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In faith Squire thou hast thee well I-quit
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Squire-Franklin Link’ of the Canterbury Tales — 36 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): ‘Squire-Franklin Link’; Franklin’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; contest
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 87v-88
First Lines:
IN feithe Squyer thow hast þe wel I quyte
And gently I preise wel þi wute…
Last Lines:
…I praie to god I may plese ȝow
Than wot I wel it is gode I nowe
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.685-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: …& here bygynnyth þe prologe of þe Marchand (f. 87v); Marchand (RT); here endith þe prologe… (f. 88)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), f. 85
First Lines:
IN feith squier thou hast the wel quit
And gentilli I prayse wel þi witte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god þat I mai plese yowe
Than wote I well my tale is gode I nogh
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
Attributed Title: …And / next bigynneþe þe prolog of þe Marchauntes tale (f. 85); The prolog of þe Marchauntes tale (RT); Here endeth þe Prolog of the Marchauntez tale… (f. 85)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 171-171v
First Lines:
In faiþ squier þou hast þe wel I quytt
And gentili I preise wel þi witt…
Last Lines:
…I preie to god þat it mai plesen you
Þan wot I wel þat it is good Inow
Note: V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneþ þe prolog of þe frankeleyn (f. 171)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 109v-110
First Lines:
[I]N feith squyer þou hast the wel yquytte
And gentilly I prayse wele thi wytte…
Last Lines:
…I prey to god that hit may plesen yow
Thanne wot I wel that it is gode I now
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), f. 45
First Lines:
IN faith squier thou haste the right wele quit
And gentili I preise right wele thi witt…
Last Lines:
…I prei to god that it may please you
Than woot I wele that it is good ynow
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
Attributed Title: here beginnyth the prolog of the marchaunte (f. 45, above the written space)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 90-90v
First Lines:
In feith squire thou hast the wel quit
And gently I preise wel thi wit…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that I may plese you
Than wot I wel that it is gode Inow
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
Attributed Title: Here beginneth the Prolog of the Marchaunt (f. 90); Fabula Mercator (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Marchaunt… (f. 90v)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 84-84v
First Lines:
In feith squier thou haste the wele quytte
And gentilly I preyse wele thy witte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plese you
Then wote I wele that it is good Enowe
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And / here begynneth the marchaunts prologe (f. 84); Marchaunt (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 99-99v
First Lines:
In feith Squier þou hast þe wele y quyt
And gentily I preyse wele þi witte…
Last Lines:
…I praye to god þat it may plesen ȝowe
Than wote I wele þat it is good ynowe
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus mercatoris (f. 99); The Marchaunte (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], f. 103
First Lines:
[I]N faith Squyer thow hast þe well quytte
And gentelly y prayse thi wytte…
Last Lines:
…I prey to god hit may plese yow
Then wote y well hit ys gode ynowh
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
Attributed Title: The prolog of þe Marchaunde (f. 103); The m[trimmed] (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), f. 38va
First Lines:
In feith squier thou hast the well quit
And gentilli I preise wel thi wit…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that I may please you
Than wot I well that is good Inowȝ
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
Attributed Title: A Prolog of the Marchaunt / with his tale folwyng (f. 38rb)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 183v-184
First Lines:
In feith squyer ye haue you wel yquyt
And gentylly y preyse wel your wyt…
Last Lines:
…I prey to god that it may plesyn you
Than wot y wel that it is good ynow
Attributed Title: & Incipit prologus de le ffrankelyn (f. 183v); Explicit Prologus de le ffrankeyln… (f. 184)
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 131v-132
First Lines:
In feith squier thow hast the wel yquyt
And gentilly I preyse wel thi wit…
Last Lines:
…I prey to god that it may plese yow
Thanne wot I wel that it is good ynow
Note: V.479 omitted.
Attributed Title: the frankeleyn (RT)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 147-147v
First Lines:
In feith squyer þou hast þe wele yquytte
And gentilly I preise wele thy witte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god þat it may plesen you
Than wote I wele þat it is gode ynow
Attributed Title: & incipit prologus Clerici Oxon [sic] (f. 147); Hic desinit prologus de ffrankeleyn… (f. 147v)
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: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 69v-70
First Lines:
IN feith squier þou hast the wel I quit
And gentilly I praise wel thi witt…
Last Lines:
…Of Eloquence þat schal be thi pere
ffor of thi speche I haue grete deynte…
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675. V.682-708 lost.
Attributed Title: …And here byginneth þe prologe of þe Marchant (f. 69v)
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], f. 154v
First Lines:
[I]n feyth Squyer ye have yow wel yquyt
And gentilly I preyse wel your wyt…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plesyn you
Than wot I wel that it is good ynow
Attributed Title: Heer endith the prolog of the ffrankeleyn… (f. 154v)
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, f. 76
First Lines:
In feith Squyer thou hast the well y quytt
And gentilly I preise well thi witt…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plese yow
Than woot I well it is good y now
Note: V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the Marchaunt (f. 76); The Marchaunt (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 76)
17.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 140-140v
First Lines:
[I]N feith Squier thou hast the wel I quyt
And gentilli y preyse thy wit…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plesen you
Than wot y wel that it is good ynow
18.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, f. 90v1
First Lines:
In feith squyer þou hast þe well I quytt
And gentely I prayse well þi witt…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god þat it may plesen ȝow
Than woot I wel þat it is good I now
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the marchand (f. 90v); prologus Mercatoris (f. 90v, margin); The Marchand (RT); Here endith the prolog… (f. 90v)
19.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 86v-87
First Lines:
In faythe sqyere þou haste þe wele quyt
And gentely I preyse wele þi wytte…
Last Lines:
…I prey to god þat hit mot plesen you
Than wote I wele þat hit ys gode ynowe
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneth þe prologg of þe Marchaunt (f. 86v); Here endith þe prologg of þe Marchaunt… (f. 87)
20.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], f. 137v
First Lines:
IN feith Squyer thow hast thee wel yquyt
And gentilly I preise wel thy wit…
Last Lines:
…I prey to god that it may plesen yow
Thanne woot I wel that it is good ynow
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
Attributed Title: The prologe of the Marchauntes tale (f. 137v); Explicit (f. 137v)
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.
21.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 71-71v
First Lines:
In feith Squyer þou hast þe wele I quyt
And gentilly I preyse wele thy witt…
Last Lines:
…I prey to God that it may plese ȝew
Then woot I wele that it is good I nowȝe
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Marchant his prologg (f. 71, rubric); Here endith the Marchaunt his prologg… (f. 71v)
22.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 40ra-40rb
First Lines:
In feyth Squyer þout hast þe weel I quytte
And gentily I preyse right weel þi witte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god þat it may plesen yow
Thanne wote I woll þat it is good ynow
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And now begynneth þe prologe of þe Marchaunt (f. 40ra)
23.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 76v-77
First Lines:
In feith squyer thou hast the wel quyt
And gentilli y pryse wel thi wit…
Last Lines:
…I preye to god that y mot plese yow
Thanne wot I wel that it is gode I now
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
Attributed Title: The prolog of / the Marchaunt (f. 76v, margin); The prologe of þe Marchaunt (RT)
24.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 110-110v
First Lines:
IN feith squyer thow hast the wele I quyt
And gentily I praise wele thy wit…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it p may plesen yow
Than wote I wele that it is goode I now
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus mercatoris (f. 109v, foot); Explicit prologus… (f. 110v)
25.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 244v-109v
First Lines:
IN feith Squyer thow hast the wele Iquyt
And gentily I praise wele thy wit
Last Lines:
A tale or two or breke his behest
That know I wele quod the Merchaunt certeyn
Note: Second occurrence in MS. The link here is restructured to attempt to conjoin the Pardoner’s and Shipman’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699, but but with ‘Squire’ retained in the first line. The link ends with 699 and then the entire verso on which it appears is struck through with a large ‘X’. This is followed by the ‘Merchant’s Headlink’ (6185), which ends on f. 245v, with most of that verso left blank, and which is followed in turn by the Shipman’s Tale commencing on f. 246. Since the opening line of Shipman’s Tale refers to a merchant (‘A Merchaunt that whilom dwellid at Seynt Denys’), there is a sort of logic at play in this.
Attributed Title: Incipit Prologus Mercatoris (f. 244v, above the written space)
26.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 104-104v
First Lines:
In feith Squier ye haue you well I quytte
And gently I preise well youre wytte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god þat it may please you
Then wote I wele þat it is good I now
Attributed Title: …And / begynnyth þe prologe of þe ffankleyn (f. 104); ffrankleyn (RT); Here endith the ffrankeleynes / prologe… (f. 104v)
27.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, f. 112v
First Lines:
In feiþ Squier þow hast þe wel yquytte
And gentely I preise wel þi witte…
Last Lines:
…I prey to god þat it may plesen ȝou
þan woot I wele þat it is good ynowe
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here / bygynneþ þe prologe of þe merchaunte (f. 112v); The prologe of þe merchaunt (RT); þus endeþ þe prologe… (f. 112v)
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.
28.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. 129v-130
First Lines:
In feith Squyer ye haue you well y quytte
And Ientilly y preise well youre witte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plesen yowe
Then wote y well that it is good y nowe
Attributed Title: …and bigynneth / the prologge of the ffrankleyne (f. 129v); ffrankeleyne (RT); Here endeth the ffrankeleyns prologge… (f. 130)
29.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 90v-91
First Lines:
In feith Squyer thow hast the wel yquit
And gentilly I prayse wel thy wit…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plesen yow
Then woot I wel that it is good ynow
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prologe of the Marchant (f. 90v); The Marchant (RT); Here endeth the prologe… (f. 91)
30.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 175v-176
First Lines:
IN fayth squyer thow that the well yquytte
And gentelly I preyse wele thy wytte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that hit may plessen ȝow
Thenne wot y well þat hit ys good ynowȝ
Note: It is probable that this was the second occurrence in the MS, with the first occurrence now missing on a lost leaf but originally included as a link between Squire’s Tale and Merchant’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …Here endeþ þe tale of Mellibe / And begynneth the tale of þe ffrankleyn (f. 175v); The ffrankleyn (RT); Here endeth þe prologe… (f. 176)
31.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], f. 123
First Lines:
IN feith Squier thow hast thee wel yquit
And gentilly I preise wel thy wit…
Last Lines:
…I prey to god that it may plesen yow
Thanne woot I wel that it is good ynow
Attributed Title: Heere folwen the wordes of the ffrankeleyn to the Squier / and the words of the hoost to the ffrankeleyn (f. 123). Explicit (f. 123)
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.
32.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, f. 57rb
First Lines:
N feith esquyer thou hast the wel quytte
I preyse gentilly and right wel thi witte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that yt may please yow
than wot I wel that yt is good ynowgh
Attributed Title: sed subsequenter incipit prohemium / fabule francolani hoc modo subse / quente commendando armigerum (f. 57ra); Explicit prohemium fabule fran / colani… (f. 57rb)
33.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], f. 139
First Lines:
In feith squier thou hast the wel yquit
And gentilli I preise wel thi witt…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plesen you
Than wot I wel that it is good I now
Attributed Title: Et hic Incipit Prologus de la ffrankeleyn (f. 138v); Hic desinit Prologus de ffrankeleyn… (f. 139)
34.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], f. 55va-55vb
First Lines:
In feyht squier thow hast thee well quit
And gentelly I preyse well thy wit…
Last Lines:
…I praye to god that it may plese yow
Thanne woote I well it is gode I now
Note: The link here functions to conjoin the Squire’s and Merchant’s Tales, with ‘Merchant’ appearing instead of ‘Franklin’ in V.675, 696, and 699. V.679-80 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyht the prologe of the March / vnt (f. 55va); Marchaunt (RT)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5083. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster], W. Caxton, [1483] , sigs. p.1v-p.2
First Lines:
[I]N fayth squyer thou hast the wel y quyt
And gentylly I prayse wel thy wyt…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plesen yow
Than woot I wel that it is good ynow
Attributed Title: …The wordes of the frankeleyns (sig. p.1v); The Frankeleyns Prologe (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.
2.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. q.3-q.3v
First Lines:
[I]n fayth Squyer thou hast the wele y quytte
And gentylly I pryse wele thy wytte…
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may pleasen you
Than wote I wele it is gode ynow
Attributed Title: The wordes of the Frankeleyne (sig. q.3)
3.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sig. m.7ra-m.7rb
First Lines:
[I]n fayth squyre thou hast þe well y quyte
And gentylly I prayse well thy wyt……
Last Lines:
…I pray to god that it may plesen you
Then wote I well that is is good ynow
Attributed Title: The wordes of the frankeleyn / to the squyre And the wordes / of the hoste to the frankeleyn (sig. m.7ra)