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Sir Clerk of Oxenford our Host said
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Clerk’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales —56 lines in rhyming couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Clerk’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; Petrarch; links
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 65v-66
First Lines:
SIr clerke of Oxonford oure ost sayde
ye ride as quoy & stille as a mayde…
Last Lines:
…save he wol conveye his matiere
But this is the tale which ye shal hiere
Attributed Title: …And next folwith / the Clerke of Oxonford is prolog (f. 65v); the clerkes prolog (RT); Here endith the clerke of Oxonford his prolog… (f. 66)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 134-134v
First Lines:
Sir Clerk of Oxenford oure Ost seide
Ȝe ride as koy and stille as a maide…
Last Lines:
…Saue þat he wol conueien his mater
But þis is þe tale whiche ȝe may here
Note: Blank line follows IV.48; 50 omitted.
Attributed Title: The Clerk of Oxenford (RT)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 89v-90
First Lines:
[S]ir Clerk of Oxford oure host said
ye ride as stille and coy as doþ a maid…
Last Lines:
…Saue that ye wil conceyue his matiere
But this is the tale which ye may here
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Clerk of Oxenford (f. 89v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 98v-99v
First Lines:
Sir clerk of Oxenforde oure host seyde
ye ride as koy and stylle as doth a Mayde…
Last Lines:
…Save þat he wol conueyen his matere
But this his tale which þat ye may here
Attributed Title: …And begynneþ / þe prohemium of þe clerke of Oxonforddes Tale (f. 98v); Clerke (RT)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 164v-165
First Lines:
O sir Clerk of Oxenford oure oost saide
ye ride as still & as koy as doth a maide…
Last Lines:
…Save þat he will conueyen his matere
But this is his tale as ye shal here
Attributed Title: …And next begynneth the / Prolog of the Clerk of Oxenford (f. 164v); The Clerk (RT); Here endeth the prolog of the Clerk… (f. 165)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 110-110v
First Lines:
Sir clerk of Oxenforde oure ost saide
Ye ride as stille and quoy as doþ a maide…
Last Lines:
…Saue he wol conueien his matere
But þis is þe tale whiche ye shal here
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prolog of the / Clerc of Oxenford (f. 110); þe prolog of þe clerc (RT)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 158v-159v
First Lines:
[S]ire clerk of Oxenford oure oste seide
Ȝe ride as stille as coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue he wolle conveien his matere
But this is the tale whiche þat ȝe shullen here
Note: IV.50 lost.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 58-59
First Lines:
SIre clerk of Oxenford oure ost sayde
Ye ryden as stille & coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue that he wolde conueye his matere
This is the tale as ye may here
Attributed Title: He bigynneth the prolog of the Clerkes tale of Oxenford (f. 58); The clerk (RT)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale, a Six-Text Print from 6 MSS not containing the Pardoner’s Tale. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 92. London: Trübner, 1899.
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 74v-75
First Lines:
SIr clerk of Oxenforde oure hoost saide
ye ride as coy and stil as a maide…
Last Lines:
…Save that he wil contenev his matere
Bot this is the tale which ye may here
Note: IV.50 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the clerk of Oxenfordes prolog (f. 74v)
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 107v-108v
First Lines:
Sir clerk of oxenford our oost said
Ye ride as stille and coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue that he wole conueyen his matere
But this is his tale which ye may here
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the Prolog of the Clerk / of Oxenford (f. 107v); Prologus Clerici (RT); Hic finitur Prologus Clerici Oxonie… (f. 108v)
11.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 102-103
First Lines:
Syr clerke of Oxenford oure ooste sayde
ye ride as coy & stille as doth a maide…
Last Lines:
…Saue that he wolle conuoyen his matere
But this is his tale whiche that ye may here
Attributed Title: …The prohemye of the Clerkys tale of Oxenford (f. 102)
12.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, f. 129v
First Lines:
SIre clerk of Oxenford oure oste sayde
ȝe ryde as stille and coy as doþ a mayde…
Last Lines:
…ffrances Petrake þe laureat poete
highte þis clerk whos retorique sweete…
Note: IV.33-56 lost.
Attributed Title: …here bygenneþ þe prologe of þe clerk of Oxenford (f. 129v); Clerk (RT, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
13.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 130v-131
First Lines:
SIr clerk of Oxenford our ost saide
Ye ride as quoy and stille as doth a maide…
Last Lines:
…Save that he wol conueye his matere
But thus he begynneth his tale as ye mow here
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth þe prolog of þe clerk of Oxen / forde (f. 130v)
14.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 106v-107v
First Lines:
Sire Clerke of Oxenford oure hoste saide
Ye ride as stille as Doth a maide…
Last Lines:
…saue he wil conveyen his matere
but this is the tale whiche ye shal here
Note: IV.52 omitted.
Attributed Title: Prologus (f. 106v); Griselde (RT)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 92v-93
First Lines:
Sire Clerk of Oxenford oure host sayde
ȝe ride as stille and coy as dooth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue he wole conueyen his matere
But this is the tale which þat ȝe moun heere
Attributed Title: & incipit prologus clerici de Oxonia (f. 92); Hic desinit prologus… (f. 93)
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 Ii.3.26, ff. 135-136v
First Lines:
SIr clerke of Oxinforde oure hoste saide
Ye ride as Coye as ye were a maide…
Last Lines:
…Save that he wil conveyen his matere
But this is his tale which that ye may here
Attributed Title: …And next be / gynneth the Clerke of Oxinforde (f. 135); The Clerke of Oxinforde (RT); Here Endeth the Clerkes prologe… (f. 136v)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 139-139v
First Lines:
Sire clerke of oxenford oure ooste saide
Ȝe ride as stille and coy as doth a maide…
Last Lines:
…Saue he woll conueien his matiere
But þis is þe tale þat ȝe schall here
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth þe prologe of þe Clerke of Oxenforde (f. 139); the clerk of oxenforde (RT); Here endith þe prologe… (f. 139v)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], f. 160
First Lines:
[S]Ir Clerke of Oxenford oure oste sayde
Ye ryde as stylle and coy as a mayde…
Last Lines:
…And now woll y procede to my matere
This ys my tale which ye schull here
Note: IV.29-30, 33-54 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of þe clerk of Oxenford (f. 160)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 45va-45vb
First Lines:
Sir clerk of Oxenford oure Oost saide
Ye ride as stille and coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saf that he woll conueyen his matere
But this is his tale wich ye may hiere
Attributed Title: Hiere endith the Prolog of the Clerk / of Oxenford… (f. 45vb)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 157-157v
First Lines:
SIr Clerke quod oure oste of Oxenforde
Ye ryde as quoy and stille as doth amayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue that he wolle conuey his matere
But thus he begynneth his tale as ye may here
Attributed Title: …and / Here begynneth the Clerke of Oxenfordes tale (f. 157, rubric)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 128-129
First Lines:
SIre clerk of Oxonforde our host saide
ye ryde as styll and coy as doth a maide…
Last Lines:
…Sauf that he wolde conveye his matere
But this is the tale which ye may here
Attributed Title: & Incipit Prologus clerici Oxoniensis (f. 128); Explicit Prologus clerici Oxoniensis… (f. 129)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 64-64v
First Lines:
SIr Clerk of Oxenford oure hoste saide
Ye ride as stille as koy as doth amaide…
Last Lines:
…Safe that he wol conueyen his matiere
But this is the tale as ye shuln here
Attributed Title: Explicit prohemium fabule Grysyldis… (f. 64v)
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 90-90v
First Lines:
Sire clerk of Oxenford our hoost sayde
ye ride as tylle and coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Sauf that he wole conueyen his matere
But this is his tale which that ye may here
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prologe of the Clerkes tale of Oxenford (f. 90); the Clerk (RT); Here endeth the prologe… (f. 90v)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
24.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 108-108v
First Lines:
Sire clerk of Oxenford our hoost seid
Ye ride as coy and still as a maid…
Last Lines:
…Save þat he woll conveye his matere
But this is his tale which þat ye may here
Attributed Title: & incipit prologus / Clerici Oxon cuius fabula est de Grisilde mitissima (f. 108); Hic desinit prologus Clerici Oxon… (f. 108v)
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).
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], f. 103v
First Lines:
SIre clerk of Oxenford oure oost saide
ȝe ryde as stille & coy as doth amaide…
Last Lines:
…As preved by his wordes & his werk
As preved by his wordes and his werk…
Note: IV.29-56 lost.
Attributed Title: Here beginneþ the prolog of þe clerk of Oxenford (f. 103v)
26.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 111v-112
First Lines:
[S]Ire clerk of Oxenford our host sayde
Ye ryde as stille and coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Sauf that he wolde conveye his mateere
But this is the tale which ye may here
Attributed Title: Heer begynneth the clerkys tale of Oxenforde of Grisylde (f. 111v); The prolog of the clerkes tale (RT); Hic desinit prologus clerici Oxon (f. 112, margin)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 114-114v
First Lines:
Sire clerke of Oxenford our Ost saide
Ye ride as stille as coy as doth a maide…
Last Lines:
…Saue he woll conueyn his matere
But this is the tale whiche that ye schall here
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prolog of the clerke of Oxenford (f. 114); The Clerk of Oxenford (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 114v)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 77ra-77rb
First Lines:
Syr Clerke of Oxinford oure host seide
Ye Ryde as quoye and stille as a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Save that he wolle Convey his mater
But thus begynnith his tale as ye now here
Note: IV.20, 51 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Clerk of Oxonfordes Prologe (f. 77ra, rubric)
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 116v-117
First Lines:
SIr clerk of Oxenford our hoste sayde
Ȝe ryde as stille and coy as doþ a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue þat he wold conueyen his matiere
But þis is þe tale which þat ȝe schuln heere
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth þe Clerk of Oxenford prologe (f. 116v); The Clerk Of Oxenford (RT); Explicit prohemium… (f. 117); Explicit prohemium… (f. 117, 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 7335, ff. 99v-100
First Lines:
[S]Ire Clerk of Oxenford oure oste saide
Ye ride as stille and coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Sauf that he wole conueyen his matere
But this is the tale whiche that ye may here
Attributed Title: Alloquium Hospitis/ ad clericum oxonie (f. 99v, margin)
31.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 114-115
First Lines:
SIr Clerc of Oxenforde owre Oste seide
Ȝe ride as still & coie as doþ a maide…
Last Lines:
…Saue þat he wil conueyn his matier
Bot þis is tale whiche þat ȝe maie hier
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Clerici (f. 114); þe Clerk (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 115)
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.
32.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 158-158v
First Lines:
Sir Clarke of Oxenford sayde ower hoste tho
Ye ryde as stylle And koye as dothe a Mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saufe þat he woll Conveyen his Matere
Butte þis is þe tale whiche þat ye maye here
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth / the prolog of the clerke of oxenforde (f. 157v); Here endith the prolog… (f. 158v)
33.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 131-131v
First Lines:
SIre clerk of Oxenford oure ost saide
Ye ryde as stille as coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue he woll conueyen his matere
But this is þe tale which þat ȝe shullen here
Note: IV.50 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the prolog of the clerke of Oxenford (f. 131); The clerke of oxenforde (RT); Here endith the prolog… (f. 131v)
34.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 129v-130v
First Lines:
SIr Clerk of Oxenford oure Oste sayd
ye ride as stylle as Coy as dothe a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue he wolle conueye his matere
But this is þe tale whiche þat ȝe shulle here
Attributed Title: …Here begynneþe þe Prologe of þe Clerk of Oxenford (f. 129v); The Clerk Of Oxenford (RT); Here endeth þe Prolog… (f. 130v)
35.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 155v-156v
First Lines:
SIr clerke of Oxenford oure Oost seide
Ye ride as stille & coy as dothe a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Save that he wille conveyen his matere
But this is his tale whiche that ye may here
Note: IV.13-14 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And Here begynneth the Prolog of þe clerk of Oxenford (f. 155v); Prolog of the Clerke Off Oxenfforde (RT); Here endeth the Prolog of the Clerke of Oxenforde… (f. 156v)
36.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 173v-174
First Lines:
SIre clerk of Oxenford oure Hoost sayde
Ye ride as coy and stille as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue þat he wole convoien his matere
But this is his tale which þat ye shal heere
Attributed Title: The prohemie of the Clerkys tale of Oxenford (f. 173v)
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.
37.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, f. 116v
First Lines:
Sir Clerk of Oxinforth our hoost seyde
yee ryde as still as it were a maide…
Last Lines:
…And now woll I procede in my matere
This is my tale as yee shal here
Note: IV.24, 39-54 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Clerk of Oxinforth his prologg (f. 116v)
38.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 103ra-103rb
First Lines:
Sir Clerke of Oxenford oure Ooste saide
Ye ride as stille and coye as dooth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saf he wole conueye his matier
But this is the tale that ye shal here
Note: On f. 102vb, in rubic, the scribe has written: ‘Orate pro salute animarum Galfridi Spirleng Ciuis Norwici Courtholder Clerici Maioratus & dicte Comitatus ac Thome Spirleng filij sui qui scribendo hunc librum compleuerunt mense Ianuariij anno domini Millesimo CCCCmolxxvjto quo tempore dictus Galfridus quasi quinquaginta et dictus Thomas quasi Sexdecim etatis extiterunt annorum’. This is followed in the text ink by: ‘This writyng is drawn for the book of Canterbury is not yet ended and therfor these woords arn writen yet folwyng immediatly’. In the same column, but above the previous two passages and also in rubric is: ‘Be it remembred that the tale of the Clerk of Oxenford and the ta // le of the Chanons yoman folwen immediat // li in the next leef’.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prologe of þe Clerk of / Oxenford (f. 103ra); The Clerk of Oxenford (RT); Here endeth þe prologus… (f. 103rb)
39.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 57vb-58rb
First Lines:
Sir clerk of Oxenforde oure hoste seide
ye ride as coy and still as a maide…
Last Lines:
…Save that he woll conueyen his matere
But this is the tale which ye may here
Note: Blank line follows IV.48; 50 omitted.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale, a Six-Text Print from 6 MSS not containing the Pardoner’s Tale. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 92. London: Trübner, 1899.
40.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 137v-138v
First Lines:
Sire Clerk of Oxenford oure host sayde
Ȝe ride as stille and coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue ho wol conueye his matere
But this is the tale which as ȝe shul here
Attributed Title: …And begynne þe prologe of þe Clerk of Oxenford (f. 137v, rubric); The Clerk Of Oxenford (RT, rubric); Thus endeth the prologe… (f. 138v, rubric)
41.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 121v-122
First Lines:
SIre clerk of oxenford oure ost seide
Ye ride as coy and stille as doþ amaide…
Last Lines:
…Saue þat he wolle conueie his matere
But þis is his tale whiche þat ȝe may here
Attributed Title: …and biginneth the clerkis tale of Oxenforde in honest kind (f. 121v, heavily stained); The Clerk of Oxenford (RT); Here endith the prolog of the Clerk of Oxenford (f. 122v, heavily stained)
42.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 167-168
First Lines:
SIr Clerk of Oxenford oure host saide
Ye Ride as coy and stille as dooth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Sauf that he wil conueyen his manere
But this is his tale whiche that ye shul here
Note: IV.50-1 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Clerici Oxon (f. 167); Explicit Prologus… (f. 168)
43.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 76-76v
First Lines:
Sire Clerk of oxenford oure oste seide
Ye ride as Coy and still as a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Save þat he woll convey his matere
But þis is his tale which þat ye may here
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus fabule Clerici Oxonie (f. 76); Prologus Clerici oxonie (f. 76, margin); Hic desinit prologus Clerici Oxonie… (f. 76v)
44.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 159-160
First Lines:
Sir Clerk of Oxenford our oost saide
ȝe ride as stille as Coy as doþ a maide…
Last Lines:
…Saue he wil conuey his matere
But þis is þe tale which þat ȝe shal here
Attributed Title: …And here / bygynneþ þe prologe of þe clerk of Oxenford (f. 159); The prologe (f. 159, margin); The prologe of þe Clerk of Oxenford (RT); Thus endeþe þe prologe of þis tale… (f. 160)
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.
45.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. 92v-93
First Lines:
Sir Clerke of Oxonford our Oste saide
ye ride as Coy and still as a Maide…
Last Lines:
…Save that he wolle conveye his matere
But this is his tale which taht ye may here
Attributed Title: Et incipit prologus Clerici Oxonie (f. 92, foot); Clerke of Oxonford (RT); Hic desinit prologus Clerici Oxon (f. 93)
46.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 41-42
First Lines:
Syre Clerk of Oxenford oure ost seyde
Ȝe ryden as stille & coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue þat he wolde conueye his mateer
þis is þe tale as ȝe may her
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale, a Six-Text Print from 6 MSS not containing the Pardoner’s Tale. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 92. London: Trübner, 1899.
47.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 136v-137
First Lines:
Sire clerk of Oxenford oure host saide
Ȝe ride as stille and coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Me thinketh it a thing impertinent
But this is the tale which as ȝe shul here
Attributed Title: …And bygynneth the prologe of the Clerk / of Oxenford (f. 136); The Clerk Of Oxenford (RT); Thus endeth the prologe of the Clerk of Oxenford… (f. 137)
48.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 106-106v
First Lines:
SIre clerk of oxeforde oure ost seyde
Ȝe ryde as stylle as coy as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue he woll comyn hys matere
But thys ys the tale whych that ȝe schull here
Attributed Title: …and begyneth þe prologe of the Clerke of Oxenforde (f. 106); The clerke of oxenforde (RT); Here endeth the prologe of þe clerke / of oxeforde… (f. 106v)
49.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 105-105v
First Lines:
Sir Clerk of Oxinford oure hoost seid
ȝee ride as quoy and stil as aMaide…
Last Lines:
…Save that he wil convey his matere
But thus begynnyth the tale as yee mowe here
Attributed Title: …Begynnyng of the Clerk of Oxinford prologg (f. 105); Prolog Oxinford (RT); Here endith the Clerk of Oxinfordis prolog (f. 105v, foot)
50.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 87v-88
First Lines:
Sire clerk of Oxenford oure hoost sayde
ye ryde as coy and stille as dooth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue that he wole conuoyen his mateere
But that his tale which that ye may heere
Attributed Title: Heere folweth the Prologe of the clerkes tale of Oxenford (f. 87v); Clerk of Oxenford (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. 31rb-31va
First Lines:
Syr Clerk of Oxenford oure host saide
ye ryde als coy & stille as dooþ a mayde…
Last Lines:
…sauf that he wil conioyne his matere
but this is the tale which þat yee shal here
Attributed Title: & iam incipti / prologus fabule Clerici Oxonie (f. 31ra); Explicit prohemium fabule Cle / rici Oxonie… (f. 31va)
52.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 22 [olim Sion College, Arc. L 40 2/E 23], ff. 1-2
First Lines:
SIr Clerk of Oxinford owre Oste sayde
ȝe ryden as style and coy as doth a mayde
Were newe spowsyd syttyng at a borde
This day ne herde I of your mouth a worde…
Last Lines:
…Saue þat he wold conveyn his mater
But this is þe tale wheche þat ȝe schul here
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prolog of [the Clerk fabula?(smudged)] of Oxenford (f. 1, rubric); Explicit prohemium (f. 2)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale, a Six-Text Print from 6 MSS not containing the Pardoner’s Tale. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 92. London: Trübner, 1899.
53.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 98v-99
First Lines:
Sir clerk of Oxenforde oure oost saide
Ye ride as coy and stille as a maide…
Last Lines:
…Saue that he wol conueye his matere
But this is his tale wich that ye may hiere
Attributed Title: Et Incipit Prologus Clerici / Oxonie cuius fabula est de / Grisilde mitissima (f. 98v, rubric); Hic desinit Prologus Clerici Oxonie… (f. 99, rubric)
54.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 101-102
First Lines:
Sir Clerk of Oxford our host seid
ye ride as stil & coy as a maid…
Last Lines:
…Saue þat ye wil conceyue his mater
But þis is the tale which ye mai her
Attributed Title: The Clerkis prolog of Oxenford (f. 101, 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. 169v-170v
First Lines:
[S]Ir clerk of Oxenford our ost sayde
Ye cryde as quoy & stille as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue that he wol conueye his matere
But thus he begynneth his tale as ye mow here
Note: Verse ends on f. 327.
Attributed Author: Here begynneth the prolog / of the clerk of Oxenford (f. 169v); Here endith the prolog… (f. 170v)
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. aa.1-aa.1v
First Lines:
[S]Ir clerk of Oxenford our ost sayde
Ye ride as quoy & stylle as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue that hym list conueye his matere
But this is his tale as ye mow here
Attributed Author: …And here foloweth the prologue of the / Clerke of Oxenforde (sig. t.6v); Here begynneth the prologue Of the clerke of Oxenford (sig. aa.1); The Prologue (RT); Here endyth the prologue (sig. aa.1v)
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. bb.5v-bb.6v
First Lines:
[S]yr clerke of Oxenforde oure hoost sayde
ye ryde as quoy and styl as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue that hym lyst conueye his matere
But this is his tale as ye may here
Attributed Author: …And here foloweth the prologue of the / Clerke of Oxenforde (sig. bb.5v); The Clerkes prologue of Oxenforde (RT); Here endith the prologue of the / Clerke of Oxenforde… (sig. bb.6v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. i.4va-i.4vb
First Lines:
Sir clerke of oxenforde ur host sayd
Ye ryde as quoy & stylle as doth a mayde…
Last Lines:
…Saue that hym lyst conueye his matere
But this is his tale as ye mowe here
Attributed Title: …And folowith the prologe of the / clerke of oxenforde (sig. i.5v); Here endith the prologue (sig. i.5vb)