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DIMEV 3306
Madame and I durst I would you pray
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Second Nun’s Prologue’ of The Canterbury Tales found in four manuscripts — six lines in couplets
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): ‘Second Nun’s Prologue’; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; epilogues; links
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, f. 285
Transcription:
Madame and I durst I wolde you pray
To telle a tale in fortheryng of oure way
Than myht ye do vn to vs gret eese
Gladly sire quod she so that I myht pleese
You and this worthi company
And began hir tale riht thus fulle sobirly
Attributed Title: Explicit prologus Secunde Monialis… (f. 285); Nvnne (RT)
2.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], f. 233v
Transcription:
Madame and I durste I wolde you pray
To telle a tale in fortheryng of our way
Than myhte ye do vn to vs gret ease
Gladly sir quod she so that I myht please
You & this worthi company
And began hir tale riht thus ful sobirly
Attributed Title: Heer endith the tale of the Nunnys preest (f. 233v)
3.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], f. 153v
Transcription:
Madam & I durst I wold you pray
To tell vs a tale in forderyng of our way
Then myght ye do vnto vs grete ease
Gladly quod sche so þat I myght please
You and this worthy Company
And bigan here tale right þus full sobrely
Attributed Title: Here endith þe tale of þe Nonnes Prest and / bigynnyth the seconde Nonnes tale of þe / lyf of Seynt Cecilie without Prologe (f. 153v)
4.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 143 [olim Deene Park; post Cardigan-Brudenell, sold Sotheby’s, Feb. 1959], f. 194
Transcription:
Madame and y durst y wold you pray
To telle vs a talle y furtheryng of oure way
Þen mygħt ye do vn to vs gret ease
Gladly quod she so þat y myght you please
You and this wurthy company
And be gan here tale ryght þus full sobyrly
Attributed Title: Here endyth the Tall of the Nonnys prest and begynnyth / the second Nonnys tale of the lyf of seint Cecilie (f. 194)