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When ended was my tale of Melibee
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Monk’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 102 lines in rhyming couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Monk’s Prologue; ‘Words of the Host to the Monk’; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; marriage; tragedy
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 193v-195
First Lines:
Whan ended was this tale of Mellibe
and of Prudence & hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…as it cometh now to my remembraunce
haue me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endith Chauncers his tale of Mellibe / and Prudence And next sueth the Monkis prolog (f. 193v); the Monkes prolog (RT); Here endith the Monke his prolog… (f. 195)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 232-233v
First Lines:
When endid was þe tale of Mellibe
And of prudence & of her benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth now to my rememrance
Haue me excusit of my ignorance
Attributed Title: Here endith Mellibeus and here by gynnethe / The prolog of þe monke tale (f. 232); Here endith / þe tale… (f. 233v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 161-162v
First Lines:
[W]hen endid was the tale of Melibee
And of Prudence and hir benygnite…
Last Lines:
…As it cometh now vnto my remembrance
Haue me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Note: VII.1912-13 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ the Prolog of the Monke (f. 161)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 206-207
First Lines:
Whan ended was þe tale of Melibe
And of prudence and hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it now cometh to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endeth Chaucers tale of Melibe and Dame Prudence / And next beginneth the Prolog of the Monke (f. 206); The Monke (RT); Here endeth the Prolog of the Monke… (f. 207)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 114-116
First Lines:
WHenne ended was the tale of Mellyble
And of prudence & of hur benignyte…
Last Lines:
…As hit cometh now to my remembrance
Haueth me excused of myn ignorance
Attributed Title: Here endeth chaucers tale of Melibee & prudence / Here bygynneth the prolog of the monkes tale (f. 114); The Monke (RT); Here endeth the prolog… (f. 116)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 114v-115
First Lines:
When endid was the tale of mellibe
And of prudence and of hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it may come to my remembraunce
I haue me exscused of myn ignorance
Attributed Title: here endith mellibes tale and here / begynneth the monkes prologe (f. 114); the monke (RT)
7.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 154v-155v
First Lines:
Whan ended was the tale of Melibe
And of Prudence & hire benygnyte…
Last Lines:
…As it now cometh vnto me remembraunce
Haue me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here is ended Chaucers tale of Melibee / Chaucer de casibus Virorum illustrium (f. 154v); Explicit prohemium… (f. 155v)
8.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 234v-236
First Lines:
Whan ended was þe tale of Mellibe
And of Prudence and hire benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comeþ now to my remembraunce
Haueþ me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endeþ Chaucers tale of Mellibe (f. 234v); Prologus Monachi (f. 234v, margin); Explicit prologus monachi (f. 236, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
9.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 237-238v
First Lines:
Whenne endid was þe tale of Mellibe
And of Prudence & of her benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth to my remembraunce
Haue me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endith Chausers tale of Mellibe and Prudens / his wif and Sophie his douȝtir and begynneth þe / monkis prolog (f. 237); Monk (RT); Here endith þe Monkis prolog… (f. 239v)
10.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 219v-221
First Lines:
Whan endid was the tale of Mellebe
and of prudence and of hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…as comyth nowe in to my remembraunce
haue me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Note: VII.1945, 1961-2 omitted; 1913-14 reversed.
Attributed Title: Explicit (f. 219v); Monke (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 177-178v
First Lines:
Whan ended was my tale of Melibe
And of Prudence & hire benygnetee…
Last Lines:
…As it cometh vn to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Heere is ended Chaucers tale of Melibe & bygynneth / the Prologe of the Monkes tale (f. 177); Heere endeth þe prologe… (f. 178v)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), f. 351-351v
First Lines:
…ffor I am perlious with knyf in honde
Al be it that I dar nat hire with stonde…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth to myn remembraunce
Haue me excusede of myn ygnoraunce
Note: VII.1889-1918 lost.
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 202-203
First Lines:
Whenne ended was the tale of Mellebe
And of prudence and hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it nowe cometh to my Remembraunce
Haue me excused of my Ignoraunce
Note: VII.1934 omitted; spurious lines follow 1896.
Attributed Title: Here endeth Chawcers tale of Mellebe / and Prudence and Sophia his dougher / here next foloweth the monkes tale (f. 202); Prologe of the monke (RT); Here endeth the prologe of the monke… (f. 203)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 67-68
First Lines:
When ended was þe tale of mellibe
And of prudence and of here benignite…
Last Lines:
…And it cometh nowe to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of myne ignorance
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe prologe of þe monke (f. 67, above the written space); Þe prologe of þe monke (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 68)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 243-243v
First Lines:
[W]Han ended was þe tale of Mellibe
And of prudence and hur benygnyte…
Last Lines:
…As fferre as sowneth in to honeste
To tell you a tale and ye woll here me
Note: VII.1908, 1917-20, 1929-30, 1935-6, 1957-8, 1961-4, 1969-90 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here endeth þe tale of Mellibe and Prudence (f. 242, with rest of recto and verso blank); The prolog of þe monk (f. 243); Endeth þe prolog of Monk (f. 243v, foot)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 99ra-99va
First Lines:
Whan ended was the tale of Melibe
And of Prudence and hir beningnite…
Last Lines:
…As it cometh now in my remembraunce
Haueth me excusid of my ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Hiere endeth the tale of Melibe / And Prudence compiled be M / Chaucer And hiere beginneth a / Prolog of the Monke… (f. 98vb); A Prolog finisshed of the Monk… (f. 99va)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 247-248v
First Lines:
Whanne endid was the tale of Mellebe
And of Prudence and of hir benignyte…
Last Lines:
…As hit cometh to my remembraunce
Haue me excuced of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endeth Chaucers tale of Mel / lebe and Prudence his wiff and / Sophie his doughter and begynneth / the Monkes Prologe (f. 247); Here endeth the monkes prologe… (f. 248v)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 170v
First Lines:
[W]Orshipfull and dyscryete that here present be
I wyll yow tell a tale two or thre
And yef ye lyst to herkyn hedyrward…
Last Lines:
…As hit commeth to my remembraunce
haue me excusyd of myne ignoraunce
Note: A conflation of extracts from Chaucer’s Monk’s Tale (copied from Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] ) and Lydgate’s Fall of Princes (1904): see 6799 and 6367. From the Monk’s Prologue, the extract includes VII.1968-90. According to Dixon (1995), pp. 392-6, the extracts are as follows: Monk’s Tale, VII.1968-2006; Fall of Princes, I.470-966; I.967-1001; I.1380-6; I.1394-1400; I.1338-78; I.1520-33; I.3102-29; I.3788-94; I.3431-58; I.3522-35; I.3795-3801; Monk’s Tale, VII.2015-2374; VII.2399-2766; Fall of Princes, I.1814-41; I.2150-70; I.3102-29; I.3816-43; I.4215-37; I.4240-2; I.4530-43; I.4544-50; I.4551-7; I.5524-30; I.5531-7; I.5538-51; I.6301-35; I.7050-70; II.778-805; II.512-623; II.1429-63; II.1863-76; II.1429-63; II.1884-95; II.2171-84; II.2192-8; II.2185-91; II.2199-2233; II.2521-7; II.2528-48; II.2934-61; II.3326-46; II.3536-56; II.3697-3731; II.3935-55; II.4222-63; II.4404-59; III.1569-1638; III.2164-70; III.2178-91; III.2199-2205; III.3683-3717; III.4019-32; III.4040-6; III.4033-9; III.4047-60.
Attributed Title: Hic Incipit prohemyum (f. 170v)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 260-261v
First Lines:
WHanne eendid was this tale of Mellibe
And of hir prudence and benygnyte…
Last Lines:
…As it now cometh in to my remembraunce
Haueth me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Explicit fabula ChauceR et / Incipit prohemium fabule Monachi (f. 260); Monke (RT); Explicit prohemium monachi de Tragedies… (f. 261v)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 188-189v
First Lines:
Whan ended was my tale of Melibee
And of prudence and hir benygnytee…
Last Lines:
…As it nowe cometh vn to my remembrance
Haue me excused of myn ignorance
Attributed Title: Here endeth Chaucers tale of Melibee and Prudence / Here bigynneth the prologe of the monkes tale (f. 188); the Monk (RT); Here endeth the prologe… (f. 189v)
21.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 197v-198v
First Lines:
Whan ended was my tale of Melibee
And of Prudence and hir benignitee…
Last Lines:
…As it now comth to my remembraunce
Have me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Hic desinit fabula de Melibee & Prudence narrata / per Chaucers & incipit prologus Monachi (f. 197); Hic desinit prologus Monachi… (f. 198v)
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. 212v-213v
First Lines:
[W]Han endid was this tale off Mellibe
And of here prudence and benignyte…
Last Lines:
…As It nouh cometh in to my remembraunce
Haveth me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here eendith the tale off Mellibe (f. 212); Hic incipit prohemium fabule Monachi (f. 212v); Explicit prohemium… (f. 213v)
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 183-184
First Lines:
Whan endid was this tale of Melibe…
Last Lines:
…As it cometh now to my remembraunce
Haue me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endith Chaucers tale of Melibe and Prudence (f. 182; lower half of the leaf excised; verso blank); The Monke (RT); Here begynneth the Prolog of the Monkes Tale (f. 183); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 184)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 108ra-108va
First Lines:
When endid was the tale of Mellebe
and of prudence and hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it Comeþ now to my remembraunce
Have me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here Endithe Chauncer his tale (f. 99ra; i.e., the end of the prose Melibee)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 226-227
First Lines:
Whan ended was my tale of Melibe
And of prudence and hire benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comeþ now to my remembraunce
haueþ me escused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endith Chaucer his tale of Melibe / And here bygynneþ þe prologe of þe monkes tale (f. 226)
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 Lansdowne 851, ff. 206-207v
First Lines:
Whan endede was þe tale of Mellibe
And of Prudence & of hire benygnite…
Last Lines:
…And it comeþ nowe to my remembrance
Have me excused of myne ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Explicit fabula Galfridi Chaucer de Mellibeo Milite / Incipit Prologus de Monacho (f. 206); þe Monke (RT); Explicit Prologus… (f. 207v)
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.
27.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 261-262v
First Lines:
Whan endid was the tale of Melibee
And of prudence and hir benyngnite…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth now to my remembraunce
Have me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of / Melibe & Prudence And / begynnyth the prolog / of the monke (f. 261, margin); Here endith the prolog… (f. 262v, margin)
28.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 215v-216v
First Lines:
Whanne ended was þe tale of Mellibe
And of prudence & of hire benygnite…
Last Lines:
…As hit now comeþ in to my remembrance
Haueþ me excused of myn ignorance
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of Mellibe / And here begynneth the prolog of the Monkes tale (f. 215v); The Monke (RT); Here endith the prolog… (f. 216v)
29.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 201v-203
First Lines:
Whan endid was þis tale of Melybe
And of prudence and of hir benygnyte…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth now to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of myne ignoraunce
Note: Monk’s Prologue follows Prioress’s Tale in this MS.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe Proloog of þe Monke (f. 201v); The Monke (RT); Here endeth þe Proloog… (f. 203)
30.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 267v-269
First Lines:
Whan endid was the tale of Melibe
And of Prudence and of [illegible]…
Last Lines:
…As it cometh nowe to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of my ignoraunce
Note: VII.1957-8 omitted; blank line left for 1960.
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of Melibe and Prudence / And here begynneth the Prolog of the Monkes tale (f. 267v); [A] Prolog of the Monke (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Monkes tale (f. 269)
31.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 88-89
First Lines:
WHan ended was my tale of Melibee
And of Prudence and hire benygnitee…
Last Lines:
…As it now cometh vnto my remembrance
Haueth me excused of myn ignorance
Note: This section of the MS is likely disordered in the binding.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prologe of the Monkes [tear] (f. 88)
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.
32.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, f. 261-262v
First Lines:
When endit was the tale of Mellebe
And of prudence and hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth now into remembrAunce
Have me excusid of my ignorAunce
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of Chawcere / And here begynnyth the monk his Prologg (f. 261); Here endith the Monk his prologg… (f. 262v)
33.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 29ra-29vb
First Lines:
WHanne ended was þe tale of Mellibe
And of prudence and of her benignite…
Last Lines:
…And it cometh now to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of myne ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prologe of the Munke (f. 29ra, margin); The Munkes tale (RT)
34.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), f. 73ra
Transcription:
Whanne ended was þe tale of melobius & prudence
Oure Ooste swore by goddys dere pacience
I had leuer thanne a barel of ale
That Goodlief my wife herde this tale
Note: These lines, adapted from Monk’s Prologue, are written as a heading; Nun’s Priest’s Tale (142) follows in this MS, without a prologue.
35.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, f. 220-221v
First Lines:
Whanne endith was þe tale of Melibee
And of prudence and hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comith to my rememburaunce
Haue me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endith Chaunceris tale of Melibee / And bygynnyþ þe prolog of the monkis tale fre (f. 220); The Monk (RT); Here endiþ þe prologe… (f. 221v)
36.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 286v-288
First Lines:
Whan endid was the tale of Melibe
And of prudence and hir benyngnite…
Last Lines:
…As it now cometh to remembraunce
Have me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Explicit prologus… (f. 288)
37.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 139v-140v
First Lines:
Whan endid was my tale of Melibe
And of Prudence and here benygnyte…
Last Lines:
…As it now comyth into my remembraunce
Haue me excused of myn ingoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endith Chauncers tale of Melibe And / bygynnyth þe Prologe of þe monkis tale… (f. 139v); Monk (RT); Here endith the prologe… (f. 140v)
38.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 246v-247v
First Lines:
Whan ended was my tale of Meleby
And of Prudence and her benygnyte…
Last Lines:
…As it commeþ nowe in my remembraunce
Haue me excused of myn ignoraunce
Note: VII.1932 omitted; spurious line follows 1933.
Attributed Title: Here endeþ chaucers tale of melebye / And here bygynneþ þe prologe of þe monke (f. 246v); here bygynneþ þe prologe of þe monke (RT); Here bygynneþ [sic] þe prologe of þe monke… (f. 247v)
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.
39.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. 175v-176v
First Lines:
Whan that ended was my tale of Melibe
And of Prudence and hure benynite…
Last Lines:
…As it now commyth to me Rememberaunce
Haue me excusyd of myn Ignoraunce
Note: Change of scribe at VII.1919; second scribe omits running titles until f. 186v.
Attributed Title: Here endith Chaunceres tale of Melibe / And begynneth the prologge of the Monke (f. 175); Monke (RT); [h]Ere endyth the prologe… (f. 176v)
40.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 105v-107
First Lines:
Whenne ended was þe tale of Mellibe
And of prudence and here benignete…
Last Lines:
…As hit cometh now to my remembraunce
Haueth me excused of myn ignoraunce
Note: VII.1978 omitted.
41.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], f. 23v-24v
First Lines:
Whan eended was the tale of mellibe
And of prudence and of hire benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it cometh now to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of myn ignoraunce
Note: Monk’s Tale follows Prioress’s Tale in this MS.
Attributed Title: The Monkys Tale (RT); Here endyth the prologe (f. 24v)
42.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 180-181v
First Lines:
When endit was the tale of Mellebe
And of Prudence and here benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth to my remembraunce
Have me excusid of myn Ignoraunce
Note: VII.1931, 1926 omitted; 1985-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here endith the tale of Geffrey Chawcere of Mellebe / and Prudence and Sophia here doghter / And here begynnyth the Monk his Porolg [sic] (f. 180, rubric); Begyn of þe monk[trimmed] prolog (f. 180, margin); Prolog Monk (RT); Here endith the monk his Prolog… (f. 181v, rubric); end monk prolog (f. 181v, margin)
43.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 168-169
First Lines:
Whan ended was my tale of Melibee
And of Prudence and hire benignytee…
Last Lines:
…As it now comth vn to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of my ignoraunce
Note: VII.1957-8 omitted.
Attributed Title: Heere is ended Chaucers tale of Melibee and of dame Prudence (f. 167v); The myry wordes of the hoost to the Monk (f. 168); Monk (RT); Explicit… (f. 169)
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.
44.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 73ra-73va
First Lines:
Uhan endid was my tale of myllebe
and of prudence and hir benignynte…
Last Lines:
…as yt comys now in my Remembraunce
haue me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Note: VII.1961-2 omitted.
45.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 193-194v
First Lines:
Whan ended was the tale of Melibe
And of Prudence & hir benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it now comth to my remembraunce
Haue me excused of my gouernaunce
Attributed Title: Hic desinit fabula Melibe et / Prudence narrata per Chaucers / Et hic incipit Prologus Monachi (f. 193, rubric); Hic desinit Prologus Monachi… (f. 194)
46.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 121va-122ra
First Lines:
Whanne ended was this tale of Melibe
And of Prudence & of hire benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comyht now to my remembravnce
Haue me now excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Heere bee gynnyht thee Prologe of thee Mvnkis tale (f. 121v); Prologe of the Mvnk (RT); Explicit prologe (f. 122ra)
47.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 188v-190
First Lines:
When endid was the tale of Melibee
And of prudence & hir benygnite…
Last Lines:
…As it comeþ now vnto my remembraunce
haue me excused of myne ignoraunce
Note: VII.1912-13 omitted.
Attributed Title: The Prolog of the Monke (f. 188v)
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. 293v-295
First Lines:
[W]Henne endid was the tale of Mellebe
And of Prudence & of her benignite…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth to my remembraunce
Haue me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here Endeth Chawcers tale of Mellebe & / Prudence his wif & sophie his doughter / And begynnyth the Monkis Prolog (f. 293v); Here endith the Monkis prolog (f. 295)
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. C.4v-C.5v
First Lines:
[W]Henne ended was the tale of mellebe
and of prudence and of her benygnyte…
Last Lines:
…As it cometh to my remembraunce
Haue me excusid of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: And begynneth the monkes prologue (sig. C.4v); The Prologue (RT); Here endyth the Monkis prologue… (sig. C.5v)
Facsimiles:
The Canterbury Tales (a facsimile of the Pepys copy of Caxton’s Second Edition). London: Cornmarket Reprints in association with Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1972.
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
3.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. C.1-C.2v
First Lines:
[W]Han endyd was the tale of Mellebe
And of prudence and her benignyte…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth to my re membraunce
Haue me excused of myn ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endeth Chaucers Tale of / Mellebee and Prudence his wyf & / Sophye his doughter of moralyte (sig. B.8v); Here begynneth the monkes prologue (C.1); The monkes prologue (RT); Here endith the monkes prologue… (sig. C.2v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sig. t.2ra-t.2vb
First Lines:
[W]Han ended was the tale of Melibee
And of Prudence & of her benygnytee…
Last Lines:
…As it comyth to my remembraunce
Haue me excusyd of myn Ignoraunce
Attributed Title: Here endyth the tale of / Chaucer (sig. t.1vb); Here begynneth the prologe / of the monkis tale (sig. t.2); The prologe of the monke (RT); Here endeth the monkys prologe (sig. t.2v)