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A merchant whilom dwelled at Saint-Denis
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Shipman’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 434 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Shipman’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; commerce; sex; infidelity
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 157v-163v
First Lines:
A Marchaunte whilom duelt at seint Denys
that riche was for whiche men helde him wis…
Last Lines:
…thus endeth my tale & god vs sende
talyng I nough vnto oure livis ende
Attributed Title: …And / next folwyng he bigynneth his tale & cetera (f. 157v); the Shipman (RT); Here endith the Shipman his tale… (f. 163v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 193v-199v
First Lines:
Now frendes said oure ouste so dere
How likith ȝow by Iohn þe pardoner
ffor he hath vnbukled wel þe male
He hath vs told right a thrifi tale
As touching of mysgouernance
I pray to god ȝeue hym right goode chance
As ȝe haue herd of þise riatoures thre
Now gentil maryner hertly I pray the
Telle vs a god tale and þat right anoon
It shal be don by good and by Seyn Iohan
Saide þis maryner as wel as euer I can
And right anon his tale he bygan

A Marchand whilom duellid at Seynt Denys
þat riche was for wiche men held hym wys…
Last Lines:
…þus endith now my tale and god vs sende
Toilyng I nowh vnto oure lyues ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above).
Attributed Title: …and here begynnyth þe prologe of þe Shipman (f. 193v); here endith þe prologe and here bygynnyth þe tale (f. 193v); Here endith þe Shipmans tale… (f. 199v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 140-145
First Lines:
[N]OW frendis seid oure host so dere
Hough likith you by Iohn þe pardonere
ffor he hath vnboclid wel þe male
He hath us tolde right a thryfty tale
As touching as of mysgouernaunce
I pray to god yeve hym right a good chaunce
As ye haue herd of thees Riotours thre
Now gentle Maryner hertily pray I thee
Telle us a good tale and that right anon
It shal be done be god and by seint Iohn
Seid the Maryner as wel as euer I can
And right anone his tale he beganne

[A] Marchant whilom duellid at seint Denys
That riche was for which men held him wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith now my tale and god us send
Tailing ynowgh vnto oure lyues ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3, 301-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Shipmans tale (f. 140); The Shipmans tale (f. 140v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 161-166
First Lines:
A marchant whilome dwelled at seint Denys
þat riche was for which men hilde him wys…
Last Lines:
…þus endeth my tale and god vs sende
Taylyng ynow vnto oure lyves ende
Note: VI.47-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth þe Shipmannes tale (f. 161); Shipman (RT); Here endeth þe Shypmannes / tale… (f. 166)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 178v-183v
First Lines:
Now frendes seid oure ooste so dere
How liketh you bi Iohn pardonere
ffor he hath vnbokled wele the male
He hath vs told right a thrifty tale
As touchyng of his mysgouernaunce
I pray to god if him goode chaunce
As ye haue herd of thies riatours thre
Now gentil maryner hertly I pray þe
Tel vs a goode tale and þat right A none
Hit shal be do by god and bi seint Ihone
Seid þis maryner as wel as I can
And right A none his tale he bigan

A marchaunte whilom dwelt at seint Denys
That riche was for siche men hold him wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale and god vs sende
Tellinges I nogh vnto our lyues ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.390 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And next / beginneth þe Prolog of þe Shipman (f. 178v); ˙ere endeth þe Prolog of the Shipman And next biginneth / þe tale of þe Shipman (f. 178v); The Shipman (RT); Here endith the tale of the Shipman… (f. 183v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 216v-222v
First Lines:
A marchaunt whilom dwelt at seint Denys
Þat riche was for whiche men helde him wys…
Last Lines:
…Þus endiþ now my tale and god vs sende
Talyng I nogh vnto oure lyues ende
Note: VII.186-7, 276-7 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneþ þe Shipman tale (f. 216v); þe shipman (RT); Here endeþ þe Shipman tale… (f. 222v)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 227-233v
First Lines:
[N]ow frendes sayde oure oost so dere
How liketh ȝou by Iohn perdoner
ffor he hath vnbokeld wele þe male
He hath hus tolde riȝt a thryfty tale
As touching of mys gouernaunce
I prey to god ȝif hym good chaunce
As ȝe haue herd of þise ryotours thre
Now gentil maryner hertly I pray the
Telle vs a goode tale & þat riȝt anone
Hit shall be don by god and by seint Iohn
Seid this maryner as wele as euer I can
And riȝt anone his tale he bygan
A marchant whilom duellyd at seint denys
That rich was for which men held wyse…
Last Lines:
…Thus endez now my taile & god vs sende
Talynge ynogh vnto oure lyfes ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3, 138 omitted.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 81-91
First Lines:
A Marchaunt while dwelled at seint denys
That ryche was for whiche men huld him wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale & god vs sende
Talkyng ynough vnto oure lyues ende
Note: VII.192 omitted; spurious lines follow 194, 216.
Attributed Title: The Shipman (RT)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 99-102v
First Lines:
Now freendes saide oure ooste so dere
How likith you be Iohn the pardoner
ffor he hathe unbocled wel the male
He hath vs tolde right a thrifti tale
As touchyng of mysgouernaunce
I prey to god yeve hym good chaunce
As ye have herde of thise riatours thre
Now gentil maryner hertli I prey the
tel us a good tale and that right anon
It shal be done be god and be seynt Iohn
And this maryner as wel as evir he can
Right anon his tale he began

A marchaunt whilom dwelled at seint denys
That riche was for which men helde hym wis…
Last Lines:
…thus endith now my tale and god vs sende
tellyng y nough vnto oure lyves ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII. 30-3, 278 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and here / begynnith the shipmans prolog (f. 99); prolog shipman (f. 99, margin); here begynneth the shipmans tale of a monke and a merchauntes wif (f. 99); fab (f. 99, margin); the shipman (RT); here endith the shipmans tale… (f. 102v)
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 208v-214v
First Lines:
A marchaunt whilom duelled at seint Denys
That riche was for which men helde him wyse…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale and god us sende
Talkyng I nouȝ vnto oure lyues ende
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the Shipmannes tale of a Marchaunt (f. 208v); Mercator (RT); Here endith the shipmannes tale… (f. 214v)
11.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 127v-132v
First Lines:
A Merchaunt whilom dwelled at seint Denys
That riche was for whiche men helde hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale & god vs sende
Taillyng ynough vnto oure lyues ende
Attributed Title: …Here begynnyth the shipmannes tale (f. 127v); Here endeth the Shipmannys tale (f. 132v)
12.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 204-210
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilom dwelled at Seint Denys
That riche was for which men helde him wys…
Last Lines:
…þus endeþ now my tale and god vs sende
Toylyng ynough vnto oure lyues ende
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ þe schipmannes tale (f. 204); Camxvijm (f. 204, margin); schipmannes (RT, rubric); Here endeþ þe schipmannes tale (f. 210); Explicit (f. 210, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
13.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 197v-204
First Lines:
A Marchaunt somtyme was at Seynt Denys
That riche was wherfore men held hym wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale and god vs sende
Talyng ynowȝ vnto our lyvis ende
Note: VII.47-8 omitted; spurious lines follow 316, 318.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth þe Shipmannys tale (f. 197v); Shipman (RT); Here endith þe Shipmannys tale… (f. 204)
14.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 165-170v
First Lines:
A Marchaunt sum tyme dwellid att seinte denise
that Riche was for whiche men hilde hym wise…
Last Lines:
…thus endith my tale and god vs sende
Tailyng I now vnto oure lyues ende
Note: VII.22, 72, 256, 296, 391-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula naute (f. 165); Shipman (RT); Explicit (f. 170v)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 150v-154v
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilom dwelled at Seynt Denys
That riche was for which men helde him wys…
Last Lines:
…Me semed so as by his countenaunce
But nathelees by god oure heuene kyng…
Note: VII.394-434 lost.
Attributed Title: here bigynneth the Shipmans tale next folwyng the Pardoner (f. 150v, above the written space)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Cambridge MS. Dd.4.24 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Completed by the Egerton MS. 2726 (The Haistwell MS). The Chaucer Society 1st Series, no. 95 (Part 1, issue for 1901) and 96 (Part 2, issue for 1902).
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 314-317v
First Lines:
…Hath of his abbot as hym leste lycence
By cause he was a man of hygh prudence…
Last Lines:
…That nedys mote he wynne in that vyage
A thousent frankys abouyn al his Costage…
Note: VII.1-62, 373-434 lost; 114-19 omitted; 266 inserted at foot.
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. The Cambridge MS (University Library, Gg.4.27) of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 4, 10, 17, 28, 33, 40, 52, 66. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 178v-184
First Lines:
Nowe frendes quod oure hoste so dere
Howe liketh you by Iohn Pardoner
ffor he hath vnbokled wele the male
He hath vs told Right a thryfty tale
As touching his mysgouernance
I pray to god yeve hym good chaunce
As ye haue herde of thes Ryotoures thre
Nowe gentyll maryner nowe hertely I pray the
Telle us a good tale and that right anoone
It shalle be do by god and by seynt Iohn
Saide this maryner as wele as I can
And right anoone his tale be gan
A Marchaunt whilome dwelled at seynt Denyse
That riche was wherfore men helde hym wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus Endith my tale and god vs sende
Taling enough vnto oure lyves ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.330, 334, 368 omitted; spurious lines follow 318.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth / oure hostys wordes and the shipmans tale (f. 178v); Pardoner (RT [sic]); ShipmAn (RT); Here endeth the Shipmannes tale… (f. 184)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 59-64
First Lines:
Nowe frendes saide oure oste so dere
Howe liketh ȝowe by Iohn þe pardonere
ffor he hathe vnbocled wele þe male
He hath us tolde riȝt a thryfty tale
As touchynge of mysgouernance
I pray to god ȝiff hym goode chaunce
As ȝe haf herde of þise ryatours thre
Nowe gentill maryner hertly I pray þe
Tell us a goode tale and þat riȝt onone
It schall be done by god and be seynt Iohn
Seyde þis maryner als wele as euer I can
And riȝt onone his tale he beganne

A Marchant whilom dwelled at seynt Denys
That riche was for whiche men held hym wyse…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith nowe my tale and god us send
Toyllyng ynogh vnto our lyffes ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted; 113, 340 inserted in the margin.
Attributed Title: Here beginneth þe prologe of þe Shipman (f. 59, above the written space); Here begynneth þe tale (f. 59); The Shipman (RT); Explicit… (f. 64)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 208-214v
First Lines:
[N]Ow ffrendes said our oste so dere
How lyketh yow now of this tale here
He hath unbokled well þe male
ffor he hath us tolde a thryfty tale
As towchyng as myssegouernaunce
y prey to god yeve hym goode chaunse
As ye haue herde of these riotours thre
Now gentel maryner hertely y prey the
Telle us a goode tale and þat right anone
Hyt schall be doon by seynt Iohn
Seyd this maryner as wel as y kan
And right anone his tale he bygan

[A] Marchaunt whilom dwellud at seynt denys
That riche was for which men helde hym wyse…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale and god us send
Taylyng ynowh to our lyues ende Amen
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3, 51-2, 137-40 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Schipman (f. 207v); The prolog of the schipman (f. 208); The tale of þe Schipman (f. 204, rubric); Shipman (RT); Here endeth þe Schipmans tale… (f. 214v)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 103vb-106ra
First Lines:
A marchant whilom duellid at Seint Denys
That riche was for wich men helde him wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale and god vs sende
Tailing Inowȝ vnto oure lyues ende
Attributed Title: …Hiere beginneth the Shipman / his tale of a Monk and of a marchaunt (f. 103va)
21.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 214v-221
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilome dwelled at seynt Denys
Taht riche was for whiche men helde him wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale and god vs sende
Taylynge ynough to oure lyues ende
Note: VII.47-8, 163-8, 224-8, 334 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And / begynneth the Shipmans tale (f. 214v); Here endeth the Shipmanes tale (f. 221v)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 220-229
First Lines:
A marchaunt whilom dwelt at seynt denys
That ryche was for which men hild him wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith her my tale and god vs sen[damage]
Talkyng ynouh vnto our lyves ende
Attributed Author: & Incipit fabula (f. 220); naute (f. 220, margin); Shipman (RT); Explicit fabula maritinaris… (f. 229)
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 80-82
First Lines:
…Now goth this marchaunt faste and bisyli
Aboute his nede and bith & creaunceth…
Last Lines:
…Thus Endeth now my tale & god vs send
Toyllyng ynough vnto oure lifes end
Note: VII.1-301 lost.
Attributed Title: Explicit fabula Shipman… (f. 75)
24.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 157v-162v
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilom dwelt at seint denys
That riche was for which men hild him wies…
Last Lines:
…I am your wif score it vpon my taille
And I shal pay it as sone as euer I may…
Note: VII.418-34 lost.
Attributed Title: here bigynneth the shipmannes tale (f. 157v); the shipman (RT)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 171v-176v
First Lines:
A Merchaunt whilom dwelled at Seint Denys
That Riche was for which men hield hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale and god vs send
Taillyng ynough vnto our lyves end
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula / cuiusdam Shipman de quodam monacho & mercatore (f. 171); He endeth the Shipmannes tale… (f. 176v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Cambridge MS. Dd.4.24 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Completed by the Egerton MS. 2726 (The Haistwell MS). The Chaucer Society 1st Series, no. 95 (Part 1, issue for 1901) and 96 (Part 2, issue for 1902).
26.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 142v-146v
First Lines:
Now frendes saide oure oost so dere
How liketh ȝow by Iohn þe pardonere
ffor he haþ unbokeled wel the male
He haþ tolde vs right a thrifty tale
As touchinge of mysgouernance
I pray to god ȝeue him good chaunce

And þus I lete hem ete & drinke & playe
This marchand & this monk aday or twaie…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale & god vs sende
Toillinge I now vnto oure lyues ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above), of which the last 6 lines are lost along with VII.1-72 and 149-224.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe prologe of þe schipman (f. 142v); The Schipman (RT); Here endith þe schipmannes tale… (f. 146v)
27.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 180-185v
First Lines:
[A] Marchaunt whilom dwelt at seynt denys
That riche was for which men held hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus eendith heer my tale and god vs sende
Talkyng I nouh vnto our lyves ende
Attributed Title: …Heer begynneth the Shipman is tale (f. 180); The Shipman is tale (RT); Heer edynth the Shipman is tale… (f. 185v)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 158-163
First Lines:
NOw frendis seide our Ost so dere
How liketh you bi Ion the perdonere
ffor he hath vnbokelid well the male
He hath vs tolde right a thrifti tale
As touchyng of mysgouernaunce
I praie to god yeue hym good chaunce
As ye haue herd of these riatours thre
Now gentill maryner hertily I pray the
Telle vs a good tale and that right anon
Hit schall be done bi god & be seynt Iohn
Seide this Maryner as well as euyr I can
And right anon his tale he bigan

A Marchaunt whilom dwellid at seynt Denys
That riche was for whiche men held hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale & god vs sende
Tailyng ynough vnto our lifes ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3, 192 omitted. Large blank space between the end of the Shipman’s Tale and the Prioress’s Tale.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the Schipman (f. 158); Here endith the Prolog and begynneth the tale (f. 158v); The Schipman (RT); Here endith the Schipmannes tale (f. 163)
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 194-199v
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilom dwelled at seint Denys
That riche was for which men hild him wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeþ now my tale and god vs sende
Talyng ynough vnto our lyues ende Amen
Note: VII.165, 186-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneth þe Schipman his tale (f. 194); Schipmans Tale (RT0
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
30.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 180v-186
First Lines:
BOt þan spak oure oste vnto maister schipman
Maister quod he to vs summe tale tel ȝe can
Wherewithe ȝe myht glad al þis company
If it were ȝoure pleseinge I wote wele sekurlye
Sertes quod þis Schipman a tale I can tell
And þerefore herkeneþ hyderward how þat I will spell

A Marchaunt whilom dwelled att sein Denys
That riche was for whiche men helde him wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeþ nowe my tale & god vs sende
Toylynge ynouhe vnto oure lyues ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 6-line link (see above). VII.250, 278 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus (f. 180v); Explicit prologus / Incipit fabula Naute (f. 180v); þe Marynere (RT); Explicit fabula Naute… (f. 186)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Lansdowne Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 7, 13, 20, 36, 43, 55, 69. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
31.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 228-234
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilom dwelt at Seynt Denyce
That riche was for men hield hym wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale and god vs sonde
Tailyng I nowgh vnto oure lyfes end
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of the shipman… (f. 234)
32.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 185v-190v
First Lines:
Now frendes saide oure oost so dere
How lyketh ȝou by Iohn þe pardoner
ffor he hath vnbokeled wel þe male
He hath vs told right a thrify tale
As touching of mysgouernaunce
I pray to god ȝeue hym good chaunce
As ye haue herde of þise riotoures thre
Now gentil maryner hertly I pray the
Telle vs a good tale and þat right anone
Hit schal be done by god and by seynt Iohn
And right anone his tale he began

A [damage] whilom duelled at seynt denys
Þat [damage] for whiche men held hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale and god vs sende
Toilynge I nowȝ vnto oure lyfes ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted; blank line follows 228.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Shipman (f. 185v); Here endith [damage] And begynneth the tale (f. 185v); The schipman (RT)
33.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 191-198
First Lines:
Now frendes sayd oure Oste so dere
Howe lyketh you by Iohn þe pardoner
ffor he hathe vnbokled wele oure male
He hath vs told riȝt a thryfty tale
As touchynge of mysgouernaunce
I pray to god ȝif hym goode Chaunce
And ȝe haue herde of þese Riatours þre
Nowe gentille marynere I pray þe
Telle vs a gode tale and þat riȝt anone
Hit shalle be done be god and be Seynt Iohn
Sayd þis Marynere as wele as euere I can
And riȝt anone hys tale he began

A Marchaunt whilom dwellyd at seynt denys
[(smudged)þ]at riche was for which men helde hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth nowe my tale and god vs sende
Taylynge ynouȝe vnto our lyfes ende Amen
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted; 41-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth þe proloog of þe Shipman (f. 191); The Schypman (RT); Here endeth þe Proloog & begynneth þe tale (f. 192); Here endeth þe tale of þe Shipman… (f. 198)
34.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 232v-239
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilom dwellid at seint Denys
That Riche was for which men hilde hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endithe now my tale and god vs sende
Toyling I nowe vnto oure lyves ende
Note: VII.31-4 omitted; 81 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Shipmannys tale (f. 232v); [A] Tale of the Shipman (RT); Here endith the Shipmans tale… (f. 239)
35.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 204-209
First Lines:
A Marchant whilom dwelled at Seing Denys
That riche was for which men helde hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale and god vs sende
Tailyynge ynough vnto oure lyues ende
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Shipmannes tale (f. 204); The Shipman (RT); Here endeth the Shipmannes tale (f. 209)
Facsimiles:
Ruggiers, Paul G., ed. The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of the Hengwrt Manuscript, with Variants from the Ellesmere Manuscript. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma, and Folkestone: Wm. Dawson, 1979.
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Hengwrt Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 3, 9, 27, 39, 51, 71. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Blake, Norman F., ed. The Canterbury Tales. Edited from the Hengwrt Manuscript. York Medieval Texts, second series. London: Edward Arnold, 1980.
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
36.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 153-158
First Lines:
A Marchant whilom dwellid at Seynt Denys
That rich was for wich held hym wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale and God vs sende
Talyng I nowȝe onto our lyvis ende
Note: VII.115-20, 186-9, 266, 348, 403 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Shipman his tale (f. 153); Here endith the Shipman his tale… (f. 158)
37.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 25rb-27vb
First Lines:
NOw frendes seid oure oste so dere
How liketh yow by Iohn þe pardonere
ffor he hath on bukkeled weel the male
He hath vs tolde right a thrifty tale
As touchyng of mys gouernaunce
I pray to god geve hym good chaunce
And ye haue herde of these Ryatours three
Now ientel maryner hertely I pray the
Telle vs a good tale and þat right a none
It shall be don by god and by seynt Iohn
Seid þis Maryner as weel as euere I can
And right anone his tale he byganne
A marchaunt whilom duelled at seynt Denys
þat riche was for whiche men held hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale and god vs sende
Toilyng ynowgh tyl our lyfes ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and now begynneth the tale of þe Shipman (f. 25ra); Prologe (f. 25rb); Prologe (f. 25rb); The Tale of the Shipman (RT); The Shipman (RT); Here endeth the tale of the Shipman… (f. 27vb)
38.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 77rb-79vb
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilom duelled at seynt Denys
That riche was for whiche men helde hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale and god vs sende
Talkyng ynowgh vnto oure lyves ende
Note: Second occurrence in MS. VII.184 left blank.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Shipmannes tale (f. 77rb); the Shipman (RT); Here endeth the tale of the Maryner… (f. 79vb)
39.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 79rb-80ra
First Lines:
A merchant whilom dwelt at seint denys
That rich was for which men hilde him wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale and god vs sende
Talking ynough vnto oure lyues ende
Note: VII.115-420 lost.
40.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 196v-202
First Lines:
Now frendes seid our hoost so dere
Hou liketh ȝou by Iohn the Pardonere
ffor he hath vnokeled wel the male
He hath vs tolde right a thrifty tale
As touching of good gouernaunce
I prey to god ȝeue him good chaunce
As ȝe han herde of thise ryatours three
Nowe gentile Marenere hertely I prey the
Telle vs a good tale and that right anon
It shal be doon by god and by Seint Iohn
Seid this maryner as wel as euer I can
And right anon his tale thus he bygan

A Marchaunt whilom dwelled at Seint Denys
That riche was for which men helde hym wis…
Last Lines:
…þus endeth nowe my talle and god vs sende
Tailling ynowe vnto our lyues eende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted; 289-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and here bygyn / neth the Prologe of the shipman (f. 196v. rubric); Shipman (RT, rubric); Here endeþ the shipman his tale… (f. 202, rubric)
41.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 182v-188
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whilome dwellide at seint denys
That riche was for whiche men helde him wis…
Last Lines:
…Thus endiþ my tale and god vs sende
Tailynge ynoȝ vnto oure lyues ende
Note: VII.45-6 reversed; 208 follows 210; 276 follows 278.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Shipmannes tale (f. 182v, followed by an 8-line space); The shipman (RT); Here endith the schippmans tale… (f. 188, heavily stained)
42.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 246-253v
First Lines:
A Marchaunt that whilom dwellid at seynt Denys
That Riche was for whiche men hield hym wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale and god vs sende
Tailyng Inowgh vnto oure lyves ende
Note: VII.134-5 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 245v) Explicit ffabula nautis… (f. 253v)
43.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 120v-124
First Lines:
A Merchaunt which whilom dwelled at Seynt Denys
That riche was for which men helde hym wis…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale And god vs sende
Tailynge I nowe vnto oure lifes ende
Note: VII.114-19 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And / begynnyth the Shipmans tale (f. 120v); Shipmans Tale (f. 120v, margin); Shipman (RT); Here endith the Shipmans tale… (f. 124)
44.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 74v-80v
First Lines:
Nowe frendes seide our hoost so dere
How likeþ ȝou by Iohn þe pardonere
ffor he haþ vnbokeled wel þe male
He haþ vs tolde riȝt a thrifty tale
As touching of mysgoueraunce
I prey to god ȝeue him good chaunch
As ȝe han herd of thise retorines[?] þre
Now gentil marynere hertely I preye þe
Telle us a good tale and þat riȝt anon
It shal be done by god and by seint Iohn
Seide þis marinere as wel as euer I can
And riȝt his tale he bygan

A marchaunt whilom dwelled in seynt denys
þat riche was for which men held hym wys…
Last Lines:
…þus enden now my tale and god vs sende
Tailling y nowe into our lyues ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted.
Attributed Title: Thus gynneth the prologe of the shipman / here endeþ þe tale of þe Coke And (f. 74v, rubric); The Prologe (f. 74v, margin, in rubric); Thus endeþ þe prologe of þe shipman / And here begynneþ þe shipman tale (f. 74v, rubric); The Shipman tale (RT); Thus endeþe shipmannys tale… (f. 80v, rubric)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Petworth MS of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 6, 12, 19, 35, 42, 54, 68. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Autotype Specimens of the Chief Chaucer MSS, Part II. Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 56. London: Trübner, 1876.
45.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 46 [olim Chicago, Newberry Library, Louis H. Silver 2; prior Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 159, prior Phillipps 6750], ff. 1vb-4ra
First Lines:
A Marchant whilom dwelled at seint Denys
þat riche was for which men helde hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale & god vs sende
Tailynge Inogh vnto owre lyues eende
Note: VII.47-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Heere begynneth the Shipman / His tale (f. 1vb); Heere is ended the Shipmannes tale… (f. 4ra)
46.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 143 [olim Deene Park; post Cardigan-Brudenell, sold Sotheby’s, Feb. 1959], ff. 152-157
First Lines:
A Marchaunte which whilom dwelled at seynte Denyse
That riche was for which men helde hym wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale and god vs sende
Talyng y nowe vnto oure lyves ende
Note: VII.114-19 omitted; 374 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: …And bygennyth the Shipmans tale (f. 152); Shipman (RT); Here endeth the Shipmans tale… (f. 157)
47.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 61v-68v
First Lines:
A Marchaunt whylom dwelled at seynt denys
þat riche was for wych men hyld hym wys…
Last Lines:
…þus endeth now my tale & god vs sende
Tayllynge ynow vnto oure lyfes ende
Note: VII.192 omitted; spurious line follows 216.
48.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 196v-202v
First Lines:
Now frendes seide oure hoost so dere
How liketh you by Iohn the Pardonere
ffor he hath vnbokeled wel the male
He hath vs tolde right a thrifty tale
As touchyng of good gouernance
I pray to god ȝeue him good chaunce
As ye han herde of thise Riotours thre
Now gentil maryner hertely I pray the
Telle vs a goode tale and that right anoon
It shal be don by god and by seynt Iohn
Seyd this maryner as wel as euere I can
And right anoon his tale thus he bigan

A Marchaunt whilom dwelled at seint Denys
That riche was for whiche men helde hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus now endeth my tale and god vs sende
Taillyng ynowe onto oure lyues ende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted; 289-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here bigynneth the prologe of the Shipman (f. 196v); The prologe Of the Shipman (RT); Thus endeth the prologe / And here bigynneth the tale (f. 196v); The Shipman (RT); Here endeth the Shipmanes tale… (f. 202v)
49.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 15v-20
First Lines:
Now frendis seyde oure oost soo deere
How lyketh yow be Ion þe pardoner
ffor he heth unbokeled weel þe male
He hath vs told ryght a thryfty tale
As touchyng of mysgouernaunce
I preye to god yeue hym good chaunce
As yee haue herd of these riotours thre
Now gentil maryner hertely I prey the
Telle vs a good tale and that ryght anoon
It schall be doon be god and be seynt Ion
Seyde this maryner as weel as euere I can
And right anoon his tale he began

A Marchaunt whilom dwellede at seynt Denys
That riche was for whiche men heelden hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth now my tale and god vs seende
Toyllyng ynowgh vnto oure lyues eende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted; 178-256 lost.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the prologe of þe shipman (f. 15v); Here begynneth the shipmannys tale (f. 15v); The Shipman (RT)
50.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 143v-148
First Lines:
A Marchant whilom dwelled at seint denys
That riche was for which men helde hym wys…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale and god vs sende
Taillynge ynough vnto oure lyues ende Amen
Attributed Title: Heere bigynneth the Shipmannes tale (f. 143v); Shipman (RT); Heere endeth the Shipmannes tale… (f. 148)
Facsimiles:
The Ellesmere Chaucer Reproduced in Facsimile. 2 vols. Preface by Alix Egerton. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1911.
Hanna, Ralph, ed. The Ellesmere Chaucer Reproduced in Facsimile. 2 vols. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1911. Preface by Alix Egerton repr. as The Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: A Working Facsimile. Intro. Hanna; Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1989.
Woodward, Daniel, and Martin Stevens, eds. The New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile (Huntington MS EL 26 C 9). Tokyo: Yushodo, and San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1995: Now available in part online: http://dpg.lib.berkeley.edu/webdb/dsheh/heh_brf?CallNumber=El+26+C+9.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 2, 8, 16, 26, 32, 38, 50, 70. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
51.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 67vb-70ra
First Lines:
A merchaunt whilom duellid at seint Denys
þat Riche was which men held ful wyse…
Last Lines:
…thus endith now my tale and god vs sende
talkyng ynowgh to oure lyfys ende
Note: VII.59-68 omitted.
Attributed Title: & sub / sequenter incipit fabula naute sic (f. 67vb); Explicit fabula naute… (f. 70ra)
52.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 162-167v
First Lines:
A marchant whilom duellid at Seinte Denys
That riche was for wich men held him wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale and god vs sende
Taillyng Inouȝ vnto oure lyues ende
Attributed Title: Et Incipit fabula de la Shipman / sine Prologo (f. 162, rubric); Shipmans Tale (RT); Hiere endeth the Shipmannes tale… (f. 167v)
53.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 101rb-104vb
First Lines:
Now freendis seyde owre Ooste so dere
How lykiht yow bee Iohn thee Pardonere
ffor hee hath well vnbokelid the male
Hee hath vs toold right a thryfty tale
As towchyngge of misgovernavnce
I pray to god yeve hym goode chaunce
As yee have herd of thise riotouris three
Now gentell mariner hertily I praye thee
Telle vs a good tale and that right anoon
Hit schall bee doon by god and by seynte Iohn
Seyde this mariner as weell as I can
And ryght anoon his tale hee beegan

A Marchavnt whilvm dwellede atte seynt denis
That Riche was for wiche men helde him wyis…
Last Lines:
…Thus Eendhyt now my tale and god vs sende
Taylinge I nowgh vnto owre livis Eende
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3 omitted; 256 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: Here endyht thee prolog and bee gynnyht thee Tale (f. 101va); Thee Shipman (RT); Here Eendyht thee Shipmannis tale… (f. 104vb)
54.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 163-169
First Lines:
Now frendis seid oure host so dere
Hou likis you bi Iohn the pardonere
ffor he has vnbocled wele the male
He hath vs told right a thrifty tale
As touching as to mysgouernaunce
I pray god yeve him right gode chaunce
As ye haue herd of thes Riotours thre
Now gentil maryner hertly pray I thee
Tel vs a gode tale and þat right anon
It shal be done be god and be seint Iohn
Seid this maryner as wel as I can
And right anon his tale he beganne

A marchaunt whilom duelt at seint denyse
þat rich was for which men held him wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale & god vs send
Tailing ynough vnto oure lyues end
Note: The Tale is preceded by a spurious 12-line link (see above). VII.30-3, 301-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Shipmans tale (f. 163, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 48” .



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 249-256v
First Lines:
[A] Marchaunt somtyme was at seynt denys
That riche was wherfore men held him wise…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale and god vs sende
Talyng ynough vnto our lyuys ende
Note: VII.47-8 omitted; spurious lines follow 316, 318.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Shipmannys tale (f. 249); Here endith the Shipmannys tale… (f. 256v)
Facsimiles:
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
2.Source: STC 5083. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster], W. Caxton, [1483] , sigs. gg.7v-hh.5v
First Lines:
[A] Marchaunt somtyme was at seynt denys
That ryche was wherfore men helde hym wyse…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale and god vs sende
Talyng ynough vnto our lyuys ende
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the shypmannys tale (sig. gg.7v); The Tale of the Shypman (RT); Here endyth the Shypmannys tale… (sig. hh.5v)
Facsimiles:
The Canterbury Tales (a facsimile of the Pepys copy of Caxton’s Second Edition). London: Cornmarket Reprints in association with Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1972.
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
3.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. ii.7v-kk.6v
First Lines:
[A] Marchaunte somtyme was at seint Denys
That riche was therfore men helde him wyse…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale and god vs sende
Talyng ynogh vnto oure lyues ende
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the shipmannes tale (sig. ii.7v); The tale of the Shypman (RT); Here endith the shyipmannes tale… (sig. kk.6v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. q.3va-q.6ra
First Lines:
[A] Marchaunt somtyme was at saynt denys
That riche was wherfore men helde hym wyse…
Last Lines:
…Thus endyth my tale and god vs sende
Talynge ynough vnto our lyues ende
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the shypmannys tale (sig. q.3v); The tale of the shypman (RT); Here endith the shypmannys tale (sig. q.6ra)