For þe rych hath much to reken , & right ofte him þat walketh
For þe riche haþ muche to rekene . and many tyme hym þatW.14.223: W alone reads many tyme hym þat though Cr reads right ofte him þat and S ofte him that. Other manuscripts have riȝt softe. walkeþ
for þe ryche haþ moche to rykene · and rygth .....softeHm.14.225: The correction reflects Bx. The erroneous readings of Cr1 and W suggest that the corrector's text may have been superior to Beta2, the immediate exemplar for Hm. For the stemma currently
in use by the Archive, see Robert Adams, "The Kane-Donaldson Edition of Piers Plowman: Eclecticism's Ultima Thule," TEXT 16 (2006), 141. walketh
For the riche has muche to rekne · and ryght softe walkes
for þe ryche haueG.15.222: As far as G haue for remaining manuscripts hath is concerned, it is often the case that G has an -e(n verb ending for other manuscripts -eth where this is simply a matter of accidentals, i.e. where both verbs are plural. However, the expected plural form for "have"
in L etc. would be habbeth or han and it seems to be the case here that, while G treats the subject ryche as a plural, the remaining manuscripts treat it as singular. moche to rekne off and ryght softe walken