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Wat Tyler, a Dramatic Poem by Robert Southey Electronic Edition Edited by Matt Hill

Collation of Witnesses

Editorial Policies and List of Collated Witness Documents

Act 1

Line 4    

rears ] lifts   Cleave 1835     

Line 16 sd  

his Door. ] the door.  Cleave 1835

[To him ]  Works 1860

 

Line 17

HOB CARTER  ] Enter HOB CARTER. (To TYLER.)  Cleave 1835

 

Line 21  

Aye, we ]  e   Hone 1817

 

Line 90  

r——s!—  ]   ruffians!  Works 1860, Cleave 1835

 

Line 90 sd

and  ]   &  Works 1860  

 

Line 152

Walter?  ]   Tyler   Mendam 1850  

 

Line 231-232

(Cry without.)/ Liberty! liberty!/(Enter Mob, HOB CARTER, &c.)/ (Cry) Liberty! liberty!— No Poll tax!—No War!   ]    [Cry without, "Liberty! Liberty!" Enter Mob, /Hob Carter, &c., crying, "Liberty! liberty! / No poll-tax! no war!"]   Works 1860

(Cry without. Liberty, Liberty!)/Enter HOB CARTER, Mob, &c. (Crying—Liberty! Liberty!—/No Poll-Tax! No War!)    Cleave 1835

 

Line 288 sd

END OF THE FIRST ACT  ]   Works 1860, Mendam 1850

 

Act 2
Line 1 sd

Scene—Blackheath ]   SCENE I—Blackheath   Works 1860

 

Line 32

"name" is unclear in the Sherwin edition, but all other witnesses affirm this reading.

 

Line 39

has ]   hast  Works 1860

 

Line 95

soft ]   sweet  Cleave 1835

 

Line 112

made ye so ]   made you so    Mendam 1850

 

Line 131

Shew ]   Show  Works 1860  

 

Line 150 sd SCENE CHANGES TO THE TOWER  ] SCENE II.— The Tower  Works 1860

SCENE CHANGES TO THE TOWER./KING RICHARD, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, SIR JOHN TRESILIAN, WALWORTH,/PHILPOT. ]   SCENE—The Tower./ KING RICHARD, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, SIR JOHN/TRESILIAN, PHILPOT, &c.  Cleave 1835

 

Line 156

yield  ]   grant  Works 1860, Cleave 1835

 

Line 189 sd

SCENE— SMITHFIELD.] Works 1860 SCENE III.—Smithfield.

 

Lines 234-235

Petitioning for pity is most weak,/ The sovereign people ought to demand justice.  ] Petitioning for pity is most weak,/ The sovereign people ought to demand justice.   Works 1860, Mendam 1850

 

Line 259

food ]  good  Works 1860  

 

Line 290

beseems]  becomes  Mendam 1850  

 

Line 295 sd

END OF ACT THE SECOND ]   Works 1860, Mendam 1850

 

Act 3
Line 1 sd SCENE—SMITHFIELD.]   SCENE I.—Smithfield   Works 1860
PIERS (meeting JOHN BALL)  ]  Piers (to John Ball). Works 1860

Piers. (To John Ball.)  Cleave 1835

 

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expiate ]  remedy  Works 1860

 

Line 34

benefit  ]   remedy   Cleave 1835

 

Line 48

heart-emoving  ]   heart-moving  Mendam 1850, Cleave 1835

 

Line 62

Not  ] Nor   Cleave 1835

 

Line 74

to ]  unto Mendam 1850

 

Line 81

the wretch  ] a wretch  Works 1860

 

Line 92 (Cry without) —The Charter!—the Charter!  ] [Cry without, "The charter! the charter!"  Works 1860

Line 108 sd

HERALD ] Herald ( continues)  Works 1860

 

Line 110

anyways  ]  anywise  Mendam 185

 

Line 122 sd Exit Herald, &c. HOB, PIERS, and /JOHN BALL, remain.  ] [Exit Herald, &c.  Works 1860

Exit Herald, &c.  Cleave 1835

 

Lines 169-170

Fain would I die in peace to hope thee safe./ I shall soon join thee, Tyler!—  ]   And let me have the hope to sweeten death/ That thou, at least, hast 'scaped.  Works 1860

 

Line 172

vows ] word  Works 1860

 

Line 175 sd

(Seizes JOHN BALL. ]   Works 1860, Cleave 1835

 

Line 180 sd (They lead off JOHN BALL—the tumult/increases—Mob fly across the Stage—/the Troops pursue them—loud cries and/shouts.)  ]
[Leading him off. / Mob fly across the stage; the troops pursue them; /tumult increases; loud cries and shouts.   Works 1860
(Leading him off.)/(Mob fly across the stage—the troops pursue them—tumult increases / loud cries and shouts.)   Cleave 1835

SCENE—WESTMINSTER HALL ]  SCENE II.— Westminster Hall.  Works 1860

 

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sunshine ]   sun shine  Works 1860

 

Line 269

ought ]  aught  Works 1860

 

Line 270

the death  ]   death  Works 1860

 

Line 301

round ]  around Works 1860

 

Line 311 sd THE END. ] Works 1860
Finis    Hone 1817

Introduction] Works 1860   Southey provides his own introduction in which he refutes the notion that his change from his radical youth to his Tory adulthood was somehow inappropriate and refuses to apologize for his "juvenile" work .

Hone 1817 The Hone 1817 edition contains a "New Preface Suitable to Recent Circumstances" as well as additional excerpts from David Hume's History of England. The preface makes a considerable mockery of Southey's turn from his radical past to his conservative place as Poet Laureate for the current monarchy. Similar contemporary reactions can be found in the critical heritage section of the archive.

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