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There is at the west side of Italy
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Clerk’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales —1155 lines in rhyme royal stanzas.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Clerk’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; marriage; patriarchy; obedience
Versification: — rhyme royal, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 66-82
First Lines:
Ther was in the weste side of vitaylle
down at the rote of Vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…be euer of chere as light as leff on lynde
and lete heim care wepe wrynge & waill
Attributed Title: …And next folwyng bigynneth his tale of Gresilde (f. 66); the clerke (RT); Here endeth the Clerke of Oxenford / his tale… (f. 66)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 134v-149
First Lines:
Ther is right at þe west side of Itale
Doun at þe rote of Vessilus þe cold…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a tygre ȝond in ynde
Ay clappith as a mylle I ȝow consaile
Note: IV.117, 541, 1147, 1170-6 omitted; 158-8 reversed; 1195-1200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: Here endith þe Clerkes tale of Oxenford… (f. 149); The Clerk Of Oxenford (RT)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 90-102v
First Lines:
[T]here is right at west side of Ytaile
Doun at the root of vessulus þe cold…
Last Lines:
…with bras that thouȝ the kinde be feir at iye
It wil rathir brest in two then plye
Note: IV.1147, 1170-1212 omitted; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153.
Attributed Title: The Clerk of Oxenfordis tale (f. 90)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 99v-114
First Lines:
Ther is at þe west syde of ytaille
Doun at þe rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as lefe on lynde
And late him care and wepe and wrynge and wayle
Note: IV.1072-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Clerke (RT)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 165-178v
First Lines:
There is at þe west side of Itayll
Doune at þe rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere light as lefe on lynde
And late him care wepe wring and waile
Note: IV.467 omitted; 415-16, 419+420-417+418, 459-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And next beginneth the Clerkes tale (f. 165); The Clerk (RT); Here endeth þe Clerkis tale of Oxenford… (f. 178v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 111-125v
First Lines:
…Him þonken alle and þus þei han an ende
Of here entent and home ageyn þei wende…
Last Lines:
…Beþ egre as a tigre yonde in ynde
Ay clappith as a mylle I you counsaile
Note: IV.57-187 lost; 523, 858, 1147, 1170-6 omitted; 1195-1200 follow 1212; spurious line follows 1153.
Attributed Title: þe clerk of Oxenford (RT); Here endeþ þe clerkes tale of Oxenford… (f. 125v)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 159v-176v
First Lines:
[T]Here is at the west syde of ytaile
Doun at the roote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a tigre ȝonde in ynde
Ay clappeth as a mylle I ȝou counceile
Note: IV.66-7, 640-3, 745-6, 785-6, 1147, 1170-6 omitted; 1170-6 inserted later in margin; spurious line follows 1153; 1195-1200 follow 1212.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 59-81
First Lines:
Ther is at the west syde of Itayle
Doun at the rote veuseles the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of cher as light as lef on lynde
And let care wepe and wrynge and wayle
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the clerkes tale (f. 59); 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. 75-83
First Lines:
Ther is right atte west side of Itaile
Doune atte root of vessilus the olde…
Last Lines:
…Be eger as a tigre yonder in Inde
Ay clappyng as a myl I yow counsaile
Note: IV.108, 117, 541, 640, 960, 1147, 1170-6 omitted; 1195-1200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: here begynnyth the Clerk of Oxenfordes / tale of good Griselde that is dede (f. 75); Clerk of Oxenford (RT)
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 109-125
First Lines:
Ther is right at the west side of ytayle
Doun at the roote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as liȝt as lief on lynde
And lete him care wepe wrynge and wayle
Attributed Title: Et hic Incipit bona fabula nuncupata Grisilde de qua / dam muliere que Raro Videtur et cetera (f. 108v); Grisilde (f. 108v, foot in gothic minuscule script); Grisilde (RT); Here endith the tale of the Clerk of Oxenford and his good song… (f. 125)
11.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 103-116
First Lines:
Ther is at the weste syde of Itaille
Doun at þe root of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as leef on lynde
And late hym care and wepe and wrynge and waile
Note: IV.65 inserted in margin
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale (f. 103)
12.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, f. 130-144v
First Lines:
…Ne coude nought vs self deuysen how
We mighte lyue in more felicite…
Last Lines:
…lest chychevache ȝow swolwe in hire entrayle
ffolweþ herto and holdeþ no scilence…
Note: IV.57-107; 1190-212 lost; 117, 143, 173, 381-2, 767, 905 omitted; 163-4, 459-60, 906-7 reversed; spurious lines folow 383, 768, 908.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
13.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 131v-148v
First Lines:
Ther was in þe west side of Itaile
Doun at þe Rote of vessulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as liȝt as leef on lynde
And leet hym care wepe wrynge and wail
Note: IV.455, 702, 997-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth þe clerkis tale of Oxenforde (f. 131); Clerk of Oxenforde (RT)
14.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 107v-123v
First Lines:
TEr is at the weste side of Ytaile Ytalie
dovne at the rote of Vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…bith egre as a Tigre yondre in ynde
ay clappith as a Mille I you counsaile
Note: IV.574, 731-2, 901, 1147, 1170-6, 1209-10 omitted; 1195-200 follow 1212; spurious line follows 1153.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 107v); Gresilde (RT)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 93-105v
First Lines:
There is right at the west side of Ytaille
Doun at te rote of vesulus the coldee…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as lef on lynde
And late him care wepe wrynge and waille
Note: IV.59-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: et incipit fabula Clerici de Oxonia (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 Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 244-259v
First Lines:
…Bowith ȝoure nekke vndyr þe blysful ȝok
Of souereynte & not of seruyse…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chre as lyght as lef on lynde
And late hym care & wepe & wrynge & wayle
Note: IV.57-112 lost; 155-61 and 162-8 reversed.
Attributed Title: Heere hath the clerk of Oxenforde ended his tale (f. 259v)
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.
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 136v-150
First Lines:
THere was in the weste syde of Ytalye
Doun at the rote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be Egre as a tigre yonder in ynde
Aye clappyng as a mylne I you counsaile
Note: IV.172, 1170-6 omitted; spurious lines follow 173, 774; blank line left at 238; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale (f. 136v); The Clerke of Oxinforde (RT); Here endith the clerkes tale of Oxenford… (f. 150)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 139v-153v
First Lines:
Ther is at þe weste side of ytalie
Doun at þe rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a tigre ȝonde in ynde
Ay clappith as a Mill I ȝowe conseill
Note: IV.588, 1009-15, 1147, 1170-6 omitted; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: …and here begynneth þe tale (f. 139v); þe clerke of oxenforde (RT); Explicit fabula Griseldis… (f. 153v)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 160v-176
First Lines:
[T]Here ys ryght at þe west syde of Itayle
Doun at þe Rote of wessylus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Beth eger as a tyger yonder in Inde
Ay clappeth as a mylle y you ounsaylee
Note: IV.85-112, 127-33, 155-61, 225-31, 428-41, 960, 1069, 1100-6, 1147, 1156-62, 1170-6 omitted; 81-2 reversed; spurious lines follow 1071, 1148; 541 left blank; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: The clerk of Oxenford tale (f. 160v); Here endeth the tale of Griseld (f. 176)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 46ra-53vb
First Lines:
Ther is right at the west side of Itaill
Doun at the rote of Vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chiere as liȝt as lef on lynde
And late him care wepe wringe and wayle
Note: IV.548, 758-9 omitted; 263-4, 459-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: …with his tale folwing / of Grysilde (f. 45vb)
21.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), f. 157v-177
First Lines:
There was in the west side of Itaile
Done at the rote of Vessulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be egir as a tigir and in mynde mervaile
Ay clappynge as a mylle I you counseille
Note: IV.171-2, 287, 935, 1147, 1170-6, 1189-91 omitted; 453-4, 707-6 reversed; spurious lines follow 774, 1148, 1188; 1195-200 follow 1212 with the order 1206, 1211, 1208, 1210, 1207, 1209, 1212.
Attributed Title: Here endeth the Clerke of Oxenfordes tale… (f. 177, rubric)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 129-149v
First Lines:
THer is at the west side of ytaylye
doun at the root of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…be ay of cheer as lyht as lef on lynde
and lat him care and weepe and wryng and wayle
Note: IV. 1050-6 omitted; 459-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: & Incipit fabula eiusdem (f. 129); Clerk of Oxenford (RT); Explicit vita Grisildis… (f. 149v)
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 64v-79v
First Lines:
THer is at the weste side of ytaill
A lusti playn habundaunt of vitaill
Doun at the rote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Theigh hit wer rude and som del to rent
But with glad chere to the gate is went…
Note: IV.1014-1212 lost; 117, 287, 416-18, 452, 495-6, 642-3, 685-6 omitted; 58-9, 459-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 64v); Grysyldis (RT)
24.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 90v-107v
First Lines:
Ther is ryght at the west syde of ytaille
Doun atte rote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of cheer as lyght as leue on lynde
And lat him care and wepe and wrynge and waille
Note: IV.459-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: …here bigynneth the Clerkes tale of Oxenforde (f. 90v); the Clerk (RT)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 108v-123
First Lines:
Ther is at the west side of Ytaill
Doun at the Rote of Vesulus þe cold…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as leef on lynd
And let hym care wepe wryng and waill
Note: IV.459-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula eiusdem (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).
26.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], f. 104-114v
First Lines:
…I dar þe better aske of ȝow a space
Of audience to schewen oure requeste…
Last Lines:
…In alla toun fynde Grisildes oon or two
ffor if þei were putte in suche assaies…
Note: IV.57-102, 255-406, 711-86, 1167-1212 lost; 1147 omitted; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153.
Attributed Title: The Clerk (RT)
27.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 112-128v
First Lines:
[T]Heere is at the west side off ytayle
Doun at the roote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of cheer as liht as lef on lynde
And lat hym care and weepe and wryng and wayle
Note: IV.1050-6, omitted; 459-60 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula eiusdam (f. 112); The Clerke of Oxynford (RT)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 1239, ff. 91-101
First Lines:
Ther ys right at þe west syde of ytaly
down at þe rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Bey Ay of chere as lyght as leff on lynde
And let hym wepe & care & wryng & wayle
Note: IV.149, 158, 266, 380, 943, 1104 omitted; 381-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here endyth þe clarkys tale of Oxenforth (f. 101)
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 114v-126v
First Lines:
THer is at the west side of Itaile
Doun at the rote of Vesulus the cold…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a Tygre yond in ynde
Ay clappith as a mille I you counsaile
Note: IV.1147, 1170-6 omitted; 1195-200 follow 1212; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153.
Attributed Title: …& begynneth the Tale (f. 114v); The clerke of Oxenford (RT); Here endith the clerke of Oxenford (f. 126v)
30.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 77rb-82va
First Lines:
Ther was in the west syde of Itaile
Doune at the rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of Cher as lyȝt as lefe on lynde
And lete him care wepe wrynge and waile
Note: IV.677-8, 997-8, 1009-15, 1020, 1097 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnith the clerke of / Oxinforthe his tale (f. 77rb, rubric); Here Endithe the clerke of oxinforþe / his tale (f. 82va, rubric)
31.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 117-132v
First Lines:
Ther is at þe west ende of ytaile
Doun at þe root of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Bey ay of chier as light as lef on lynde
And let hem care and wepe and wryng and wayle
Attributed Title: Incipit narrare (f. 117); …Incipit narrare (f. 117, margin, in scribe’s informal hand); The Clerkes Tale (RT); Explicit… (f. 132v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
32.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 100-111v
First Lines:
[T]Heer is right at þe west side of ytaille
Doun atte Rote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…O many tere and many a pitous face
Doun ran of hem that stonden here biside…
Note: IV.230-365, 7688-901, 1106-1212 lost; 174 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula clerici / Oxon (f. 100, margin); The Clarke of Oxenforde tale (f. 100, added later)
33.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 115-128v
First Lines:
THer is riht att þe west side of Itaile
Doune att þe rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…By ay of chier as liht as lef on lynde
And late him care & wepe & wringe & wayle
Note: IV.65, 74, 81, 117, 143, 173, 381-2, 767, 905 omitted; 173, 985 inserted in margin; 72-3, 906-7 reversed; spurious lines follow 379, 383, 768, 908.
Attributed Title: hic incipit fabula (f. 114); þe Clerk (RT); Explicit commendacio… (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.
34.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 158v-176v
First Lines:
Ther is Atte the weste syde of Ytayllye
Downe atte þe roote of Vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chiere as light as lef on lynde
And lete hym care waile wepe and wrynge
Note: IV.435, 1165-6 omitted; 459-60 reversed; blank line follows 1171. Clerk’s Tale ends five lines from the top of f. 176v, with the rest of the page left blank.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth / the tale of the clerke of oxenforde (f. 158v)
35.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 131v-145v
First Lines:
Ther is at the west syde of ytayll
Doun at þe roote of Vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a Tygre ȝonde in ynde
Ay clappeth as a mylle I ȝou counsaile
Note: IV.66-7, 117, 96203, 1147, 1170-6 omitted; spurious line follows 1148; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (f. 131v); The clerke of oxenforde (RT); Here endith the Clerke of Oxenford… (f. 145v)
36.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 130v-145
First Lines:
There ys at þe weste syde of Itayle
Doun at þe root of Vesulus þe cold…
Last Lines:
…Bethe egre as a Tigre ȝond in ynde
Ay clappeth as a Mille I you consayle
Note: IV.603-74 lost; 87-8, 178-80, 241, 348, 381-2, 684, 1130-2, 1147, 1170-6 omitted; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153.
Attributed Title: …and here be gynneth þe tale (f. 130v); The Clerk Of Oxenford (RT); Here endeth þe Clerke of Oxenfordes tale… (f. 145)
37.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 156v-175v
First Lines:
THere is right at the west side of Ytaile
Down at the roote of Vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be aye of chere as light as leef of lynde
And late hym care & wepe & wryng and wayle
Note: IV.65, 74, 81, 143, 381-2, 767, 905 omitted; 72-3, 459-60, 906-7 reversed; spurious lines follow 380, 383, 768, 908.
Attributed Title: …And here gebgynnyth [sic] his tale (f. 156v); [G]Risilde (RT); Here endith the Clerkys tale of Oxenford… (f. 175v)
38.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 174-191
First Lines:
Ther is at the west syde of Ytaille
Doun at the roote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of cheere as light as leef on lynde
And lat hym care and wepe and wrynge & wayle
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the tale (f. 174); The Clerk of Oxenforde (RT); Here is ended the tale of the clerk of Oxenford / Lenuoy de Chaucer (f. 190v, between IV.1176-7); Explicit (f. 191)
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.
39.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, f. 117-130
First Lines:
…Yee wote nat quod he myne own pepill dere
Do that I nevir þouȝt constreyn me…
Last Lines:
…Ay clapping as a myl I ȝew consaill
But ȝit god graunt vs grace to be good
And evir to have pacience in oure mode
Note: IV.57-142 lost; 155-61, 376, 745-6, 798, 960, 999, 1009-15, 1048, 1064, 1147, 1153, 1170-6 omitted; 380-1, 734-5 reversed; spurious lines follow 354, 1148, 1200; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of / the Clerk of Oxinforth of Gris[trimmed] / & of hir pacience … (f. 130, margin)
40.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 103rb-110ra
First Lines:
THere is at the west syde of Itaile
Doun at þe rote of resulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a tigre yonder in ynde
Ay clape ye as a mylle y yow counsaille
Note: IV.802, 1009-15, 1170-6 omitted; 588 left blank; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: …And now begynneth þe tale (f. 103rb); The Clerk of Oxenford (RT); Explicit fabula Griseldis… (f. 110ra)
41.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 58rb-65vb
First Lines:
There ys at the weste syde of ytail
Doun at the Rote of vessilus the colde…
Last Lines:
…with bras that though the kinde be feire at yie
It will rather breste on two thenne plye
Note: IV.920-1, 1051-6, 1147, 1170-1212 omitted; 542 left blank; 1135-6 reversed.
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.
42.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 138v-153
First Lines:
Ther is at the west side of Ytaile
Doun at the rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a tigre ȝonde in ynde
Ay clappeth as a mylle I ȝow counsaile
Note: IV.1170-6 omitted; 424-5, 459-60, 620-1 reversed; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the tale of the / Clerk of Oxenford (f. 138v); The Clerk of Oxenford (RT, rubric); Thus endeth the tale of the Clerk of Oxenford… (f. 153)
43.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 122v-137v
First Lines:
THere is at west side of Ytaile
Doun at þe rote of vsulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as lyȝt as leef on lynde
And lete him care wepe wrynge and weile
Note: IV.541, 1089 omitted; spurious lines follow 774.
Attributed Title: The Clerk of Oxenford (RT); Now is endid the Clerkis tale of Oxenford… (f. 137v)
44.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 168-185
First Lines:
THer is at the west side of Itaile
Doun at the Roote of Vesulus cold…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a Tigre yonde in ynde
Ay clappyng as a Mille I yow counsaile
Note: IV.475-6 omitted; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 168); Explicit fabula (f. 185, margin); Lenuoy de Chauncer (f. 185, foot); Explicit Lenuoye Chaucers… (f. 186)
45.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 76v-87
First Lines:
[T]her is att þe west side of Itaille
Doun att þe rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as leef on lynde
And lete hym care wepe wryng & wayle
Note: IV.316-22 omitted; 552-3 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula eiusdem (f. 76v); ffabula Clerici oxon (f. 76v, margin); Clerk of Oxenford (RT); Hic ffabula clerici Oxonie… (f. 87)
46.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 160-178
First Lines:
Ther is at þe west side of ytayle
Doune at þe rote of vesulus þe cold…
Last Lines:
…By aye of chere as liȝt as leef on lynde
And lat hym care and wepe & wryng &waile
Ȝe Arche wiffes stonden at ȝour defence
Siþ ȝe bene stronge as is a grete amaile
Ne suffreþ not þat man do ȝou offence
And sclendere wyves feble as in bataile
Beth egre as a tygre ȝende in ynde
Ay Clappeþ as a mylle I ȝou counsaile
Note: IV.1195-200 follow 1212; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ þe clerk his tale (f. 160); The tale (f. 160, margin); The Clerkes tale (RT); The Clerk Of Oxenford (RT)
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.
47.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. 93-106v
First Lines:
Ther is at the west side of Itaille
Doun at the rote of vesulus the olde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as leef on lynde
And let hym care wepe wrynge and waille
Note: IV.316-22, 330-6 omitted; 754 inserted in margin; spurious line follows 774.
Attributed Title: Et incipit fabula eiusdem (f. 93); ffabula / Clerici Oxon (f. 93, margin); Clerke of Oxonford (RT)
48.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 42-61v
First Lines:
þer is at þe west syde of ytayle
Doune at þe rote venseles þe cold…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chier as lyth as leff of lynde
And lat hym care wepe wrynge & wayle
Note: IV.287, 535, 642-3, 700, 1197 omitted; 459-60 reversed; spurious line follows 537.
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.
49.Source: Naples, Bibl. Nazionale, Naples XIII.B.29, pp. 119-146
First Lines:
…O noble markis youre humanyte
Assurith vs and yeuith hardynesse…
Last Lines:
…be ay of chere as liȝte as lefe on linde
and lete him care and wepe wring and waile
Note: IV.190-6, 600, 994 omitted; 548, 584 inserted in margin. On p. 146, at the end of Clerk’s Tale, the scribe writes a large ‘Explicit ffinus’ followed by ‘Hic pennam fixi penitet mi si male scripci qd mprf [a sketch of a rabbit] Ao d[omi]ni 1457 | 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 . 9 . 10.’ ‘quod mprf’ corresponds to the ‘quod More’ in the margin of p. 113.
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.
50.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 137-152
First Lines:
Ther is at the west side of ytaile
Don at the rote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a tiger ȝonde and ynde
Ay clappeth as as mylle I you counsaile
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth his tale & cetera (f. 137); The Clerk Of Oxenforde (RT); Thus endeth the tale of the clerk of Oxenford… (f. 152)
51.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 106v-121
First Lines:
Ther ys at þe west syde of ytale
Doun at the rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as a tygre ȝonde in ynde
Ay clappeth as a mylle y ȝow consayle
Note: IV.72, 381-2, 416-18, 1108, 1147, 1170-6 omitted; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: …and begynnyth þe tale (f. 106v); The Clerke of Oxeforde (RT); Here endeth þe clerkes tale of oxforde… (f. 121)
52.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 106-122
First Lines:
There was in the west side of Itaile
Doun atte root of vessulus the cold…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as lighte as lefe on lynde
And let hym care wepe wring & waile
Note: IV.263-331 partially lost (tear); 997-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Clerk of Oxinfordis tale (f. 106); Grisild (RT); Clerk of Oxinford (RT)
53.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 88-102
First Lines:
Ther is at the west syde of ytaille
Doun at the roote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…By ay of chiere as light as leef on lynde
And lat hym care & wepe and wrynge & waille
Attributed Title: Heere bigynneth the tale of the Clerk of Oxenford (f. 88); 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.
54.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], ff. 68-83v
First Lines:
There is right atte the west syde of ytaile
Downe atte the rote of vesulus the oold…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as lefe on lynde
And let hym care wepe wryng and wayle
Note: IV.189-260 lost; 353, 558, 565, 817, 886, 1009-15, 1163-76 omitted; 1203-9 follow the order 1203, 1205, 1207-8, 1204, 1206, 1209; 459-60 reversed. Followed without break by 1326, Chaucer’s, ‘Truth’ or ‘Balade de bon conseyl’.
Facsimiles:
Digital Scriptorium: Huntington Library MS HM 144. Columbia University, 1996-.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale from the Phillipps MS 8299 and the Longleat MS. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 93. London: Trübner, 1900..
55.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 31va-37vb
First Lines:
Ther is at the right side of ytayle
doun at the rote of vesulus þe colde…
Last Lines:
…be ay of cheere als light as lefe on lynde
and let hym wepe and care and wryng and wayl
Note: IV.158, 227-8, 1009-15, 1024-5 omitted; spurious lines follow 159, 226, 229, 521, 731, 1027.
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula eiusdem (f. 31va); Explicit fabula Clerici Oxo / nie… (f. 37vb)
56.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 22 [olim Sion College, Arc. L 40 2/E 23], ff. 2v-30
First Lines:
Ther is at the west ende of Itayle
Down at þe rote of Vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…be of chere as lyght as leff onlynde
and let hem care wepe wrynge and wayle
Attributed Title: Incipit narrare (f. 2); Explicit (f. 30)
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.
57.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 99-115
First Lines:
There is at the west side of Itaill
Doun at the roote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as liȝt as lef on lynde
And lat him care wring wepe and waile
Note: IV.1196-7 omitted; 445-6 reversed
Attributed Title: Et Incipit ffabula eiusdem (f. 98v, rubric); Grisilde (RT)
58.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 75ra-81va
First Lines:
…ffor yit alwey thee peple svmwhat dredde
lest this Marquis wole no wyif wedde…
Last Lines:
…Bee ye of chere as lyght as leef on lynde
And late hym care and wepe and wayle
Note: IV.57-180 lost; 1147, 1170-6 omitted; 1195-200 follow 1212; spurious lines follow 1148, 1153.
Attributed Title: The Clerk of Oxenforde (RT)
59.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 102-118
First Lines:
There is right at west side of itaile…
Last Lines:
…It wil raþir barst in two than plye
Note: IV.1147, 1170-1212 omitted; spurious line follow 1148, 1153.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Clerkes tale of Oxford (f. 102, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 48” .
60.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 156v-173v
First Lines:
There is ryght atte west syde of Italie
Downe at þe Rote of vessillus þe olde…
Last Lines:
…Beth egre as A tyger in your mynde
Ay clappyth as a mylle I you counsell
But yet god graunte vs grace to make good ende
And bryng vs oute of euery bale
And euer to haue pacience in oure mynde
Note: IV.83-211, 266-316; 367-417 lost; 541, 639-40, 661, 663, 747, 786, 798, 817, 999, 1026-7, 1064, 1069, 1106, 1147, omitted; 734-5 reversed; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: Grysill (f. 156v); ffinis Gryseld (f. 173v)
61.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 257, ff. 77v-89v
First Lines:
There is at the west side of Italie
Down at the roote of vesulus the cold…
Last Lines:
…Be egre as Tigre yondre in Inde
Ay clappeth as a mylln I yow counsaille
Note: IV.380-564 lost; 1147 omitted; spurious line follows 1148; 1195-200 follow 1212.
Attributed Title: Grisild (RT); Explicit Grisild full of Pacience (f. 89v)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 170v-190v
First Lines:
[T]her was in the west side of Itayle
Doun at the Rote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as leef on lynde
And leet hym care wepe wrynge and wayl
Attributed Title: …And / begynneth the clerkis tale of Oxenforde (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.2-cc.3v
First Lines:
[T]Here is in the west syde of Itayle
Doun at the rote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as leef on lynde
And leet hym care wepe wrynge and wayl
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the clerkis / tale of Oxonford (sig. aa.2); The clerkis tale of oxenford (RT); Here endyth the tale of the clerke of oxenford (sig. cc.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.
3.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. bb.6-ee.1
First Lines:
[T]Here is in the west syde of Itayle
Doun at the rute of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as light as leef on lynde
And let him care wepe wrynge and wayle
Attributed Title: …and here begynneth his tale (sig.bb.6v); The Clerkes tale of Oxenforde (RT); Here endith the tale of the clerke of Oxenforde… (sig. ee.1)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. i.5ra-k.6va
First Lines:
Ther is in the west syde of ytayle
Downe at the rote of vesulus the colde…
Last Lines:
…Be ay of chere as lyghte as leyf on lynde
And lete hym care wepe wrynge and wayll
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the clerkis tale of oxenforde (sig. i.5); The clerkis tale of oxenforde (RT); Here endyth the tale of the cler / ke of Oxenforde (sig. k.6va)