ Revolt, 1381. London, New York: Hutchinson, 1950: 86.
Hilton, Rodney Howard, and Hyman Fagan. The English Rising of 1381. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1950: 101,103.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 373.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 387.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 55.
Rickert, Edith. Chaucer’s World. New York: Columbia UP, 1948: 362.
Dobson, R. Barry. The Peasant’s Revolt of 1381. London: Macmillan, 1970: 381.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 558.
Hanawalt, Barbara, ed. Chaucer’s England. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992: 195.
Pettitt, Thomas. ‘Divers toyes mengled’: essays on medieval and Renaissance culture = Etudes sur la culture européenne au Moyen Age et à la Renaissance: en hommage à André Lascombes. Michel Bitot, Roberta Mullini, and Peter Happé, eds. Tours: Publication de l’Université François Rabelais, 1996: 55-68: 56.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 227.