# quod mercatores non sunt soluti a pena & culpa quia non sanctificant sabatum
Marchauntes in the mergen had many yeres
¶ Marchantz in þe margyne had many yeres
MarchauntisO.7.18: Another hand, apparently hand 3, has substituted a supralinear <d> for the <t> in Marchauntis.
¶¶ Marchauntes in þe margyne hauedR.7.18:
R's verb form here is unique and slightly archaic; most of the other manuscripts of all
versions read hadde(n). No difference in meaning is discernible.
many ȝeres .