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God turn us every dream to good
Chaucer’s Hous of Fame — 2158 lines in couplets (ends incomplete)
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 506.5.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): House of Fame
Subjects: Fame; Fortune; dreams; speech, advice concerning
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 638 (SC 2078), ff. 141v-193v
First Lines:
God turne vs euery dreme to good
ffor a ys wondre by the rode…
Last Lines:
…Be he semyd for to be
A man of grete auctoryte
Note: Folios 187, 190 torn.
Attributed Title: The hows Of ffame (ff.141v-142 and RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Bodley 638: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1982.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 560.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 154v-183v
First Lines:
GOd turne vs euery dreme to goode
ffor hyt is wonder be the Roode…
Last Lines:
…Thus in dreaming and in game
Ended this litel booke of Fame
Note: Last 12 lines and explicit added by hand of 17th century; original hand ends, ‘But he semed for to be / A man of grete auctorite’ (f. 183v).
Attributed Title: The house of ffame (f. 154v); Here endeth the booke of Fame (f. 183v)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A One-Text Print of the Minor Poems. 2 pts. London: Trübner, 1871, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 3.1-64.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 332-53; 1957, 282-303.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 257-62.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 348-73.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2006, pp. 91-114
First Lines:
gOd turne vs euery drem to gode
ffor it is wonder thyng by þe rode…
Last Lines:
…Ma dam quod he soth to tell
I am that ilk shrew I wys…
Note: Ends ln. 1843.
Attributed Title: Title added p. 91, top, but now trimmed and illegible.
Facsimiles:
Edwards, A. S. G. “Introduction.” Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile. Magdalen College, Cambridge. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and [Woodbridge, Suffolk]: Boydell and Brewer, 1985.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Odd Texts of the Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 23, 60. London: Trübner, 1868, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5087. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The Book of Fame, Caxton, [1483] , sigs. a2-d3
First Lines:
gOd torne vs euery dreme to good
ffor it is wonder thyng by the rood…
Last Lines:
…They were a chekked bothe two
And neyther of hym myght out goo…
Note: CUL shelfmark, Inc. 3. J. 1. 1. (3506); rpr. with Thynne 1532; see Caxton’s ending, 552.
2.Source: STC 5088. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The Boke of Fame...with dyuers other of hid workes, Pynson, [1526?] , sigs. a2ra-c3rb
First Lines:
God tourne vs euery dreme to good
ffor it is wonder thyng by the rood…
Last Lines:
…Thus in dremyng and in game
Endethe this lytell boke of Fame
Note: Includes Caxton’s ending (552:
‘And with the noyse of hem two
I sodainly awoke anone tho
And remembred what I had sene
And howe hye and ferre I had bene
In my goost and had great wonder
Of that the god of thonder
Had let me knowen and began to write
Lyke as ye haue herde me endyte
Wherfore to study and rede alway
I purpose to do day by day
Thus in dremyng and in game
Endethe this lytell boke of ffame’.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the boke of ffame made by Geffray Chaucer with dyuers other of his worles (sig. a.2)
3.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , ff. 312va-323vb
First Lines:
God tourne vs euery dreme to good
For it is wonder thyng by the rood…
Last Lines:
…Wherfore to studye and rede alway
I purpose to do day by day
Thus in dreamyng and in game
Endeth this lytel boke of Fame
Attributed Title: The house of Fame (f. 312va)