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<l> than drede went wyȝtly  and warned <app><lem>fals</lem></app><note>Hm<hi>2</hi>.2.1: A modern hand has written "A fragment of Piers Ploughman. See the 9<hi>th</hi> leaf." For fuller discussion see the <xref>Introduction I.11</xref>.</note></l>
<l> and badde hym fle for fere  and his felawes alle</l>
<l> <app><lem>whan fals</lem></app> for <app><lem>fere</lem></app> fleyȝe  to the freres</l>
<l> and gyle dothe hym to goo  a-gast for to deyȝe</l>
<l> ac marchauntz metten wyth hym  and maden hym abyde</l>
<l> and <app><lem>by-schutte</lem></app> hym in her schoppys  to schewen her ware</l>
<l> <app><lem>app<expan>ar</expan>aylden</lem></app> hym as a prentys  the peple to s<expan>er</expan>ue</l>
<l> <app><lem>fuƚƚ lyȝtly</lem></app> <app><lem>lyere tho</lem></app>  lepe a-wey thanne</l>
<l> lurkyng thurowh lanes  <app><lem>lugged</lem></app> of many</l>
<l> he was nowhare welcome  for his many tales</l>
<l> oueral y-hunted  and y-hote trusse</l>
<l> tyl pardeners hadde pyte  and pulleden hym <app><lem>to</lem></app> house</l>
<l> thei wuschen hym and wypeden hym  and wonden hym in cloutys</l>
<l> and senten hym wyth sealys  on sundayes to cherches</l>
<l> and <app><lem>ȝaf</lem></app> pardou<expan>n</expan> for pans  pound-mele aboute</l>
<l> thanne loureden leches  and lettres thei sente</l>
<l> <app><lem>tha<expan>n</expan>ne</lem></app><note>Hm2.2.17: The scribe copied <hi>tha<expan>n</expan>ne</hi> from the preceding line. It is possible that he recognized his mistake and attempted a correction by converting the first minim of <n> to <t>, though that seems unlikely. Kane and Donaldson read "that<hi>ine</hi> (?)."</note> he schulde wonye wytħ hem  watres to loke </l>
<l> spycers spoken wyth hym  to <app><lem>aspyȝen</lem></app><note>Hm<hi>2</hi>.2.18: Hm<hi>2</hi>HmC<hi>2</hi> alone have the unmetrical form. Most other witnesses have the apheretic form <hi>spien</hi>.</note> her ware</l>
<l> for he coude <app><lem>on</lem></app> her crafte  and knewe many go<expan>m</expan>mes</l>
<l> ac menstrals and messagers  metten wyth hym ones</l>
<l> and helden hym an half ȝere  and enleuene dayes</l>
<l> freres wyth fayr speche  <app><lem>fecchid</lem></app> hym thennys</l>
<l> <note>Hm2.2.23: With this erasure the stint of copying by hand4 begins and continues to the end of the fragment.</note><del>...?...?...</del><add>and for knowynge</add> of comers  <app><lem>copeden</lem></app> hym as a frere</l>
<l> Ac he hath leue to lepen out  as ofte as hym lyketh</l>
<l> And ys welcome whan he wole  and woneth with hem ofte</l>
<l> alle fƚedden for fere  and flowen in to hernes</l>
<l> Saue mede the maiden  nomo <app><lem>dursten</lem></app><note>Hm<hi>2</hi>.2.27: The dissyllabic form is unmetrical.</note> abide</l>
<l> Ac trewely to telle  sche trembled for drede</l>
<l> <app><lem>And</lem></app> wepte and wrong<expan>e</expan>  whan sche was a-tached</l>