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This maiden bright Cecilia as her life sayeth
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Second Nun’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 434 lines in rhyme royal stanzas.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Second Nun’s Tale; Vita Sancta Cecilia; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; Saint Cecilia; saints᾿s lives; miracles
Versification: — rhyme royal, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 216v-222v
First Lines:
This maiden hight Cecely as hir liff seith
was comen of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…in the which in to this day in noble wise
men don to crist & to his seintes servise
Attributed Title: …and next folwyng she bigynneth hir tale (f. 216v); the seconde nonnes tale (RT); Here endith the seconde nonne hir tale… (f. 222v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 163-169
First Lines:
This maiden brigh Cecile as her lif saith
was comen of Romayns of noble kynd…
Last Lines:
…In wiche in to þis day in noble wise
Mene don to crist and to his seintes seruyse
Note: VIII.241 omitted; 433-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and here by gynnyght þe tale (f. 163); ij nonne (RT); here endith þe / second none tale… (f. 169)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 114-118v
First Lines:
[T]his maiden bright Cecilie as hir lif seith
was come of Romanis of noble kinde…
Last Lines:
…In which vnto this day in noble wise
Men done to crist and to his seintes seruice
Note: VIII.326-37, 345, 352 omitted; 343-4, 347-8, 451-2 reversed; spurious line follows 212.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale of the secunde Nonne (f. 114)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 178-184v
First Lines:
Þis mayden bright Cecilie as hir lyfe seith
Was comen of Romains and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which into þis day in noble wyse
Men don to Crist and to his seint seruise
Attributed Title: Nonne (RT); Here endeth the Nonnes tale of the / storye of the blessed lyfe and Martirdome / of the glorious virgine and Martir seynte / Cecile translated in to englysshe tonge (f. 184v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 137-142
First Lines:
THis maiden bright Cecile as hire life saith
Was comen of Romains & of noble kinde…
Last Lines:
…In which into this day in noble wise
Men doon to crist and to þis saint servise
Note: VIII.262 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And next beginneth þe tale / of the Nonne of the life of Seint Cecile (f. 137); The Nonne (RT); Here endeth þe ij Non is tale… (f. 142)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 186-192
First Lines:
THis maiden bright Cecile as hir lif saith
Was comen of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the wiche in to þis dai in noble wise
Men don to crist and to his seint seruise
Note: VIII.326-37 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ þe tale of þe Nonne (f. 186); þe nonne (RT); Here endeþ þe nonnes tale… (f. 192)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 192-198
First Lines:
[T]His maiden bright Cecile as hir lyfe saith
Was commen of Romanes & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the which into this day in noble wyse
Men don to Criste and to his seinte seruice
Note: VIII.140, 326-37, 455 omitted; spurious line follows 390.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 84-86
First Lines:
This maiden bright Cecile as hir lif saith
was comen of romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which into this day in noble wise
Men do to Crist and to his seyntes servise
Note: VIII.433-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: here begynnith the nonnes tale (f. 84); fab (f. 84, margin); the non (RT)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 159v-165v
First Lines:
This maiden briȝt Cecely as her lif seith
Was come of romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which into this day in noble wise
Men do to crist and to his seint seruice
Note: VIII.404 omitted.
Attributed Title: Fabula Sancta Cecilia (RT); Here endith the seconde Nonnes tale… (f. 165v)
10.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 233-238
First Lines:
This maiden bright Cecile as hire lyfe seith
Was come of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche into this day in noble wyse
Men doon to criste and to his seint seruyse
Note: VII.390 omitted.
11.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 172-177v
First Lines:
This mayden bright Cecile as hire lyf saiþ
Was comen of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In þe which in to þis day in noble wyse
Men don to cryst and to his seintz seruise
Note: VIII.156-9, 326-74 omitted.
Attributed Title: sent cecile (RT, rubric); Here endeþ Seint Ceciles Tale… (f. 177v)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
12.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 163v-170
First Lines:
This maiden briȝt Cecily as her legende saith
Was comyn of Romayns of nobil kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche in to this day in nobil wise
Men do to crist and to his seyntis seruize
Note: VIII.205-6, 268, 304-5 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth her tale (f. 163v); Second Nonne (f. 153v, margin); Secund Nonne (RT); Second Nonne (RT); Here endith þe Seconde Nonnes tale… (f. 170)
13.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 241-246v
First Lines:
This maiden cecili as hir lif seith
was comen of Romaynes and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche in to this day in noble wise
Men don to Criste and his seintes seruice amen
Note: VIII.390 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Nonne (RT); Explicit (f. 248v)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 197-202
First Lines:
This mayden bright Cecile as hire lif seith
Was come of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which in to this day in noble wyse
Men don to Crist and to his seynt seruyse Amen
Attributed Title: Heere endeth the Secund Nonnes tale… (f. 202)
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. 375-380v
First Lines:
…The nyght cam & to bedde muste sche goon
With her husbond as ofte is the manner…
Last Lines:
…In which in to this day in noble wyse
Meen don to Cryst & to his seynt seruyse
Note: VIII.120-40 lost; 158 omitted.
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. 151v-156v
First Lines:
This maiden bright Cecile as hir lyf saith
Was comyn of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which now into this day on noble wise
Men done to crist and to his seintes seruise
Note: VIII.433-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth hir tale (f. 151v); The second None (RT); Here endith the tale of the second None… (f. 156v)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 171v-176
First Lines:
This mayden briȝht Cecily as hir lyffe seith
Was comyn of romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In þe whiche in to þis day in noble wyse
Men done to criste and to his seynte seruyse
Note: VIII.326-37 omitted; spurious line follows 390.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit fabula (f. 171v); þe seconde Nonnes Tale (RT); Here endeth þe secounde nonnes tale (f. 176)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 177v-183v
First Lines:
[T]His Mayden bright cecile as hur lyf seith
Was comen of Romayns of nobul kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which vn to this day in nobul wyse
Men don to cryste and his seyntes sacrifise
Note: VIII.326-37, 345, 352, 355, 470-83, 498-504 omitted; 343-4, 347-8, 350-1 reversed.
Attributed Title: The tale of þe ij Nonne (f. 177v); Here endeth þe tale of þe secund Nonne… (f. 183v)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 67ra-70ra
First Lines:
This maiden briȝt Cecily as her lif seith
Was come of Romains of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In wich in to this day in noble wise
Men do to crist and to his seint seruice
Attributed Title: Hiere the tale endeth of the Seconde Nonne (f. 70ra)
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 203v-210
First Lines:
THis mayden bright Cecily as her legende seith
Was comynne of Romaynes of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche in to this day in to this day noble wyse
Men to do criste and to his seyntis seruyse
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth hir Tale (f. 203v); Here endith the seconde Nonnys tale… (f. 210)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 287-294v
First Lines:
This mayden briht Cicilie as hir lyff seith
Was comen off Romayns and off noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the whiche vnto this day in noble wise
Men doon to crist and to his seyntis servise
Note: VIII.155-61 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit vita sancte Cicilie (f. 287, margin); Nvnne (RT); Explicit narracio secunde Monialis de vita sancte / Cecilie… (f. 294v)
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 83v-89v
First Lines:
This mayden bryght Cecilie as hir lyf seyth
Was come of Romaynes and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which vnto this day in noble wyse
Men doon to criste and to his seint seruise
Attributed Title: 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. 218v-224
First Lines:
This mayden bright Cecelie as hir lyf seith
Was com of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which to this day in noble wise
Men doon to Crist and to his seynt seruice
Attributed Title: Hic desinit fabula Sancte Cecilie per secundam monialem narrata… (f. 224)
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. 125-128v
First Lines:
This maiden bright Cecile as hir lyf saith
Was comen of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In þe whiche into þis day in noble wise
Men don to crist & to his seynt seruise
Note: VIII.264-426 lost.
Attributed Title: …& here byginneth þe tale (f. 125); The Nonne (RT); Here endith þe seconde Nonnes tale… (f. 128v)
25.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 235v-241v
First Lines:
[T]His mayden briht Cicilie as hir lyff sayth
Was comen of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the whiche vn to this day in noble wise
Men doon to crist and to his seyntis servise
Note: VIII.155-61 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit Vita Sancte Cicilie (f. 235v); The ijde Nunnys tale (RT); Heer eendith the secunde Nunnys tale / off the lyff of Seynt Cicilie… (f. 241v)
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 138v-143
First Lines:
THis maiden bright Cecilye as hir lif seith
Was comen of Romayns of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the whiche in to this day in noble wise
Men don to crist & to his seyntis seruyse AmeN
Note: VIII.326-7, 345, 352, 355 omitted; 299 inserted in margin; 347-8, 350-1 reversed; spurious line follows 212. Large blank space between the end of the Second Nun’s Tale and the Canon’ s Yoman’s Prologue.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (f. 138v); The .2. Nonne (RT); Here endith the secunde Nonnes tale… (f. 143)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, ff. 102-108
First Lines:
THis mayde bright Cecile as her lyf seith
was come of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…in which into this day in noble wise
Men do to Crist & to his seynt seruyse
Note: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Prologue and Tale and Second Nun’s Tale in a religious miscellany.
Attributed Title: De sancte Cecilia (RT); Explicit vita / Sancte Cecilie Virginis (f. 108)
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 87ra-89ra
First Lines:
This made bryȝt Cecelye as hir lyf seithe
Was Coume of Romans & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which to this day in noble wyse
Men done to Crist & to his seintes seruice
Note: VIII.205-6 omitted.
29.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 163v-169
First Lines:
This mayden bright Cecilie as hir lyf saiþ
Was comen of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which to þis day in noble wyse
Men doon to crist and to his seint seruise
Note: VIII.155, 210-16 omitted.
Attributed Title: Secounde Nonnes Tale (RT); Here endeth þe secounde Nonne hir tale of þe lif of seint Cecilie… (f. 169)
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. 92-99
First Lines:
This mayden bryght Cecilie as hir lif seigh
Was come of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the wheche into this day in noble wyse
Men doon to Crist and too his seynte seruyse
Note: VIII.390 omitted.
Attributed Title: Hic deficit / cum prologo (f. 99, margin)
31.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 153-158
First Lines:
THis maiden hiht Ceclie as hire lif seiþe
Was comen of Romeyns & of noble kinde…
Last Lines:
…In þe whiche in to þis daie in noble wise
Men done to criste & to his seintes seruise
Note: VIII.156-9, 326-37 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 153); þe Nonne (RT); Explicit vita sancte Cecilie… (f. 158)
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. 192v-199
First Lines:
This mayden bright as hir lyf sayth
Was comen of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche to this day in noble wise
Men don to Crist and to his seyntes servise
Note: VIII.418 omitted; 276 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale / of the second none… (f. 199, margin)
33.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 158-163
First Lines:
THis mayden bryȝt Cecyle as hire lif saith
Was comyn of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In þe whiche in to þis day in noble wyse
Men don to Crist and to his seynt seruyse
Note: VIII.326-37 omitted; spurious line follows 390.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (f. 158); The .ij. nonne (RT)
34.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 157v-165
First Lines:
This Mayd briȝt Cecile as hir lyf sayþe
Was comen of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In þe whiche into þis day in noble wyse
Men done to cryste and to his seynt seruyse
Note: VIII.278, 326-37, 360-2, 406 omitted; spurious line follows 390.
Attributed Title: …and begynnethe þe tale (f. 157v); The ij Nonne (RT); Here endethe þe tale of þe ii Nonne (f. 165)
35.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 209v-216v
First Lines:
This mayden bright Cecily as here lif saithe
Was come of Romans and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which in to this daye in noble wise
Men doon to Criste and to his seynt seruyse
Note: VIII.180-1, 230 omitted; blank lines follow 182, 231; 319-20 reversed.
Attributed Title: [T]He secounde Nonnes tale (Rt)
36.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 167-173
First Lines:
This mayde bright Cecilie as hir lyf seith
Was come of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which in to this day in noble wyse
Men doon to crist and to his Seinte seruyse
Attributed Title: The Nonne (RT); Here is ended the Nonnes tale (f. 173)
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. 141v-146v
First Lines:
This bryȝte maide Cecely as hir lyff hiȝte
Was comyn of Romeyns of nobill kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the wich into this day in nobill wise
Men do to Criste and to his Seyntis servise
Note: VIII.326-37, 388-90, 432 omitted; 274-5 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth hir tale of þe lyff of Seynt Cecely (f. 140v); Here endith the second Nonne hire tale… (f. 146v)
38.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 57va-59va
First Lines:
þis maiden bright Cecile as hir lyfe seith
Was comen of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche in to this daye in noble wyse
Men do to Criste and to his seynt seruice
Note: VIII.278 omitted.
Attributed Title: Vita sancte Cecilie (f. 57va, margin); The secund Nonnes Tale (RT); Here endeth the second Nonnes tale… (f. 59va)
39.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 166v-172
First Lines:
This mayde briȝt Cecilie as hir lyf saith
Was comen of Romaynes & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the which in to þis day in noble wise
Men done to crist and to his seint seruise
Note: VIII.326-37 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth þe tale (f. 166v); The ije Nonne (RT); The secunde Nonne (RT); Thus endeth the secunde Nonnes tale… (f. 172)
40.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 151-157
First Lines:
This maiden bryȝt cicilye as hure lif saith
Was comen of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche into this day in noble wyse
Men don to crist and to his seintis seruyse
Note: VIII.433-4, 519-20 reversed.
Attributed Title: Nonne (RT)
41.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 203v-210v
First Lines:
This maide bright Cecilie as hir lif saith
Was come of Romayns and of noble kynd…
Last Lines:
…In whiche in to this day in noble wise
Men don to Crist and to his seynt seruise
Note: VIII.180, 278 omitted; spurious line follows 166.
Attributed Title: Cecilia virgo / clarissima (f. 203v, margin, written twice); Explicit ffabula (f. 210v)
42.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], ff. 162v-173
First Lines:
This Mayden bright as her legend seith
Was Comyn of Romayns & of noble kynd…
Last Lines:
…In which vnto this day In Nobyll wise
Men do to Cryste & to his sayntes servise
Attributed Title: Explicit vita Sancte virginis & / Martiris Cecilie scripta per Manus / Domini Willelmi Cots Cotson Canonici / In mense MArcij Anno domini Mcccclxxxxiiiimo (f. 173)
43.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 154v-158v
First Lines:
This maiden bright Cecilie as her silf seid
Was comen of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which to this day in noble wyse
Men doon to Criste & to his Seynt seruise
Attributed Title: Nonne (RT); Here endith the iide nonnes tale… (f. 158v)
44.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 192v-198
First Lines:
This maiden briȝt Cicile as hure lif saiþ
was w comen of Romaynes & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In þe which into þis daye in noble wise
Men done to crist and to his seinte servise
Note: VIII.326-37, 484 omitted.
Attributed Title: …& here bygynneþ þe ij nonnes tale (f. 192v, rubric); þe Secound nonnes Tale (RT); þus endeþ þe tale of þe secounde nonne… (f. 198)
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. 195v-201
First Lines:
This maydyn bright Cecilie as here self seyth
Was com of Romayns & off noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which to this day in noble wyse
Men don to Cryste & to hys seynt seruyce Amen
Attributed Title: Nonne (RT); Here endyth the seconde Nonnys tale… (f. 201)
46.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 177-184v
First Lines:
þis mayde bryht Cecely as her lyf seyth
Was comen of Romaynes & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche vn to þis day in noble wyse
Men don to crist & to his seyntes seruice
Note: VIII.180-1, 229-30, 291, 432-5, 453 omitted; 319-20 reversed.
47.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 166-171v
First Lines:
This maide bright Cecilie as hir lyf saith
Was comen of Romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the whiche into this day in noble wise
Men done to crist and to his seintes seruise
Note: VIII.326-37 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (f. 166); The secunde Nonne (RT); Thus endeth the secunde Nonnes tale… (f. 171v)
48.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 122v-127v
First Lines:
This mayde bryȝt cecile as hir lyf seyth
Was comen of romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In the whyche into this in noble wyse
Men don cryste and to thys seynt seruice
Note: VIII.326-37 omitted; spurious line follows 390.
Attributed Title: …And be gynneth the tale (f. 122v); The secunde nonnes tale (RT); Here endeth the secunde nonnes tale… (f. 127v)
49.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 136v-142v
First Lines:
THis maydyn bright cecely as here lyfe seith
was comyn of Romeyns of right nobel kynde…
Last Lines:
…In wich in to this day in nobil wise
Men don to Criste and to his seyntis service
Attributed Title: …And her begynnyth she her tale (f. 136v); Cronica (f. 136v, margin); Seconde Nonne (RT); lyfe of Seynt Cecely (RT); Here endith the tale of Seconde Nonne… (f. 142v)
50.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 187-192
First Lines:
This mayden bright Cecilie as hir lif seith
Was comen of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which in to this day in noble wyse
Men doon to Crist and to his seinte seruyse
Attributed Title: …Heere bigynneth the Seconde Nonnes tale of the lyf / of Seinte Cecile (f. 187); Nonne (RT); Heere is ended the Seconde Nonnes tale… (f. 192)
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. 78vb-80rb
First Lines:
this mayde bright Cecilie as hir lyfe seith
was comyn of Romayns and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In which in to this day in noble wise
men do to crist and to his seyntes seruyse
Note: Spurious lines follow VIII.486.
Attributed Title: incipit fabula monialis et cetera (f. 77rb); Explicit fabula monialis de vi / ta sancte Cecilies Virginis & martiris… (f. 80rb)
52.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 215v-221
First Lines:
This maiden briȝt Cecilie as hir lif seith
Was come of Romains & of noble kinde…
Last Lines:
…In wich to this day in noble wise
Men doo to crist and to his seint seruice
Attributed Title: Sancte Cecelie (RT); Hic desinit fabula Sancte Cecilie per Secundum / Monialiam narrata… (f. 221)
53.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 87ra-88vb
First Lines:
…yee schull come vnto thee blissfull feeste
And with that word Teburce his brother come…
Last Lines:
…in thee wiche in to this day in noble wyse
Men doon to Crist and to his seynttis servise
Note: VIII.120-240 lost; 326-37, 345, 352, 355 omitted; 343-4, 347-8, 350-1 reversed; spurious line follows 346.
Attributed Title: Thee Secvnde Nvnne (RT); Here endyht the tale of the secunde Nvnne… (f. 88vb)
54.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 131-137v
First Lines:
This maiden bright ceceli as hir lif seiþ
was comen of Romains of noble kinde…
Last Lines:
…In which into this dai in noble wise
men done to crist & his seintis seruice
Note: VIII.326-37, 345, 352 omitted; 343-4, 347-8, 350-1 reversed; spurious line follows 346.
Attributed Title: The tale of þe secunde Nonne (f. 131, rubric); Cecilia Virgo clarissima (f. 131, margin, 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. 208v-216
First Lines:
[T]His maiden bright Cecili as her legende saith
Was comyn of Romayns of nobil kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche in to this day in nobil wyse
Men do to crist and to his seyntis seruise
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the tale (f. 208v); Here endith the Seconde Nonnes tale… (f. 216)
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.6-dd.4v
First Lines:
[T]His mayden bright cecili as her legend saith
Was comen of romayns & of nobil kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche in to this day in nobyl wyse
Men do to crist & to his sayntes seruyse
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Tale (sig. cc.6); The Tale of the Nonne (RT); Here endeth the seconde nonnys tale… (sig. dd.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. ee.3-ff.1v
First Lines:
[T]His mayden bright Cecily as her legend sayth
Was comen of Romaynes and of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whiche vnto this day in noble wyse
Men do to criste and to his seyntes seruise
Attributed Title: …And begynneth her tale (sig. ee.3); The Nonnes Tale (RT); Here endith the Nonnes tale (sig. ff.1v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. n.6va-o.3va
First Lines:
[T]His mayden bryȝt cecily as her legend sayth
Was comen of romayns & of noble kynde…
Last Lines:
…In whyche in to this day in noble wyse
Men do to crist and his sayntis seruyse
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth her tale (sig. n.6v); The tale of the nonne (RT); The second nonnys tale (RT); Here endith the seconde non / nys tale… (sig. o.3va)