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DIMEV 142
A poor widow somedeal stoop in age
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Nun’s Priest’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 626 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Nun’s Priest’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; beast fables; dreams
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 206v-215
First Lines:
A poure widowe somdel stopen in age
was whilom dwellynge in a narowe cotage…
Last Lines:
…as seith oure lorde so make vs alle good men
and bringe vs to his highe blis Amen
Attributed Title: …and next folwyng bigynneth his tale (f. 206); The nonnys preste (rubric, RT); Here endith the nonnes prest his tale… (f. 215)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 246-255
First Lines:
A pore widow somdel stope in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seit my lord so make vs alle gode men
And bryng vs alle to his highe blysse amen
Note: VII.2922, 2924, 2944, 2973, 3043-8, omitted; 2860-1, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …& here bygynnyth þe tale (f. 246); Here endith þe Nonne preostes tale… (f. 255)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 172v-180
First Lines:
[A] Pore widow sumdele stept in Age
Was whilom duelling in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As saith my lord god make us al good men
And bring us alle to his high blisse Amen
Note: VII.2922, 2924, 2973, 3043-8, 4297-8, 3207-14 omitted; 2860-1, 3391-2 reversed; 2876 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: The Nonnes prestis tale of the cokke / and the henne Chauntclere and pertlot (f. 172v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 217-224
First Lines:
A Poor widow som dele stape in age
As whilom dwelling in a narow cage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lorde so make vs al gode men
And bring vs all to his high blisse amen
Note: VII.2902, 2922 omitted; 3831-2, 2965-6, 3391-2 reversed; 2822, 3135 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: …And next beginneth the Nonnes Prest tale of the Cok and of þe Foxe (rubric, f. 217); The Nonne Prest (rubric, RT); Here endeth the Nonnes Prest tale… (rubric, f. 224)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 259-263v
First Lines:
A pore widow somdel stope in age
Was whilom duelling in a pore cotage…
Last Lines:
…And to him rennen his wifes alle
Þus real as a Prince in his halle…
Note: VII.3185-446 lost; 2946-7 omitted.
Attributed Title: HEre begynneþ þe nonne prestis tale (f. 259); Þe nonne prest (rubric, RT)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 154-155v
First Lines:
…And casten hem ful erly for to seyle
But herkene how that the oo man fille in a gret peryle…
Last Lines:
…ffull is myn hert of Reuell & solas
But sodenly hym fel a sorewfull cas…
Note: VII.2821-3074, 3205-446 lost; 3083-4 omitted.
Attributed Title: The nonnes preest (rubric, RT)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 116-119
First Lines:
…As for that night departe company
And ich of hem goth into his hostelery…
Last Lines:
…As saith my lord god make vs al good men
And bryng vs al to the hihe blis Amen
Note: VII.2821-2992 lost; 3043-8, 3368 omitted; 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: the nonne preest (rubric, RT); Here endith the non preestes tale… (rubric, f. 119)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 195-204
First Lines:
A pore widewe somdel stope in ag
Was whilom dwelling in a narwe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make us alle gode men
And bringe us to his hiȝe blisse Amen
Note: VII.2923-4, 2973-4, 3413-14, 3417-18 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here beginneth the Nonnes Prestes tale of Chauntecler & Pertelote (f. 194v, positioned in the middle of an otherwise blank, ruled verso); Chauntecler Pertlote (RT); Here endith the Nonnes Prestes tale… (rubric, f. 204)
9.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 166-173v
First Lines:
A Pore widowe somdele stape in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narwe a cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lorde so make vs alle good men
And brynge vs to his blysse amen
Note: Followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: Here bygynnetħ the Nonnes prestes tale (rubric, f. 166)
10.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 247v-256
First Lines:
A Pouere wydewe somdel stope in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narwe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seiþ my lord so make vs all goode men
And bringe vs all to his heihe blisse amen
Note: VII.2822, 2824, 2973, 3033-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Nonnes Prestes tale / of the Kokke and his vij Hennes (f. 249v); nonne prestes (rubric, RT); Here endeþ þe Nonne prestes tale
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
11.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 249v-259
First Lines:
A pore widow som deel stept in age
Was sumtyme dwellyng in a cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lorde so make vs alle gode men
And brynge vs to his hiȝ blisse Amen
Note: VII.2877, 3124 omitted; 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth his tale (rubric, f. 249)v); Nonnys Prest (rubric, RT)
12.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 231-239
First Lines:
A pore wonman somdell stope in age
that whelom dwellid in an narowe cotage…
Last Lines:
…as seith my lorde god make vs al gode men
and bringe vs al vnto his hie blisse amen
Note: VII.2904, 2973, 2990, 3022, 3043-8, 3054, 3066, 3092 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: ffabula presbeteri de Chauntecler / And Pertelt (rubric, f. 231); Chauntecler (rubric, RT)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 189-195
First Lines:
…What eyleth yow to grone in this manere
Ȝe ben a verrey slepere fy for shame…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle goode men
An brynge vs to his blisse Amen
Note: Followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870). VII.2821-2889 lost; 3163-6 omitted.
Attributed Title: Heere endeth the Tale of the Nonnes Preest (f. 195v)
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).
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 365-370v
First Lines:
…His color was reddere than the fyne coral
And batayled as it were a castel wal…
Last Lines:
…The dokis cryedyn as men wolde hem quelle
And that the Romaynys haddyn brente Cartage…
Note: VII.2821-58, 3391-446 lost; 2958, 3365 inserted at foot; 3365 follows 3390 as final surviving lines.
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.
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 211v-219
First Lines:
A pore wedowe somdele stepe in age
Was some tyme dwellyng in a narowe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As saithe my lorde so make vs all good men
And brynge vs to the highe blisse Amen
Note: VII.2904, 2962, 3054, 3338 omitted; 3291-4 follow 3298.
Attributed Title: Here endeth the prologe of the nonnes preest / And here begynneth his tale (f. 211v); Nonnes preste (rubric, RT); Here Endeth the nonnes prestes tale… (f. 219)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 164v-170v
First Lines:
A pore wydowe som dele stope in age
Was whilom dwellynge in an narowe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lorde so make us all goode men
Ande brynge us all to þe hye blysse amen
Note: VII.2878-81, 2973, 3043-8, 3235-96; 3861-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …& here begynneth þe tale (f. 164v); þe Nonne preste tale (RT); Here endeth þe nonne prestes tale… (f. 170v)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 256v-263
First Lines:
[A] Pore wydow somdele stope in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a cotage…
Last Lines:
…Thorou thi grace make us all gode men
And bryng us to his Blysse Amen
Note: VII.2821-2, 2871-6, 2921-40, 2943-74, 3043-8. 3159-60, 3175-84, 3189-90, 3205-14, 3226-9, 3235-50, 3267-72, 3279-82, 3293-83339-59, 3363-4, 3394-6, 3401-4 omitted; 2061-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: The tale of þe nonnes preste (f. 256v); The nonnis prest (RT); Here endeth þe nonnes prestes Tale (f. 263)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 81vb-85rb
First Lines:
A pore widewe somdel stope in age
Was whilom duelling in a narwe cage…
Last Lines:
…As saith my lord so make vs alle goode men
And bringe vs alle to his high blisse Amen
Note: VII.2973, 3043-8, 3080-4, 3086, 3093-4, 3253-4 omitted; 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: A Tale of the Nonnes prest (f. 81vb); Hiere endeth the tale of the Nonnes prest (f. 85rb)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 261-270v
First Lines:
A poure wedowe somdel stept in Age
Was somtyme dwollynge in a cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lorde so make vs all good men
And brynge vs to his blys high blis amen
Note: VII.2945, 3256 omitted; 2877-8, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth his tale (f. 261)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 275-284v
First Lines:
A poore Widdwe somdel stopen in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a naruh cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so maake vs alle good men
And bryng vs to his hihe blys Amen
Note: VII.4491-4, 3343-4 omitted; followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870.
Attributed Title: Incipit narracio eiusdem de Chaunteclere & Pertelotte (f. 275); Nonnys preest (rubric, RT); Explicit fabula sacerdotis monialium… (f. 284v)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 201-209v
First Lines:
A pore widow somdel stepe in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle good men
And brynge vs to his hie blis Amen
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth the tale of the nonnes prest (f. 201); The nonnes prest (rubric, RT); Here endeth the nonnes prestes tale (f. 209v)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 209-217
First Lines:
A poure widowe somdele stope in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs all gode men
And bryng vs vn to his blisse amen
Note: VII.3084 inserted at foot; 2941-2 reversed; followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: …and begynneth his tale of þe Cok and þe Hen (f. 209)
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).
23.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 177-182v
First Lines:
…With stikkes & drye diche wiþ oute
In whiche sche hadde acok þat highte chaunteclere…
Last Lines:
…So aferd for berkynge of dogges
And showtyng of men & of women eke…
Note: VII.2821-47, 3388-3446 lost; 2922, 2924, 2973, 3043-8 omitted; 2061-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Nonne preest (RT)
24.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 225v-233v
First Lines:
[A] poore widowe somdel stopen in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a naruh cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle goode men
And bryng vs to his hihe blisse Amen
Note: VII.2924, 2991-4, 3343-4 omitted; followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: Incipit narracio Sacerdotis Monialium (f. 225v); The nonnesse is tale (RT)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 193-200
First Lines:
A Pore widowe somdell stope in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lorde so make vs alle good men
And bryng vs alle to his hye blis amen
Note: VII.2973, 3043-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed; 28 lines left blank after explicit.
Attributed Title: Here endith the Prolog And begynneth the tale (f. 193); Nonnes Preest (RT); Here endith the tale of the Nonnes Preest (f. 200)
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 112rb-114va
First Lines:
A Pore wedow somdele steppid in Age
Was some tyme dwellyng in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As sey myn lord so make vs al gode men
And bringe vs to his hie blisse amen
Note: VII.3077-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnith þe nonne preste / of chauntclere (f. 112rb, rubric); Here Endithe þe nonne prestes tale… (f. 114va, rubric)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 238-246
First Lines:
A Pore wydow some del stope in age
Was whilom duellyng in a pore cotage…
Last Lines:
…As saith my lor so make vs all good men
And bring vs all to his blisse ameN
Note: VII.2646-7, 3289-90 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth the Nonne prest his tale (f. 238); The prestes tale (rubric, RT); Here endeþ þe tale of Chaunteclere and pertelote… (f. 246)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
28.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 218-225
First Lines:
A Pouer wedowe sumdel stoupe in age
Was whilom dwellynge in a narwe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seiþe my lorde so makeþ vs al good men
And bringe vs al to his hihe blisse Amen
Note: VII.2922, 2924, 2973, 3043-8, 3067, 3300-1 omitted; 2861-2, 3389-90, 3391-2 reversed; 3007 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: þe Preste (RT); Explicit fabula Capellani… (f. 225)
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.
29.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 274v-284
First Lines:
A pore widowe dwellid in a narow cotage
And was somdel stopen in age…
Last Lines:
…As seytħ my lord so make vs al goode men
And bryng vs to his blis Amen
Note: VII.2973, 3259 omitted; 2821-2 reversed; followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth the tale of the nones prest (rubric, in margin, f. 274v)
30.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 226v-234
First Lines:
A Pore widowe somdel stope in age
Was whilom dwelling in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle gode men
And bringe vs alle to his hye blisse Amen
Note: VII.2922, 2924, 2973, 3253-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (rubric, f. 226v); The Nonne prest (RT)
31.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 214v-222v
First Lines:
A pore wydowe some dele stope in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…But sir I dyd it nouȝt in no wicked entente
Cometh doune & I shalle telle you what I ment…
Note: VII.3424-46 lost; 2973, 3043-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed. Catchwords on f. 222v: ‘I shalle’. The rest of the MS lost.
Attributed Title: …& begynneth þe tale (f. 214v); The Nunne Prest (rubric, RT)
32.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 281v-290
First Lines:
A Pore widewe somdele stope in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narwe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seithe my lorde so make vs alle good men
And bryng vs alle to his high blisse Amen
Note: VII.2973, 3043-8 omitted; 2862-3, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here endith the Prolog of the Nonnes Preest / And here begynneth his tale folowyng (rubric, f. 281); Tale of the Nonnes Preest (RT)v); Here endith the Nonnes prest tale… (rubric, f. 290)
33.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS 21972D [Merthyr fragment], ff. 1v; 2-2v; 3-3v
First Lines:
[…]om dwel[…]ng[…]
[…]groue stondyng…
[…]par[…]ee no re[…]
[…]n ne compleyne…
[…]hall[…]
[…]ere in h[…] pasture…
Last Lines:
…His kombe was redder than the fyn coral
And batailled as it were a castel wal…
…God wot it reweth me and haue good day
And thus he toke his leue and went his way…
…If I conseil of women w[…]de blame
Pas ouer for I seyde it in my […]e…
Note: Three damaged leaves containing: VII.2784-2820; VII.2822-2860; VII.3021-3058; VII.3060-3098; VII 3184-3222; VII.3223-3262.
Attributed Title: Here endeth the prologe / Here endeth the prologe and bygynneth the tale (f. 1, foot)
Facsimiles:
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
Editions:
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000: Contains a digital facsimile and transcription of the Merthyr Fragments.
34.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 99v-107
First Lines:
A poore widwe som del stape in age
Was whilom dwellynge in a narwe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle goode men
And brynge vs to his heye blisse Amen
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Nonnes preestes tale of the Cok and hen / Chauntecler & Pertelote (f. 99v); The Nonnes preestes tale (RT); Here is ended the Nonnes preestes tale… (f. 107)
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.
35.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 274-282v
First Lines:
A pore wedow som dele stepid in age
was whilom dwellyng in a narow corage…
Last Lines:
…As thow art lord so make vs al good men
And bryng vs to thy blis amen
Note: VII.2859, 2922, 3163-6, 3256, 3325-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here he begynnyth his tale of Chauntclere & Pertelot (f. 274); Here endith the tale of þe Nonnys preest of Chauntclere / And of Pertelot… (f. 282v)
36.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 73rb-76rb
First Lines:
A Pore widowe somdel stoupe in age
Was whilom duellyng in a narwe Cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle good men
And bryng vs to the high blisse amen
Note: VII.3312 blank; 2973-4, 3413-14, 3417-18 reversed.
Attributed Title: Now begynneths the preestis tale (f. 73ra); The Preste (RT); The Priest (RT); The Pryest (RT); Here endeth the tale of the Nunnes preste… (f. 76rb)
37.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 242-249v
First Lines:
A pore wydowe somdele stoupe in age
Whilom was dwelling in a narowe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seiþ my lorde so make vs al good men
And bringe vs all to his high blisse Amen
Note: VII.2922, 2924, 2973, 3043-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and here bygynneth the the Preest his tale (f. 241v); The Tale of þe non preest (RT); The nonnes Preest (RT); Here endeth þe nonne preest his tale (f. 249v)
38.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 232v-240v
First Lines:
A Pouere widowe sumdel stope in age
Was whilome dwellynge in a narw vilage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle good men
And brynge vs vn to his blisse amen
Note: VII.3343-6 omitted.
Attributed Title: heere bigynnyth þee tale Of þe Cokk / And the henne and the fox (f. 232v); The Nonnes Preest (RT); here eendith þe tale of þe Nunnes preest… (f. 240v)
39.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 301v-312v
First Lines:
A Poore widew sumdel stope in aage
Was whilom dwellyng in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs al goode men
And bryng vs to his hie blisse Amen
Attributed Title: Incipit Fabula (f. 301v); Explicit ffabula (f. 312v)
40.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 148-153v
First Lines:
[A] Powre Wedowe somdele stopen in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narowe Cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seid my lord god make vs all good men
And brynge vs vnto his blis Amen
Note: VII.2078-81 omitted; followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Nonnes prestis / tale of the Cokke and of the Henne (f. 147v); Nonnes Prest (RT); Here endith þe tale of þe Nonnes Prest… (f. 153v)
41.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 258v-266v
First Lines:
A poor wydowe somdel stope in age
Was whilom dwelling in anarowe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seiþ my lorde so make vs all good men
And bringe vs al to his blisse Amen
Note: VII.2973, 3043-8 omitted; 2861-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ þe nonne preest his tale (f. 258v); The Nonnes Preestes (RT); Thus endeþ þe preestes tale… (f. 266v)
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.
42.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. 186v-194
First Lines:
A povyr wydewe somedell stopyn yn age
Was whilome dwellyng in a narew cotage…
Last Lines:
…Off þy grace make vs all goodmen
And bryng vs to thy blysse Amen
Note: VII.2878-81 omitted; followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: [H]Ere begynnyth the Nonnys prestis tale / Off the Cok & off the henne (f. 186v); Nonnys preste (RT); Here endyth the Tall of the Nonnys prest… (f. 194)
43.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 159-169
First Lines:
A Pore wydowe some dele stope in age
Was whylom dwellynge in a narowe cage…
Last Lines:
…As seyth my lord so make vs alle gode men
And bringe vs all to his heye blysse amen
Note: VII.2973, 3043-8 omitted; 3391-2 reversed.
44.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 231-239
First Lines:
A poor wydowe somdele stoupe in age
Whilom was dwellyng in a narowe cotage
Last Lines:
…As seith my lorde so make vs alle good men
And brynge vs all to his higħ blisse Amen
Note: VII.2922, 2924, 2973. 3043-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth the same preest his tale (f. 231); The tale of the Nonne prest (RT); The Nonnes Preeste (RT); Here endetħ the Nonne prestes tale… (f. 239)
45.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 35-42v
First Lines:
A Poore wydewe somdeel stoop in age
Was whilom dwellynge in a narewe cotage…
Last Lines:
…Now goode god if it be thi wille
As seyth my lord soo make vs alle goode men…
Note: VII.3446 lost; 2973, 3043-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: Heere begynneth the nonne preestis tale (f. 35); The Nonne Preest (RT)
46.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 192-200
First Lines:
A pore wydowe som dele steppid in age
Was som tym dwellyng in a narowe cotag…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord God make vs al good men
And bring vs to his hy blis Amen
Note: Preceded by 20 blank lines. VII.2884-6 obscured by patch; 2922, 2924, 3236, 3339 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Nonnys Prestis tale (rubric, f. 192); Nonnys Prest / Chauntclere (RT); Chanticler & Pertelot (RT); Here endith þe Nonnys Prest his tale… (f. 200)
47.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 179-185v
First Lines:
A poure wydwe somdeel stape in age
Was whilom dwellyng in a narwe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle goode men
And brynge vs to his heighe blisse Amen
Note: Verse ends on f. 206v.
Attributed Title: Heere bigynneth the Nonnes Preestes tale of the Cok and / hen Chauntecleer and Pertelote (f. 179); Nonnes Preest (RT); Heere is ended the Nonnes preestes tale (f. 185v)
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.
48.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 73vb-77rb
First Lines:
A pouer widow sumdel stept in to age
was sum tyme dwellyng in a narw cotage…
Last Lines:
…as seith my lord make vs alle good men
and bryng vs to thyn heuyn blisse amen
Note: VII.3291-4 omitted; 2973-4, 3299-3300, 3205-6, 3417-18 reversed.
Attributed Title: Consequenter incipit fabula presbiteri (f. 73vb); Explicit fabula presbiteri (f. 77rb)
49.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 205v-213v
First Lines:
A pore wudewe som del stope in age
Was whilom duelling in a narwe cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs alle gode men
And bringe vs to his blisse Amen
Note: VII.2841-2 reversed; followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: …and hiere / beginneth his tale of the Cok and / the Henne (f. 205v); Prestes tale of Chauntecler Pertelot (RT)
50.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 128rb-132rb
First Lines:
A pore wydwe svmdel stepen in age
Was whilvm dwelynge in a narwe cotage…
Last Lines:
…Of yowre grace lord make vs all goode men
And brynge vs alle to his heyghe blisse amen
Note: VII.2973, 3043-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3075-6, 3391-2 reversed; 3036 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: Here by gynnyht thee tale (f. 128rb); Thee Nvnnis preest (RT); Explicit / Here Eendyht Chauntekleer & pertilote (f. 132rb)
51.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 202v-210v
First Lines:
A pore widow sumdel stept in age
Was whilom duelling in a narow cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seiþ my lord god make us al gode men
And bring vs al to his high blis amen
Note: VII.2922, 2924, 3043-8, 3107-8 omitted; 2861-2, 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: The tale of þe Nonnes preste of Chauntclere & Pertlot (f. 202v)
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. 308v-319v
First Lines:
[A] Poure wydow som deel stept in age
Was somtyme dwellyng in a cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lorde so make vs alle good men
And bringe vs to his high blisse amen
Note: VII.2877, 2945 omitted; 3391-2 reversed.
Attributed Author: Here endeth the prolog of the Nonnys preest / And here begynneth his tale (f. 308v)
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. E.3-F.3v
First Lines:
[A] Poure wydow som dele y stept in age
Was somtyme dwellyng in a cotage…
Last Lines:
…As seith my lord so make vs al good men
And bryng vs to thy hygh blisse amen
Note: Followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: And here begynnyth his tale (sig. E.3); The Tale of The Nonnys preest (RT)
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. D.7v-F.1
First Lines:
[A] poure wydowe somdele y stept in age
Was somtyme duellyng in a cotage…
Last Lines:
…As saythe my lorde god make vs alle gode men
And bryng vs to thy high blysse amen
Note: Followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: Here endith the prologue of the nonnes preest / And begynneth his tale (sig. D.7v); The tale of the Nonnes preest (RT)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. q.5va-r.4rb
First Lines:
[A] Poore wydow som dele y stept in age
Was somtyme dwellyng in a pore cotage…
Last Lines:
…As sayth my lorde so make vs all good men
And brynge vs to thy hyghe blysse amen
Note: Followed by sixteen-line ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870).
Attributed Title: Here begynneht the nonnys preest tale (sig. [q.5v]); The tale of the nonnys prest (RT); Here endyth the tale of the nonnys preest (sig. r.4rb)