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The PloughMan's Crede


Fourteenth Century, adapted by S. Warneke

As I went by the way, weeping for sorrow,

I saw a ploughman, hanging on to his plough,

His coat was of coarse stuff, that was called cary,

His hood was full of holes with his hair hanging out,

He trod along in knobbed shoes, clouted full thick,

His hose overhung his hocks, on every side,

All besmeared with mud, as he ploughed along,

Two mittens, made of rough stuff,

His fingers hung out, covered in mud.

He wallowed in mud almost to the ankle,

He drove before him four feeble heifers,

Men might count every rib, so rueful were they,

His wife walked with him, with a long goad,

In a short coat, cut full high,

Wrapped in a winding sheet, to warm her from weather,

Barefoot on bare ice, so the blood flowed,

And at the land's end lay a little bowl, [end of the strip]

And therein lay a little child, wrapped in rags,

And twins of two years old, upon another side,

And they sung a song that sorrow was to hear;

They sung all one song, a miserable note.

The ploughman sighed sore, and said, "Children be still!"

Please also visit Old London Maps on the web as many of the maps
and views available there have plans and depictions of gardens from
the medieval period through to the late nineteenth century.

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