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O Lord Our Lord Thy name how marvelous
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prioress’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 35 lines in 7-line, rhyme royal stanzas.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Prioress’s Prologue; Domine dominus noster; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; God; Virgin Mary
Versification: — rhyme royal, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), f. 164
First Lines:
O lord thi name now merveilouse
is in this large worlde I spredde quod she…
Last Lines:
…right so fare I & therfore I yow preye
gydeth my songe that I shal of yow seye
Attributed Title: …And / next folwith the seconde with hir tale & cetera (f. 164); the prolog (RT)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 200-200v
First Lines:
O lord oure lord þyn name how meruaillous
is in this large world I sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I ȝow praie
Gidith my song þat I shal ȝow say
Attributed Title: Incipt fabula (f. 200)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 145v-146
First Lines:
[G]Od oure lord thy name houȝ merueylous
In this large world is spredde quod she…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so fare I and therfore I you prey
Gidith my song and I shalle of you sey
Attributed Title: The Prioresse tale (f. 145v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 166v-167
First Lines:
O lorde o lorde þy name how meruelous
Is in this large worlde ysparde quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and þerfore y you pray
Gydeth my songe þat I of you shal sey
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prohemium / of the Prioresse tale (f. 166v); Here endeth the prohemium… (f. 167)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 184-184v
First Lines:
O lorde oure lorde þi name how mervelous
Is in this large world spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therefore I yow pray
Gideth my songe þat I shal of you say
Attributed Title: Here beginneth the tale of the Prioresse of Alma / Redemptoris Domine dominus noster quia admirabile / est nomen tuum in vniuersa terra (f. 184); The Prioresse (RT)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), f. 222v-223
First Lines:
O lord oure lord þi name how merveilous
Is in þis large world sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and þerfore I you preie
Endith my song þat I shal of you say
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ þe prolog of þe Prioresse (f. 222v); Domine dominus noster et cetera (f. 222v, margin); þe prioresse (RT)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 233v-234
First Lines:
[O] lorde oure lorde thyn name how mervelous
Is in this large worlde I spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so faire I and therfore I ȝou preye
Gideth my song þat I shall of ȝou seye
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 91-91v
First Lines:
A Lord Ihesu in heuene how meruelous
Is in this large world y sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so fare I and ther fore I you pray
Gydeth my song that I shall you say
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prolog of the prioresse tale (f. 91); The prioresse
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), f. 102v
First Lines:
A lorde oure lorde thi name now mervelous
Is in this large worlde I sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I yow prey
Gydith my songe that I shal yow say
Attributed Title: here begynnyth the priores tale (f. 102v); the prioresse (RT)
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 215-215v
First Lines:
O lord oure lord thi name hou merueilous
Is in this large world sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Riȝt so faire I and therfor I you pray
Endeth my song that I shall of you say
Attributed Title: Prologus Monialis (RT); Here is ended the Prolog of the Prioresse… (f. 215v)
11.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 174v-175
First Lines:
O goode lord thyn Name how mervelous
Is in this large worlde spredde quod she…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so fare I and therfor I you preye
Tendyr myn songe þat I shall you saye
Note: Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale (on folios 156v-173v; lines IV.57-1200) and Prioress’s Prologue and Tale (incomplete, on folios 174v-177v; lines VII.453-632) of the Canterbury Tales. VII.467, 473, omitted in the Prologue.
12.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 133-133v
First Lines:
Lord oure lord thy name how merueyllous
Is in this large worlde y sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so fare I & therfore I yow preye
Gydeth my songe that I shall of yow seye
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth the Nonnes tale of / Alma redemtoris mater / The proheme of the Nonnes tale / Domine dominus noster (f. 133)
13.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 210v-211
First Lines:
lord our lord þin name how merveilous
Is in þis large word y spredde quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and þerfore I ȝou preye
Gydeþ my song þat I schal of ȝou seye
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe tale of Alma redemptoris þe prioresses Tale / DOmine dominus noster (f. 210v)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
14.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 204v-205
First Lines:
LOrd our lord thi name ever merveillous
Is in this large worlde Ispred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Riȝt so fare I & þerfore I you pray
Gidith my songe as I shal you say
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth þe Prioressez prolog / Domine dominus noster quia admirabile est nomen / in vniuersa terra (ff. 204-204v); Ende of the Priores prolog… (f. 205)
15.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, f. 171
First Lines:
O lorde oure lorde thine name howe mervelouse
is in this large worlde I sprede quoth she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and ther for I you pray
Gidith my songe that I shal of you say
Attributed Title: Prioresse (RT)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, f. 156
First Lines:
…Lady thyn bountee thyn magnificence
Thy vertu and thyn gret humylitee…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I & therfore I ȝow preye
Gydeth my song that I shal of ȝow seye
Note: VII.443-73 lost.
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 184-184v
First Lines:
LOrdinges oure lordes name so mervelous
Is in this large worlde spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I you pray
Guydeth my songe that I shall you say
Note: VII.442 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prores prologe / Domine dominus noster quam admirabile (f. 184); Priores (RT); Here endeth the priores prologe… (f. 184v)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.3, Part XX, single leaf, recto
First Lines:
…Wherfore in lande as I best kan or may
Of thee and of the white lilie flour…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I yow preye
Gydeth my song that I shal of yow seye
Note: Geoffrey Chaucer, lines VII.460-529 of the Prioress’s Prologue and Prioress’s Tale from the Canterbury Tales, possibly part of a once-complete copy of the text.
Attributed Title: Here Endith þe priouresses prologue… (recto, margin, different hand)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 64-64v
First Lines:
O lorde our lorde þi name howe marveillous
Is in þis worlde y spradde quod sche…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and þerfore I ȝowe praye
Gydith my songe þat I schall of ȝowe saye
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe tale of Alma redemptoris / Domine dominus noster (f. 64); Capitulum xviiim (f. 64, margin); The prioresse (RT)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 215-215v
First Lines:
[G]Od oure lord thi name how mervelous
ys in þis large worlde spredde quoth sche…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare y and þerfore y you prey
Gydeth my songe that I schall of you sey
Attributed Title: The Tale of þe Prioresse (f. 215); Prioresse (RT)
21.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 106rb-106va
First Lines:
O lorde oure lorde thi name hou merueilous
Is in this large world I sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Riȝt so fare I and therfor I you prey
Guideth my song that I shal of you sey
Attributed Title: …And her / Tale folwyng (f. 106rb)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 229v-230
First Lines:
O lord our lord thy name how merueylous
Is in this large world spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so fare I and therfore I the praye
Gydith my song that I shal of you seye
Attributed Title: prioresse (RT); Explicit tabula Prologus Priorisse… (f. 230)
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 82v-83
First Lines:
O lord oure lord thin name how meruylouse
IS thin large world I spradded quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so faire I and[torn]
Gideth my san[torn]
Note: VII.472-487 partially lost [MS torn].
Attributed Title: Here bygyneth the nonnes tale / of Alma Redemptoris mater (f. 75v)
24.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], f. 163
First Lines:
…Mi connyng is to weik O blisful quene
ffor to declare thi gret worthinesse…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and ther fore I yow preye
Endityth my song that I shal of yow seye
Note: VII.453-80 lost.
Attributed Title: th prioresse (RT)
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 177-177v
First Lines:
O Lord our lord thy name how merveilous
Is in this large world ysprad koth she…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so fare I and therfore I you prey
Guydeth my song that I shall of you sey
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe Priorese prologe / of Dominus dominus noster (f. 177)
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).
26.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 186-186v
First Lines:
[O] lord our lord thi name how meruelous
Ys in this large world spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Riht so fare I and therfore I telle the preye
Gidith my song that I shal of you seye
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus narracionis monialis Domine dominus noster (f. 186); The prioresse is tale (RT)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, f. 163v
First Lines:
O God our lord thi name how merueilous
Is in this large worlde spredde quod sche…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I & therfore I you praie
Gideth my song that I schall of you saie
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (f. 163v); The Prioresse (RT)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 97rb-97va
First Lines:
LOrd oure lorde thi name so mervelouse
Is in this large world I spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I & þerfore I yow pray
Gydith my song that I schalle yow sey
Attributed Title: Domine dominus noster quia Admirabile est nomen tuum et cetera / Cronica & miraculum (f. 97rb, rubric); Here Endithe þe prologe of þe priores (f. 97vb, rubric)
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 200-200v
First Lines:
O Lord oure lord þy name how merueylous
Is in þis large world I sprad quod sche…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and þerfor I ȝou pray
Endith my song þat I schal of ȝow say
Attributed Title: Domine dominus noster (f. 200, margin); priores hire prolog / endeþ þe prologe & here bygynne hir tale (f. 200v, margin, in scribe’s informal hand)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
30.Source: London, British Library Harley 1704, f. 28
First Lines:
O lord thy name howe precious
Hit is in this world how meruelous…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I & þerfore I you praye
Gydeth my tale that I shall of seye
Note: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Prologue and Tale, lines VII.453 [the first line conflates 453 and 455, the second 454 and 455; 456-466 are omitted]-690 of the Canterbury Tales.
Attributed Title: Alma redemptoris mater (f. 28, top, rubric)
31.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 72v-73
First Lines:
O lord oure lord thyn name how mervelous
Is in this large world I spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therto I yow pray
Gydeth forth my tale that I shal you say
Note: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Prologue and Tale, lines VII.453-683 of the Canterbury Tales.
32.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, f. 97
First Lines:
Lord our lord thi name how mervelous
is in this large world y spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…ryght so fare y and ther for y the pray
gide my song that y shall of the say
Note: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Prologue and Tale and Second Nun’s Tale in a religious miscellany.
Attributed Title: ffabula monialis de secunda maria (f. 97, upper margin, by scribe)
33.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 186-189v
First Lines:
O lorde oure lorde þi name howe mervelouse
Is in þis large werlde y spredde quod sche…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I yow preye
Gydeth my song þat I shal of yow seye
Attributed Title: Incipit Priorisse ffabula (f. 186); þe Prioresse (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.
34.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 234v-235
First Lines:
O lord our lord thy name how mervilous
Is in this large world I sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so faire I and therfor I yow preye
Guydith my song that I shal of yow seye
Attributed Title: …& / begynnyth the / tale of þe prioresse (f. 234v, margin)
35.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, f. 191
First Lines:
O lord oure lord thin name how merueylous
Is in this large worlde I spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I ȝou preye
Gydeth my song þat I schal of ȝou seye
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Tale (f. 191); The prioresse (RT)
36.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 198-198v
First Lines:
O lord oure lord þi nane so marvelous
Ys in þis worlde y sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…ffor so fare I and þerfore I you pray
Gydeth my songe þat I shalle to you say
Note: VII.462, 467 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth þe tale (f. 198)
37.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, f. 239v
First Lines:
O Lord oure lorde thy name how mervelous
Is in this large volume I sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Rightso fare I and therfor I you pray
Gideth my song that I shall of you saye
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth hir tale ffolwyng (f. 239v); [A] Tale of the Prioresse (RT)
38.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 209v-210
First Lines:
O lord oure lord thy name how merueilous
Is in this large world ysprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and ther fore I yow preye
Gideth my song that I shal of yow seye
Attributed Title: The proheme of the Prioresse tale / Domine cominus noster (f. 209v); The Prioresse (RT); Explicit prohemium (f. 210)
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.
39.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, f. 147
First Lines:
O lord our lord thy name so mervelouse
Is in this world I sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…But so fare I [?] [?]for I ȝew prey
Guydeth my song that I shall [blank]
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Priores hir tale (f. 146v)
40.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 27vb-28ra
First Lines:
O Lorde our lord þi name how meruelous
Is in þis large world y spredde quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfor I yow praye
Guydeth my song þat I shall of you saye
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale of Alma Redemptoris / Domine dominus noster (f. 27vb); Prioresse (RT)
41.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 80ra-80rb
First Lines:
O lord oure lord þi name how meruelous
Is in þis worlde spradde quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I you praye
Endeth my song þat y shal of you saye
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Priorasses tale of / Alma redemptoris (f. 79vb); The tale of the Priorasse (RT)
42.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, f. 80ra-80rb
First Lines:
O lord our lord thy name how merveillous
Is in this large werlde yspred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right soo fare I and there for I the prey
Gydeth my songe that I shall of you sey
43.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 202-202v
First Lines:
O lord our lorde þi name howe mervelous
Is in this large world Isprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and þerfore I ȝou preye
Gydeth my songe that I shall of you sey
Attributed Title: …and here bygynneþ þe Prioresse / hure tale of Alma redemptoris Mater (f. 202, rubric); The prioresse (RT)
44.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 188v-189
First Lines:
LOrd our lord þy name how meruelous
Is in this large world spred quod sche…
Last Lines:
…Ryȝt so fare y and þerfore I ȝou prey
Gidiþ my song þat I schall of ȝow say
Attributed Title: Here beginnyþ an oþer prolog Domine dominus noster (f. 188v); The Prioresse (RT)
45.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 254-254v
First Lines:
O Lord oure lord thy name how mervelous
Is in this large world I sprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfor I yow preye
Guydith my song that I shal of yow sey
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula de / domine dominus noster (f. 254); Alma Redemptoris mater (f. 254v)
46.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], ff. 173-174
First Lines:
Lorde oure lord thy Name euer marvelous
Is In this large worlde Ispred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I yow pray
Gydeth my song as I shall yow say
Note: Chaucer’s Second Nun’s Tale and Prioress’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales.
Attributed Title: Hic Incipit Miraculum Beate Marie Virginis / Dominus dominus noster quia admirabilis est nomen tuum / vniuersa terra (f. 173)
47.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 124-124v
First Lines:
O lord oure lord þi name howe mervelous
Is in this large vordle I spredde quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and þerfor I you prey
Gideth my song þat I shal of you sey
Attributed Title: Domine dominus noster (f. 124, margin); Prioresse (RT); Here endith þe prologe of þe Priores… (f. 124v)
48.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 81-81v
First Lines:
O lord our lord þi name how merveilous
Is in þis large world ysprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Riȝt so fare I and þerfore I ȝowe preye
Gideþ my songe þat I shal of ȝou seie
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ / þe Priores tale of Alma redemptoris mater (f. 81, rubric); Domine dominus / mater / Cap / þe Priores tale (f. 81, margin, rubric)
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.
49.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. 4ra-4rb
First Lines:
O lord oure lord thy name how merueillous
Is in this large world ysprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so faire I & therfore I yow preye
Gydeth my song þat I shal of yow seye
Attributed Title: …Here folweth the prologe of the Prioresse / tale / Domine dominus noster (f. 4ra); Here is ended the prologe of the Prioresses tale… (f. 4rb)
50.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. 157v
First Lines:
O lorde oure lorde thy name so mervelous
Is in this large worlde y spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare y and therfore y you preye
Gidith my songe that y shall of you seye
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prioresse hure prologge / Domine dominus noster quia et cetera (f. 157); Prioresse (RT)
51.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 69-69v
First Lines:
A lord lord Ihesu þy name how merueylous
Is in þis large world isprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Ryth so fare y & þerfore I ȝow prey
Gydeth my song þat I shall of ȝow say
52.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 202v-203
First Lines:
O lorde oure lorde thy name how mervelous
Is in this large worlde ysprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I you preye
Gydeth my songe that I shal you seye
Attributed Title: …And here bigynneth / Prioresses tale of Alma redemptoris Mater (f. 202v); The prioresse (RT)
53.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], f. 20v
First Lines:
O Lord oure lord thyn name how merveillous
Is in this large world spredde quod sche…
Last Lines:
…Ryght soo fare I and therfore I yow preye
Gydeth my song that I schall of yow seye
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale of Alma redemptoris mater þe Prioresse tale / Domine dominus noster Capitulum xviijm (f. 20)
54.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], f. 154v
First Lines:
Lord our lord thy name is euyr vertuouse
In this large world I spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfor I ȝewe prey
Guy my song that I shal ȝewe sey
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the Pryores her Prologg (f. 154v); Domine dominus noster quia / admirabile est / nomen tuum & cetera (f. 154v, margin)
55.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 148-148v
First Lines:
O lord oure lord thy name how merueillous
Is in this large world ysprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I yow preye
Gydeth my song þat I shal of yow seye
Attributed Title: …The prologe of the Prioresses tale / domine dominus noster (f. 148); Prioresse (RT); Explicit… (f. 148v)
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.
56.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 70ra-70rb
First Lines:
O lord of lordis þi name how mervailous
Is in this wide worold I spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I yow preye
guydeth my song that I shal of yow seye
Attributed Title: & subsequenter / incipit prohemium fabula hoc modo & cetera (f. 70ra)
57.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], f. 168
First Lines:
O lord oure lord thi name hou merveilous
Is in this large world ysprad quod she…
Last Lines:
…Riȝt so fare I and therfor I you pray
Guideth my song that I shal of you sey
Attributed Title: Hiere beginneth the Prioresses prolog / of domine dominus noster (f. 167v, rubric)
58.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 104rb-104va
First Lines:
God owre lord thy name how merveylous
Is in this large world spredde quod shee…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so fare I and therfore I yow preye
Gydiht my song that shall of yow seye
Attributed Title: domine dominus noster (f. 104rb); The prioressis tale (RT)
59.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 169v-170
First Lines:
GOd our lord thi name hough merueilous
In this large woorld is spredde quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I & therfore I you preye
Gideth my song & I shalle of you seye
Attributed Title: …and the tale folowiþ on þat oþir syde (f. 169, rubric)
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. 256v-257v
First Lines:
[L]Ord our lord thy name euer merueilous
Is in this large worlde I spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I you pray
Gidith my songe as I shal you say
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prioresses prolog / Domine dominus noster quam admirabile / est nomen tuum in vniuersa terra (f. 256v); Here endith the Prioresses prolog (f. 257v)
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. hh.6-hh.6v
First Lines:
[L]Ord our lord thy name euer merueilous
Is in this large world y spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I you praye
Gidith my songe as I shal you saye
Attributed Title: Here begnneth the prioresses prologue / Domine dominus noster quam admirabile / est nomen tuum in vniuersa terra (sig. hh.6); The Prologue (RT); Here endeth the prioresses prologu… (sig. hh.6v)
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. kk.6v-kk.7
First Lines:
[L]Orde oure lorde thy name euir maruelous
Is in this large worlde y spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Right so fare I and therfore I you pray
Gidith my song as I shalle you say
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the priouresses prologue / Domine dominus noster quam admirabile / est nomen tuum in vniuersa terra (sig. kk.6v); Here endith the priouresses prologue (sig. kk.7)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. q.6rb-q.6vb
First Lines:
[L]Ord our lord thi name is euer meruelous
In this large worlde y spred quod she…
Last Lines:
…Ryght so fare I and therfore I you praye
Gydeth my song as I shall you saye
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the prioresse / prologue / Domine dominus noster quam admirabile est / nomen tuum in vniuersa terra (sig. q.6rb)