The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2957
IMEV 1791
NIMEV 1791
John Ball Saint Mary priest
Moralising verses, including Signs of the Degeneracy of the Age, by John Ball — thirteen lines
Note: Cf. 1675, 2956, 2953 and 3791, variant. Text preserved in early chronicles such as Walsingham and Knighton, and followed in most later chronicles.
Author(s): John Ball
Subjects: abuses, of the age; Peasants’ Revolt (1381); historical poems

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Missing, lost, or destroyed, (?) No known MS survives or MS not identified
Stow, John. The annales, or, Generall chronicle of England. Londini: Impensis Thomae Adams, 1615: 293.
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: 1.
Riley, Henry Thomas, ed. Thomae Walsingham, Quondam Monachi S. Albani, Historia Anglicana. 2 vols. Rolls Series 28a (1863-64); repr. Kraus, 1964.
Thompson, Sir Edward Maunde, ed. Chronicon Angliae ab anno Domini 1328 usque ad annum 1388. Rolls Series 64 (1874); repr. Kraus 1965: 322.
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. Chronicon Henrici Knighton, vel Cnitthon, Monachi Leycestrensis. 2 vols. Rolls Series 92 (1889-95); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.140.
Eberhard, Oscar. Der Bauernaufstand vom Jahr 1381 in der englischen Poesie. Anglistische Forshungen 51 Heidelberg: Winter, 1917: 22, 23.
Hilton, Rodney Howard, and Hyman Fagan. The English Rising of 1381. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1950: 102.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 202.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: xliii,54.
Dobson, R. Barry. The Peasant’s Revolt of 1381. London: Macmillan, 1970: 381.
Hanawalt, Barbara, ed. Chaucer’s England. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992: 194.
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: 57.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 229.