Parson and Labourer

Parson & labourer
Guy Marchant, Parish priest and peasant

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Death to the priest

 

Dethe to the Persoun

TrinityDethe to the Persoun Mors ad Curatum
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Persoun Person.
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Persoun Person.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Persoun Person.
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Persoun Person,
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Persoun Person.
 

O Sire Curate / that ben here now present

SeldenO Sire Curate/ that ben nowe here now present
TrinityO Sire Curate/ that ben here now present
TottelO Sire Curate/ that ben now here now present
Dugdale-1658O Sire Curate/ that ben now here now present
Dugdale-monasticonO Sire Curate/ that ben now here now present
Dugdale-1718O Sire Curate/ that ben now here now present
Dugdale-1818O Sire Curate/ that ben now here now present
 

That had / ȝowre worldli Inclynacioun

SeldenThat had/ ȝowre ȝoure worldli Inclynacioun
TrinityThat had/ ȝowre your worldli Inclynacioun inclinacion
TottelThat had/ ȝowre your worldli Inclynacioun inclinacion.
Dugdale-1658That had/ ȝowre your worldli Inclynacioun inclination,
Dugdale-monasticonThat had/ ȝowre your worldli Inclynacioun inclination,
Dugdale-1718That had/ ȝowre your worldli Inclynacioun inclination,
Dugdale-1818That had/ ȝowre your worldli Inclynacioun inclination,
 

Ȝowre herte entier / ȝowre study & entent

SeldenȜowre Ȝoure herte entier/ ȝowre entire/ ȝoure study & entent
TrinityȜowre Your herte entier/ ȝowre study entere your stody & entent
TottelȜowre herte entier/ ȝowre Your heart entere, your study & entent
Dugdale-1658Ȝowre herte entier/ ȝowre Your heart entere your study & entent
Dugdale-monasticonȜowre herte entier/ ȝowre Your heart entere, your study & entent
Dugdale-1718Ȝowre herte entier/ ȝowre Your heart entere, your study & entent
Dugdale-1818Ȝowre herte entier/ ȝowre Your heart entere, your study & entent
 

Moste on ȝowre tithes / & oblacioun

SeldenMoste on ȝowre ȝoure tithes/ & oblacioun
TrinityMoste on ȝowre of your tithes/ & oblacioun your oblacion
TottelMoste on ȝowre of your tithes/ & oblacioun oblacion,
Dugdale-1658Moste on ȝowre of your tithes/ & oblacioun your oblation,
Dugdale-monasticonMoste on ȝowre of your tithes/ & oblacioun your oblation,
Dugdale-1718Moste on ȝowre of your tithes/ & oblacioun your oblation,
Dugdale-1818Moste on ȝowre of your tithes/ & oblacioun your oblation,
 

Whiche shulde haue ben / of conuersacioun

SeldenWhiche Wiche shulde haue ben/ of conuersacioun
TrinityWhiche shulde haue ben/ of conuersacioun conuersacion
TottelWhiche shulde should haue ben/ be of conuersacioun conuersacion
Dugdale-1658Whiche shulde should haue ben/ be of conuersacioun conversacion,
Dugdale-monasticonWhiche shulde should haue ben/ be of conuersacioun conversation,
Dugdale-1718Whiche shulde should haue ben/ be of conuersacioun conversation,
Dugdale-1818Whiche shulde should haue ben/ be of conuersacioun conversation,
 

Mirroure vn-to other / light & exaumplarie

SeldenMirroure vn to other/ light othir/ liȝt & exaumplarie
TrinityMirroure vn to other/ light & exaumplarie examplary
TottelMirroure vn to other/ light & exaumplarie examplarie,
Dugdale-1658Mirroure vn to other/ light & exaumplarie exemplary
Dugdale-monasticonMirroure vn to other/ light & exaumplarie exemplary
Dugdale-1718Mirroure vn to other/ light & exaumplarie exemplary
Dugdale-1818Mirroure vn to other/ light & exaumplarie exemplary,
 

Like ȝowre deserte / shal be ȝowre guerdoun

SeldenLike ȝowre ȝoure deserte/ shal be ȝowre ȝoure guerdoun
TrinityLike ȝowre your deserte/ shal be ȝowre guerdoun shalbe your guerdon
TottelLike ȝowre your deserte/ shal be ȝowre guerdoun shalbe your guerdon,
Dugdale-1658Like ȝowre your deserte/ shal be ȝowre guerdoun your guerdon,
Dugdale-monasticonLike ȝowre your deserte/ shal be ȝowre guerdoun your guerdon,
Dugdale-1718Like ȝowre your deserte/ shal be ȝowre guerdoun your guerdon,
Dugdale-1818Like ȝowre your deserte/ shal be ȝowre guerdoun your guerdon,
 

And to eche laboure / due is the salarie.

SeldenAnd to eche laboure/ due dewe is the salarie.
TrinityAnd to eche yche laboure/ due sewe is the salarie.
Dugdale-1658And to eche every laboure/ due is the salarie.
Dugdale-monasticonAnd to eche every laboure/ due is the salarie.
Dugdale-1718And to eche every laboure/ due is the salarie.
Dugdale-1818And to eche every laboure/ due is the salarie.

The parish priest

 

The Persun answereth

SeldenThe Persun answereth Persoun answerith
TrinityThe Persun answereth Responsio Curati
TottelThe Persun answereth Person maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Persun answereth Person maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Persun answereth Person maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Persun answereth Person maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Persun answereth Person maketh aunswer.
 

Mawgre my wille / I moste condescende

SeldenMawgre Maugre my wille/ I moste condescende must condiscende
TrinityMawgre Maugre my wille/ I moste must condescende
TottelMawgre MAUGER my wille/ I moste must[e] condescende
Dugdale-1658Mawgre Maugre my wille/ I moste condescende must condiscend,
Dugdale-monasticonMawgre Maugre my wille/ I moste condescende must condiscend,
Dugdale-1718Mawgre Maugre my wille/ I moste must condescende
Dugdale-1818Mawgre Maugre my wille/ I moste condescende must condiscend,
 

For dethe assaileth / eueri lifli thynge

SeldenFor dethe assaileth/ assailiþ/ eueri lifli thynge
TrinityFor dethe assaileth/ eueri lifli liuely thynge
TottelFor dethe death assaileth/ eueri lifli liuely thynge
Dugdale-1658For dethe death assaileth/ eueri lifli lively thynge
Dugdale-monasticonFor dethe death assaileth/ eueri lifli lively thynge
Dugdale-1718For dethe death assaileth/ eueri lifli lively thynge
Dugdale-1818For dethe death assaileth/ eueri lifli lively thynge
 

Here yn this worlde / who can comprehende

 

His sodeyn stroke / & his vnware comynge

TrinityHis sodeyn soden stroke/ & his vnware comynge
Dugdale-1658His sodeyn stroke/ & his vnware comynge unwary turning,
Dugdale-monasticonHis sodeyn stroke/ & his vnware comynge unwary turning,
Dugdale-1718His sodeyn stroke/ & his vnware comynge unwary turning?
Dugdale-1818His sodeyn stroke/ & his vnware comynge unwary turning.
 

Fare-wel tithes / and fare-wel myn offrynge

SeldenFare wel tithes/ ffarewele tithis/ and fare wel farewel myn offrynge
TrinityFare wel Farewell tithes/ and fare wel farewell myn offrynge
TottelFare wel [my] tithes/ and fare wel myn offrynge
Dugdale-1658Fare wel Farewel tithes/ and fare wel farewel myn offrynge offering,
Dugdale-monasticonFare wel Farewel tithes/ and fare wel farewel myn offrynge offering,
Dugdale-1718Fare wel Farewell tithes/ and fare wel farewell myn offrynge offering.
Dugdale-1818Fare wel Farewel tithes/ and fare wel farewel myn offrynge offering,
 

I mote go Counte / yn ordre by and by

TrinityI mote must go Counte/ comten yn ordre by and by
TottelI mote go Counte/ coumpten yn ordre order by and by
Dugdale-1658I mote go Counte/ yn ordre coumpten by order by and by
Dugdale-monasticonI mote go Counte/ yn ordre coumpten by order by and by
Dugdale-1718I mote go Counte/ yn ordre coumpten by order by and by
Dugdale-1818I mote go Counte/ yn ordre coumpten by order by and by
 

[And for my shepe] / make a Juste rekenynge

Trinity[And for my shepe]/ make a Juste rekenynge rekonyng
Tottel[And for my shepe]/ make a Juste rekenynge reckonyng:
Dugdale-1658[And for my shepe]/ make a Juste rekenynge reckoning,
Dugdale-monasticon[And for my shepe]/ make a Juste rekenynge reckoning,
Dugdale-1718[And for my shepe]/ make a Juste rekenynge reckoning,
Dugdale-1818[And for my shepe]/ make a Juste rekenynge reckoning,
 

Whom he acquyteth / I holde he is happi.

SeldenWhom he acquyteth/ aquyteth/ I holde he is happi.
TrinityWhom he acquyteth/ And who þat so hym quyteth I holde he is hym happi.
Dugdale-1658Whom he acquyteth/ And who that so him quiteth I holde he is happi.
Dugdale-monasticonWhom he acquyteth/ And who that so him quiteth I holde he is happi.
Dugdale-1718Whom he acquyteth/ And who that so him quiteth I holde he is happi.
Dugdale-1818Whom he acquyteth/ And who that so him quiteth I holde he is happi.

Death to the peasant

 

Dethe to the Laborere

TrinityDethe to the Laborere Mors ad Operarium
LansdowneDethe to the Laborere Laborarius
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Laborere Labourer.
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Laborere Labourer.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Laborere Labourer.
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Laborere Labourer.
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Laborere Labourer.
 

Thow laborere / whiche yn sorow & peyne

SeldenThow Thou laborere/ whiche wiche yn sorow sorwe & peyne
TrinityThow laborere/ whiche þat yn sorow & peyne
LansdowneThow laborere/ Thou labourer/ whiche yn sorow sorwe & peyne
TottelThow laborere/ THOU Labourer, whiche yn sorow & peyne
Dugdale-1658Thow laborere/ THou Labourer, whiche yn sorow & peyne
Dugdale-monasticonThow laborere/ THou Labourer, whiche yn sorow & peyne
Dugdale-1718Thow laborere/ Thou labourer whiche yn sorow & peyne
Dugdale-1818Thow laborere/ Thou Labourer, whiche yn sorow & peyne
 

Haste had thi life / in ful grete trauaile

SeldenHaste had lad thi life/ in ful grete trauaile
TrinityHaste had lad thi life/ & in ful grete trauaile
LansdowneHaste had lad thi life/ & in ful grete trauaile
TottelHaste had lad thi life/ in ful grete great trauaile
Dugdale-1658Haste had lad thi life/ in ful grete great trauaile
Dugdale-monasticonHaste had lad thi life/ in ful grete great trauaile
Dugdale-1718Haste had thi life/ in ful grete great trauaile
Dugdale-1818Haste had lad thi life/ in ful grete great trauaile
 

Thow moste eke daunce / & ther fore not disdeyne

SeldenThow Thou moste eke daunce/ & ther fore þerfore not disdeyne
TrinityThow moste must eke daunce/ & ther fore not þerfore nat disdeyne
LansdowneThow moste eke Thou must here daunce/ & ther fore not nat disdeyne
TottelThow moste Ye must eke daunce/ & ther fore not therfore nought disdeyne
Dugdale-1658Thow moste Ye must eke daunce/ & ther fore not therefore nought disdeyne
Dugdale-monasticonThow moste Ye must eke daunce/ & ther fore not therefore nought disdeyne
Dugdale-1718Thow moste Ye must eke daunce/ & ther fore not therefore nought disdeyne
Dugdale-1818Thow moste Ye must eke daunce/ & ther fore not therefore nought disdeyne
 

For ȝif thow do / hit mai the not a-vaile

SeldenFor ȝif thow þou do/ hit it mai the not a vaile auaile
TrinityFor ȝif thow yef þou do/ hit mai the not a vaile nat avayle
LansdowneFor ȝif thow thouh thou do/ hit it mai the not a vaile nat availe
TottelFor ȝif thow thou do/ hit it mai the not a vaile nought auayle.
Dugdale-1658For ȝif thow you do/ hit it mai the not a vaile nought avayle,
Dugdale-monasticonFor ȝif thow you do/ hit it mai the not a vaile nought avayle,
Dugdale-1718For ȝif thow you do/ hit it mai the not a vaile nought availe.
Dugdale-1818For ȝif thow you do/ hit it mai the not a vaile nought avayle,
 

And cause whi / that I the assaile

 

Is wonli this / from the to disseuere

SeldenIs wonli oonly this/ from the to disseuere
TrinityIs wonli this/ from fro the for to disseuere
LansdowneIs wonli this/ from oonly [fro] the for to disseuere dissevire
TottelIs wonli onely this/ from the to disseuere disceuer
Dugdale-1658Is wonli As onely this/ from fro the to disseuere discever
Dugdale-monasticonIs wonli As onely this/ from fro the to disseuere discever
Dugdale-1718Is wonli As only this/ from fro the to disseuere discever,
Dugdale-1818Is wonli As onely this/ from fro the to disseuere discever
 

The fals worlde / that can so folke faile

TrinityThe Thys fals worlde/ that can so folke faile
LansdowneThe This fals worlde/ that can so causith folke to faile
TottelThe fals worlde/ that can so folke folkes faile
Dugdale-1658The fals worlde/ that can so folke folkes faile
Dugdale-monasticonThe fals worlde/ that can so folke folkes faile
Dugdale-1718The fals worlde/ that can so folke folkes faile
Dugdale-1818The fals worlde/ that can so folke folkes faile
 

He is a fole / that weneth to lyve euere.

SeldenHe is a fole/ that weneth to lyve lyne euere.
LansdowneFor He is a fole/ that weneth wenyth to lyve euere. liven evir
TottelHe is a fole/ that weneth to lyve liuen euere.
Dugdale-1658He is a fole/ that weneth to lyve liven euere.
Dugdale-monasticonHe is a fole/ that weneth to lyve liven euere.
Dugdale-1718He is a fole/ that weneth to lyve liven euere.
Dugdale-1818He is a fole/ that weneth to lyve liven euere.

The peasant / labourer

 

The Laborere answereth

SeldenThe Laborere answereth answerith
TrinityThe Laborere answereth Responsio Operarii
LansdowneThe Laborere answereth Responsum
TottelThe Laborere answereth Labourer maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Laborere answereth Labourer maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Laborere answereth Labourer maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Laborere answereth Labourer maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Laborere answereth Labourer maketh aunswer.
 

I haue wisshed / after dethe ful ofte

SeldenI haue wisshed/ after aftir dethe ful ofte
TrinityI haue wisshed/ after wysshyd aftyr dethe ful ofte
LansdowneI haue wisshed/ after wisshid/ aftir dethe ful ofte
TottelI haue wisshed/ after dethe Death ful ofte
Dugdale-1658I haue wisshed/ after dethe death ful ofte
Dugdale-monasticonI haue wisshed/ after dethe death ful ofte
Dugdale-1718I haue wisshed/ after dethe death ful ofte
Dugdale-1818I haue wisshed/ after dethe death ful ofte
 

Al-be that I wolde / haue fled hym nowe

TrinityAl be that þough I wolde/ haue fled hym nowe
LansdowneAl be that thouh I wolde/ haue fled hym nowe
TottelAl be Albe that I wolde/ would haue fled hym nowe
Dugdale-1658Al be Albe that I wolde/ would haue fled hym nowe
Dugdale-monasticonAl be Albe that I wolde/ would haue fled hym nowe
Dugdale-1718Al be Albe that I wolde/ would haue fled hym nowe
Dugdale-1818Al be Albe that I wolde/ would haue fled hym nowe
 

I had leuere / to haue leyne vnsofte

TrinityI had leuere/ to haue leyne vnsofte on soft
LansdowneI had leuere/ levir/ to haue ha leyne vnsofte
TottelI had leuere/ leauer to haue leyne lyen vnsofte
Dugdale-1658I had leuere/ to haue leyne lyen vnsofte
Dugdale-monasticonI had leuere/ to haue leyne lyen vnsofte
Dugdale-1718I had leuere/ to haue leyne lyen vnsofte
Dugdale-1818I had leuere/ to haue leyne lyen vnsofte
 

In wynde & reyne / & haue gon atte plowe

TrinityIn wynde & reyne/ & haue gon rayne to go atte plowe þe plough
LansdowneIn wynde & reyne/ & haue gon forth atte plowe [the] plouh
TottelIn wynde & reyne/ & rain to haue gon atte the plowe
Dugdale-1658In wynde & reyne/ & rain to haue gon atte the plowe
Dugdale-monasticonIn wynde & reyne/ & rain to haue gon atte the plowe
Dugdale-1718In wynde & reyne/ & rain to haue gon atte the plowe
Dugdale-1818In wynde & reyne/ & rain to haue gon atte the plowe
 

With spade & pikeys / and labored for my prowe

SeldenWith spade & pikeys/ pikoys/ and labored labourid for my prowe
TrinityWith spade & pikeys/ and labored pykes labore for my prowe
LansdowneWith spade & pikeys/ and labored picoys/ laboured for my prowe prouh
TottelWith spade & pikeys/ and pikoys labored for my prowe
Dugdale-1658With spade & pikeys/ and labored pikoys laboured for my prowe
Dugdale-monasticonWith spade & pikeys/ and labored pikoys laboured for my prowe
Dugdale-1718With spade & pikeys/ and labored pikoys laboured for my prowe
Dugdale-1818With spade & pikeys/ and labored pikoys laboured for my prowe
 

Dolue & diched / & atte Carte goon

SeldenDolue & diched/ & atte þe Carte goon
TrinityDolue Deluyd & diched/ & atte Carte þe plough goon
LansdowneDolue Dolvyn & diched/ dikid/ & atte Carte goon
TottelDolue Doluen & diched/ ditched & atte the Carte goon
Dugdale-1658Dolue Dolven & diched/ ditched & atte the Carte goon
Dugdale-monasticonDolue Dolven & diched/ ditched & atte the Carte goon
Dugdale-1718Dolue Dolven & diched/ ditched & atte the Carte goon
Dugdale-1818Dolue Dolven & diched/ ditched & atte the Carte goon
 

For I mai sey / & telle playnli howe

SeldenFor I mai sey/ & telle playnli pleinly howe
TrinityFor I mai sey/ & telle playnli platly anon howe
LansdowneFor I mai sey/ seyn/ & telle playnli howe pleynly avow
TottelFor I mai sey/ say & telle playnli platlye howe
Dugdale-1658For I mai sey/ say & telle playnli platly howe
Dugdale-monasticonFor I mai sey/ say & telle playnli platly howe
Dugdale-1718For I mai sey/ say & telle playnli platly howe
Dugdale-1818For I mai sey/ say & telle playnli platly howe
 

In this worlde / here ther is reste noon.

TrinityHere In this worlde/ here Reste ys ther is reste noon.
LansdowneIn this worlde/ here rest is ther is reste noon.
TottelIn this worlde/ here ther is reste noon.
Dugdale-1658In this worlde/ here ther is reste noon.
Dugdale-monasticonIn this worlde/ here ther is reste noon.
Dugdale-1718In this worlde/ here ther is reste noon.
Dugdale-1818In this worlde/ here ther is reste noon.

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