And as a freke þat fre were , forth gan I walke
And as freke that fre were · forth gan I walke
and as a freyke þat free were fortheG.14.2: The <r> and <t> of forthe have been re-outlined in black ink. gan I walke
And as a freke þat fereR.13.2:
Cf. F's a-feerd and beta's fre. Cx
appears to have had feye, but X, the best single copy of the final version
of Piers Plowman, reads fayre (with the last two letters
erased later). were forth gan I walken .
& as a FreekFreek [þat] a-feerd were / forþ gan y walke.