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O hateful harm condition of poverty
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Man of Law’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 35 lines (five stanzas) in rhyme royal.
Note: A translation of part of Pope Innocent III’s De miseria condicionis humane.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Man of Law’s Prologe; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; prologues; poverty; tidings
Versification: — rhyme royal, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 142v-143
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicion of pouert
with thrust with coolde with hungre so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…ner that a marchaunt gon is many a yere
me taughte a tale which th ye shul here
Attributed Title: …and next folwyng bigynneth his tale (f. 142v); the man of lawe (RT)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 64-64v
First Lines:
O hateful harm condicion of pouert
with thrist with cold with honger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere þat a marchant goon is mony a ȝere
Me taght a tale wich þat ȝe shal here
Attributed Title: …& here begynnyth þe tale (f. 64); The Man of law (RT)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 57-57v
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicioun of povert
With thurst with cold with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere þat a Marchaunt gon is many a yere
Me taught a tale which þat ye shal here
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the prologe of / the tale of the man of lawe (f. 57); Man of lawe (RT)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 51v-52
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicion of pouerte
With thirst with colde with hongre so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Were not a marchuante þat gone is man a yere
Me taught a tale which ye shal here
Attributed Title: Here endeth þe Prolog of the man of lawes tale… (f. 52)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 127-127v
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicion of pouert
Wiþ þirst wiþ colde with honger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ner þat a marchaunt gon is many yere
Me taught a tale which ye shal after here
Attributed Title: HEre begynneþ þe tale of þe man of Lawe (f. 127); þe man of lawe (RT)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 83v-84
First Lines:
[O] hatful harme condicion of pouert
With thurst with colde with hunger so confundyd…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a merchaunte gon is mony a ȝere
Me taught a tale whiche as ȝe shall here
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 30v-31
First Lines:
O hatefull harm condicyon of pouert
With reste with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ne were that a marchaunt gon is mony a yere
Me taught a tale whiche that ye shull here
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Seriauntes tale (f. 30v); The seriaunt (RT)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), f. 24v
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicon of pouert
With thriste with cold with hungre so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Were not a marchaunt that gone ys many a yere
me taught a tale wheche ye shall here
Attributed Title: the Man of lawe (RT)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 63-63v
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicion of pouierte
With thirst with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nor that a Marchaunt goon is many a yere
Me tauȝt a tale as ye shall aftir here
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth his tale folwing (f. 63); The lawier tale (RT)
10.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 191-191v
First Lines:
O hateful harm condicioun of pouerte
With thurste with colde with honger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a merchaunt goon is many a yere
Me taughte a tale whiche that ye shal here
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale of Custaunce (f. 191)
11.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 75-75v
First Lines:
O hateful harm condicion of pouert
with thurst with cold with hungre he confoundeth…
Last Lines:
…Nere þat a marchant gon is many a yere
Me taught a tale which as ye shal heere
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 75)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
12.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 54-54v
First Lines:
O Hateful harm condicion of pouerte
With thrist with cold with hungre so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Ne were þat A Marchaunt gon ys many a ȝeer
Me tauȝte a tale whiche ye mowe here
Attributed Title: Man of lawe (RT)
13.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 184-184v
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicion of pouerte
which thirst with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…nor that a merchaunt agon is many a yere
Me taught a tale which ye shal here
Attributed Title: Man of lawe (RT)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 55-55v
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicione of pouerte
With thrust with cold with honger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ner that a Marchaunt gon is many a ȝe
Me taught a tale which þat ȝe shuln after here
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula eiusdem (f. 55)
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).
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 63v-64
First Lines:
O hate full harme condicion of pouerte
With thrust with colde and honger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere it than a marchaunte gone is many a yere
Me taght a tale which as ye shull here
Attributed Title: the man of lawe (RT)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 78-78v
First Lines:
O Hatefull harm condicon of pouerte
With thurste with colde with honger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ner þat a marchaunt gone is many a ȝere
Me tauȝt a tale whiche þat ȝe schall here
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 79); The man of lawe (RT)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 78v-79
First Lines:
[O] Hatefull harme condicyon of pouert
With thurste with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a marchaunt gon ys many a yere
Taught me a tale as ye schull after here
Attributed Title: The tale of the man of lawe (f. 78v); The m[trimmed] (RT)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 26vb-27ra
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicion of pouert
With thurst with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ner that a Marchaunt gon is many a yere
Me tauȝt a tale wich as ye shall hiere
Attributed Title: Hiere thende is of the prolog of the man of lawe with his tale folwing (f. 26vb)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), f. 76
First Lines:
O hatefulle harme condicon of povert
With thirste colde and hungre so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ne were that a Marchant gon ys many a yere
Me taught a tale whyche ye mowe here
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 69-69v
First Lines:
O Skathful harm condicion of povert
wyth thurst with colde with hungir so confunded…
Last Lines:
…Ner that a marchaunt go is many a yere
Me tauht a tale which that ye shall here
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula eiusdem (f. 68v); Sergeaunt (RT)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 32-32v
First Lines:
O hateful harm condicioun of pouert
With therst with kolde with hungre so confoundet…
Last Lines:
…Nere that amarchaunt goon is many aȝere
Me taught a tale whiche ye shuln here
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula legisperiti (f. 32); fabula legis periti (RT)
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 65v-66
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicion of pouert
With thurst cold with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a merchaunt goon is many a yere
Me taught a tale which þat ye shull her
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula eiusdem per Auctorem (f. 65v)
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 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 66-66v
First Lines:
[O] Skathful harm condicion of povert
With thurst with cold with hungir so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ner that a marchaunt goo is many a yeer
Me tauhte a tale as ye shal aftir heere
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the tale (f. 66); The Sergeant of lawe is tale (RT)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 1239, f. 80v
First Lines:
O hathful harme condicion of pouert
with thrust with colde with hungur so confundyd…
Last Lines:
…ner þat Amarchand gon ys many a yere
Me thawght a tale wich ȝe shal here
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, f. 56v
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicion of pouert
With thrust with colde with honger so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Neer that a Marchaunt goon is many a yere
Me taught a tale which as ye schull here
Note: II.122-3 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here endith the Prolog and begynneth the Tale (f. 56v); The Man Of lawe (RT)
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 60va
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicon of pouert
With thruste with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere a marchaunde goon is many a yeere
Me tolde a tale wiche ye shulle aftir here
Note: II. 117-20 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Þus Eondithe þe prologe of þe man of lawes tale / and here filowyng bigynniþe his tale (f. 60va); þus Eondithe þe prologe… (f. 60va)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 72-72v
First Lines:
O Hateful harm condicoun of pouert
wiþ þurst wiþ cold wiþ honger so confoundyd…
Last Lines:
…Nere þat a marchaunt gon siþþen many a ȝere
Me taught a tale which ȝe schal after heere
Attributed Title: incipit fabula (f. 72); The man of law (RT0
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 Harley 7335, ff. 44v-45
First Lines:
[O] Hateful harme condicion of pouerte
With thurst with colde with honger so confounit…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a Marchant goon is many a yeere
Me thaught a tale which that ye shal here
Attributed Title: ffabula legis periti (f. 44v, margin); The lawyers tale (f. 44v, added later)
29.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 66-66v
First Lines:
O Hateful harme condicione of pouert
With þurst with colde with hungre so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nar þat a marchant gone is mony a ȝere
Me tauht a tale whiche as ȝe schal here
Attributed Title: Hic incipit fabula legis periti (f. 66); þe man of lawe (RT)
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.
30.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 81-81v
First Lines:
O hatefulle harme condycioune of pouerte
With þurste with colde with hunger confoundit…
Last Lines:
…Ner þat Marchante is gone manye A yere
Me taughte a tale whiche ye schullen here
Attributed Title: …and bygynnyth the tale of the Man of Lawe (f. 81)
31.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 70-70v
First Lines:
O Hateful harm condicion of pouert
With thurst wit cold wit hongre so confundid…
Last Lines:
…Nere þat a marchaunt gon is many a yere
Me taught a tale which as ye shal here
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the tale (f. 70); Incipit fabula (f. 170, margin); The man of lawe (RT)
32.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 63-63v
First Lines:
O hatfulle harme condicion of pouert
With thrust with colde with hungre so confunded…
Last Lines:
…Nere þat a marchaunt goon ys many a yeere
Me taught a tale whiche as ȝe shal here
Note: II.122-3 reversed.
Attributed Title: …& bygynnith the tale (f. 63); The Man of lawe (RT)
33.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 88v-89
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicion of pouert
With thurst with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ne that a marchaunt goon is many a yere
Me taught a tale whiche ye shall here
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth his tale (f. 88v); [A] tale of the man of lawe (RT)
34.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 113-113v
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicion of pouerte
With thurst with cold with hunger so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Nere þat a Marchaunt goon is many a yere
Me taughte a tale which þat ye shal heere
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the tale (f. 113)
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: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 34va-34vb
First Lines:
O Hatefull harme condicon of pouerte
With Thurste with colde with hungre so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nor þat a marchaunt gone is Many a yeer
Me taught a tale whiche ye shall here
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 34va); The Man of lawe (RT)
36.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 43ra
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicion of pouerte
with thurste with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ner that a merchaunte gone ys many a yere
Me taught a tale which that ye shull here
37.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 70v-71
First Lines:
O hatefull harm condicioun of pouert
With thurst with cold with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere þat a marchant gon is many a ȝere
Me taughte a tale which as ȝe shal here
Attributed Title: …And bigynneth þe tale (f. 70v); The man Of lawe (RT)
38.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 54-54v
First Lines:
O Hateful harme condicion of pouerte
With thrist with cold with hongre so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that amarchaunt gon is many a ȝere
Me tawȝte atale wheche as þe shall here
Attributed Title: The Man of Lawe (RT)
39.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 79v-80v
First Lines:
H Hateful harm condicioun of pouert
With thurst with cold with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a Merchaunt gon is many a yeere
Me taught a tale suche as ye shul here
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 79v)
40.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], f. 47v
First Lines:
O hateful harme Condicion of pouerte
With thurst : colde : and hungre so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Nere a Marchaunt þat goon is many a yere
Me tawght a tale which þat ye schul here
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula legisperiti per auctorem (f. 194)
41.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 86-86v
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicion of pouert
Wiþ þurst with colde with hungre so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Ner þat a marchaunt gone is mony a ȝere
Me taught a tale which þat ȝe shal here
Attributed Title: …And here by / gynneþe mannys of lawe tale (f. 86); The Man of lawe Tale (RT)
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. 52-52v
First Lines:
O hatefull harme condicion of pouerte
With thurst with colde with hunger so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Nere a Marchaunt that gon is many a yere
Me thought a tale which that ye shall here
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula eiusdem per Auctorem (f. 52); Man of lawe (RT)
43.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 12-12v
First Lines:
O hatefull harm condicion of pouert
With rest with colde with honger so confunded…
Last Lines:
…Ne were þat a marchaunt goon is m[blank space?] a ȝere
Me tauhte a tale wech þat ȝe shull her
Attributed Title: Balade (f. 12, margin)
44.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 75-75v
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicion of pouert
with thirst with colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a marchant gon is many a ȝere
Me taughte a tale which as ye shal here
Attributed Title: …And bigynneth the tale (f. 75); The man Of lawe (Rt)
45.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 52-52v
First Lines:
A hatful harme condicion of pouert
With thurst with colde with honger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a marchaunt gon ys many a ȝeer
Me taught a tale whych as ȝe schul her
Note: The MS is misbound, with [13].8 following [12].7 (becoming f. 43) and Q [14] misbound to follow Q [12] (with [14] foliated 44-51, and [13] foliated 52-57). Quires [1-4] and [6-7] are inferred to be lost, with the foliation not taking account of them. Thus V.9-91 follow II.558-1190 and are in turn followed by II.79-557; a blank leaf follows, and then V.92, etc. V.656-72 lost; 134-40 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth þe tale of þe man of lawe (f. 52); The Man of lawe (RT)
46.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2 [olim Rosenbach 158; prior W. A. White], ff. 3-3v
First Lines:
O hateful harm [rest illegible]…
Last Lines:
…Me taght a tale wich that yee mowe here
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Man of lawe his tale / the wich is I Cronnyclyd (rubric, f. 3)
47.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], f. 36
First Lines:
O hateful harm condicioun of povert
With thirst with cold with hungre so counfoundid…
Last Lines:
…Ne wer that a Marchaunte goon is many a ȝere
Me taght a tale wich yee mowe here
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the man of lawe his tale (f. 36); Que est / cronica (f. 36, in margin); Man of lawe (RT)
48.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 50-50v
First Lines:
O hateful harm condicion of pouerte
with thurst with coold with hunger so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a Marchant goon is many a yeere
Me taughte a tale which that ye shal heere
Attributed Title: The prologe of the mannes tale of lawe (f. 50)
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.
49.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, f. 25ra-25rb
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicyon of pouert
with thurst with colde with hungyr so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…ne were þat a merchaunt sithen gon many a yeere
me taught a tale which þat yee shal heere
Attributed Title: Hic incipit prologus fabule serui / entis ad legem hoc modo (f. 25ra); Explicit prologus fabule serui / entis ad legem… (f. 25rb)
50.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 55v-56
First Lines:
O hateful harme condicion of pouerte
With thirste & colde with hunger so confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a Marchaunt gon is many a yere
Me tauȝt a tale wich as ye shal hiere
Attributed Title: Hiere beginneth a tale of the man / of lawe as hiere aftirward is declared (f. 55v); Lawyers tale (RT)
51.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 63vb-64ra
First Lines:
O Thow hatefull harm condiscion of povert
with thirst with colde with hunger so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a Marchunt goon is many a yeer
Mee tawghtte a tale which as yee schal here
Attributed Title: Here be gynnyht the Man of lawe (f. 63vb); The Man of lawe (RT)
52.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 56v-57
First Lines:
O hatefull harm condicion of pouert
with thirst with cold with hunger so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…nere that a merchaunt gone is many a yere
Me taught a tale which þat ye shull here
Attributed Title: The Prolog of the lawyer (rubric, f. 56v)
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. 79-79v
First Lines:
[O] Hateful harm condicion of pouert
With thrist cold & hunger so confoundid…
Last Lines:
…Ne were that a Marchant gon is many a yere
Me taughte a tale whiche ye mowe here
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. i.7v-i.8
First Lines:
[O] Hateful harm condicion of pouert
Wyth thrist cold & hunger so confoundyd…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a marchaunt gon is many a yere
Me taaughte a tale the whiche that ye shal here
Attributed Title: …and begynneth / the tale of the man of lawe (sig. i.7v); The man of lawys tale (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. h.5v-h.6
First Lines:
[O] Hatefulle harme condicion of pouert
With thirst cold and hungere sore confounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a marchaunte gone is many a yere
Me taughte a tale the whiche that ye shalle here
Attributed Title: …And here byginneth his tale (sig. h.5); The man of lawes Tale (RT)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. f.1va-f.2ra
First Lines:
[O] Hatefull harm condicyon of pouert
Wyth thryst cold & hungre is cofounded…
Last Lines:
…Nere that a marchaunt gon is many a yere
Me taught a tale the whyche that ye shal here
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale (sig. f.1v); The man of lawes tale (RT)