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Our Host saw well that the bright sun
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Introduction to the Man of Law’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 98 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Introduction to the Man of Law’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; context; tales; Chaucer
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 141-142v
First Lines:
OVre Oste saw wel that the bright sonne
the arke of his artificial day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…and with that worde he with a sobre chere
bigan his tale as ye shal after here
Attributed Title: …And nexte / bigynneth the man of lawe his prolog & cetera (f. 141); the man of lawes prolog (RT); Here endith the man of lawe his prolog… (f. 142v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 63-64
First Lines:
Owre ost saw wel þat þe bright sonne
The arke of his artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat word he with a sobes chere
Bygan his tale as ȝe shal aftir here
Attributed Title: …and here bygynnyth / þe Prologe of þe man of law (f. 62v); The man of law (RT); here endith þe prologe of þe man of law… (f. 64)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 51v-52v
First Lines:
[O]ure host saugh wel þat þe briȝt sunne
The arche of his artificial day haþ runne…
Last Lines:
…And with that wurd he with a sobir chere
Began his tale as ye shulle aftir here
Note: II.57-96 omitted.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 56-57
First Lines:
Oure host saugh wel þat þe bryght sonne
þe ark of his artificial day hath y ronne…
Last Lines:
…I speke in prose and let hym rymes make
And with þat word he with a sory chere
Bygan his tale as ye may after here
Attributed Title: Here folowen the wordes of the hoost / vnto the man of lawe (f. 56); Hoost (RT); Here enden the words of the hoost / vnto the man of lawe… (f. 57)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 50v-51v
First Lines:
Oure host sawe wel þat þe briȝt son
The ark of his artificiall day hath y ron…
Last Lines:
…And with þat worde with a sobre chere
Bigan his tale as ye shall aftre here
Attributed Title: …And next biginneth þe prolog of þe man of lawes tale (f. 50v); The prolog of þe man of lawe (RT)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 125v-127
First Lines:
Oure host saugh wel þat þe bright sonne
The ark of his artificial dai haþ ronne…
Last Lines:
…And wiþ þat worde he with a sobre chere
Begynneþ his tale as ye shul aftir here
Attributed Title: …Here begynneþ þe prolog of þe man of lawe (f. 125v); þe man of lawe (RT)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 81-83v
First Lines:
[O]Wre oste saugh wele þat the bryghte sonne
The ark of his artificiale day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that worde he with a sobre chere
Bigan his tale as ȝe shall here
Note: The exemplar apparently had two sheets disarranged, as the MS has II.91 followed by 173-254 (fols. 82v-83v, with a later corrector’s marks indicating the proper sequence), followed in turn by 93-172, 337-418, 255-336, 419, etc. London, British Library Royal 18 C.II (no. 34 below) has the same sequence of misarranged lines due to transposed folios and thus may be the exemplar for this portion of the Laud MS.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 29-30v
First Lines:
Ovre ost say wel that the bright sonne
The ark of his artificiall day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a nobull chere
Bigan his tale as ye shall after here
Note: II.3-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prolog of the seriauntes tale (f. 29); The seriaunt (RT)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 23-24v
First Lines:
Oure hoste sawe well þat the bright sonne
The arke of his artificiall day haþ y ronne…
Last Lines:
…and with that worde with a sobre chere
Bigan his tale as ye shall after here
Attributed Title: Here begynnith the man of lawes prolog and his tale seweth of Constance (f. 23); the Man of lawe (RT)
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 61v-63
First Lines:
Oure oost sauȝ wel þat the brigt sonne
The Ark of his artificiall day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobir chiere
Began his tale as ye shall aftir here
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the lawiers prolog with his tale folwing (f. 61v); The lawier tale (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Man of Lawe… (f. 63)
11.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 190-191
First Lines:
Ovre ooste saugh wele that the brighte sonne
The Arke of his Artifical day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobre chere
Bygan his tale as ye shall aftir here
Attributed Title: The proheme of the tale of the man of / lawe of Custance (f. 190)
12.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 73v-75
First Lines:
Owre oost saugh wel þat by þe brighte sonne
The ark of his artificial day hadde ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat word he with a sobre chere
Bigan his tale as ȝe schal after heere
Attributed Title: cmvm (f. 73v, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
13.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 52v-54
First Lines:
Oure oste saw þat by þe briȝt sonne
The Ark of his artificial day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat word he wit a sobir chere
Began his tale as ye shul here
Note: II.42 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and / Begynneth þe man of lawis prolog (f. 52v)
14.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 182v-184
First Lines:
oure hoste sawe welle that the bright sonne
the cooke of his artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…and with that worde he with a sobre chere
began his tale as ye shul aftir here
Note: II.36 omitted. There is a small ‘h’ guide letter where an ‘o’ might be expected, for which a lombard ‘T’ was executed, but the first word of text is ‘oure’.
Attributed Title: Prologus legis periti (f. 182v); Man of lawe (RT)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 54-55
First Lines:
Oure host saw wel þat the bright sonne
The ark of his artificiale day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sober chere
Bygan his tale as ȝe shuln after here
Attributed Title: & Incipit prologus Legis periti (f. 54); Hic finitur prologus legis periti… (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).
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 194-194v
First Lines:
…And þerfore by þe schadewe he tok hese wit
That phebus which þat schon so cler & bryȝt…
Last Lines:
…Of swiche cursede storyis I seye fy
Or ellis of Thiro appolonyus…
Note: II.1-9, 82-98 lost.
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. The Cambridge MS (University Library, Gg.4.27) of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 4, 10, 17, 28, 33, 40, 52, 66. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 62v-63v
First Lines:
Oure hoste sawe wele that the bright sonne
The serkle of his artificell day hadde ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that worde he with a sobere chere
Began his tale as ye shall after here
Attributed Title: Prologus Iuris parti (f. 62v); The man of lawe (RT)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 77-78
First Lines:
Our oste sawh wele þat þe briȝt sone
The arke of his articiall day hadde ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat worde he with a sobre chere
Be gan his tale as ȝe schall after here
Attributed Title: Incipit prohemium fabule legisperiti (f. 77); Capitulum 5m (f. 77, margin); The man of lawe (RT)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 77v-78
First Lines:
[O]ure oste sawh well that þe bryght sonne
The Arke of his artyficyall day had y ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat word with a sober cher
Bygan his tale as ye schull here
Note: II.3-9, 12-15, 17-4, 31-2, 41-4, 77-80, 85-8, 93-6 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of þe man of lawe (f. 77v)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 26ra-26vb
First Lines:
Oure oost sauȝ well that the briȝt sonne
The Ark of his artificall day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobre chier
Began his tale as ye shal aftir hiere
Note: II.32 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: A Prolog of the man of Lawe (f. 26ra); Hiere thende is of the prolog of the man of lawe… (f. 26vb)
21.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 73v-76
First Lines:
Ovre hoste sawe that by the bright sonne
The Ark of his artificial day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that worde he with a sobir chere
Began his tale as ye shalle aftir here
Attributed Title: …and / begynneth the man of lawes prologe (f. 73v)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 67-68v
First Lines:
Owr hoost saw wel that the bryht sonne
The ark of his artificiall day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he wyth a sobre chere
Began his tale as ye shal aftir here
Attributed Title: & incipit prologus Iurisperiti (f. 67); prologus (RT); Explicit prologus Iurisperiti… (f. 68v)
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 31-32
First Lines:
…What she hath host hit in hir want[torn]
Let vs nought moule thus in idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobre chere
Bygan his tale as ye shuln after here
Note: II.1-30 lost.
Attributed Title: Prologus (RT)
24.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 43-43v
First Lines:
Ovre hoost saugh wel that the bryght sonne
The ark of his artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…The plente of Dyane and of Hermyone
Of Adryane and Isiphilee…
Note: II.68-98 lost.
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneth the prolog of th Sergeantes tale (f. 43); The Sergeaunt (RT)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 64-65v
First Lines:
Oure hoost sawe wele that the bright sonne
The Arke of his artificiall day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sober chere
Began his tale as ye shull after here
Attributed Title: …And here folowen þe / wordes bitwene the hoost and the man of lawe (f. 64); Hic finitur prologus legis periti… (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).
26.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 49-49v
First Lines:
Oure Ost saugh wel þat þe bright sonne
The Ark of his artificial day hadde ronne…
Last Lines:
…Of Brixseide and of the ladomya
The cruelte of quene Medea…
Note: II.73-98 lost.
Attributed Title: …And here byginneth þe prologe of þe man of lawe (f. 49); The Man of lawe (RT)
27.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 64v-66
First Lines:
[O]Wr hoost saw wel that the bryht sonne
The ark of his artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with asobre cheere
Bigan his tale as ye shal aftir heere
Attributed Title: …Heer bigynneth the prolog of þe sergeantes tale of lawe (f. 64v); The prolog of þe Sergeant[trimmed] / tale (RT)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 55v-56v
First Lines:
[O]ure Oste saugh well that the bright sonne
The arke of his artaficiall day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that worde he with a sobre chere
Began his tale as ye schull after here
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the man of lawe (f. 55v); The Man Of lawe (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 56v)
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 60ra-60va
First Lines:
Owre hooste saughe weele þanne by þe bryght sonne
þe arke of þe artificiall day haþe þoo eronne…
Last Lines:
…Ryght with þat worde I with a sobre cheere
By ganne my tale as ye shull aftir heer
Note: II.36-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and nexste / ffolowyng begynneþe þe prologe of þe man of / lawes tale (f. 60ra); Þe prologe of þe man of lawes tale (RT); Þus Eondithe þe prologe of þe man of lawes tale… (f. 60va)
30.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 71-72
First Lines:
Owre Hoste sawh þat þe brighte sonne
The arke of his artifical day haþ I ronne…
Last Lines:
…And wiþ þat word he wiþ a sobre cheere
Bygan his tale as ȝe schal after heer
Attributed Title: The man a lawe (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 72)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
31.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 43-44
First Lines:
[O]Vre host saugh wel that the bright sonne
The ark of his Artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobre chere
Bygan his tale and said as ye shal after here
Attributed Title: Prologus legisperiti (f. 43, margin)
32.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 65-66
First Lines:
OWre Oste sauhe wele þat þe briht sonne
The arke of his artificial daie had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And wiþ þat worde he wiþ a sobre chere
Began his tale as ȝe schal after here
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Legis periti (f. 65); prologus legisperiti (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.
33.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 79v-81
First Lines:
Ower oste saughe well the brighte sonne
The Arke of his Artificiall daye haþe yronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that worde he with A sobre chere
Bigan his tale as ye schullen after here
Attributed Title: …And / begynnythe the prologe of the Man of Lawe (f. 79v); Here endith the prolog of þe man of lawe… (f. 81)
34.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 67v-70
First Lines:
OWre ost saugh wel þat þe brighte sonne
The ark of his artificial day hadde ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat word he with a sobre cheere
Bigan his tale as ye shal after here
Note: Two bifolia are transposed (ff. 69+72 and 70+71), producing the sequence II.91 followed by 173-254, 337-418, 255-336, 419, etc. Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234) (no. 7 above) has the same sequence of misarranged lines. The scribe indicates the correct ordering in a series of notations at the foot of ff. 69, 70v, top of f. 71, bottom of f. 71v, top of f. 72, foot of f. 72v, and top of f. 73.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the man of lawe (f. 67v); The man of lawe (RT); Here endyth the prolog… (f. 70)
35.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, f. 63
First Lines:
…The barayne ysle stondynge in þe see
They dreynt leandre for his Erro…
Last Lines:
…And with þat worde he with a sobre chere
Bygan his tale as ye shul after here
Note: II.1-67 lost.
Attributed Title: The Man of lawe (RT); Here endithe þe proloog… (f. 63)
36.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 86v-88v
First Lines:
OWre Oost saugh wele þat the bryght sonne
The Ark of his artificiall day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that woord he with a sobre chere
Began his tale as ye shalle after here
Note: II.42 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Prolog of the man of lawe (f. 86v); [T]He Prolog of the lawer (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the man of law… (f. 88v)
37.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 112-113
First Lines:
Ovre hoost saw wel that the brighte sonne
The ark of his artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobre cheere
Bigan his tale as ye shal after heere
Attributed Title: The proheme of the Mannes tale of Lawe (f. 112); The Man of lawe (RT)
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.
38.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 34ra-34vb
First Lines:
Oure oste saugh weel þat þe bright sonne
The arke of hise artificiall day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat worde he with a a sobre chier
Byganne hise tale as ye shal after here
Attributed Title: …and now begynneth the prologe of the man of lawe (f. 34ra); The Man of lawe (RT)
39.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 69-70v
First Lines:
OWre hoost saugh wel þat þe bright sonne
The ark of his artificial day hadde y ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat word he with a sobre chere
Bigan his tale as ȝe shal after here
Attributed Title: …and folwen þe wordes / of þe auctour and of þe hoost Prologus (f. 69); The prologe Of þe man of lawe (RT); Thus endeth þe prologe… (f. 70v)
40.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 53-54
First Lines:
OWre oost saw well that the sonne
The ark of his artificiall hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with sobre chere
Began his tale as ȝe shall here
Note: II.32 omitted; spurious line follows 33.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Man of lawe (RT)
41.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 78-79v
First Lines:
Owre host saw wele that the high sonne
The Ark of the artificial day had I ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobre chiere
Bigan his tale as ye shal after here
Note: II.61-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: …The prophemye of the manne of lawes tale (f. 78); Explicit prologus… (f. 79v)
42.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 46v-47v
First Lines:
Oure oost sawe wel þat þe bright son
The arc of his artificiall day had ron…
Last Lines:
…And with þat worde he with a sobre chere
Be gan his tale as ye schal after here
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus fabula legisperiti (f. 46v); prologus legisperiti &cetera (f. 46v, margin)
43.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 84v-86
First Lines:
Oure hoost segh wel þat þe briȝt sonne
þe arke of þis artificial day hadde ronne…
Last Lines:
…And wiþ þat word he wiþ a sobre chere
Began his tale as ȝe shal after here
Attributed Title: …And here by / gynnes þe prologe of þe man of lawe (rubric, f. 84v); Prologus / viri legis (rubric, f. 84v, margin); þe Prologe (RT); Thus endeþ þe prologe (rubruc, f. 86)
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.
44.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. 51-52
First Lines:
Oure hoste sawe well that the bright sonne
The Arke of his artificiall day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…An with that worde he with a sobre chere
Began his tale as ye shull aftur here
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus legis periti (f. 51); Prologus legis / periti (f. 51, margin); Man of lawe (RT); Hic finitur prologus legis periti (f. 52)
45.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 10v-12
First Lines:
Oure ost seed wel þat þe bryth sonne
þe ark of his artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with þat word he with a sober chere
Began his tale as shull after here
Note: II.3-4 reversed.
46.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 74-75
First Lines:
Owre hoost saugh wel that the brighte sonne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobre chere
Bigan his tale as ye shal after here
Attributed Title: …And after foloweth / the prologe of the man of lawe (f. 74); The prologe of the man of lawe (RT); Thus endeth the prologe… (f. 75)
47.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], f. 52
First Lines:
…That loued hir oune brother synfully
Of such cursed storyes y sey fy…
Last Lines:
…And with that worde he with a sobre chere
Bygan hys tale as ye schl after here
Note: II.1-78 lost. 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: Here endeth the prologe… (f. 43v)
48.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2 [olim Rosenbach 158; prior W. A. White]
Transcription:
…Ther I com aftir him þe wich have be lake
I speke in prose and lete him rymes make
And with tho wordis he with a sobir chere
Began his tale as yee shul aftir here
Note: All but II.95-98 lost.
49.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 34v-36
First Lines:
Our Hoost sawe wele be þe bright son
The ark of his artifical day had I ron…
Last Lines:
…And with þes wordis he with asobir chere
Began his tale as yee shul aftir here
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the man of lawe his Prolog (f. 34v); Prolog (RT); Here endith the prologg (f. 36)
50.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 49-50
First Lines:
Ovre hoost saugh wel that the brighte sonne
The ark of his artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobre cheere
Bigan his tale as ye shal after heere
Attributed Title: The wordes of the Hoost to the comaignye (f. 49); Man of lawe (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.
51.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 24va-25ra
First Lines:
Oure host saugh that þe bright sonne
the ark of his artificial had ronne…
Last Lines:
…and with that wurd he with a sobre chere
began his tale as yee shul aftir heere
Attributed Title: & subsequen / ter sequntur verba Galfridi Chauncers / compilatoris libri (f. 24va); Verba Hospitis ad totam comitinam (f. 24va); Verba hospitis ad seruientem legis (f. 24vb); Responsio ad hospitem (f. 24vb)
52.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 54v-55v
First Lines:
Oure oost sauȝ that the briȝt sonne
The arke of his artificial day hath ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sober chere
Began his tale as ye shal aftir hiere
Attributed Title: …And hiere beginneth / the Prolog of the man of lawe (rubric, f. 54)
53.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 63ra-63vb
First Lines:
Ovre ost sawe weell that the bryght svnne
The ark of his artificial day hadde I runne…
Last Lines:
…and with that word hee with a sobre chere
By gan his tale as yee schll after here
Attributed Title: Prologge Man of Lawe (f. 63ra)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 77-79
First Lines:
[O]Vre hoost saw that by the bright sonne
The ark of his artificial day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that word he with a sobir chere
Began his tale as ye shul after here
Attributed Title: …And / begynneth the man of lawis prolog (f. 77)
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.6-i.7
First Lines:
[O]Vre host saw wel that by þe bryght sonne
The ark of hys artificial day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…And wyth that word he wyth a sobyr chere
Began hys tale as ye shul aftyr here
Note: Verse ends on sig. G2.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth / the man of lawys prologe (sig. i.6); The man of Lawys Prologe (RT); Here endeth the prologue… (sig. i.7)
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.3v-h.5
First Lines:
[O]Vre hoost sawe wele by the bright sonne
The arke of his artificialle day is ronne…
Last Lines:
…And with that worde he with a sobre chere
Began his tale as ye shalle after here
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the man of lawes prologus (sig. h.3v); Here endith the man of lawes prologe (sig. h.5)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. f.1ra-f.1vb
First Lines:
[O]vr host sawe well by þe bryght sonne
The ark of his artifyciall day had ronne…
Last Lines:
…and with that worde he wyth a sobre chere
Began his tale as ye shull after here
Attributed Title: …and be / ginneth the man of lawes prologe (sig. f.1); Here endyth the man of lawe prologue… (sig. f.1v)