Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...wary. This is an instance of the prefix y-, the A.S. ge-, being prefixed to an adjective. It is the A.S. gewaer, wary, cautious, from which.7 62. To body, sQ--a, .s.to possess a body. Of. l. 82, where wroughte me to man means wrought me so that I became a man. our aware seems to have been corrupted, though its form would correspond better to the A5. on wlire, in caution, on guard. I wisse, I teach, is to be distinguished from the adverb I-wis, certainly, with which it is only too often confounded; and both again are different from I wott, I know, and I wiste, I knew, which are from the verb to wit. 46. ' Go to the gospel, (and see there) that which God said himself.' 49. ' And God (i. e. Jesus) enquired of them---of whom spake the superscription.' 50. Ilyke, like; see note to l. 42. The word was is uriderstood before llyke, but is not in the MSS. of the B-text. But it is found in those of the A-text. 52. ' Et ait illis Jesus: Cujus est imago hzc, et snperscriptio? Dicunt ei, Czsaris. Tunc ait illis: Reddite ergo quz sunt Caasaris, Czsari; et quz sunt Dei, Dec.' Matt. xxii. 2c, 2 (Vulgate). 55. Kynde witte, common sense; cf. Prol. I14. 56. ' And Common Sense should be preserver of your treasure, and should bestow it on you in your need.' 57. Housbonderye, economy; as in Shakespeare, Macbeth, ii. 1. 5, ' There's husbandry in heaven, ' because no stars were out. The line signifies that ' economy and they (viz. reason and wit) hold well together.' Hrj, put for by. they. Holden togideres; see note to Prol., l. 66. 58. For hym, for the sake of Him who made her. 59. The dungeon is that spoken of in Prol., l. I5. 64. Andfounded it, and he founded it. Here it refers tofalsehoad, ...
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