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This Summoner in his stirrups high stood
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Sommoner’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 44 lines in rhyming couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Sommoner’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; friars; contest
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 105v-106
First Lines:
This sompnour in his stiropis high stood
vppon this frere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…god saue yow alle saue this cursed frere
my prolog wil I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …And next / folwyng biginneth the sompour his prolog (f. 105v); the sompnour (RT); Here endith the sompnour is Prolog… (f. 106v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 125v-126
First Lines:
This Sompnour in his stirop hygh stode
Vpon þis ffrere his hert was so woode…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝow alle saue þis Cursed frere
Myn prolog wol I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: Sompnour (RT)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 82v-83
First Lines:
[T]his Somonour in his stiropis high he stood
Vpon this frere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue you alle saue this cursid frere
My prolog wil I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: The Prolog of the Somonour (f. 82v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 91-91v
First Lines:
This somnoure n his storopes high he stode
Vpon þis frere his hert was so wodde…
Last Lines:
…God save you alle save þis cursed frere
My prologe wol y ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: …And here / begynneth the Somnours tale (f. 91); Somnoure (RT); Here endeth the prolage of the / Somnours tale… (f. 91v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 128v-129
First Lines:
This Somnour in his stiropp ful high he stode
Vpon þis ffrere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue yow all saue this cursed frere
Mi prolong wol I ende in þis maner
Attributed Title: …And next biginneth / the Prolog of the Somnours (f. 128); Here bigynneth þe Prolog of þe Somnoure (RT); Here endeth þe Prolog of the Somnours tale… (f. 129)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 151-151v
First Lines:
[T]His sompnour in his stiropis hie he stode
Vpon this frere his hert was so woode…
Last Lines:
…God save ȝou alle safe the cursed frere
My prologe wile I ende in this manere
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 147v-148
First Lines:
THis sompnour in his stirop hye stode
Vppon this ffrere his hert was wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue you al saue this cursed frere
My prolong wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prolog of the sompnor tale (f. 147v); The sompnor (RT)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 70v-71
First Lines:
This somonour in his stirop hihe stood
Vpon this frere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God save yov al save this cursed frere
My prolog wil I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the prolog the somonoure and is of a frere (f. 70v); Incipit sommonitoris (f. 70v, margin); Here endith the somonours prolog of a frere… (f. 71)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 148-149
First Lines:
This sompnour in his stiroppes high he stood
Vpon this frere his herte was wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue you alle saue this cursed frere
My prolog wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the Prolog of the sompnour (f. 148); Prologus Apparitoris (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Sompnour… (f. 149)
10.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 93-93v
First Lines:
This sompnour in his stiropes hiegh he stood
Vpon this frere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue yow alle saue this cursed frere
My prologe wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …and bygynnyth / the prologe of the Sompnour (f. 93); Here endeth the prologe of the Sompnour… (f. 93v)
11.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 120v-121
First Lines:
This somnour in his styrop heyhe stood
vpon þis frere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝow all saue þis cursed frere
My prologe wol I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: prologus (RT, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
12.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 121-122
First Lines:
THis sompnour in his stirop hiȝ stood
Vp on this frere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God save you alle save this cursid frere
Mi prolog wil I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …Here begynnyth þe Sompnouris prolog (f. 121); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 122)
13.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 97v-98
First Lines:
This Sompnour in his stirope hie stode
vpon the ffrere his hert was wode…
Last Lines:
…god saue you alle saue this cursid frere
my prologe wille I ende in this manere
Note: III.1689, 1692 omitted.
Attributed Title: Prologus Sompnour (f. 97v); Sompnoure (RT)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 85v-86
First Lines:
THis Sompnour in hise stiryopes heye stode
Vp on this frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝow alle saue this cursed ffrere
My prolog wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: Et incipit prologus Summonitoris (f. 85v); Hic desinit prologus… (f. 86)
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 Ii.3.26, ff. 128v-129
First Lines:
This sompnoure in his styrrope highe stode
Vppon this ffrere his herte was so wode…
Last Lines:
…My prologe wil I ende in ths manere
God save you all save this cursed frere
Note: III.1707-8 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Sompnour his prologe (f. 128v); Sompnour prologe (RT); Here Endeth the Sompnours prologe… (f. 129)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 132v-133
First Lines:
This somnour in his stirope hye stode
Opon þis frere his herte was so woode…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝowe alle saue þis cursed frere
My prologe woll I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus apparitoris (f. 132v); Capitulum ixm (f. 132v, margin); þe somnour (RT)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 152-152v
First Lines:
[T]His Sompnoure in his styrop high stoode
Vpon this ffrere in his herte was woode…
Last Lines:
…God save you all safe þis cursed ffrere
My prolog woll y ende in this manere
Attributed Title: The prologe of þe Sompnoure (f. 152, rubric); Sompnoure (RT)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 147-147v
First Lines:
THis sompnour in his stirop high stode
Vpon this frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue you alle saue this cursid frere
My prologe wolle I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …And / begynneth the sompnours prolge (f. 147); Here endith the Sompnour prologe… (f. 147v)
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 117-118
First Lines:
Thys sompnour in his styropes hyh he stood
Vppon this ffrere hys hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God save you all save this cursed ffrere
My prolog wol y ende in this maneer
Attributed Title: & incipit prologus apparitoris (f. 117); Explicit prologus apparitoris… (f. 118)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 73v-74
First Lines:
This sompnour in his stiroppes high he stod
Vpon this frere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue yow al saue this cursed frere
My prologe wil I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneth the prologe of the Sompnours tale (f. 73v); The Sompnour (RT); Here endeth the prologe… (f. 74)
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], ff. 100-100v
First Lines:
This Sompnour in his styroppes hie stode
Vp on this frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God save you all save this cursed frere
My prologge woll I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: & / Incipit prologus Summonitoris (f. 100); Hic desinit prologus Summonitoris… (f. 100v)
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. 103-103v
First Lines:
[T]his Sompnowr in his stiropes hih he stood
Vp on this freere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God save you alle save this cursed freere
Mi prologe wol I ende in this maneere
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus apparitoris (f. 103); The prolog of the Sompnour (RT); Hic desinit prologg apparitoris (f. 103v, margin)
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 106v-107
First Lines:
This Somnour in his stirop hye stood
Vp on this ffrere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue you alle saue this cursid ffrere
My prolog woll I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the Somnour (f. 106v); The Somnour (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 107)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 74rb
First Lines:
This Sompnour in his stirope hye stode
vp on this ffrere his herte was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God save yow all saff this Curside frere
My prologe wolle I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: Here Endith þe Sompnour his tale Prolog (f. 74rb, rubric)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 108-108v
First Lines:
This sompnour in his styrop vp he stood
vpon þe frere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝow alle saue þis cursed frere
My prolong wol I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth þe sompnour his prologe… (f. 108); The Sompnours Tale (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 Harley 7335, ff. 80v-81
First Lines:
[T]His Sompnour in his stiropes heigh he stood
vpon this frere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue you alle saue this cursed frere
Mi prologe wil y yende in this manere
Attributed Title: Prologus sumonitoris (f. 80v, margin)
27.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 106v-107
First Lines:
THis Somnour in his stirep hihe stode
vpon þis frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝoue al saue þis curse frere
My prologe wil I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus aparitoris (f. 106v); þe Somnour (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 107)
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.
28.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 148-149
First Lines:
THis sompnoure in his Styrope vppe stode
And vppon þis ffryer his herte was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue you All saufe þis cursede ffryer
My prologe woll I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: …And / begynnyth the prolog of the Sompnore (f. 148); Here endithe the prologe… (f. 149)
29.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 125-125v
First Lines:
This Sompnour in his stiropis hye he stod
Vp on þis frere his herte ws so wod…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝou alle saue þis cursid frere
Mi prolog wil I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prolog of the Sompnoure (f. 125); The Sompnoure (RT); Here endith the prologe… (f. 125v)
30.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, f. 124v
First Lines:
This Somnour in his sterop hiȝe stode
Vpon þis ffrere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…In spririt ones by a vysioun
And as an Aungell ladde hym up & doun…
Note: III.1679-708 lost.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth þe Prologe of þe Somnour (f. 124v)
31.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 145-146
First Lines:
THis sompnour in his stirop hie stood
Vpon this ffrere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God save you alle saue this cursed ffrere
My prolog wille I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Prolog of þe Sompnour (f. 145v); a Prolog of the Sompnour (RT); Here endeth the Prolog of the sompnour… (f. 146)
32.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 78v-79
First Lines:
This Somnour in his Stiropes hye he stood
Vp on this frere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue yow alle saue this cursed frere
My prologe wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …The Prologe of the Somnours tale (f. 78v); The Somnour (RT); Here endeth the prologe of the Somnours tale… (f. 79)
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.
33.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, f. 110-110v
First Lines:
This Sompnour in his stirop hiȝe stode
Oppon this ffrere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God save ȝew al save this cursid ffrere
My prolog woll I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: And here begynnyth the Sompnoure his prolog (f. 110); Here endith the Sompnour his prologg… (f. 110v)
34.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 54ra-54rb
First Lines:
THis Somnour in his stiropes high he stode
Vp on þis frere his herte was wode…
Last Lines:
…Þat is hese heritage of verray kynde
My prologg wole I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: …And begynneth þe prologe of þe Somynour (f. 54ra); The Somynours Tale (RT)
35.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 75vb-76rb
First Lines:
This sumpnour in his stiroppes hye stode
vpon þis frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God save you all save this cursed frere
My prologge wol I ende in this manere
36.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, f. 129v-130
First Lines:
This Somnour in his stirop high stood
Vp on this freer his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue vs alle saf this cursed frere
My prologe wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …and bigynneth the prologe / of the Somenour (f. 129v, rubric); The Somenour (RT); Thus endeth the prologe… (f. 130, rubric)
37.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 113-113v
First Lines:
THis sompnour in his hiȝe steropis hye stood
Vp on this frere his herte was was ner wod…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝow all saue þis cursid frere
My prolog wole I ende in þis manere
ffor trewly with outen ony delay
If þe frere liste he wol be shrewid alday
Note: Two spurious lines follow III.1708 (see above).
Attributed Title: …and bigynnyþ þe sompnours tale of þe frere lymytour (f. 113, heavily stained)
38.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 156v-157v
First Lines:
THis sompnour in his stiropis hie he stoode
Vpon this frere his hert was so woode…
Last Lines:
…God save yow all sauf this cursid frere
My prologe wil I end in this manere
Attributed Title: Incipit Prologus Aperitoris versitatoris (f. 156v); Explicit prologus… (f. 157v)
39.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 70v-71
First Lines:
This Sompnour in hs steropis hie stood
Vpon the ffrere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God save you all safe þis cursede ffrere
My prologe woll y ende in this manere
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus fabule Sumpmonitoris (f. 70v); prologus Sumpmonitoris (f. 70v, margin); Sompnour (RT)
40.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 152-152v
First Lines:
This somnour in his stirop hiȝe stode
Vpon þis frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝou all saue þis [cursid?] frere
My prologe wil I ende in þis manere
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþe þe prologe of þe somnour (f. 152); þe prologe (f. 152, margin); The Prologe (RT); Thus endeþ þe prologe of þe somnour… (f. 152v)
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.
41.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. 85-85v
First Lines:
This Sompnoure in his Stiropis hygh stode
vppon this frere his harte was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God save you all save this cursid frere
My prologge will y ende on this manere
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Sompnitoris (f. 85); prologus Sompnitoris (f. 85, margin); Sompnoure (RT); Hic desinit prologus Sompnitoris… (f. 85v)
42.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 148-148v
First Lines:
This sompnour in his stirop heye stod
Vpon þis frere his hert was wod…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝow all saue þis cursed frere
My prolong wylle I ende in þis manere
43.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 128-128v
First Lines:
This Somnour in his stirop high stood
Vpon this ffrere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue vs all saf this cursed frere
My prologe wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …And here bigynneth þe prologe of the somnour (f. 128); The Sompnour (RT); This endeth the prologe of the Sompnour… (f. 128v)
44.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 99v-100
First Lines:
Thys somner in hys styrop hyȝe stoode
Vppon thys frere hys hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue ȝow all saue thys cursed frere
Mi prologe woll y ende on thys manere
Attributed Title: …And begynneth / þe prologe of the somnoure (f. 99v); The sompnour (RT); Here endeth þe prologe of þe sompnour… (f. 100)
45.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 98-98v
First Lines:
THis sompnoure in his stiroppis hiȝe stode
Oppon this ffrere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God save ȝewe al save this cursid ffrere
My prolog wol I end in this manere
Attributed Title: …Begynnyng of the Sompnouris Prolog (f. 98); Here endith the Sompnour his prolog… (f. 98v)
46.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 80v-81
First Lines:
This somonour in his styropes hye stood
Vp on this frere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue yow alle saue this cursed frere
My prologe wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …The prologe of the Somonours tale (f. 80v); Somonour (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.
47.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 46vb-47ra
First Lines:
This sommonour in his stirop high vpstood
vppon this frere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…god saue yow alle sauf this cursid frere
my prologe wil I ende in this manere
Note: III.1705-6 omitted.
Attributed Title: & subse / quenter incipit prohemium fabule / apparitoris hoc modo sequente (f. 46vb); Explicit prohemium fabule ap / paritoris… (f. 47ra)
48.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 22 [olim Sion College, Arc. L 40 2/E 23], ff. 64v-65v
First Lines:
This sompnour in his stiropis high stode
vppon þe frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…god saue you all saue þis cursed frere
my prologe wole I ende in þis manere
49.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 90v-91
First Lines:
This Sompnour in his stiroppis high stood
Vpon this ffrere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue you alle saue this cursed frere
My prolog wol I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: Et / Incipit Prologus Apparitoris (f. 90v); Hic desinit Prologus Apparitoris… (f. 91)
50.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 92v-93
First Lines:
This Somonour in his stirops hie he stode
vpon this frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…god saue you al sauf þis cursid frer
my prolog wil I ende in this maner
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Somonours tale (f. 92v, 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. 159-159v
First Lines:
[T]His Sompnour in his stirop high stood
Vp on this frere his herte was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue you alle saue this cursid frere
My prolog wil I ende in this maner
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth the Sompnours prolog (f. 159); Here endith the prolog… (f. 159v)
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. t.5v-t.6
First Lines:
[T]His sompnour in his stirop high stood
Vpon this frere his hert was so wood…
Last Lines:
…God saue you alle saue thys cursid frere
My prologe wyl I ende in thys manere
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth the Sompnours prologe (sig. t.5v); The Sompnours prologe (RT); Here endyth the Sompnours Prologe (sig. t.6)
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. aa.4-aa.4v
First Lines:
[T]His sompnoure in his sterop high stode
Vpon this frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue you al saue this cursed frere
My prologue wol [I?] ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Sompnoures prologe (sig. aa.4); The Sompnoures prologue (RT); Here endith the sompnoures prologue (sig. aa.4v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sig. h.6va-h.6vb
First Lines:
[T]His sompnour in his stirop hygh stode
Vpon this frere his hert was so wode…
Last Lines:
…God saue you all saue this cursyd frere
My prologue woll I ende in this manere
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the sompnours / prologue (sig. h.6va); The Sompnours prologe (RT); Here endyth the sompnours / prologue (sig. h.6vb)