Parson and Labourer

Parson & labourer
Guy Marchant, Parish priest and peasant

Here is a comparison line by line of the Ellesmere manuscript against all other available sources.

In this comparison we ignore punctuation, accents, capitalization, double letters, final e's (and e before final s), differences caused by split words (e.g. "toforne" and "to forne"), and differences caused by interchange of aun/an and cion/cyon/tion.

Deletions are marked in red and insertions in green: In other words, the red words are from the Ellesmere-manuscript.

Death to the priest

Dethe to the Persoun

Dethe to the Persoun Mors ad Curatum
Trinity

Dethe Death speaketh to the Persoun Person.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

O Sire Curate / that ben here now present

O Sire Curate/ that ben nowe here now present
Selden, Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

O Sire Curate/ that ben here now present
Trinity

That had / ȝowre worldli Inclynacioun

That had/ ȝowre ȝoure worldli Inclynacioun
Selden

That had/ ȝowre your worldli Inclynacioun inclinacion
Trinity, Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Ȝowre herte entier / ȝowre study & entent

Ȝowre Ȝoure herte entier/ ȝowre entire/ ȝoure study & entent
Selden

Ȝowre Your herte entier/ ȝowre study entere your stody & entent
Trinity

Ȝowre herte entier/ ȝowre Your heart entere, your study & entent
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Moste on ȝowre tithes / & oblacioun

Moste on ȝowre ȝoure tithes/ & oblacioun
Selden

Moste on ȝowre of your tithes/ & oblacioun your oblacion
Trinity, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Moste on ȝowre of your tithes/ & oblacioun oblacion,
Tottel

Whiche shulde haue ben / of conuersacioun

Whiche Wiche shulde haue ben/ of conuersacioun
Selden

Whiche shulde haue ben/ of conuersacioun conuersacion
Trinity

Whiche shulde should haue ben/ be of conuersacioun conuersacion
Tottel

Whiche shulde haue ben/ should have be of conuersacioun conversacion,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Mirroure vn-to other / light & exaumplarie

Mirroure vn to other/ light othir/ liȝt & exaumplarie
Selden

Mirroure vn to other/ light & exaumplarie exemplary
Trinity, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Mirroure vn to other/ light & exaumplarie examplarie,
Tottel

Like ȝowre deserte / shal be ȝowre guerdoun

Like ȝowre ȝoure deserte/ shal be ȝowre ȝoure guerdoun
Selden

Like ȝowre your deserte/ shal be ȝowre guerdoun your guerdon
Trinity, Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

And to eche laboure / due is the salarie.

And to eche laboure/ due dewe is the salarie.
Selden

And to eche yche laboure/ due dewe is the salarie.
Trinity

And to eche every laboure/ due is the salarie.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The parish priest

The Persun answereth

The Persun answereth Persoun answerith
Selden

The Persun answereth Responsio Curati.
Trinity

The Persun answereth Person maketh aunswere.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Mawgre my wille / I moste condescende

Mawgre Maugre my wille/ I moste condescende must condiscende
Selden, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

Mawgre Maugre my wille/ I moste must condescende
Trinity, Dugdale-1718

Mawgre MAUGER my wille/ I moste must[e] condescende
Tottel

For dethe assaileth / eueri lifli thynge

For dethe assaileth/ assailiþ/ eueri lifli thynge
Selden

For dethe assaileth/ eueri lifli lyuely thynge
Trinity

For dethe death assaileth/ eueri lifli liuely thynge
Tottel

For dethe death assaileth/ eueri lifli every lively thynge
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Here yn this worlde / who can comprehende

His sodeyn stroke / & his vnware comynge

His sodeyn soden stroke/ & his vnware comynge
Trinity

His sodeyn stroke/ & his vnware comynge unwary turning,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Fare-wel tithes / and fare-wel myn offrynge

Fare wel tithes/ ffarewele tithis/ and fare wel farewel myn offrynge
Selden

Fare wel Farewell tithes/ and fare wel farewell myn offrynge
Trinity

Fare wel [my] tithes/ and fare wel myn offrynge
Tottel

Fare wel Farewel tithes/ and fare wel farewel myn offrynge offering,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

I mote go Counte / yn ordre by and by

I mote must go Counte/ counten yn ordre by and by
Trinity

I mote go Counte/ coumpten yn ordre order by and by
Tottel

I mote go Counte/ yn ordre coumpten by order by and by
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

[And for my shepe] / make a Juste rekenynge

[And for my shepe]/ make a Juste rekenynge rekonyng
Trinity

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

Whom he acquyteth / I holde he is happi.

Whom he acquyteth/ aquyteth/ I holde he is happi.
Selden

Whom he acquyteth/ And who þat so hym quyteth I holde he is hym happi.
Trinity

Whom he acquyteth/ And who that so him quiteth I holde he is happi.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Death to the peasant

Dethe to the Laborere

Dethe to the Laborere Mors ad Operarium
Trinity

Dethe to the Laborere Laborarius
Lansdowne, Vossius

Dethe Death speaketh to the Laborere Labourer.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Thow laborere / whiche yn sorow & peyne

Thow Thou laborere/ whiche wiche yn sorow sorwe & peyne
Selden

Thow laborere/ whiche þat yn sorow & peyne
Trinity

Thow laborere/ Thou labourer/ whiche yn sorow sorwe & peyne
Lansdowne

Thow Thou laborere/ whiche yn sorow sorwe & peyne
Vossius

Thow laborere/ THOU Labourer, whiche yn sorow & peyne
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Haste had thi life / in ful grete trauaile

Haste had lad thi life/ in ful grete trauaile
Selden

Haste had lad thi life/ & in ful grete trauaile
Trinity

Haste had lad thi life/ & in ful grete trauaile travaile
Lansdowne, Vossius

Haste had lad thi life/ in ful grete great trauaile
Tottel

Haste had lad thi life/ in ful grete trauaile great travayle,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

Haste had thi life/ in ful grete trauaile great travaile,
Dugdale-1718

Thow moste eke daunce / & ther fore not disdeyne

Thow Thou moste eke daunce/ & ther fore not disdeyne
Selden

Thow moste must eke daunce/ & ther fore not nat disdeyne
Trinity

Thow moste eke Thou must here daunce/ & ther fore not nat disdeyne
Lansdowne

Thow moste eke Thou must here daunce/ & ther fore not to nat disdeyne
Vossius

Thow moste Ye must eke daunce/ & ther fore not nought disdeyne
Tottel

Thow moste Ye must eke daunce/ & ther fore not therefore nought disdeyne
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

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

For ȝif thow þou do/ hit it mai the not a vaile auaile
Selden

For ȝif thow yef þou do/ hit mai the not nat a vaile
Trinity

For ȝif thow thouh thou do/ hit it mai the not nat a vaile
Lansdowne, Vossius

For ȝif thow thou do/ hit it mai the not a vaile nought auayle.
Tottel

For ȝif thow you do/ hit it mai the not nought a vaile
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

And cause whi / that I the assaile

Is wonli this / from the to disseuere

Is wonli oonly this/ from the to disseuere
Selden

Is wonli this/ from fro the for to disseuere
Trinity

Is wonli this/ from oonly [fro] the for to disseuere dissevire
Lansdowne

Is wonli this/ from oonly fro the for to disseuere
Vossius

Is wonli onely this/ from the to disseuere disceuer
Tottel

Is wonli As onely this/ from fro the to disseuere discever
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

Is wonli As only this/ from fro the to disseuere discever,
Dugdale-1718

The fals worlde / that can so folke faile

The Thys fals worlde/ that can so folke faile
Trinity

The This fals worlde/ that can so causith folke to faile
Lansdowne

The fals This falce worlde/ that can so causith folke to faile
Vossius

The fals worlde/ that can so folke folkes faile
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

He is a fole / that weneth to lyve euere.

He is a fole/ that weneth to lyve lyne euere.
Selden

He is a fole/ that weneth to lyve lyue euere.
Trinity

For He is a fole/ that weneth wenyth to lyve euere. liven evir
Lansdowne

For He is a fole/ that weneth wenyth to lyve euere. leff evir
Vossius

He is a fole/ that weneth to lyve liuen euere.
Tottel

He is a fole/ that weneth to lyve euere. liven ever.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The peasant / labourer

The Laborere answereth

The Laborere answereth answerith
Selden

The Laborere answereth Responsio Operarii
Trinity

The Laborere answereth Responsum
Lansdowne, Vossius

The Laborere answereth Labourer maketh aunswere.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

I haue wisshed / after dethe ful ofte

I haue wisshed/ after aftir dethe ful ofte
Selden

I haue wisshed/ after wysshyd aftyr dethe ful ofte
Trinity

I haue wisshed/ after have wisshid/ aftir dethe ful ofte
Lansdowne

I haue wisshed/ wisshid/ after dethe ful ofte
Vossius

I haue wisshed/ after dethe Death ful ofte
Tottel

I haue Have wisshed/ after dethe death ful ofte
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Al-be that I wolde / haue fled hym nowe

Al be that þough I wolde/ haue fled hym nowe
Trinity

Al be that thouh I wolde/ haue have fled hym nowe
Lansdowne

Al be that Althouh I wolde/ haue ha fled hym nowe
Vossius

Al be that I wolde/ would haue fled hym nowe
Tottel

Al be that I wolde/ haue would have fled hym nowe
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

I had leuere / to haue leyne vnsofte

I had leuere/ to haue leyne vnsofte on soft
Trinity

I had leuere/ levir/ to haue ha leyne vnsofte
Lansdowne

I had leuere/ lever/ to haue leyne lyen vnsofte
Vossius

I had leuere/ leauer to haue leyne lyen vnsofte
Tottel

I had leuere/ lever to haue leyne vnsofte have lyen unsoft,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

In wynde & reyne / & haue gon atte plowe

In wynde & reyne/ & haue gon rayne to go atte plowe þe plough
Trinity

In wynde & reyne/ & haue gon forth atte plowe [the] plouh
Lansdowne

In wynde & reyne/ & haue gon atte plowe go forth to the plouh
Vossius

In wynde & reyne/ & rain to haue gon atte the plowe
Tottel

In wynde & reyne/ & haue rain to have gon atte the plowe
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

With spade & pikeys / and labored for my prowe

With spade & pikeys/ pikoys/ and labored labourid for my prowe
Selden

With spade & pikeys/ and labored pykes labore for my prowe
Trinity

With spade & pikeys/ and labored picoys/ laboured for my prowe prouh
Lansdowne

With spade & pikeys/ and labored picoyse/ labourid for my prowe prouh
Vossius

With spade & pikeys/ and pikoys labored for my prowe
Tottel

With spade & pikeys/ and labored pikoys laboured for my prowe
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Dolue & diched / & atte Carte goon

Dolue Dolve & diched/ & atte þe Carte goon
Selden

Dolue Deluyd & diched/ & atte Carte þe plough goon
Trinity

Dolue Dolvyn & diched/ dikid/ & atte Carte goon
Lansdowne

Dolue Dolvyn & diched/ diked/ & atte the Carte goon
Vossius

Dolue Doluen & diched/ ditched & atte the Carte goon
Tottel

Dolue Dolven & diched/ ditched & atte the Carte goon
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

For I mai sey / & telle playnli howe

For I mai sey/ & telle playnli pleinly howe
Selden

For I mai sey/ & telle playnli platly anon howe
Trinity

For I mai sey/ seyn/ & telle playnli howe pleynly avow
Lansdowne, Vossius

For I mai sey/ say & telle playnli platlye howe
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

In this worlde / here ther is reste noon.

Here In this worlde/ here Reste ys ther is reste noon.
Trinity

In this worlde/ here rest is ther is reste noon.
Lansdowne, Vossius

In this worlde/ here ther is reste noon.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818


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