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OF

PIERS PLOUGHMAN.

EDITED,

FROM A CONTEMPORARY MANUSCRIPT,

WITH A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION,

NOTES, AND A GLOSSARY,

BY THOMAS WRIGHT, M.A. F.S.A. &c.
Corresponding Member of the Imperial Institute of France.

Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.

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TUCKEB AND CO., PRINTERS,

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HAVE but oon hool hater,"

quod Haukyn; 9 Though it be soiled and selde

“I am the lasse to blame,

clene :
I slepe therinne o nyghtes.
And also I have an houswif,
Hewen and children,-
Uxorem duxi, et ideo non possum

venire.-
That wollen by-molen it many tyme,
Maugree my chekes.
It hath be laved in Lente
And out of Lente bothe,
With the sope of siknesse,
That seketh wonder depe,
And with the losse of catel,
Looth for to a-gulte
God of any good man,
By aught that I wiste ;
And was shryven of the preest
That gaf me for my synnes
To penaunce pacience
And povere men to fede,
Al for coveitise of my cristendom
In clennesse to kepen it.

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