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New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire]
Linguistic note: See Mosser (2010), which argues that southern Kent and northern Essex (Thames estuary) together accomodate the forms typical of this and other manuscripts by the same scribe(s) (‘Hooked-g’).
Number 6414-63
1.   ff. 1-274   When that April with his showers soot
Canterbury Tales
Number 6415-47
2.   ff. 1-11   When that April with his showers soot
Geoffrey Chaucer, the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales — 858 lines in rhyming couplets
Number 6530-53
3.   ff. 11v-38   Whilom as old stories tellen us
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Knight’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 2249 lines in couplets
Number 6427-52
4.   ff. 38-39   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 6537-52
5.   ff. 39-47   Whilom there was dwelling in Oxenford
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Miller’s Tale in the Canterbury Tales — 666 lines in rhyming couplets
Number 6307-49
6.   ff. 47-48   When folk had laughen at this nice cas
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Reeve’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 66 lines in couplets.
Number 724-52
7.   ff. 48-53   At Trumpington not far fro Cantebridge
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Reeve’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 404 lines in couplets.
Number 5238-44
8.   ff. 52-52v   The Cook of London while the Reve spake
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Cook’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 40 lines in couplets.
Number 145-44
9.   ff. 52v-53   A prentice whilom dwelt in our city
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Cook’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 58 lines in couplets.
Number 4315-52
10.   ff. 54v-55v   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 3929-50
11.   ff. 55v-56   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 2587-58
12.   ff. 56-69   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 1242-52
13.   ff. 70-80v   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 2618-53
14.   ff. 80v-85v   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 5802-49
15.   ff. 85v-86   This worthy limiter this noble Friar
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Friar’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 36 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 6536-53
16.   ff. 86-90v   Whilom there was dwelling in my country
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Friar’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 364 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 5756-49
17.   ff. 90v-91   This Summoner in his stirrups high stood
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Sommoner’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 44 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 3255-54
18.   ff. 91v-98v   Lordings there is in Yorkshire as I guess
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Summoner’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 586 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 4860-53
19.   ff. 98v-99   Sir Clerk of Oxenford our Host said
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Clerk’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales —56 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 5573-57
20.   ff. 99-115   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 5801-23
21.   ff. 115   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 6185-22
22.   f. 115v   Weeping and wailing care and other sorrow
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Merchant’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 32 lines in couplets.
Number 6535-49
23.   ff. 115v-130   Whilom there was dwelling in Lombardy
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Merchant’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 1174 lines in couplets.
Number 745-34
24.   f. 130v   Ay Gods mercy said our Host tho
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Merchant’s Endlink’ of the Canterbury Tales — 22 lines in couplets.
Number 5024-35
25.   f. 130v   Squire come near if it your will be
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Squire’s Headlink’ of the Canterbury Tales — 8 lines in couplets.
Number 725-52
26.   ff. 130v-138v   At Sarai in the land of Tartary
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Squire’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 664 lines in couplets.
Number 2499-33
27.   f. 139   In faith Squire thou hast thee well I-quit
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Squire-Franklin Link’ of the Canterbury Tales — 36 lines in couplets.
Number 5617-44
28.   f. 139v   These old gentle Bretons in their days
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Franklin’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 20 lines in couplets.
Number 2476-51
29.   ff. 139v-150   In Armorica that called is Brittany
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Franklin’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 896 lines in couplets.
Number 5599-50
30.   ff. 150-153v   There was as telleth Titus Livius
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Physician’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 286 lines in couplets.
Number 4314-43
31.   f. 154   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 3251-50
32.   ff. 154v-156v   Lordings quod he in churches when I preach
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Pardoner’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 136 lines in couplets.
Number 2502-51
33.   ff. 156v-162   In Flanders whilom was a company
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Pardoner’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 506 lines in couplets.
Number 120-52
34.   ff. 162-167v   A merchant whilom dwelled at Saint-Denis
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Shipman’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 434 lines in couplets.
Number 6206-48
35.   f. 167v   Well said by corpus dominus quod our Host
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Shipman-Prioress Link’ of the Canterbury Tales — 18 lines in couplets.
Number 3970-57
36.   f. 168   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 5601-59
37.   ff. 168v-171   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 6401-46
38.   ff. 171-171v   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 3097-51
39.   ff. 171v-173   Listen lords in good entent
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Sir Thopas in the Canterbury Tales — 207 lines in 6-line, tail-rhyme stanzas.
Number 3700-46
40.   ff. 173v-174   No more of this for Gods dignity
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Thopas-Melibee Link’ in the Canterbury Tales — 48 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 6295-45
41.   ff. 193-194v   When ended was my tale of Melibee
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Monk’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 102 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 2316-49
42.   ff. 194v-205   I will bewail in manner of tragedy
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Monk’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 776 lines in eight-line stanzas.
Number 2033-44
43.   ff. 205-205v   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 142-49
44.   ff. 205v-213v   A poor widow somedeal stoop in age
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Nun’s Priest’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 626 lines in couplets.
Number 4870-9
45.   f. 213v   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 5405-53
46.   ff. 213v-215v   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 5729.4-52
47.   ff. 215v-221   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 6296-44
48.   ff. 221-223   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 6753-45
49.   ff. 223v-233   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 6711-43
50.   ff. 233-234v   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 6390-47
51.   ff. 234v-237v   When Phoebus dwelled here in this earth adown
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Manciple’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 258 lines in rhyming couplets.
Number 941-41
52.   ff. 237v-238v   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 720-9
53.   ff. 275-282v   At the reverence of Saint Margaret / My purpose is
John Lydgate, Life of St Margaret — seventy-seven stanzas rhyme royal including an eleven-stanza prologue and three-stanza Envoy