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Our Host upon his stirrups stood anon
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Epilogue’ of the Man of Law’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 28 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): ‘Epilogue’ of the Man of Law’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; Lollardy
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 157-157v
First Lines:
OVre Ost vppon his stiropes stood anoon
and seide good men herkeneth euerychoon…
Last Lines:
…ne phislyas ne termes queynte of lawe
ther is but litil latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Shipman’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …And / next folwith the Shipman his prolog (f. 157); the Shipman (RT); Here endith the Shipman his prolog… (f. 157v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), f. 78v
First Lines:
Owre ost vpon his stiropes stood anon
And saide godemen herkenyth euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne philyas ne termes of lawe
Ther is but litul latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …and here bygynnyth þe prolog of þe squyer (f. 78v); squyer (RT) Here endith þe prolog of a þe / Squyers tale… (f. 78v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), f. 75v
First Lines:
Oure hoste vpon his stirop stode Anon
And seid good men herkeneth euery chone…
Last Lines:
…Ne phisik ne termies queynt of lawe
Ther is but litul latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …And next bigynneth þe prolog befor þe squiers tale (f. 75v); Here endeth þe prolog of þe squiers tale… (f. 75v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 98v-99
First Lines:
[O]Wre oost vppon his stiropes stoode anon
And seid goode men herkeneth euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phislays ne termes quente of lawe
Ther is but litel latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), f. 47v
First Lines:
OVre ost vp on his styrop styrt anon
And seyde good men herkeneth euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne physik ne termes queynte of lawe
Ther is but lytell latyn in my mawe
Note: II.1187 omitted; spurious line follows 1188; 1173-4 reversed. Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the squyers tale (f. 47v); The squyer (RT)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), f. 36v-37
First Lines:
Oure hoste vppon his stiroppe stode anone
And seide goodemen herkeneth euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne fysike nor termes queynte of lawe
There is but litill laden in my mawe
Note: II.1187 omitted; spurious line follows 1188. Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale (with ‘squyer’ written over an erasure of ‘sum’ at 1179).
Attributed Title: …and here begynnith the squiers prolog (f. 47v)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 79-79v
First Lines:
Oure oost upon his stiropes stood anon
And seide gode men herkeneth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne Phisilias ne termes of queynt lawe
Ther is but litill latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale but has ‘sompnour’ at 1179.
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the Prolog of the Squier (f. 79); Here endith the prolog of the Squier… (f. 79v)
8.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, f. 90
First Lines:
Owre oost vpon his stiropes stood anoon
And seyde goode men herkeneþ euerych on…
Last Lines:
…Ne phislyas ne termes queynte of lawe
Ther is but litel latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
9.Source: Oxford, New College 314, f. 69v
First Lines:
Our ost in his stiroppis stondith anon
And saide godemen herkeneth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phisilias ne termez queynte of lawe
There is but litil latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …Begynneth the squyeris prolog (f. 69v)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 76-76v
First Lines:
Oure hoste vppon his styropes stode anone
And seide good men herkenyth euerychone…
Last Lines:
…Be physlyas ne termes queynt of lawe
Ther is but litell latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Armigeri (f. 76); Squier (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 91-91v
First Lines:
Oure ooste vp on his stiroppes stoden onon
And saide goodmen herkeneth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phisicans termes ne quente lawe
Ther is but litill latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth þe prologe of þe Squier (f. 91); The Squiere (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 93-93v
First Lines:
[O]ure oste vpon his styrop stode anone
And said godemen herkeneth euerychone…
Last Lines:
…Ne of physyk ne of termez queynt of lawe
Ther is but lytul latyn in my mawe
Note: II.1187 omitted with spurious line following 1188. Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Squyer (f. 93)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), f. 34ra
First Lines:
Oure oost upon his stiroppis stood anon
And seide gode men herkeneth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne Phisilias ne termes of queint lawe
There is but litill latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: A prolog of the Squier ended… (f. 34ra)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 91v-92
First Lines:
OVr hoste in his stireppis stondith anon
And seide good men herkeneth euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne of phiskik ne termes queynt of lawe
There is but litil latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the Squiers prologe (f. 91v)
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 61v-62
First Lines:
Oure oost vpon his styropes stood anoon
And seide gode men herkeneth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…He schal no gospell glosen here ne teche
He leueth all in the grete god he…
Note: II.1182-90 lost. Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth þe prologe of þe Squier (f. 61v)
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, f. 68
First Lines:
Our oost vp on his stiropes stood a non
And seide good men herkeneth euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne speke no termes queynte of lawe
There is but litell latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prolog of the Squyers tale (f. 68); The Squyers Tale (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 68)
17.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 65va
First Lines:
Ovre hoste on his stiropis stode a non
And seithe goodemen harkenithe euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phisilias ne termes queynte of lawe
Ther is but litill latyne in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
18.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 86-86v
First Lines:
Our Ost vppon his styrops stood anoon
And seyde good men herkneth euerychoon…
Last Lines:
…And þerfor ost I warne þe byforn
My ioly body schal a tale telle
Note: II.1175 left blank; 1186-90 omitted; ‘Sayde the sompnour’ is the reading at 1179 even though the Wife of Bath’s Prologue follows.
Attributed Title: Here endith the Man of Lawe his tale… (f. 86v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
19.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 79
First Lines:
OWre Ost vpon his stereps stode anone
And seide goode mon herkeneþ euerychone…
Last Lines:
…Ne fisleas ne turnies queynte of lawe
There is bot litel latine in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: Incipit Prologus Armigeri (f. 79); Explicit prologus… (f. 79)
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.
20.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 95v-96
First Lines:
Ower Oste vpoon his styropes stode anone
And sayde gode Men harkeneþe euerychone…
Last Lines:
…Ne fyslias ne termes qweynte of lawe
Ther nys butte litulle latyne in my mawe
Note: II.1187 omitted with spurious line following 1188; the ‘Merchant’s Endlink’ (745) and ‘Squire’s Headlink’ (5024) follow with the whole sequence functioning as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …And begynnythe the prologe of the Squyre (f. 95v)
21.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, f. 82
First Lines:
OWre oost vpon his stiropes stood anon
And saide godemen herkeneth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phislyas ne termes queynte of lawe
Ther is but litel latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the squyers tale (f. 82); The Squyer (RT); Here endyth the prolog… (f. 82)
22.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, f. 78
First Lines:
Oure Oste vpoon hys styrroppys stode anone
And sayd gode men herknyth euereychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phillyas ne termes queynte of lawe
Ther ys but lytelle latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: Here begynnethe þe proloog of þe Squyer (f. 78); The Squyer (RT); Here endith þe proloog… (f. 78)
23.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 106v-107
First Lines:
OWre Oost vpon his stiroppis stood anoon
And seid good men herkeneth euerichoon…
Last Lines:
…Ne Philias ne termes quit queynt of lawe
I haue but litle latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Prolog of the squier (f. 106v); [A] Prolog of the squier (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the squier… (f. 107)
24.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 37vb
First Lines:
OWre ooste vpon hise stiropys stode a none
And seid good men herkeneth euerychone…
Last Lines:
…Ne phsicians termes ne queynte lawe
Ther is but litel latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …Now begynneth the prologe of the Esquyer (f. 37vb); the Squyer (RT)
25.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 84-84v
First Lines:
Owre host vpon his stiropes stood anoon
And seide good men herkeneth euerychone…
Last Lines:
…Ne phislyas ne termes quente of lawe
There is but litel latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the prologe of the Squier (f. 84); Explicit prologus… (f. 84v)
26.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 67-67v
First Lines:
Oure oste vpon his stirop stod anon
And seide gode men herkeneth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phisilias ne termes of qweinte lawe
Ther is but litil latin in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: The prologe of þe Squyer (f. 67, margin); The prolog of þe Squyer (RT)
27.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 97v-98
First Lines:
OWre host vpon his stiropes stoode anon
And saide goode men herkenyth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne fislias ne termys qweynt of lawe
Ther nys but litil latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Armigeri (f. 97v); Explicit Prologus… (f. 98)
28.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, f. 103
First Lines:
Oure hoost vpon his stiropes stood anon
And seide good men herkeneþ euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne Phislyas ne teermes queynt of lawe
Þer is but litel latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth the prologe of the sqwiere (f. 103); þe prologe (f. 103, margin); Here endeth the prologe… (f. 103v)
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.
29.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], f. 30
First Lines:
Oure ost vpon his styrop styrte anon
And seyde gode men herkeneth euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne physyk ne termes queynte of lawe
þer is but lyttel latyn in my mawe
Note: II.1187 omitted with spurious line following 1188; 1173-4 reversed; Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
30.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], f. 50v
First Lines:
Oure ost vppon hys styroppes stod a non
And seyde good men herkeneth euerychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phislyas ne termes queynt of lawe
Ther ys but lytil latyn in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …[H]ere bygynneth the prologe of the squyers tale (f. 50v, rubric); [H]ere endeth the prologe… (f. 50v, rubric)
31.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 51-51v
First Lines:
Our hoost on his stiroppis stode anon
And seid good men herkenyth everychon…
Last Lines:
…Ne Physilias ne termys queynt in lawe
There is but litil laton in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …And here begynyth a prologg (f. 51); Here endith the squyer his prolog… (f. 51v)
32.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 51ra-51rb
First Lines:
Owre Oost vpoon his stiropis stode anon
and seyde gode men herkenyht everichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne phislyas no termis queynte of lawe
Theer ne is but lytell latin in my mawe
Note: The link follows Gamelyn (3090) and functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: The prologge of the squier (f. 71ra)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 97-97v
First Lines:
[O]Vr hoost in his stiroppis stondith anon
And saide godemen herkeneth euerichon…
Last Lines:
…Ne of phisik ne termes queynte of lawe
There is but litil latin in my mawe
Note: Functions as a link to the Squire’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the squyeris prolog (f. 97)
Facsimiles:
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.