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Weeping and wailing care and other sorrow
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Merchant’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 32 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Merchant’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; marriage
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 114v-115
First Lines:
Weping & wayling care & other sorowe
I knowe I now on even & on morowe…
Last Lines:
…gladly qoud he but of myn owne sore
for hevy herte I telle may no more
Attributed Title: …And / next folwith the Marchauntis prolog (f. 114v); the prolog (RT); Here endith the Marchauntis prolog… (f. 115)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 114-114v
First Lines:
Wepyng and waillyng care and oþer sorow
I koow you on eve and on morow…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myne owne sore
ffor sory herte I telle may namore
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth the prologe of þe Merchantz tale (f. 114); Merchant (RT); Here endeth þe prologe of þe Merchantes tale… (f. 114v)
3.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 204-204v
First Lines:
Wepyng and waylynge care and other sorwe
I know I nough on eue & morowe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owen sore
ffor sory herte I telle may no more
Attributed Title: …The Marchauntez tale of Ianuarie (f. 204)
4.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 79v-80
First Lines:
WEping & wailing care & other sorow
I knowe I nouȝ bothe even & ek amorowe…
Last Lines:
…Gladli quod he but of myn owen sore
ffor sori herte I telle may no more
Attributed Title: …Begynnynge of the Marchauntis Prolog (f. 79v); Here endith the prolog… (f. 80)
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 123v2-124
First Lines:
weping and wailyng care and othir sorwe
I knowe I nowe att euyn and eke att morwe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quoth he but of myne owne sore
ffor sory herte I may telle no more
Note: IV.1230 omitted.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, f. 106
First Lines:
Wepyng and waylyng care and other sorwe
knowe I now on Euen and on morwe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owen sore
ffor sory hert I telle may no more
Attributed Title: & incipit prologus of the Marchaunt (f. 105v, foot)
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).
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 102v-103
First Lines:
WEpyng and waylynge care and other sorowe
I knowe ynough on even and amorwe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owne sore
ffor sory hert I may telle nomore
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the merchantes prologe (f. 102v); Here endeth the Marchauntes prologe (f. 103)
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, f. 150
First Lines:
WEpyng and weylyng care and othir sorwe
I knowe I nouh on evyn and on morwe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owne sore
ffor sory hert y telle may no more
Attributed Title: & incipit Prologus Mercatoris (f. 149v); Marchaunt (RT); Explicit prologus mercatoris… (f. 150)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], f. 107v
First Lines:
Wepyng and wailyng care and other sorwe
I know ynow on euen and on morwe…
Last Lines:
…This monthes two and more nat parde
And yet I trow he that al his lyue…
Note: IV.1236-44 lost.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prologe of the marchauntes tale (f. 107v)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 123-123v
First Lines:
Wepyng and wailyng care and other sorow
I knowe ynough on eve and of morow…
Last Lines:
…Gladly koth he but of myn owen sore
For sory hert I may tell no more
Attributed Title: Et Incipit prologus Mercatoris (f. 123)
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).
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], f. 129
First Lines:
[W]eepyng & waylyng care and othir sorwe
I knowe I nouh on even and on morwe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owne sore
For sory herte I telle may no moore
Attributed Title: Hic incipit prologus mercatoris (f. 129); The Marchaunt (RT); Hic desinit prologus Mercator… (f. 129)
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 68vb
First Lines:
WEping and wayling care and oþere sorowe
Know I now bothe evin & Eke on morowe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owne sore
For sory herte I tel may no more
Attributed Title: …And here beginnithe þe Marchaundis tale (f. 68vb)
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 132v-133
First Lines:
WEpyng and wailyng care and oþer sorwe
I knowe ynough boþe on euen & on morwe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he of myn oughne sore
ffor sory hert I telle may na more
Attributed Title: here bygynneth þe prologe of þe marchaundis tale (f. 132v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, f. 112
First Lines:
…Wifles hath ben thogh that men wolde hym ryue
Vn to the herte ne koude in no manere…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owne sore
ffor sori hert y telle may no more
Note: IV.1213-55 lost.
15.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 106-106v
First Lines:
WEpenge waylenge care & other sorrowe
I knowe ynoughe boþe on evene & eke on Morowe…
Last Lines:
…Gladely quod he of myne owne sore
ffor sorye herte I telle may no more
Attributed Title: …And / begynnyth the prolog of the marchaunt (f. 106); Here endith the prolog of the marchaunt… (f. 106v)
16.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 245-245v
First Lines:
WEPyng and wailyng and other care and sorowe
I know I nough bothe eve and morow…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he of myn awne sore
ffor sory I tel may nomore
Note: The Merchant’s Prologue, in a different ink than the preceding folios. The verso holds only the last four lines (IV.1241-44) and the rubric, ‘Explicit prologus Incipit ffabula’, with the rest left blank. Shipman’s Tale begins on the following recto.
Attributed Title: Explicit prologus… (f. 245v)
17.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], f. 87
First Lines:
Weping & wailyng care and oþer sorowe
I know I nowgh an even and on morowe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn own sore
ffor sory hert I tell may no more
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Mercatoris (f. 87); prologus Mercatoris (f. 87, margin); Marchant (RT)
18.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. 106v-107
First Lines:
Wepyng and wailyng care and other sorowe
I knowe y nough on even and on morowe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owne sore
ffor sory herte y tell may no more
Attributed Title: Et incipit prologus Mercatoris (f. 106v); Marchaunte (RT)
19.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 60v-61
First Lines:
WEpying and weylyng care and othir sorowyng
I knowe I nowȝe both evyn & morowe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn own sore
ffor sory hert I tel may not more
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Marchaunte his prolog (f. 60v); Here endith the Prologg… (f. 61)
20.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], f. 102v
First Lines:
Wepyng and waylyng care and oother sorwe
I knowe ynogh on euen and a morwe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owene soore
ffor soory herte I telle may namoore
Attributed Title: The prologe of the Marchantes tale (f. 102v); Marchant (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.
21.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 50rb-50va
First Lines:
Uepyng and waylyng care & othir sorwe
I knowe ynough on euyn & on morwe…
Last Lines:
…gladly qoud he but of myne owne sore
for sory hert I may telle no more
Attributed Title: & sub / sequenter incipit prohemium fabula / mercatoris hoc modo sequente (f. 50rb); Explicit prologus fabule Mercato / ris… (f. 50va)
22.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], f. 115v
First Lines:
Weping and wailing care and othir sorwe
I knowe Inouȝ on eue & on morwe…
Last Lines:
…Gladli quod he but of myn ougne sore
ffor sori hert I may telle no more
Attributed Title: Hic desinit fabula Clerici Prologus / Mercatoris… (f. 115v)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 109-109v
First Lines:
[W]Epynge & waylinge care & other sorow
I knowe I nough bothe euen & ek a morow…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owen sore
For sory herte I telle may nomore
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Marchantis prolog (f. 109); Here endith the prolog… (f. 109v)
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. 1.7v-l.8
First Lines:
[W]Epyng & waylyng care & other sorow
I haue ynough bothe euen & ek a morow…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owen sore
For sory herte I telle may nomore
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the marchauntes prologe (sig. l.7v); The marchauntes prologe (RT)
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. n.5v-n.6
First Lines:
[W]epyng and waylyng care and other sorowe
I haue ynough both euyn and eke a morowe…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owne sore
For sory hert I telle may nomore
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Marchauntes prologe (sig. n.5v); The Marchauntes Prologe (RT); Here endith the Marchauntes prologue… (sig. n.6)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sig. l.1ra-l.1rb
First Lines:
[W]eping & waylyng care and other sorow
I haue y nough bothe euen & the morow…
Last Lines:
…Gladly quod he but of myn owne sore
For sory herte I telle may no more
Attributed Title: The marchauntis prologe (sig. l.1ra); The marchauntis prologe (RT); Here endyth the prologe of the marchauntis tale (sig. l.1rb)