Uos estis sal terre .
vos estis sal terre & cetera
Vos estis sal terre & ceteraO.15.434: This line is written in the right margin.
Vos estis sal terre &cetera
. F omits these 68 lines (= KD15.429α-92), reflecting the contents
either of a single leaf or (more likely) an opening from his exemplar. E. Talbot Donaldson
noted this fact in "MSS R and F in the B-Tradition of Piers Plowman," Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (1955): 185
n. 19, rightly attributing the error to a copyist between F and alpha. More recently Sean
Taylor, "The F Scribe and the R Manuscript of Piers Plowman B," English Studies 77 (1996): 530-48, has pointed out that this lacuna
coincides with the opening of fols. 78v-79r in R; he argues, we think unconvincingly, that
this coincidence supports the proposition that F was copied directly from R.