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When ended was the life of Saint Cecilia
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 166 lines in rhyming couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; alchemy
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 222v-225
First Lines:
WHan ended was the liff of seint Cecile
er we hadde riden fully fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…syn that my lord is goon I wol not spare
suche thing as I knowe I wol declare
Attributed Title: …And next / folwith the prolog of the Chanons yoman & cetera (f. 222v); the Chanons yoman (RT); Here endith the Chanons yoman his prolog… (f. 225)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 169-172
First Lines:
Whan endid was þe tale of Seyn Cecile
Er we fully hadden riden fye myle…
Last Lines:
…Sethyns þat my lord is gone I wil not spare
Suche þing as I know I wil declare
Attributed Title: …& here bygynnyth þe prologe of þe yoman (f. 169); yoman (RT); Here endith the prologe… (f. 172)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 118v-120v
First Lines:
[W]han endid was the life of seint Cecile
Or we hadde riden fully fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn my lord is gone I wille declare
Such thing as I knowe I wille declare
Note: VIII.710-11 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Chanons yoman (f. 118v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 142-144
First Lines:
Whan ended was þe life of seint Cecile
Er we fulli hadde reden fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…Syns that my lorde is gon I wol not spare
Siche þing as I know I shal declare
Attributed Title: …And next beginneth the / Prolog of the Chanons yoman (f. 142); The Nonne (RT [sic]); Here endeth the Prolog of the Chanons yoman… (f. 144)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 192-193v
First Lines:
Whan ended was þe lif of seint Cecile
Er we fully had riden five myle…
Last Lines:
…It wol vs make beggers atte laste
Whiles þis yoman was þus in þis talkyng…
Note: VIII.685-719 lost (resupplied in the seventeenth century on f. 194).
Attributed Title: …Here begynneþ þe prolog of the chanons yoman (f. 192); þe chanons yoman (RT)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 198-200v
First Lines:
[W]Han endid was the lyfe of Seint Cecilie
Or we fully had riden fyfe myle…
Last Lines:
…Syns þat my lorde is goone I will not spare
Suche thyng as I knowe I will declare
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 86-87v
First Lines:
When endid was the lif of seynt Cecile
Or we fully had riden fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…Sith that my lorde is gone I wil not spare
Soche thyng as I know I wil declare
Attributed Title: prolog chanon yoman (f. 86, margin); the chanons yoman (RT)
8.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 238-238v
First Lines:
Whan that told was þe lyfe of seint Cecile
Er we fully hadde riden fyue Mile…
Last Lines:
…He coude al clene turnen vp & doun
And paue it al of siluer and of golde…
Note: VII.627-719 lost; 584-6 omitted; 564-5 precede 562-3.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Chanons yemans prologe (f. 238)
9.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 177v-180
First Lines:
Whan ended was þe lyf of seint Cecile
Er we fully hadde ryden fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Syþens þat my lord is gon I wol not spare
Such þing as I knowe I wol declare
Attributed Title: Hic incipit fabula Canonici (f. 177v, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
10.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 170-172
First Lines:
WHenne told was þe lif of Saint Cecily
Er we hadde riden fulli v myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is goon I wol not spare
Such þing as I knowe I wol declare
Note: VIII.584-6, 622-3, 704-9 omitted; 564-5 precede 562-3.
Attributed Title: …And / Here begynneth the prolog of þe chanons yeman (f. 170); Chanons yeman (RT); Here endith þe Prolog… (f. 172)
11.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 246v-248v
First Lines:
Whenne tolde was the lif of seint Cecile
Ere we had ridyn fully v myle…
Last Lines:
…Sithins that my lorde is gon I wil nought spare
Suche thingis as I knowe I wille declare
Note: VIII.613, 640, 654-5, 673 omitted.
Attributed Title: Chanons yoman prologus (RT); Explicit prologus (f. 248v)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 202-204
First Lines:
WHan that told was the lyf of Seynt Cecile
Er we had riden fully fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn þat my lord is gon I wyl nat spare
Swich thyng as that I knowe I wil declare
Note: VIII.711 omitted (‘deficit versus’ in margin); 564-5 precede 562-3.
Attributed Title: …& bigynneth the / Prologe of the Chanouns Ȝeman (f. 202); Heere endeth the prologe of the Chanouns ȝeman… (f. 204)
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).
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 381-380v
First Lines:
…[torn]hat told was the lif of seynt Cecile
[torn]e fully haddyn redyn fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Al that I can a non now wele I telle
Syn he is goon the foule fend hym quelle…
Note: VIII.706-19 lost; 554-64, 592-602 partially lost.
Attributed Title: Here folwyn the mery wordys of chaucer and of þe host / And the Prologe of the chanounys man (f. 380v)
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.
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 156v-158v
First Lines:
When endid was the lif of Seint Cecile
Er we fully hadde riden five myle…
Last Lines:
…Sith that my lorde is gone I wil not spare
Suche thing as I knowe I will declare
Attributed Title: …And here be gynneth the prologe / Of the Chanons yoman that he told / Be his maister of multiplicacioun (f. 156v); The chanons yeman (RT); Here endeth the prologe of the Chanons yeman… (f. 158v)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 176v-178
First Lines:
When ended was þe liffe of seynt Cecile
Er we fully hadde riden fife Mile…
Last Lines:
…Syns þat my lorde is gone I will not spare
Swiche thynge as I knowe I woll declare
Attributed Title: þe prologe of þe chanons yoman (f. 176v, above the written space); Prologus (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 178)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 183v-185v
First Lines:
[W]Hen ended was the Tale of seynt Cecyle
Er we had Ryden fully v myle…
Last Lines:
…Syth my mayster ys gon y woll not spare
Such thyng as y know y woll declare
Note: VIII.564-5, 568-71, 574-82, 585-7, 595-6, 601-3, 610-13, 631, 638-9, 646-7 omitted.
Attributed Title: …the prolog of þe chanouns yeman (f. 183v); The prologes ende of þe Chanouns yeman
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 70ra-71ra
First Lines:
Whan that told was the lif of Seint Cecilie
Or we full had riden V myle…
Last Lines:
…Sethins my lord is gond I wil nat spare
Such thing as that I knowe I wil declare
Attributed Title: …And hiere beginneth a prolog of the / Chanons yoman (f. 70ra); Hiere endeth a prolog of the Chanons yoman… (f. 71ra)
18.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 295-297v
First Lines:
WHan tolde was the lyff of seynt Cicile
Er we fully haddyn ryden fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is gon I wol nat spare
Such thyng as I knowe I wol declare
Note: VIII.155-61 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus famuli Canonici (f. 294v); Chanoun yeman (RT); Explicit prologus famuli Canonici… (f. 297v)
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 215v-218
First Lines:
At boughton vnder the blee vs gan atake
A man that clothed was in clothes blake…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is goon I wol nat spare
Swich thing as I know I wol declare
Note: VIII.554-5, 564-5 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth the prologe of the chanons yeman (f. 215v); the chanons yeman (RT)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
20.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 224v-226v
First Lines:
Whan that told was the lyf of seint Cecilie
Or we hade yryden fully fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…Sen þat my lord is goon I woll you declare
Soch thyng as I knowe I woll you declare
Note: VIII.584-6 omitted; 564-5 precede 562-3; spurious lines follow 593.
Attributed Title: & incipit prologus seruientis Canonici de multiplicacione (f. 224); Hic desinit prologus per Canonici seriuentem narratus… (f. 226v)
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).
21.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 128v-129v
First Lines:
WHan ended was the lyf of seint Cecile
Or we fully hadde riden fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Therof no fors good ȝeman quod oure oost
Sethyns of þe connyng of thi lord þou woost…
Note: VIII.654-719 lost.
Attributed Title: …And here byginneþ the prologe of þe Chanons ȝeman (f. 128v); The yeman (RT)
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 241v-243v
First Lines:
[W]Han toold was the lyff of seynt Cicilye
Er we fully haddyn redyn fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is gon I wol nat spare
Such thyng as I knowe I wol declare
Note: VIII.637-43 omitted; spurious line follows 685.
Attributed Title: …Heer begynneth the prologe of the Chanouns yoman (f. 241v); The Chanons is tale (RT)
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 143-145
First Lines:
WHan endid was the lif of seynt Cecile
Er we had riden fully fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Sethyn my lord is goon I will noght spare
Suche thyng as I knowe I woll declare
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the Chanounys yeman (f. 138); The Chanounys yeman (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 145)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 89ra-89vb
First Lines:
When tolde was the lyf of seint Cecely
Er we hadde redyn fully half a myle…
Last Lines:
…Sithe that my lorde is gon I wolle not spare
Suche thing as I know I wolde declare
Note: VIII.838-9, 1182, 1451 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here Begynnithe the / Chanons yomanis tale (f. 89ra, rubric)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 169-171v
First Lines:
Whan ended was þe lif of seynt Cecile
Er we fully had riden fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Sin þat my lord is goon I wol noght spare
Such þing al þat I knowe I wol declare
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth þe tale of þe Chanouns ȝeman prologus (f. 169); Chanouns ȝemans 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 Lansdowne 851, ff. 158-160
First Lines:
WHan ended was þe lif of seint Cecile
Er we had reden fulli fiue myle…
Last Lines:
…Seþen my lorde is gone I wil not spare
Suche þinge as I knowe I wil declare
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Canonice (f. 158); Þe Ȝoman (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 160)
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. 199-201v
First Lines:
Whanne that tolde was the lyf of Seynt Cecily
Or we had ryden fully v myle…
Last Lines:
…Sithen that my lord as gon I wil nat spare
Suche thyng as I knowe I wil declare
Note: VIII.598 omitted; 564-5 precede 562-3; spurious line follows 696.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth the / prolog of the cha / nons yeman (f. 199, margin); Here endith the prolog… (f. 201v, margin)
28.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 163-165
First Lines:
WHan ended was þe lyf of seynt Cecile
Er we fully hadde Ryden fyfe myle…
Last Lines:
…Syns þat my lord Is goon I wil not spare
Suche þing as I know I wil declare
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Chanons yoman (f. 163); The chanouns yoman (RT); Here endith the prolog… (f. 165)
29.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 165-167v
First Lines:
Whan endid was þe lyf of Seynt Cecile
Er we fully hade ryden fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Syþens þat my lorde ys gone I wolle not spare
Suche þenge as I knowe I wille declare
Attributed Title: …Here bygynnethe þe Prologge of the Chanons ȝoman (f. 165); The Chanon ȝoman (RT); Here endith þe Prolooge (f. 167v)
30.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 169v-172
First Lines:
When endit was this tale meryle
Or wee had riden fully fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is goon I woll nat spare
Such thingis as I know I woll declare
Note: VIII.584-6 omitted; 564-5 precede 562-3.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Chanons yeman his prologg (f. 169v); Here endith the Chanons yeman his prologg… (f. 172)
31.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 110ra-111ra
First Lines:
WHenne ended was the life of seynt Cecile
Er we fully had riden fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…Sith þat my lord is goon I wole nat spare
Suche thyng as y knowe y wole declare
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Chanons yoman (f. 110ra); The Chanons yoman (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 111ra)
32.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 24ra-25ra
First Lines:
When ended was the life of seint Cecile
Er we hadde riden fully fyve myle…
Last Lines:
…Seth that my lorde is gone I wolle nat spare
Such thinge as I knowe I woll declare
33.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 172-174
First Lines:
Whan ended was the tale of seint Cecyle
Er we fully had riden fif myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn þat my lord is goon I wol not spare
Swich þing as I knowe I wol declare
Attributed Title: …and now / begynneth the prologe of the Chanons yoman (f. 172); The prologe of the Chanons ȝoman (RT); Thus endeth þe prologe… (f. 174)
34.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 157-159
First Lines:
Whanne that told was þe lyff of seint Cecyle
Or we hadde fully reden V myle…
Last Lines:
…Sithens my lord is gon I woll not spare
Siche thing as I knowe I wol declare
Attributed Title: The prolog of þe Chanones ȝoman here begynneth (f. 157, heavily stained); The prologe of þe Chanouns yeman (RT)
35.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 210v-213v
First Lines:
THan told was the tale of seynt Cecily
Or we hadde Riden fully v myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is gon I wil nat spare
Suche thyng as I know I wil declare
Note: VIII.564-5 precede 562-3; spurious line follows 698.
Attributed Title: Explicit prologus… (f. 213v)
36.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 158v-160
First Lines:
WHan þat tolde was þe lif of Seynt Cecile
Or we hadde reden ffully V Mile…
Last Lines:
…Syn þat my lorde is goon I wol not spare
Suche þinge as I knowe I woll declare
Note: VIII.564-5 precede 562-3.
Attributed Title: …And / bigynnyth þe prologe of þe Chanons yoman (f. 158v); Chanons yoman (RT); Here endith þe prologe of þe Chanons yoman… (f. 160)
37.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 198-200v
First Lines:
Whan ended was the lif of seinte Cecile
Er we fully had ryden five myle…
Last Lines:
…Siþes þat my lorde is goon I wil not spare
Such þinge as I knowe I wil declare
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ þe prologe of the chanouns ȝeman (f. 198, rubric); The prologe (f. 198, margin); The prologe of þe chanons ȝeman (RT, rubric); þus endeþ þe prologe of the chanons ȝeman… (f. 200)
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.
38.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. 201-203
First Lines:
[W]hen þat told was the lyff of seynt Cecilie
Or we had rydyn ffully V mylle…
Last Lines:
…Sythe þat my lorde ys gon y woll not spare
Such þing as I can I woll declare
Note: VIII.564-5 precede 562-3.
Attributed Title: …And be gynnyth the prologge / of the Chanons yeman (f. 201); Chanons yoman (RT); Here endyth the prologe of the Chanons yeman… (f. 203)
39.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 184v-186
First Lines:
When þat told was þe lyf of seynt Cecely
Er we fully had riden fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Sen þat my lord is goon y will not spare
Such þing as y knowe y wyll declare
40.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 171v-173v
First Lines:
Whan ended was the tale of seynt Cecyle
Er we fully had riden fif myle…
Last Lines:
…But syn that my lorde is goon I wol not spare
Swich thyng as I knowe I wol declare
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the prologe of the Chanons yoman (f. 171v); The prologe of the Chanons yoman (RT); Thus endeth the prologe… (f. 173v)
41.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 127v-130
First Lines:
Whanne ended was the lyf of seynt cecile
Er we ffully hadde ryden fyf myle…
Last Lines:
…Syns that my lord ys goon y wil not spare
Such thynge as y know y wol declare
Note: Thirteen blank lines follow VIII.631.
Attributed Title: …And bygynneth the prologe of the Chanons ȝeman (f. 127v); The prologe of the chanons ȝeman (RT); Here endyth þe prologe… (f. 130)
42.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 192-194
First Lines:
Whan toold was al the lyf of seinte Cecile
Or we hadde riden fully fyue Mile…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is goon I wil nat spare
swich thyng as that I knowe I wol declare
Note: VIII.564-5 omitted.
Attributed Title: …The prologe of the Chanouns yemannes tale (f. 192); Chanouns yeman (RT); Heere endeþ þe prologe of the Chanouns yemannes tale… (f. 194)
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.
43.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 80rb-81rb
First Lines:
Uhan told was the lyfe of seynt Cecyle
er we fully hadde ryden v myle…
Last Lines:
…sithen that my lord is gon I wil not spare
which thing as I knew I wil yow declare
Attributed Title: & iam incipit fabula seruientis Ca / nonici & primo de prologo fabule / hoc modo dicendum est & cetera (f. 80rb); Explicit prologus fabule seruien / tis Canonici… (f. 81rb)
44.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 221-223
First Lines:
Whan told was the lif of Seint Cecilie
Or we had riden fulli v myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is goon I nill nat spare
Such thing as I knowe I wol you declare
Note: VIII.584-6, omitted; 564-5 precede 562-3; spurious lines follow 593.
Attributed Title: Et incipit Prologus seruientis Canonici de la Multiplicacion (f. 221); Hic deficit Prologus per Canonici seriuentem narratus… (f. 223)
45.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 88vb-90ra
First Lines:
Whanne ended was thee lyf of seynt cecily
Er wee hadde Riden fully fyue Myle…
Last Lines:
…Sythyn my lord is goon I wole nowt spare
Swich thyng as I knowe I wole declare
Attributed Title: …Here is the prolog of the chanownis yoman (f. 88vb); Thee Chanovnnis yoman (RT)
46.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 137v-139v
First Lines:
Whan endid was þe lif of seint cecil
Or we had riden fulli five mile…
Last Lines:
…Siþen my lord is gon I wille not spare
Such þing as I know I wille declare
Note: VIII.562-3, 710-11 omitted.
Attributed Title: The prolog of þe chanonis yoman (f. 137v, 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. 216-219
First Lines:
[W]Hen told was the lyf of saint Cecile
Or we hadde riden fully v myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is goon I wol not spare
Suche thing as I knowe I wol declare
Note: VIII.622, 704-9 omitted; 564-5 precede 562-3; 586-7 precede 584-5.
Attributed Title: …And / Begynneth the prolog of the chauons yeman (f. 216); Here endith the prolog… (f. 219)
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. dd.5-dd.7
First Lines:
[W]Hen tolde was the lyf of saynt Cecile
Or we had ryden fully fyue myle …
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lorde is goon I wol not spare
Suche thyng as I knowe I wyl declare
Note: VIII.622 omitted; 564-5 precede 562-3.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the prologue / Of the chanons yeman (sig. dd.5); The Prologue (RT); Here endyth the prologue / of the Chanons yeman… (sig. dd.7)
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. ff.2-ff.4
First Lines:
[W]han tolde was the lyf of seint Cecile
Or we hadde ryden fully fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Sithen that my lord is goon I wol nat spare
Suche thing as I knowe I wol declare
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the prologue / Of the chanons yeman (sig. ff.1v); The prologue of the chanons yeman (RT); Here endith the prologue of / the Chanons yeman… (sig. f.4v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. o.3vb-o.4vb
First Lines:
[W]Han tolde was the lyf of saynt cecily
Or we had ryden fully fyue myle…
Last Lines:
…Syn that my lord is goon I woll not spare
Suche thynge as I knowe I woll declare
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the / prologe of the chanons yoman (sig. o.3va); The frankelyns tale (sic; RT); Here endyth the prologe of the chanons yeman… (sig. o.4v)