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Found Records:
London, British Library Addit. 5140
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 8301; Grid 569 250 (Suffolk); see also Mosser (2005)).
Number 6414-23
1.   ff. 2-359v   When that April with his showers soot
Canterbury Tales
Number 6415-22
2.   ff. 2-14   When that April with his showers soot
Geoffrey Chaucer, the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales — 858 lines in rhyming couplets
Number 6530-22
3.   ff. 14-45v   Whilom as old stories tellen us
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Knight’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 2249 lines in couplets
Number 6427-22
4.   ff. 45v-46v   When that the Knight had thus his tale I-told
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Knight-Miller link in the Canterbury Tales — 78 lines in rhyming couplets
Number 6537-22
5.   ff. 47-57v   Whilom there was dwelling in Oxenford
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Miller’s Tale in the Canterbury Tales — 666 lines in rhyming couplets
Number 6307-20
6.   ff. 57v-58v   When folk had laughen at this nice cas
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Reeve’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 66 lines in couplets.
Number 724-22
7.   ff. 58v-65   At Trumpington not far fro Cantebridge
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Reeve’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 404 lines in couplets.
Number 5238-19
8.   ff. 65v-66   The Cook of London while the Reve spake
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Cook’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 40 lines in couplets.
Number 145-19
9.   ff. 66-67   A prentice whilom dwelt in our city
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Cook’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 58 lines in couplets.
Number 4315-22
10.   ff. 67-68v   Our Host saw well that the bright sun
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Introduction to the Man of Law’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 98 lines in couplets.
Number 3929-20
11.   ff. 69-69v   O hateful harm condition of poverty
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Man of Law’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 35 lines (five stanzas) in rhyme royal.
Number 2587-23
12.   ff. 69v-87v   In Syria whilom dwelt a company
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Man of Law’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 1026 lines in rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 1242-22
13.   ff. 88-102v   Experience though none auctoritee
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Wife of Bath’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 856 lines in couplets, with some versions including additional lines.
Number 2618-22
14.   ff. 102v-110   In the old days of King Arthur
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Wife of Bath’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 408 lines in couplets, with some versions including additional lines.
Number 5802-21
15.   ff. 110-110v   This worthy limiter this noble Friar
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Friar’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 36 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 6536-22
16.   ff. 111-117   Whilom there was dwelling in my country
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Friar’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 364 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 5756-19
17.   ff. 117-118   This Summoner in his stirrups high stood
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Sommoner’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 44 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 3255-22
18.   ff. 118-128   Lordings there is in Yorkshire as I guess
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Summoner’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 586 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 4860-21
19.   ff. 128-129   Sir Clerk of Oxenford our Host said
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Clerk’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales —56 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 5573-22
20.   ff. 129-149v   There is at the west side of Italy
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Clerk’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales —1155 lines in rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 5801-9
21.   f. 149v   This worthy Clerk when ended was his tale
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Clerk’s Endlink’/‘The Host’s Stanza’ of the Canterbury Tales —one 7-line rhyme royal stanza.
Number 6185-8
22.   f. 150   Weeping and wailing care and other sorrow
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Merchant’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 32 lines in couplets.
Number 6535-20
23.   ff. 150v-171   Whilom there was dwelling in Lombardy
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Merchant’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 1174 lines in couplets.
Number 745-13
24.   ff. 171-171v   Ay Gods mercy said our Host tho
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Merchant’s Endlink’ of the Canterbury Tales — 22 lines in couplets.
Number 5024-14
25.   f. 171v   Squire come near if it your will be
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Squire’s Headlink’ of the Canterbury Tales — 8 lines in couplets.
Number 725-21
26.   ff. 171v-183v   At Sarai in the land of Tartary
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Squire’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 664 lines in couplets.
Number 2499-11
27.   ff. 183v-184   In faith Squire thou hast thee well I-quit
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Squire-Franklin Link’ of the Canterbury Tales — 36 lines in couplets.
Number 5617-16
28.   f. 184v   These old gentle Bretons in their days
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Franklin’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 20 lines in couplets.
Number 2476-20
29.   ff. 184v-201   In Armorica that called is Brittany
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Franklin’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 896 lines in couplets.
Number 5599-21
30.   ff. 201-206v   There was as telleth Titus Livius
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Physician’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 286 lines in couplets.
Number 4314-17
31.   ff. 206v-207v   Our Host gan to swear as he were wood
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Host’s Words’/‘Physician-Pardoner Link’ of the Canterbury Tales — 42 lines in couplets.
Number 3251-21
32.   ff. 207v-210   Lordings quod he in churches when I preach
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Pardoner’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 136 lines in couplets.
Number 2502-21
33.   ff. 210-220   In Flanders whilom was a company
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Pardoner’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 506 lines in couplets.
Number 120-22
34.   ff. 220-229   A merchant whilom dwelled at Saint-Denis
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Shipman’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 434 lines in couplets.
Number 6206-20
35.   ff. 229-229v   Well said by corpus dominus quod our Host
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Shipman-Prioress Link’ of the Canterbury Tales — 18 lines in couplets.
Number 3970-22
36.   ff. 229v-230   O Lord Our Lord Thy name how marvelous
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prioress’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 35 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 5601-23
37.   ff. 230v-234   There was in Asia in a great city
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prioress’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 203 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 6401-19
38.   ff. 234-234v   When said was all this miracle every man
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prologue to Sir Thopas in the Canterbury Tales — 21 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 3097-21
39.   ff. 234v-238v   Listen lords in good entent
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Sir Thopas in the Canterbury Tales — 207 lines in 6-line, tail-rhyme stanzas.
Number 3700-19
40.   ff. 238v-239   No more of this for Gods dignity
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Thopas-Melibee Link’ in the Canterbury Tales — 48 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 6295-19
41.   ff. 260-261v   When ended was my tale of Melibee
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Monk’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 102 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 2316-20
42.   ff. 262-274   I will bewail in manner of tragedy
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Monk’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 776 lines in eight-line stanzas.
Number 2033-16
43.   ff. 274-275   Ho quod the Knight good sir no more of this
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Nun’s Priest’s Prologue of The Canterbury Tales — 53 lines in couplets, occurring in two forms, one lacking lines VII.2771-90.
Number 142-20
44.   ff. 275-284v   A poor widow somedeal stoop in age
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Nun’s Priest’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 626 lines in couplets.
Number 4870-3
45.   f. 284v   Sir Nuns Priest our Host said anon
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ of the Canterbury Tales found in nine manuscripts and three pre-1500 printed editions — 16 lines in couplets, possibly canceled and reworked for the Monk’s Prologue
Number 3306-1
46.   f. 285   Madame and I durst I would you pray
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Second Nun’s Prologue’ of The Canterbury Tales found in four manuscripts — six lines in couplets
Number 5405-21
47.   ff. 285-287   The minister and nourice unto vices
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prologue of the Second Nun’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 119 lines in rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 5729.4-21
48.   ff. 287-294v   This maiden bright Cecilia as her life sayeth
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Second Nun’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 434 lines in rhyme royal stanzas.
Number 6296-18
49.   ff. 295-297v   When ended was the life of Saint Cecilia
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 166 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 6753-18
50.   ff. 297v-309   With this chanon I dwelt have seven year
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 762 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 6711-18
51.   ff. 309-311   Wit ye not where there stands a little town
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Manciple’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 104 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 6390-20
52.   ff. 311-314   When Phoebus dwelled here in this earth adown
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Manciple’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 258 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 941-18
53.   ff. 315-316   By that the Manciple had his tale all ended
Geoffrey Chaucer, the the Parson’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 74 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 6276-14
54.   ff. 360-425v   When bright Phoebus passed was the Ram
John Lydgate, The Siege of Thebes — 4716 lines in couplets