Erthe Toc of Erthe, Erthe wyth Woh

Original Text: 
British Library MS Harley 2253, fol. 57v. Carleton Brown, ed., English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932): no. 73, pp. 132, 224. Carleton Brown and Rossell Hope Robbins, The Index of Middle English Verse (New York, 1943): no. 3939. Z 2012 B86 General Reference Robarts Library.


1] This is the oldest version, according to The Middle English Poem, Earth upon Earth, Printed from Twenty-four Manuscripts, ed. Hilda M. R. Murray, EETS OS 141 (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1911): xxxii, 1 (facsimile of MS page in frontispiece). The first three lines appear to describe making a living as a farmer, carrying a body in a funeral procession, and burying a body. woh: woe. Back to Line
2] droh: drew, brought. Back to Line
3] throh: trough, grave. Back to Line
4] Tho: then. heuede: had. ynoh: enough. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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