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The Cook of London while the Reve spake
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Cook’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 40 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Cook’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; prologues; links; contest
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 64-64v
First Lines:
The cook of londoun while the Reve spak
for ioye him thoughte he clawede him on the bak…
Last Lines:
…and therwithal he loughe & made chere
and seide his tale as ye shal affter here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And next / folwith the prolog of the Cook of londoun (f. 64); Cokes prolog (RT); Here endith the Cook his prolog (f. 64v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 49v-50
First Lines:
The coke of london while þe Reue spake
ffor Ioy hym þought he clowed hym on þe bake…
Last Lines:
…And ther with al he lough and made chere
And said his tale as ȝe shul after here
Note: I.4355 omitted; 4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and here / by gynnyth þe prolog of þe Cookes tale (f. 51v, rubric); The Coke (RT); Here endith þe Prolog of þe Cokes tale (f. 52, rubric)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 54-54v
First Lines:
The Coke of london while þe Reve spake
ffor Ioy him þought he claued him on his bake…
Last Lines:
…And ther with al he lough and made cheere
And seyd his tale as ye shal after heere
Attributed Title: …And / here begynneth the prolage of þe Cookes tale (rubric, f. 54); Cooke (rubric, RT)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 64-64v
First Lines:
The Coke of londoun whiles þe ryve spak
ffor Ioly he þoȝt to haue claued him in þe bake…
Last Lines:
…And þere with all þey lough and made chere
And seid his tale as ye shall aftre here
Attributed Title: …And next / biginneth þe prolog before the Cokys tale (f. 64); Here endeth þe Prolog of þe Cokes tale… (f. 64v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 61-61v
First Lines:
The cook of London whil þe Reue spak
ffor Ioie him þought he clowed him on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þerwiþal he lough and made chere
And saide his tale as ye shal aftir here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: HEre begynneth the prolog of þe Cokes tale (f. 61); the prolog of þe coke (RT)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 66-66v
First Lines:
[T]He cok of londoun while the Refe spake
ffor ioy hym yoght he clawed hym on the bake…
Last Lines:
…And therwith loughe and made gode chere
And seyd his tale as ȝe shall here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 27v-28
First Lines:
The Cook of London while the reue spak
ffor Ioye he thought he clawed on his bak…
Last Lines:
…And there with al he lough & made chere
And seyde his tale ye shull here
Note: I.4355 omitted; spurious line follows 4356; 4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneth the prolog of the Cookes tale (f. 27v); The Cook (RT)
8.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 57-57v
First Lines:
THe Cook of london while the Reve spake
ffor Ioy hym thought he clawed hym on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with alle loughe and made good chere
And seide his tale as ye shulle after here
Note: I.4335 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Here be gynneth the prologe of the coke of londoun (f. 57)
9.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 61-61v
First Lines:
THe Cook of london whil þe Reue spak
ffor ioye he þoughte he clawed him on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þer wiþ al he lough and made cheere
And saide his tale as ȝe schal after heere
Note: I.439-40 reversed.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
10.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 51v-52
First Lines:
THe cook of london while the Reve spak
ffor ioie he þouȝte he clawid him on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And þerwith al he lowgh and made chere
And saide his tale as ye shul aftir here
Note: I.4351-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth þe cokis prolog (f. 51v); Here endith þe cokis prolog… (f. 52)
11.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 59-59v
First Lines:
The Coke of London whil the Reue spake
for ioy hym thought he clawid hym on his bakke…
Last Lines:
…and ther with all he lough and made chere
and seide his prologe in this manere
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: Prologus (f. 59)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 52v-53
First Lines:
THe Cok of London while the Reve spak
ffor ioye him þoughte he clawed him on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with alle he lough & made chere
And seide his tale as ȝe shuln after here
Attributed Title: …& bigynneth the prologe of the Cook (f. 52v)
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 Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 192-192v
First Lines:
THe cook of lundene whil ȝe reue spak
ffor ioye hym thouȝte he clawede hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þerwithal he low & made chere
And seyde hese tale as ȝe schal aftyr here
Note: The illustration of the Cook follows Cook’s Prologue at the foot of f. 192v, but the following leaf and all of the Tale are 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.
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 51-51v
First Lines:
The Coke of london whiles the reve spake
ffor Ioye he thought he clawed hym on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwithall they loghe and made chere
And seide his tale as ye shull after here
Note: I.4339, 4355, 4358 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the prologe of the coke (f. 51); Coke (RT)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 47v-48
First Lines:
THe cooke of london whil þe Reve spake
ffor ioye he thouȝht he clowed on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þer with all logh and made good chere
And saide his tale as ȝe schall after here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe prologe of þe Cokes tale (f. 47v); The Cokes tale (RT); Here endith þe prologe (f. 48)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], f. 64
First Lines:
[T]He Coke of London while the Reve spake
ffor ioy hym thouȝte he clawed hym on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwith all he lowh and made gode chere
And seid his tale as ye schull after here
Note: I.4355-62 omitted; 4339-40 reversed.
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 25va-25vb
First Lines:
The cook of london whill the Reue spak
ffor Ioye him thouȝt he clawed him on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwith all he lough & made a chere
And seid his tale as ye shal after hiere
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: A Prolog of the Cook of London (f. 25va)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 72-73
First Lines:
THe cooke of London while the Reue spake
ffor ioy he thought he clawed hym on þe bake…
Last Lines:
…And therwithalle he lough and made chere
And seide his tale as ye shulle after here
Note: I.4351-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Cokes Prologe (f. 72v); Here endeth the cookes Prologe… (f. 73)
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 65v-66
First Lines:
THe Cook of london whil the Reeve spak
ffor Ioye him thouht he clawed hym on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwythall he louh and maad good chere
And seid his tale as ye shall aftir heer
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus coqui (f. 65); prologus (RT); Explicit prologus coqui… (f. 66)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 214v-215
First Lines:
The Cook of Loundoun while the Reue spak
ffor ioye him thoght he clawed him on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with al he lough and maked chere
And seide his tale as ye shal after here
Note: I.4347-8 reversed; follows Manciple’s Tale.
Attributed Title: …here bigynneth the prologe of the cookes tale (f. 214v); the Cook (RT); Heere endeth the prologe… (f. 215)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
21.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], f. 55
First Lines:
The Coke of London Whil the Reve spake
ffor Ioye hym thought he clawed hym on his bake…
Last Lines:
…And ther with all he lough and made chere
And seid his tale as ye shall after here
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the prologge of the Cook of Londoun (f. 54v)
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).
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 63-63v
First Lines:
[T]He cook of London with the Reeve spak
ffor Ioye hym thouhte he clawed hym on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther withal he lowh and maad good cheere
And seide his tale as ye shal after heere
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth the prolog of the cookis tale (f. 63); The prolog of þe cookes tale (RT)
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, f. 45v
First Lines:
THe Cook of london while the Reue spak
ffor ioye hym thought he clowid hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…Our oost answerde & seide I graunte it the
Now telle on Roger loke that it be good…
Note: I.4346-64 lost; 4339-40 reversed. A blank space of about about ten lines intervenes between the explicit for the Miller’s Tale and the incipit for the Cook’s Prologue.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the Cokes tale (f. 45v); The Cokes Tale (RT)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 59va-59vb
First Lines:
ÞE cooke of london whiles þe Reve spake
ffor Ioye he thought he clowed him on þe backe…
Last Lines:
…Þaughe þat my tale beo of an hostelier
Ne beo not wroþe and tolde as ye may here…
Note: I.4361-4 omitted; 4339-40, 4355-6, 4359-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: Þe cookes Tale prologge (RT)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 57v-58
First Lines:
He Cook of london whil þe Reeue spak
ffor ioye he þought he clawed him on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þer with al he lowh and made chere
And seyde his tale as ȝe schal after heere
Note: I.4355, 4358 omitted; 4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Coke (RT)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
26.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 53-53v
First Lines:
THe coke of london while þe reue spakke
ffor Ioy him þouht he clowde him on þe bakke…
Last Lines:
…And ther wiþal he lowhe & made chere
And seide his tale as ȝe schal after here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit fab Prologe Coce (f. 53); þe koce (f. 53, margin); Þe Coke (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 53v)
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. 65-65v
First Lines:
The Cooke of london whyle the Reue spake
ffor ioye hym þoughte he clawdde hym on his backe…
Last Lines:
…And þerwithall he loughe and made chere
And sayde his tale as ye schall affter here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and / Begynnyth the prolog of the Cooke (f. 65); Here endith the prolog… (f. 65v)
28.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 55v-56
First Lines:
THe Cook of london while þe Reue spak
ffor ioye him þoughte he clawede him on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwith alle loghe & made chere
And saide his tale as ȝe shal after here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prolog of the Coke (f. 55v); The Cook (RT); Here endith the prologe… (f. 56)
29.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 50-50v
First Lines:
The cook of london while þe Reue spak
ffor ioye him þouȝt he clowede him on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þerwith alle loghe & made chere
And saide his tale as he shal after here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth þe prolog of þe Cookes tale (f. 50); The Cook (RT); Here endith þe prolog of þe / Cookes tale… (f. 50v, margin)
30.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 69v-70
First Lines:
THe cook of london whil þe Reve spake
ffor ioye hym thought he clawed on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with all he lough and made chere
And seid his tale as ye shall after here
Note: I.4339 inserted at foot, with indication to follow 4340.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Prolog of the Cookes tale (f. 69v); [T]He Prolog of the Cook (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Cook… (f. 70)
31.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 56v-57
First Lines:
The Cook of London whil the Reue spak
ffor ioye hym thoughte he clawed hym on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with al he lough and made cheere
And seyde his tale as ye shal after heere
Attributed Title: …The prologe of the Cookes tale (f. 56v)
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: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 23va-23vb
First Lines:
The Cook of london while þe Reve spake
ffor ioye he thought he glowed on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with all lough and made good cheer
And seid his tale as ye shal after here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prologe of the / Cokes tale (f. 23va); The Coke (RT); Here endeth the prologe… (f. 23vb)
33.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 56v-57
First Lines:
The Cook of london while þe Reue spak
ffor ioye hym thoughte he clawed hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with al he lough and made good chere
And saide his tale as ȝe shal after here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth þe prologe of þe Cook (f. 56v); Prologus (RT); Thus endeth þe prologe… (f. 57)
34.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, f. 52v
First Lines:
THe Cok of london while the reue spak
ffor Ioye him thouȝte he clawed him on his bak…
Last Lines:
…Herde y amiller better set a worke
He hath a Iape of malice in þe derke…
Note: I.4339-64 lost.
Attributed Title: The prolog of þe Cook (f. 52v, margin)
35.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 76-77
First Lines:
The Cooke of london while the Reve spak
ffor Ioye hym thought he clawd hym on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwith al he lough and made chiere
And saide his tale as ye shal after here
Attributed Title: …The prolog of the Cokes tale (f. 76); Explicit prologus… (f. 77)
36.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 45v-46
First Lines:
The Cook of londoun whils þe Reve spak
ffor ioy hym thowth he clawed hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þerwithall he lough and made Chere
And seide his tale as ye schall aftir here
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Coci Londoun (f. 45v); Prologus Coci Londoun (f. 45v, margin)
37.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 60v-61
First Lines:
The Coke of londoun while þe Reue spak
ffor Ioye him þouȝt he clawed hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þerwiþ al lough and made chere
As And saide his tale as ȝe shal after here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ þe Cokes tale (f. 60v); The prologe (f. 60v, margin); þus endeþ þe prologe of þe Cokes tale (f. 61)
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.
38.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. 49v-50
First Lines:
The Coke of london whils the Reve spake
ffor ioy hym thought he clawed hym on his bakke…
Last Lines:
…And there with all he lough and made chere
And seide his tale as ye shull aftur here
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Coci london (f. 49v); Prologus Coci london (f. 49v, margin)
39.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 8v-9
First Lines:
The Cook of London whyles þe Reue spak
ffor Ioye hym þouht he clawed hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And þerwithall he louh & made cher
And seyde his tale ȝe shull her
Note: I.4355 omitted; 4339-40 reversed; spurious line after 4356.
40.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], f. 61-61v
First Lines:
The Cook of londoun while the Reve spak
ffor ioye hym thoughte he clawed hym on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And seide his tale as ye shal after here
Note: I.4339-40 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And in the next leyf / bygynneth the Prologe of the Cook &cetera (f. 60v); Prologus (RT); Thus endeth the prologe… (f. 61v)
41.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2 [olim Rosenbach 158; prior W. A. White], ff. 2-2v
First Lines:
Te koke of london while þe Reve spak
ffor Ioy he thoght he clawid him on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with al he lowȝe and made chere
And seid his tale as yee shul aftir here
Note: I.4351-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Here beginnyth the Koke his Prollog (f. 2); Here endith the Koke his prollog… (f. 2v)
42.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], f. 33v
First Lines:
THe Cook of londoun while þe Reve spak
ffor Ioy he thoght he clawid hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And there with al he loghe & made chere
And seid his tale as yee shul after here
Note: I.4347, 4351-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: Her begynnyth the Cokis Prologg (f. 33v)
43.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 46v-47
First Lines:
The Cook of Londoun whil that the Reue spak
ffor ioye him thoughte he clawed him on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And ther with al he lough and made cheere
And seyde his tale as ye shul after heere
Attributed Title: The prologe of the Cokes tale (f. 46v); Cook (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.
44.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 52-52v
First Lines:
The Cook of London whil the Reue spak
ffor ioye him thouȝt he clawed him on the bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwith all he lough and made chere
And seid his tale as ye shal after hiere
Attributed Title: Hiere beginneth the Prolog / of the Cook of London (f. 52)
45.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 44vb-45ra
First Lines:
The kooc of london while the Reve spac
ffor ioye hym thowghtte hee clawed his bac…
Last Lines:
…And ther with all hee lowgh and made glad chere
And seyde his tale as yee schall after here
Attributed Title: …And here be gynniht the kookis tale (f. 44vb); Thee cokis tale (RT)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 75v-76
First Lines:
[T]He cook of london whyle the Reue spak
ffor ioye he toughte he clawid hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwith al he lowgh and made chere
And sayde his tale as ye shul aftir here
Note: I.4341-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the cokis prolog (f. 75v); Here endith the cokis prolog… (f. 76)
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.4-i.4v
First Lines:
[T]He cook of london whyle the reue spak
ffor ioye he thought he clawid hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwyth al he lowgh and made chere
And sayd hys tale as ye shul aftyr here
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the cokis prologe (sig. i.4); The Cokis Prologe (RT); Here endyth the Cokis prologe… (sig. i.4v)
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.1v-h.2v
First Lines:
[T]he Cooke of london while the reue spake
ffor ioy he thought he clawed him on the bake…
Last Lines:
…And ther withalle he lough and made chere
And seyd his tale as ye shal after here
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Cokes prologue (sig. h.1v); The Cokes Prologue (RT); Here endith the Cokes Prologue… (sig. h.2v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sig. e.6ra-e.6rb
First Lines:
[T]he coke of london whyle the reue spak
for Ioy he thouȝt he clawed hym on þe bak…
Last Lines:
…And therwyth all he lough and made chere
And sayd his tale as ye shall after here
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the cokys prologe (sig. e.6ra); Here endeth the cokys prologe (sig. e.6rb)