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No more of this for Gods dignity
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Thopas-Melibee Link’ in the Canterbury Tales — 48 lines in rhyming couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): ‘Thopas-Melibee Link’; ‘Words of the Host to Chaucer’; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; tale-telling; sentence
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 170v-171
First Lines:
NO more of this for godis dignite
quod oure Oste for thow makest me…
Last Lines:
…and therfore herkeneth what I shal saye
and lete me telle al my tale I pray
Attributed Title: Here oure Ost letteth Chauncers his rymyng (f. 170v); Mellibe (RT); Here bigineth Chauncers another tale off / Mellibe and Prudence & Sophia Chauncers Tale (f. 171; prose tale follows Thopas)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 206-206v
First Lines:
NOmore of þis for goddes dignite
Quod oure Oste for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And herkene what I shal saye
And let me telle my tale I praie
Attributed Title: here endith Chauncers prolog and / here begynnyth þe tale of Mellebe (f. 206v; prose tale follows Thopas)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 150v-151
First Lines:
No more of this for goddis dignite
Coth oure host for thou makist me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkneth what that I sey
And let me telle alle my tale I you pray
Here endith Chaucers tale of Sir Thopas
A doughty knyght in all his dede
God help us alle and seint Thomas
And graunt us his grace wele to spede Amen
Note: Four spurious lines follow VII.966 (see above).
Attributed Title: The tale of Melibeus and prudence (f. 151, prose tale following Thopas)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 172v-173v
First Lines:
Namore of þis for goddes dignite
Quod oure host for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…After þe whiche þis myry tale y write
And þerfore herkeneth what y shal you sey
And lete me tellen as my tale y prey
Note: Two spurious lines follow precede VII.966 introducing Manciple’s Tale, which follows in this MS.
Attributed Title: Here the hoost stynteth Chaucer of his tale of / Thopas And biddeth hym telle a nother tale (f. 172v); Here endeth Chaucers tale… (f. 173v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 189v-190
First Lines:
No more of þis for goddis dignite
Quod oure ooste for thou makist me…
Last Lines:
…And therefore herkeneth what I shal sey
And late me tell al my tale I pray
Attributed Title: …And next biginneth the / Prolog of Chaucer (f. 189v); The Chaucer of Melibeus (RT); Here endeth the Prolog of the Chauncers And next biginneth / the tale of the Chauncer (f. 190; prose tale follows Thopas)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 228-228v
First Lines:
No more of þis for goddes dignite
Quod oure host for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And þerfor herkeneþ what I shal sai
And let me telle al my tale I pray
Attributed Title: Oure host (f. 228); Narracio (f. 228v; prose tale follows Thopas)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 97-98
First Lines:
NO more of this for godes dignyte
Quod oure ost for thou makest me…
Last Lines:
…Ther fore herkeneth what I shall sey
And let me telle my tale I prey
Attributed Title: The rehercyng of oure ost (f. 97); Chaucer (RT); Here begynneth chaucers tale of Melebe & Prudence (f. 98; prose tale follows Thopas)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), f. 106
First Lines:
NO more of this for godes dignite
Quod oure oste for thou makist me…
Last Lines:
…And herkenith what I shal say
And late me tele my tale I prey
Attributed Title: …and / here begynneth Melibes prolog (f. 105v); melibe (f. 105v, margin); Mellibe (RT); Mellibe (f. 106, margin); here begynneth Mellibes tale (f. 106; prose tale follows Thopas)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 182v-183
First Lines:
Nomore of this for goddis dignite
Quod oure oost for thou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And herkeneth what that I shall say
And late me telle my tale I pray
Note: VII.939 omitted.
Attributed Title: Chaucer (RT); Here endith the tale of Maister Chaucer / And here ye shuyl fynde a moral tale of Melibe and Prudence (f. 183; prose tale follows Thopas)
10.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 138-138v
First Lines:
No more of this for goddys dignite
Quod oure hoost for thow makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what that I shall seye
And late me tellen al my tale I preye
Attributed Title: Here endeth chaucers tale of Thopas / And begynneth his tale of Melibeus (f. 138v; prose tale follows Thopas)
11.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 216v-217v
First Lines:
NOmore of þis for goddes dignite
Quoþ oure hoste for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And herkene what I schal seye
And let me telle my tale I ȝou preye
Note: Here bygynneþ Chauceres tale of Melibe and / his wyf Prudence and his dougther Sapience (f. 236; prose tale follows Thopas); Cmxxm (f. 236, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
12.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 211-211v
First Lines:
NO more quod our ost for goddis dignite
ffor thou so weri makist me…
Last Lines:
…And þerfor harkenyth what I shal say
And let me telle my tale I you pray
Attributed Title: Here begynneth Chauceris tale (f. 237; prose tale of Melibee follows Thopas)
13.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 201-201v
First Lines:
No more of this for goddis dignite
quoth oure hoste for thou makist me…
Last Lines:
…and ther for herkenyth what I shal say
and late me tellyn my tale I pray
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula Chauceris (f. 201v; prose tale follows Thopas)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 160-160v
First Lines:
Nomore of this for goddes dignytee
Quod oure hoost for thow makest me
So wery of thyn verray lewednesse…
Last Lines:
…And þerfore herkeneth what that I shal seye
And lat me tellen al my tale I preye
Attributed Title: Here endeth Chaucers tale of Thopas / & the Prologe of Melibeus / And heere bigynneth the Tale of Melibeus (f. 160v; prose tale follows Thopas)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 188v-189
First Lines:
NO more of this for goddis dignite
Quod oure hoste for thou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And herkenyth what I shall say
And lete me telle all my tale I you prey
Note: VII.929 omitted.
Attributed Title: Chawcers (RT); Here endeth the prologe of chawcers / And here begynneth his tale of Mellebeus and dame / Prudence And Sophia her doughter (f. 189; prose tale follows Thopas)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 199v-200
First Lines:
No more of þis for goddis dignite
Quod oure ooste for you makest me…
Last Lines:
…And þer for herkeneth what I schall seye
And lat me tell all my tale I praye
Attributed Title: The prologe of Mellibe (f. 199v); Melobius & prudence (RT); Here begynneth þe tale of Melobius and prudence (f. 200; prose tale follows Thopas)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 220-220v
First Lines:
No more of this for goddes dignytee
Quoth oure oste for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…I prey yow blameth not for as in my sentence
Ye schull fynde no dyfference
Note: VII.957-60, 963-6 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of Mellibe (f. 220); Here endeth þe Prolog of Chaucers (f. 220v); Chausers Tale of (f. 221; the prose tale of Melibee follows Thopas)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), f. 87va-87vb
First Lines:
Nomore of this for goddes dignite
Quod oure oost for thou makist me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what I shal say
And lat me telle all my tale I pray
Wich anon in prose I wol telle in this presence
Of Melibe and his wif and there douȝter Sapience
Note: VII.925 omitted; spurious lines follow 926, 966 (for the latter see above).
Attributed Title: Verba hospitis (f. 87va); Anothir tale in prose / tolde be master Chaucer / of Melibe and Prudence (f. 87vb; prose tale follows Thopas)
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 238v-239
First Lines:
No more of this for goddis dignyte
Quod oure host for thou makest be…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkenyth what that I shal seye
And lete me telle al my tale I preye
Attributed Title: Chauncer (RT); Hic incipit narracio Galfridi / Chauncere de Mellibeo (f. 239; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 168-168v
First Lines:
Na more of this for goddes dignite
Quod our host for thow makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what that I shal seye
And lat me tellen al my tale I preye
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth a reheytyng of our hoost (f. 168); Chaucer (RT); Here bigynneth Chaucers tale of Melibee and Prudence (f. 168v; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
21.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 182-182v
First Lines:
No more of this for goddes dignytee
Koth oure host for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what þat I prey
And let me tell all my tale I prey
Attributed Title: Hic desinit fabula de Sir Thopas & / Incipit fabula de Melibeus (f. 182v; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
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).
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 192-192v
First Lines:
[N]o more of this for goddis dignyte
Quod our hoost for thou makeste me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkenyth what that I shal seye
And lete me telle all my tale I preye
Attributed Title: no more of this (f. 192, margin); The hoost to Chaucer (f. 192); Hic incipit Narracio Galfridi Chaucer / de Mellibeo (f. 192v; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 99rb-99va
First Lines:
NO more of this for goddis dignite
Quod oure host for þow makist me…
Last Lines:
…And þerfore herkenithe what I schall sey
And lete me telle al my tale I yow praye
Attributed Title: …Here Begynnithe chauncer prologe (f. 99rb, rubric); Here begynnithe Chauncer his tale (f. 99va; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 206-206v
First Lines:
NO more of þis for goddes dignite
Quod our hoste for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And þerfor herkeneþ what I schal say
And let me tellen al my tale I pray
Note: Followed by 5-line blank space.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
25.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 191v-192
First Lines:
NO mor of þis for goddis dignite
quod oure ost foure þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And Herken whatt I schal seye
And lett me tale I preye
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus… (f. 191v, margin); Hic incipit fabula de Mellybeo per Chaucer (f. 192; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
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.
26.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 241v-242v
First Lines:
NO more of this for goddis dignite
Quod oure hoste for thow makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfor herkenyth what I shal say
And lete me telle al my tale I pray
Attributed Title: …And begynnythe the prolog of Melibe and Prudence (f. 241v); Here endith the prolog / and begynnyth the / tale of Melibe & Prudens (f. 242v, margin; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
27.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 196v-197
First Lines:
NO more of this for goddes dignite
Quod oure oost for þout makest me…
Last Lines:
…And herkeneth what I schal seye
And lete me telle my tale I preye
Attributed Title: …The prolog of Mellibe (f. 196v); Melibe (RT); Here endith the prolog And begynneth the tale of Melibe (f. 197; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
28.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 247-247v
First Lines:
NOmore of this for goddis dignite
Quod oure Oost for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And herkeneth what that I shall seie
And lete me telle my tale I you preie
Note: VII.937 omitted.
Attributed Title: Prolog of Chauncer (RT); Pleasith you to here the Tale of Maister Chaucer (f. 247v; the prose Melibee follows Thopas); Chauncer (f. 247v, margin)
29.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 215-216
First Lines:
Namoore of this for goddes dignytee
Quod oure hoost for thow makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkneth what þat I shal seye
And lat me tellen al my tale I preye
Attributed Title: here the hoost stynteth Chaucer of his tale of / Thopas and biddeth hym telle another tale (f. 215); Here bigynneth Chaucers tale of Melibeus (f. 216; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
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.
30.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 160v-161
First Lines:
No more of this for goddis dignite
Quod our hoost for þow makist me…
Last Lines:
…And therfor herkenyth what I sey
And let me tell my tale I ȝew prey
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of sir Thopas / God help vs & Seynt Thomas… (f. 161, rubric)
31.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 65ra-65rb
First Lines:
Nomore of this for goddes dignite
Quod oure hooste for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And herkeneth what þat I shal saye
And lete me telle my tale y praye
Note: VII.949 omitted.
Attributed Title: Thopas (RT); Here endeth the Tale of Sir Thopas / Here begynneth the tale of Melobius and prudence (f. 65rb, with seven blank lines preceding; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
32.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 209v
First Lines:
No more of þis for goddes dignyte
Quod oure hoost for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…Comprehended in þis little tretise here
To enforce wiþ þe effect of my matere…
Note: VII.959-66 lost. The prose Melibee follows Thopas.
Attributed Title: Sire Thopas (RT)
33.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 194v-195
First Lines:
NOmore of this for goddis dignyte
Quod oure oost for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And þerfore herkenyþ what y schal seie
And lete me telle al my tale y preie
Note: Now sueþ þe prolog of Melobye (f. 194v). Le host a Chaucer (RT); the prose Melibee follows Thopas.
34.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 258v-259v
First Lines:
NO more of this for goddis dignite
Quod oure host for thow makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfor herkenyth what I shal sey
And lete me tellen al my tale I prey
Note: VII.942 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula Chauncers de Melibeus (f. 259v; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
35.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 127v-128
First Lines:
No more of this for goddes dignite
Quod oure hoost for þou makist me…
Last Lines:
…And þerfor herkenyth what I shall sey
And lete me tell all my tale I prey
Attributed Title: Here endith Chauncers tale of Ser / Thopas And þe prologe of Melibeus And / begynnyth the tale of Melibeus (f. 128; the prose Melibee follows Thopas); Chauncers tale (f. 128, margin); Chaucer (RT)
36.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 227-227v
First Lines:
NO more of þis for goddys dygnite
Quod our hoost for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And þerfor harkeneþ what I shal say
And lat me telle al my tale I pray
Attributed Title: Here endeþ þe tale of Sir Thopas / And here bygynneþ þe tale of Melebius & prudence (f. 227v, rubric; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
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.
37.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], f. 7ra-7va
First Lines:
Namoore of this for goddes dignytee
Quod oure hoost for þou makest mee…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what I shal seye
And lat me tellen al my tale I preye
Attributed Title: …and biddeth hym telle another tale (f. 7r); Heere after folweth Chaucers / Tale of Melibee (f. 7va)
38.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. 161v-162
First Lines:
No more of this for goddis dignyte
Quod oure hoste for thou makist me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what that y shall sey
And let me tellen all my tale y prey
Attributed Title: Here endith Chaunceres tale of Sir Thopas And the / Prologge of Melibeus And begynneth the tale of Melibeus (f. 162; the prose Melibee follows Thopas); Chauncer (RT)
39.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 75v-76
First Lines:
No more of þis for godes dignete
Quod oure ost for þou makest me…
Last Lines:
…þerfore herkeneth what I shall sey
And lat me telle my tale I prey
Note: Followed by the prose Melibee.
40.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 209-209v
First Lines:
No more of this for godes dignite
Quod oure host for thou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what I shal seye
And lat me telle my tale I preye
Note: VII.963-4 omitted.
Attributed Title: Sir Thopas (RT); Here endeth the prologe of Chaucers tale… (f. 209v); …Here bygynneth Chaucers tale of Meleby and / his wyf Prudence and his Doughter Sapience (f. 210; the prose Melibee follows)
41.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 154v-155
First Lines:
NO more of thys for godes deynte
Quod oure ooste for thow makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what y schall saye
And let me telle all my tale y praye
Attributed Title: Here endeth the tale of sir thopas / And here bygynneth the tale of Mellybe and Prudence (f. 155; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
42.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2 [olim Rosenbach 158; prior W. A. White], f. 9v
Transcription:
No more of this for goddis dignite
Quod our hoost for þow makist me
So wery of thy lewdnes
That also wisly God my soule blis…
Note: An 11-folio fragment, of which this leaf bears VII.846-918 of Thopas and 919-22 the ‘Thopas-Melibee Link’.
43.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], f. 161
First Lines:
No more of this for Goddis dignite
Quod oure hoost for thowe makist me…
Last Lines:
…And therfor herkenyth what I shal sey
And let me tel my tale I ȝewe prey
Note: VII.931-2, 935-6, 939-40 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth Chawcer his tale of Mellebe & / Prudence hys wyfe & Sophia his doghter (f. 161; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
44.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 153-153v
First Lines:
Namoore of this for goddes dignitee
Quod oure hoost for thou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkneth what þat I shall seye
And lat me tellen al my tale I preye
Attributed Title: Heere the hoost stynteth Chaucer of his tale of Thopas (f. 153); Chaucer Thopas (RT); Explicit / Heere bigynneth Chaucers tale of Melibee (f. 153v; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
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.
45.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 71vb-72ra
First Lines:
Nomore of this for goddis dignyte
quoth oure host for thou makist me…
Last Lines:
…and therfore herkyneth what I shal sey
and lat me telle al my tale I prey
Attributed Title: Verba hospitis ad Chauncers (f. 71vb); Hic narrat fabulam suam Galfri / dus Chauncers de quodam Iuuene vocato Mellebeus (f. 72ra). Only this incipit for the prose Melibee is present in this MS; the Tale is omitted, leaving most of the recto and verso of f. 72 blank.
46.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 173v-174
First Lines:
No more of this for goddes dignite
Quod oure oost for thou makest me…
Last Lines:
…And therfor herkeneth what that I shal sey
And let me telle all my tale I prey
Attributed Title: Hic desinit fabula de Sir Thopas / Et hic Incipt fabula de Melibeus (f. 174, rubric; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
47.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], f. 107va-107vb
First Lines:
Namoore of this for goddis dingitee
Quod owre Ooste for thow makist mee…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkenyht what I seye
And late mee tellen my tale I yow preye

here Endyht Chauceris tale of sire thopas
A dowghty knyght in alle his dede
God vs helpe and seint Thomas
And graunt vs alle grace weel to spede
Note: Four spurious lines follow VII.966, in turn followed by 18 blank lines (the rest of the verso).
Attributed Title: Chauceris tale (RT); [tear]yht Giffrey Caseris tale of Mellibe and Prudence (f. 108; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
48.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 176-177
First Lines:
No more of this for goddis dyntee
Coth oure host for þou makist me…
Last Lines:
…God help vs and seint Thomas
& graunt vs alle grace wele to spede
Attributed Title: The tale of Melibeus and Prudens (f. 177, rubric; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
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. 264v-265v
First Lines:
[N]O more quod our ost for goddis dignite
For thou so werry makist me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore harkenyth what I shal say
And lete me telle my tale I you pray
Note: Sequitur Chawcers tale (f. 265v; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
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. ii.5v-ii.6
First Lines:
[N]O more of this for goddis dygnyte
For thou quod our hoost makist me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore harkenyth what I shal say
And lete me telle my tale I you pray
Attributed Title: The Wordes of the hoost (RT); Sequitur Chawcers tale (sig. ii.6; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
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. ll.5-ll.5v
First Lines:
[N]O more of this for goddis dignyte
For thou quod oure hoost makyst me…
Last Lines:
…And therfore hekeneth what I shalle say
And let me telle my tale I you pray
Attributed Title: The Wordes of the hoost (RT); Sequitur Chawcers tale (sig. ll.5v; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sig. r.4ra-r.4rb
First Lines:
[N]Omore of this for goddys dygnyte
Quod our hoste for thou makest me…
Last Lines:
…and therfore herkenyth what I shall say
And lat me tellen all my tale I pray
Attributed Title: Here endyth the disputacyon by / twene the Hoste and Chaucer for / tellynge of his tale in ryme of syre / Thopas And after foloweth his / tale of Melibeus in prose (sig. r.4rb; the prose Melibee follows Thopas)