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DIMEV 4870
Sir Nuns Priest our Host said anon
Geoffrey Chaucer, the ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ of the Canterbury Tales found in nine manuscripts and three pre-1500 printed editions — 16 lines in couplets, possibly canceled and reworked for the Monk’s Prologue
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; epilogues; links
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 173v-174
First Lines:
Sire Nonnes preest oure hoost seyde a none
Y blessed be thy breth & euery stoone…
Last Lines:
…And aftir he with full mery chere
Saide vnto a nother as ye shulle here
Attributed Title: Here is ended the Nonnes prestes tale… (rubric, f. 174)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 195-195v
First Lines:
Sire Nonnes Preest oure hoost seide a noon
I blissed be thy breche & euery ston…
Last Lines:
…And after that he with ful merie chere
Seide vn to a nother as ȝe shuln heere…
Attributed Title: Heere endeth the Tale of the Nonnes Preest (f. 195v, preceded by blank space of ca. 15 lines)
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).
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, f. 284v
First Lines:
SIr Nvnnys preest oure host seide anoon
I blessid be thi breche and every stoon…
Last Lines:
…And aftir that he wt full mery cheere
Seid vnto the Nunne as ye may heere
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus fabule secunde moniale (f. 284v)
4.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], f. 217
First Lines:
Sire Nonnes Preest our hoost seid anoon
Yblessed be thy breche and euery stoon…
Last Lines:
…And after þat he with full mery chere
Seid vn to another as ye shull here
Attributed Title: Hic fabula Monialis Presbiteri desinit & Incipit fabula / Sancte Cecilie prologo deficiente & per secundam monialem narrata (f. 217)
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).
5.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], f. 233v
First Lines:
Sir nunnes preest our hoost seid a noon
I blissid be thi breeth and every stoon…
Last Lines:
…And aftir that he with ful mery cheer
Seyde vn to the Nunne as ye shal heer
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, f. 284
First Lines:
Sir Nonnes prist our host sayde anon
I blessid be thy breche and euery stoon…
Last Lines:
…And after that he with ful myrry chiere
Sayde vnto another as ye shul here
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of þe / none prest… (rubric, in margin, f. 284)
7.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], f. 153v
First Lines:
Sir Nonnes prest or hoste seid anoon
Blissed be þi breche and euery stoon…
Last Lines:
…And after þat he with full mery chere
Seid vnto þe Nonne as ye shal here
Attributed Title: Here endith þe tale of þe Nonnes Prest… (f. 153v)
8.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. 194
First Lines:
[S]yre Nonnys prest oure hoste sayd a non
Blessyd be thy Breche and euery stone…
Last Lines:
…And he after þat with ffull mery chere
Sayd vn to the Nonne as y shall here
Attributed Title: Verba Hospitis (margin, f. 194); Here endyth the Tall of the Nonnys prest… (f. 194)
9.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], f. 213v
First Lines:
Sir Nonnes prest oure oost anon
I blessed be thi breche and eueri ston…
Last Lines:
…And aftir that he with full mery chere
Seid vnto anothir as ye shal hiere
Attributed Title: Hic fabula Monialis Presbiteri desinit / Et incipit fabula Sancte Cecilie prologo / deficiente et per secundum Monialem narrata… (f. 213v)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5083. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster], W. Caxton, [1483] , sig. F.3v
First Lines:
[S]Yr nonnys preest our hoost sayd anon
Y blessyd be thy breche and euery stoon…
Last Lines:
…And after that he with ful mery chere
Sayd to an other man as ye shal here
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the mauncyplis prologue (f. F.3v)
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.
2.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. F.1-F.1v
First Lines:
[S]Ir nonnes preest oure hoost sayde anoon
y blessed by thy breche and euery stoon…
Last Lines:
…And after that he with ful mery chere
Sayd to an man as ye shalle here
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the manciples prologue (sig. F.1)
3.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sig. r.4rb
First Lines:
[S]Yr nonnys preest oure hoste sayd anon
Y blessyd be thy breche & euery stoon…
Last Lines:
…And after that he wyth full mery chere
Sayd to a nother man as ye shall here
Attributed Title: Here endyth the tale of the nonnys preest / Here folowyth the prolo / ge of the maunciple (sig. r.4rb)