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Our Host gan to swear as he were wood
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Host’s Words’/‘Physician-Pardoner Link’ of the Canterbury Tales — 42 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): ‘Physician-Pardoner Link’; ‘Host’s Words’; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; pity; links
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 240-240v
First Lines:
Ovre Ost gan swere as he were woode
harrow quod he bi naylis & be bloode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wis quod he I most me bithinke
vppon some honest thing while that I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And / next bigynneth Iohn Pardoner his prolog (f. 240); Here endith the Pardoner his prolog… (f. 240v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 184v-185
First Lines:
Oure oost gan swere as he were wood
harow quod he be nayles & be blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt I wys quod he but I mote thinke
Vpon some honest thing wile þat I drinke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and here / bygynnyth þe prologe of þe pardoner (f. 184v); here endithe þe prologe… (f. 185)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 132-132v
First Lines:
[O]ure host gan swere as he were wode
harrow coth he by nailes and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt y wis coth he but I mut thynk
Vpon sum honest thing whils that I drynk
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 152-152v
First Lines:
Owre hoost gan to swere as he were wode
harrow quod he by nailes and by blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wyis quod he but y mote þinke
Vpon somme honeste þing while y drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth þe mery / talkyng of þe hoost to þe Phisicien and þe pardoner (f. 12)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 156v-157
First Lines:
Oure ost gan to swere as he were wode
Harow quod he bi nailes and be blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wis quod he but I must thenk
Vpon som honest thing whiles I shall drink
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And next biginneth / the Prolog of the Pardoner (f. 156v); The Pardonere (RT)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 216v-217
First Lines:
[O]Wr oste gan swere as he were woode
Harow quod he by nailes & by bloode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywys quod he but I most thynke
Vppon som honest thing while þat I drynke
And on þis manere bygan his tale
Note: Spurious line follows VI.328.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 94-94v
First Lines:
Owre oost gan swere as he were wood
Harow quod he be nayles and be blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte y wis quod he bot I moot thynk
Vpon som honest thyng whiles I drynk
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and / begynneth the pardoners prolog (f. 94); prolog pardoner (f. 94, margin)
8.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 119v-120
First Lines:
Oure oost gan to swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he by nailles & by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wys quod he but I mow thynke
Vpon som honest thyng while that I drynke
Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …The prohemye of the pardoners tale (f. 119v)
9.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 194v-194v
First Lines:
Owre oost gan for to swere as he were wood
harrow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…[torn]wys quod he but I moot þynke
[torn]m honest þing whil þat I drinke
Note: VI.319-28 partially lost (tear).
Attributed Title: Prologus (f. 194v, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
10.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 187v-188
First Lines:
Our oste gan swere as he were wood
Harow quod he be nailis & be blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte Iwis quod he but I muste thynke
Vpon sum honest thing whilis þat I drynke
Attributed Title: …And / Begynneth þe Pardoneris Prolog (f. 187v); Here endith þe prolog… (f. 188)
11.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, f. 174
Transcription:
Oure hoste gan swere as he were wode
harowe quoth he be nailis and be blode
Note: At the end of Prioress’s Tale, on fol. 174, the scribe writes VI.287-288 (the ‘Physician-Pardoner Link’), writes ‘vacat’ next to them, and begins the Pardoner’s Prologue.
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, f. 142
First Lines:
Oure hoost bygan to swere as he were wood
Harrowe quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wys quod he but I must thynke
Vpon som honest thyng whil that I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …& bigynneth the prologe of the Pardonere (f. 141v)
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).
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, f. 171
First Lines:
Oure hoste gan swere as he were wode
Harowe quod he by nayles and by blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte y wisse quod he but I moste thinke
Vpon some honeste thing whiles that I drynk
Attributed Title: …And thes bene the wordes of the hoste (f. 170v); Pardonere (RT); Here endeth the wordes of the hoste (f. 171)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 189v-190
First Lines:
Oure ooste gan swere as he were woode
Harrowe quod he by naylles and by blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wys quod he but I mote thynke
Vpon some honeste thyng whils þat I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe prologe of þe pardoner (f. 189v); þe prologe (RT); Here endith þe prologe… (f. 190)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 199v-200
First Lines:
[O]ure oste gan swere as he were wode
Harrow quod he by naylez and by blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte quoth he but y most thynk
Vp on some honest thynge while y drynk
Note: VI.297-8, 309-12, 323-4 omitted.
Attributed Title: …The prologe of þe perdoner (f. 199v)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 77va-77vb
First Lines:
Oure oost gan to swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he be nailes and be blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt quod he but I mot thinke
Vpon som honest thing whiles I drinke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And hiere beginneth a Prolog of the / Pardoner with his tale folwing (f. 77va)
17.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 206v-207v
First Lines:
Owre host gan to swer as he wer wood
Horowe quod he by naylys and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte y wys quod he but y most thynke
Vpon som honest thyng wyl that y drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: & Incipit prologus apparitoris (f. 206v); Pardoner (RT); Explicit prologus Questoris… (f. 207v)
18.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 52b-53
First Lines:
Oure Oste gan to swere as yhe were wood
Harow quod he by nailles and bi blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywis quod he but I mot thenke
Vppan som honest thing whiles I mot thenke…
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …& here bygynneth the Shipmans[sic] tale (f. 53)
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 148-148v
First Lines:
Our hoost gan to swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he bi nayles and bi blood…
Last Lines:
…But in the cuppe wol I me bithinke
Vpon som honest thing whil that I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 follow 299-300.
Attributed Title: …here bigynneth the prologe of the reheytyng of our hoost (f. 148); the pardoner (RT); Here endeth the reheytyng of our hoost… (f. 148v)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
20.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], f. 163
First Lines:
Oure Hoste bigan to swere as he were wode
Harrowe koth he by nayles and by blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunt ywis koth he but I most thynk
Vpon som honest þing while þat I drynk
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: & incipit / prologus de le Pardoner (f. 162v); Sic desinit prologus… (f. 163)
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).
21.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 171-171v
First Lines:
[O]Wr host gan to swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he bi nailis and bi blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt I wys quod he but I moste thynke
Vp on som honest thyng whil that I drynk
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here gynneth the proheme of the pardoneris tale (f. 171); The pardoner is tale (RT); Explicit prohemium… (f. 171v)
22.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 150v-151
First Lines:
Our ost gan swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he bi nailes & be blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt y wis quod he but I mote thynke
Vpon som honest thyng while that I drynke
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the Pardoner (f. 150v); The Pardoner (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 151)
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 94rb-94va
First Lines:
OVre host gan swere as he were wode
Harow quod he be nayles & be blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunt quod he but I must thinke
Vpon sum honest thing while that I drynk
Attributed Title: Here begynnythe þe Pardoners Prologe (f. 94rb)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 185-185v
First Lines:
OWre ost gan swere as he were wood
harrow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…But in þe cuppe wil I me beþinke
vpon some honest tale whil I drinke
Note: VI.299-300, 305-6 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth þe prologe of the Pardoner (f. 185); Pardoneres Tale (RT)
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 Harley 7335, ff. 158-158v
First Lines:
[O]ur ost gan to swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…But in the cuppe wol y me be thynke
Vpon sum honest thyng whil that y drynke
Note: VI.297-8 follow 299-300.
26.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 173-173v
First Lines:
OWre Oste gan swere as he war wode
Harrowe quod he be Nayles & be blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wysse quod he bot I most þenke
Vppon sum honest þinge whiles þat I drinke
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus questoris (f. 173); þe Pardonere (RT); Explicit Prologus questoris… (f. 173v)
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.
27.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 217v-218
First Lines:
Owre host gan swere as he were woode
Harrow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt I wis quod he but I must thynk
Vpon som honest thyng while that I drynk
Attributed Title: …And / bygynnythe þe prologe / of the pardoner (f. 217v, margin); Here endith þe prolog… (f. 218, margin)
28.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 177v-178
First Lines:
Oure oost gan swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he by naylles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt I wys quod he but I mote þink
Vpon some honest þing while þat I drink
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prolog of the pardoner (f. 177v, margin); þe prolog of þe perdoner (f. 177v, margin); The pardoner (RT); Here endith the prolog… (f. 178)
29.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 182-183
First Lines:
Eure oste gan swere as he were woode
Harrowe quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wys quod be but I mot thynk
Vpon some honest thynge whyle þat I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth þe Prologge of þe Perdoner (f. 182); The Pardoner (RT); [tear] endeth þe Proloog… (f. 183)
30.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 221-221v
First Lines:
Owre ost gan to swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he be nailes and be blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wys but mote I thynke
Vpon somme honest thyng whiles that I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Prolog of the Pardoners tale (f. 221); [A] Prolog of the PArdonere (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Pardoner… (f. 221v)
31.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 195-195v
First Lines:
Oure hoost gan to swere as he were wood
harrow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywis quod he but I moot thynke
Vpon som honeste thyng whil þat I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: The myry talkyng of the hoost to the Phisicien and the Pardoner (f. 194)
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.
32.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 187v-188
First Lines:
Oure ost gan swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywis quod he but I mot thinke
Vpon som honest thing while þat I drinke
Attributed Title: …and begynneth þe prologe of the Pardonere (f. 187v); Prologus (f. 187v, margin); The Pardoner (RT); Explicit prologus (f. 188, margin)
33.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 173-173v
First Lines:
OVre ost gan swere as he were wood
Harow quod he by nayll and bi blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wis quod he but I mote þenke
Vpon sum onest þing while that I drinke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And / Now beginnyth þe tale of þe pardonere (f. 173, heavily stained)
34.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 232v-233
First Lines:
OWre host gan to swere as he were woode
Harow quod he bi nailes and bi bloode…
Last Lines:
…I graunt I wis quod he but I must drynke
Vpon sum honest thyng while that I thynk
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit Prologus (f. 232v)
35.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 114v-115
First Lines:
Oure oost begynnyth to swere as he were wood
harrowe quod he bi nayles and bi blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wis quod he but I most thynke
Vpon some onest thyng while þat I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 follow 299-300.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth þe prologe of þe pardoners tale (f. 114v); Pardoners prologe (f. 114v, margin); Pardoner (RT); Robulcley / Pardoner (f. 115, margin)
36.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 215-215v
First Lines:
Oure hoost gan swere as he were wood
harrowe quod he by nailles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt Iwis quod he but I mote þink
Vpon som honest þinge whiles þat I drink
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prologe of þe / Pardonere (f. 215, margin); Thus endeþ þe prologe of þe pardoner… (f. 215v)
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 143 [olim Deene Park; post Cardigan-Brudenell, sold Sotheby’s, Feb. 1959], ff. 144-144v
First Lines:
Oure Oste begynneth to swere as he were wode
harowe quod he by nailes and by blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywis quod he but y moste thynke
vppon som honest thyng while that y drynke
Note: VI.297-8 follow 299-300.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the prologge of the Pardoner (f. 141); Pardoner (RT); Robulcley (f. 144v, margin)
38.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 187v-188
First Lines:
Oure hoost gan swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte Iwis quod he but I mot thinke
Vpon som honest thing while that I drynke
Note: VI.292, 299-300 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth the prologe of the pardoner (f. 187v); The prologe Of the Pardoner (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 188)
39.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 143-143v
First Lines:
Oure oste gan swere as he were wood
Harow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte quod he y wys but y moot thynke
Vppon som honeste thynge whyle that y drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And by gynneth the prologe of the pardoner (f. 143); Here endeth the prologe of the pardonere… (f. 143v)
40.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 146v-147
First Lines:
Oure hoost gan swere as he were wood
Harowe quod he be naylis and be blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte I wis quod he but I must think
Oppon som honest thing whilis that I drink
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Pardoner his prolog (f. 146v); Prologg pardonere (RT) Here endith the Pardonere his Prolog (f. 147)
41.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 136-136v
First Lines:
OVre Hoost gan to swere as he were wood
harrow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywis quod he but I moot thynke
Vp on som honeste thyng whil þat I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: …The wordes of the Hoost to the Phyisicien and the Pardoner (f. 136); Pardoner (RT)
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.
42.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, f. 64ra-64rb
First Lines:
Oure host began to swere as he were wood
harrow quod he by naylis and by blood…
Last Lines:
…but in the cuppe wil I me bethinke
vppon sum honest tale whils I drynke
Note: VI.299-300, 305-6 omitted.
Attributed Title: & subsequenter incipit prohemium fa / bule perdonarij hoc modo sequente (f. 64ra)
43.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], f. 154
First Lines:
Oure oost began to swere as he were wood
Harrow quod he be nayles and be blod…
Last Lines:
…I graunt I wis quod he but I must think
Vpon som honest thing whil that I drink
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Et incipit Prologus de la Pardoner / cum fabula sua (f. 153v)
44.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 97ra-97rb
First Lines:
Owre Ooste gan to swere as he were wood
harrow quod hee by naylis & by blood…
Last Lines:
…I grawnte I wis quod he but I mote thynke
Vppon svm honest thyng while that I drynke
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Thee pardoner (RT); Here endyht thee prologe of the pardoner (f. 97rb)
45.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 154-154v
First Lines:
Oure host gan swere as he were wode
harrow quod he bi nailis and bi blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywis quod he but I mot think
vpon sum honest thing while þat I drink
Note: VI.297-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Pardoner (f. 154, 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. 237-237v
First Lines:
[O]Vr oste gan swere as he were wood
Harow quod he be naylis and be blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywis quod he but I muste thynke
Vp on sum honest thing whylis that I drynke
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Pardoneris prolog (f. 237); Here endith the Pardoners prolog… (f. 237v)
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. ff.6-ff.6v
First Lines:
[O]Vr hoost gan swere as he wer wood
Harow quod he by naylis and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywys quod he but I must thynke
Vp on sum honest thynge whilis that I drynke
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the wordes / Of the Hoost (sig. ff.6); The Prologue (RT); Here endeth the wordes of the hoost… (sig. ff.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. hh.4v-hh.5v
First Lines:
[O]Vr hoost gan swere as he were wode
Harow quod he by nayles and by blode…
Last Lines:
…I graunte ywys quod he but I must thynke
Vpon som honest thyng whiles that I drynke
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the wordes of the hoost (sig. hh.4v); The prologue of the Pardonere (RT); Here endith the wordes of the hoost… (sig. hh.5v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. p.5ra-p.5rb
First Lines:
[O]Vr hoste gan swere as he were wood
harow quod he by nayles and by blood…
Last Lines:
…I graunt ywys quod he but I must thynke
Vpon sum honest thyng whyles that I drynke
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the wordes / of the hoste (sig. p.5ra); Here endyth the wordes of / the hoste… (sig. p.5rb)