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The minister and nourice unto vices
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Prologue of the Second Nun’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 119 lines in rhyme royal stanzas.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Second Nun’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; Virgin Mary; Saint Cecilia; Idleness, sin of
Versification: — rhyme royal, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 215-216v
First Lines:
The minstre & norice vn to vices
which that men clepen in englissh Idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…and brennyng euere in charite ful bright
now haue I declared yow what she hight
Attributed Title: …And next / bigynneth the seconde nonne hir tale & cetera (f. 215); the seconde nonne (RT); Here endith the Seconde nonne hir Prolog… (f. 216v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 161v-163
First Lines:
The mynystre and þe Noryse vnto vicis
wiche þat men clepen in Englisshe ydelnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in Charite ful bright
Now haue I ȝow declared what she hight
Attributed Title: …and here by / gynneþ þe prologe of þe secund nonne (f. 161v); ij nonne (RT); here endith þe prologe… (f. 163)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 112v-114
First Lines:
[T]He ministre of the norice vnto vices
Which men clepe in englissh Idilnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite so light
Now haue I declarid you what she hight
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of þe secunde Nonne (f. 112v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 176v-178
First Lines:
The ministre and þe norice vnto vices
Which þat men clepe in englissh ydlenesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennynge euer in cherite ful briȝht
Now have y you declared what she hight
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth þe Nonnes tale (f. 176v); Nonne (RT)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 135v-137
First Lines:
The mynistre of þe norice vnto vices
Which men callen in englissh Idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite ful bright
Now I haue yow declared what she hight
Attributed Title: …And next beginneth the / Prolog of the Nonne (f. 135v); The Nonne (RT); Here endeth þe Prolog of the Nonne… (f. 137)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 184v-186
First Lines:
The ministre of þe Noris vnto vices
Whiche þat clepe in englissh Idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite light
Now haue I declared you what she hight
Attributed Title: …Here begynneþ þe prolog of þe nonne of þe lif of Seint Cecile (f. 184v); of þe Nonne (RT)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 190-192
First Lines:
[T]He mynystre of þe noryce vnto vices
Whiche þat men clepen in Englisshe ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite lyghte
Now haue I declared you what she hiȝte
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 83-84
First Lines:
The mynyster of the no norise vnto vices
which that men clepen in Inglish Idelnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euir in charite light
Now have I declared yow what she hight
Attributed Title: prolog non (f. 83, margin); the non (RT)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 157v-159
First Lines:
The ministre and norice vnto vices
Which that men clepen in englissh ydilnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euer in charite full briȝt
Now haue I declared what she hiȝt
Note: VIII.5 left blank.
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the seconde Nonnes tale (f. 157v); Cecilia (RT)
10.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 232-233
First Lines:
The mynystre and the norice vnto vices
Whiche that men clepen in englissh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite ful bright
Now haue I yow declared what she hight
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth the first Nonnes / tale of the lyf of Seynt Cecile (f. 232)
11.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 171-172
First Lines:
…Thou welle of mercy synful soules cure
In whom þat god for bounte chees to wone…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite lighte
No haue I declared ȝou what sche highte
Note: VIII.1-36 lost; 73-4 omitted.
Attributed Title: sent cecile (RT, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
12.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 162-163v
First Lines:
The mynystre and norisshe of all vicis
Whiche þat men clepe in english Idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennynge euyr in charite ful briȝt
Now haue y declared you what she hiȝt
Note: VIII.84 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the second Nonnes Prolog (f. 162); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 163v)
13.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 239v-241
First Lines:
The mynystre and norice vnto vicis
whiche men clepe in english Idilnes…
Last Lines:
…and brennyng euere in charite ful bright
Now haue I declarid you what she hight
Note: VIII.59-64 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula sancti monialis (f. 239v); Nonne (RT)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 195v-197
First Lines:
THe ministre and the norice vn to vices
Which þat men clepen in Englissh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euere in Charite ful brighte
Now haue I ȝow declared what she highte
Attributed Title: …& bigynneth the / Secund Nonnes Tale of Seynt Cecile / with oute a Prologe (f. 195v)
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).
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 373-373v
First Lines:
…And thow men dreddyn neuere for to deyin
ȝit seen men weel by resoun douteles…
Last Lines:
…The storye wrot & folwe hire legende
And preye ȝow that ȝe wele myn werk amende…
Note: VIII.1-14, 85-140 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.
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 150-151v
First Lines:
THe mynister of the norice vnto vices
Which that men clepen in Englysshe ydelnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennynge euer in charite light
Nowe haue I declared you what she hight
Attributed Title: …and here / begynneth the prologe of the seconde None (f. 150); The seconde None (RT); Here endith the prologe of the seconde None… (f. 151v)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 170v-171v
First Lines:
The ministre of the nurrys vnto vices
Whiche þat men clepen in ynglissh yldnes…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euer in charite liȝhte
Nowe haf I declarede ȝowe what sche hiȝhte
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth þe ij nonne / Prologus (f. 170v); De vita sancte Cecilie (f. 170v, margin); Prologus (RT)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 176v-177v
First Lines:
[T]He Mynystre of the Norys vn to vyces
Which þat men clepe in Englyssch ydelnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite lyght
Now haue y declared yow what sche hight
Note: VIII.78-84, 92-113 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prologe of the Secund Nonne (f. 176v)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 66rb-67ra
First Lines:
The minister and the Norice vnto vices
Wich that men clepen in englissh Idilnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euer in charite ful briȝt
Now haue I declared what she hight
Attributed Title: …And hiere beginneth a tale of the Seconde Nonne (f. 66rb)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 202-203v
First Lines:
The mynystre and noryssh of alle vicis
Whiche that men clep in englisshe ydlenes…
Last Lines:
…And brennynge evir in charyte fulle bryght
Now haue I declared you whate she hight
Note: VIII.43-66 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And / Here begynneth the secounde Nonnys Prologue (ff. 201v-202); Here endeth the seconde Nonnys prologe… (f. 203v)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 285-287
First Lines:
The mynystre and the norice vnto vicis
Which that clepen in englisshe Idilnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng evir in charite wel briht
Now haue I declared fully what she hiht
Attributed Title: Incipit narracio eiusdem de vita / Sancte Cecilie (f. 285); Nvnne (RT)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 82-83v
First Lines:
The minystre and the norice vnto vices
Which that men clepeth in englyssh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite ful bryght
Now haue I yow declared what she hight
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the nonnes tale of seint Cecilie (f. 82); the nonne (RT)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
23.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 217v-218v
First Lines:
THe mynystre and the norice vnto vices
Which that men clepen ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euere in cherite full bright
Now have I you declared what she hight
Attributed Title: et incipit fabula / Sancte Cecilie prolog deficiente et 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).
24.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 123v-125
First Lines:
The mynistre and the norice vnto vices
Which þat men clepe in Englisshe Idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite lighte
Now haue I declared ȝow what sche highte
Attributed Title: …And here bygynnyth þe prologe of þe Second Nonne (f. 123v); Here endith prologe… (f. 125)
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 234-235v
First Lines:
[T]He mynystre and the norice vnto vicis
Which that clepen in ynglisshe Idilnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite wel brihte
Now have I declared fully what she hihte
Attributed Title: Heer begynneth the ijde Nunnys tale / Off the liffe of Seynt Cecile (f. 234); The ijde Nunnys tale (RT)
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 137-138v
First Lines:
THe mynystre & the norisch vn to vices
Whiche that men clepen in englische ydilnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euyr in charite light
Now haue I declarid you what sche hight
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the secunde Nonne (f. 137); The .2. Nonne (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 138v)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, ff. 100v-102
First Lines:
THe ministre of the norice vnto vices
which þat men clepeth in Inglish ydelnes…
Last Lines:
…and brennyng euer in charite ful bright
now haue y yow declared what she hight
Note: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Prologue and Tale and Second Nun’s Tale in a religious miscellany.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancte Cecilie Prohemium (f. 100v); De sancte Cecilia (RT)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 86vb-87ra
First Lines:
THe minster and noryce to vices
Whiche that men clepe in onglisshe Idelnes…
Last Lines:
…And brynnyng euer in charite ful bryȝt
Now have I declared yow what sche hyȝt
Attributed Title: …And here begynnythe the Second Nonne prologe (f. 86vb, rubric)
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 162-163v
First Lines:
THe minister and þe norice vnto vices
Which þat men clepe in englisch ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite ful bright
Now haue I ȝow declared what sche hight
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth þe Secounde Nonnes tale (f. 162); The secounde Nonnes Tale (RT)
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. 90-92
First Lines:
[T]He mynystre and the norice vnto vices
Which that men clepeth in Englissh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite ful brighte
Now haue y you declared what she highte
Attributed Title: Allocutio hospitis deficit (f. 90, margin, beside 8 blank lines); ffabula Monialis de / sancta Cecilia (f. 90, margin)
31.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 152-153
First Lines:
The ministre of þe norice vnto vices
Whiche þat men clepen in englisshe ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And bernede euer in charite liht
Nowe haue I declared ȝow what sche hiht
Note: VIII.73-4, 103 omitted; 40-1 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus 2e Monyalys (f. 152); þe Nonne (RT); Explicit Prologus… (f. 153)
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. 191-192v
First Lines:
THe mynister of the norice vnto vices
Whiche that men clepen in Inglissh vices…
Last Lines:
…And brend euer in charite ful light
Now have I declared yow what she hight
Attributed Title: …And / bygynnyth the prolog of the second nonne (f. 190v)
33.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 156v-158
First Lines:
The mynistre of þe Norys vnto vices
Which þat men clepen in Englisshe ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite liȝte
Now haue I declared ȝow what she hiȝte
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prolog of the .ij. Nonne (f. 156v); The ij nonne (RT); Here endith the prolog… (f. 158)
34.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 157v-158v
First Lines:
The mynystre of þe Noryce vnto vices
Whiche þat men clepen in englys ydylnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in Charite liȝt
Nowe haue I declared you what she hiȝt
Note: …Here begynnethe þe Prologge of þe Secound Nunne (f. 157v); prologge of þe ij Nunne (RT); Here endethe þe Prologge… (f. 158v)
35.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 207v-209v
First Lines:
THe ministre and the norice vnto vices
Which that men clepe in englissh ydilnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite full bright
Nowe haue I declared you what she hight
Note: VIII.77 left blank; 18-19, 104-5 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here g begynneth the secounde Nonnes tale (f. 207v); [T]He seconde Nonnes tale (RT)
36.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 165v-167
First Lines:
The Ministre and the norice vn to vices
Which that men clepeth in englissh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euere in charite ful brighte
Now haue I yow declared what she highte
Attributed Title: The [Nonne (tear)] (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.
37.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 140v-141v
First Lines:
The minister and norissher onto vices
Wich þat men clepen in englissh Idilnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng evir in charite liȝte
How have declarid ȝewe what she hiȝte
Note: VIII.78-84, 82-112 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the second Nonne hir prologg (f. 140v); Here endith þe prologg of þe second none… (f. 140v)
38.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 57rb-57va
First Lines:
THe minstre and þe norissh vnto vices
Whiche þat men clepen idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite ful bright
Now haue I declared what she hight
Attributed Title: …And now begynneth the prolog of the second nonne (f. 57rb); The second Nunnes tale (RT)
39.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 22rb-23ra
First Lines:
The mynyster and the norissh vnto vices
Which that men clepe in englisshe ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in cherite full bright
Nowe haue I declared fully what she hight
Note: The leaf containing the beginning of the Prologue (comprising ff. 2+7 of Quire 4) is inverted, with f. 22 consequently following f. 16. VIII.119 (the last line of the Prologue) is the twenty-fifth line of column a, with the remainder of the page and following verso left blank. The Second Nun’s Tale does not occur in this MS.
40.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 165-166v
First Lines:
The ministre of the Norice vnto vices
Which þat men clepen in englissh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite light
Now haue I declared ȝow what she hight
Attributed Title: …here begynneth the prologe of the secunde nonne (f. 165); The prologe of the secunde Nonne (RT); Thus endeth the prologe… (f. 166v)
41.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 149v-151
First Lines:
The mynystre and the norice vnto vices
Wheche þat men clepe on englis Idelnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennynge euere in charite ful bryȝt
Now haue I declared what þe maiden hyght
Note: VIII.53-4 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth the prolog of the Nonne (f. 149v); Nonne (RT)
42.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 201v-203v
First Lines:
The ministre and the norice vnto vices
Whiche that men clepen in Inglyssh Idilnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite ful bright
Now have I yow declarid what she hight
Note: Spurious line follows VIII.112.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Monache [sic] (f. 201v)
43.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], ff. 160-162v
First Lines:
The mynyster and Noryssh to all vicis
Which that men Clepe in Englissh Idyl[nesse]
Which that is porter of the yate of dolis
To eschewe and by have Contrary hem to oppresse…
Last Lines:
…And Brynnyng euyr In Charyte full bright
Nowe have I declaryd you what se hyght
Note: A religious miscellany containing Chaucer’s Second Nun’s Tale and Prioress’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancte Cecilie sic Incipit (f. 160)
44.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 153v-154v
First Lines:
[T]He mynystere and the Norice of all Vices
Which þat men clepen in englyssh Idilnesse…
Last Lines:
…and brennyng euer in Charite full bright
Now haue I you declared what sche hight
Attributed Title: …And / bigynnyth the seconde Nonnes tale of þe / lyf of Seynt Ceclie without Prologe (f. 153v); Nonnes tale (f. 153v, margin); Nonne (RT)
45.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 190v-192v
First Lines:
The mynystere and þe norice unto vices
which þat men clepen in englisshe ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite liȝt
Now haue I declared ȝou what she hiȝt
Attributed Title: …And here byginneþ þe prologe of the ij nonne (f. 190v); The prologe of þe second Nonne (RT); Thus endeþ þe prologe… (f. 192v)
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.
46.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. 194-195v
First Lines:
[T]He mynistre & the Norice of all vicis
which þat men clepe yn Englissh ydilnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng in Charyte ffull bryght
Now haue I you declaryd what she hyght
Attributed Title: …and begynnyth / the Second Nonnys tale of the lyf of seint Cecilie (f. 194); Nonne (RT)
47.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 175v-177
First Lines:
The ministre and þe norice of vices
Whyche þat men clepen in english ydelnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite full bryht
Now haue y declared ȝow what she hyht
Note: Spurious lines follow VIII.3, 43.
48.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 164-165v
First Lines:
The ministre of the norice vnto vices
Which that men clepen in englissh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euere in charite lighte
Now haue I declared you what she hight
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the prologe of the secunde Nonne (f. 164); The prologe of the Nonne (RT); Thus endeth the prologe… (f. 166)
49.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 121-122v
First Lines:
The mynistre of the noryce vnto vices
Whyche that men callen ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenne euer in charite lyȝte
Now haue y declared ȝow what sche hyȝte
Note: VIII.115-16 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth prologe of the secunde nonnes tale (f. 121); The prologe of the ij nonnes tale (RT); Here endeth þe prologe of the ij nonne… (f. 122v)
50.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 135-136v
First Lines:
THe minister and noryssh vnto vicis
That men clepith in Englissh Idilnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng evir in charite ful bright
Nowe have I declarid ȝewe what she hight
Note: VIII.84 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the second nonne her prolog (f. 135); Prolog Cecly (RT); Second Nonne (RT); Here endith the second nonne her prolog… (f. 136v)
51.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 185v-187
First Lines:
THe Ministre and the Norice vn to vices
Which that men clepe in Englissh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennynge euere in charite ful brighte
Now haue I yow declared what she highte
Attributed Title: …The prologe of the seconde Nonnes tale (f. 185v); Seconde Nonne (RT); Explict… (f. 187)
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.
52.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 77rb-78vb
First Lines:
The mynystre and norice vnto vicys
which men in englissh clepith idilnesse…
Last Lines:
…and brennyng euer in charyte ful bright
now haue I yow declarid what she hight
Attributed Title: & iam / incipit incipit fabula monialis & cetera (f. 77rb)
53.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 213v-215v
First Lines:
The ministre and norice vnto vices
Wich þat men clepen Idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brenning euer in charite ful briȝt
Now haue I you declared what she hiȝt
Attributed Title: Et incipit fabula Sancte Cecilie prologo / deficiente et per secundam Monialem narrate (f. 213)
54.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 86ra-86vb
First Lines:
The ministre of thee noris vnto vyis
whiche that men klepen in Englissche Idlen[damage]…
Last Lines:
…I preye yow that yee wollen my werk a mende
fferst wolde I yow the name of seynt cecile…
Note: VIII.86-119 lost.
Attributed Title: Thee secunde Nonne (RT)
55.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 129v-131
First Lines:
THe ministre or þe norice vnto vices
which men clepen in englissh idilnes…
Last Lines:
…and brennyng euer in charite so light
now haue I declarid you what she hiȝt
Attributed Title: The prolog of the secund nonne (f. 129v, 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. 206v-208v
First Lines:
[T]He mynystre and norisshe of alle vicis
Whiche that men clepe in english Idelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennynge euer in charite ful bright
Now haue I declared you what she hight
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the second Nonnes prolog (f. 206v); Here endith the Second Nonnys prolog… (f. 208v)
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. cc.4-cc.5v
First Lines:
[T]He mynystre and norisshe vnto vycis
Which that men clepe in english ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euer in charite ful bright
Now haue I declared you what she hight
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the second nonnys prologue (sig. cc.4); The Prologue (RT); Here endyth the second / Nonnys prologue (sig. cc.5v)
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. ee.1-ee.3
First Lines:
[T]He mynistre and norisshyng vn to vyces
whiche that men clepe in englysshe ydelnes…
Last Lines:
…And brennyng euir in charite ful bright
Now haue I declared you what she hight
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the Nonnys prologue (sig. ee.1); The Nonnes prologue (RT); Here endith the Nonnes prologue (sig. ee.3)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. n.5vb-n.6vb
First Lines:
[T]He mynystre and norysshe vnto vyces
whyche þat men clepe in englyssh ydelnesse…
Last Lines:
…And brennynge euer in charyte full bryght
Now haue I declared you what she hyght
Attributed Title:  And beginneth the second / nonnys prologue (sig. n.5vb); The second nonnys prologe (RT); Here endyth the seconde nonnys prologe (sig. n.6v)