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When folk had laughen at this nice cas
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Reeve’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 66 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Reeve’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; links; prologues; contest
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 57v-58
First Lines:
Whan folk had laughwen at this nyce cas
of Absolon & hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…he can wel in myn yghe seen a stalke
but in his owne he can nought seen a balke
Attributed Title: …And next folwith the Revis prolog (f. 57v); the Revis prolog (RT); Here endith the Revis prolog… (f. 58)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 43-44
First Lines:
When folke han laughen at þis nyce cas
Of Absalon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He con wel in myn Eye Seen a stalke
But in his owen he con not se a balke
Attributed Title: …and / here by gynnyth þe prologe of þe / Reves tale (f. 43); The Reve (RT); here endith þe prologe of þe Reves tale… (f. 44)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 46-47
First Lines:
[W]han folk han laught at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and of hend Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn eye se a stalke
But in his owne he can not se a balke
Note: I.3011-12 omitted.
Attributed Title: The Prolog of the Reve (f. 46)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 48-49
First Lines:
Whan folke han laughen at þis nyce cas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He kan wel in myn ye seen a stalke
But in his owne he ne kan seen a balke
Attributed Title: …And begynneth þe prologe of þe Reues tale (f. 48); Reue (RT)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 45-45v
First Lines:
Whan folk had loughen at þis nice caas
Of absoloun and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn ey finde a stalke
But in his own he can not se a balke
Attributed Title: …And next / beginneth the Prolog of þe Carpenters tale (f. 45); Prolog of the Carpenters (RT); here endeth the Prolog of the Carpenters tale… (f. 45v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 59-59v
First Lines:
[W]Han folk hade laughen at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and hend Nycholas…
Last Lines:
…he can wele in myn eye see a stalke
But in his owne he can noȝt seen a balke
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 21-22
First Lines:
When folk han laughe of this nyse cas
Of Absolon & of hende Nicolas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel fynden in myn eye a stalke
But in his owne he connot fynde a balke
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prolog of the Reues tale (f. 21); The Reue (RT); Here endeth the prolog… (f. 22)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 54-55
First Lines:
Whan folk had laughen at this nise caas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn ye seen a stalk
But in his owne ye he cannot seen a balk
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the Prolog of the Reue (f. 54); Here endith the Prolog of the Reue… (f. 55)
9.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 51v-52
First Lines:
Whan folke hadde laughen at thys nyce caas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He kan wele in myn ye seen a stalke
But in his owen he kan not seen a balke
Note: I.3875 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: …Here begynnyth the Reues tale prologe (f. 51v)
10.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 54v-55
First Lines:
Whan folk hand laughen at þis nyce cas
Of Absolon and heende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn ye seen a stalke
But in his owne he can nought seen a balke
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneþ þe Reeues tale (f. 54v); Coiiio (f. 54v, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
11.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 45-45v
First Lines:
Whanne folk hadde lawȝyn at þis nyce caas
Of Absolon and of end gentil Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn ye se a stalk
But in his owen he can not se a balk
Attributed Title: …and / here begynneth the Reves prolog (f. 45); The ende of the Revys Prolog… (f. 45v)
12.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 53v-54v
First Lines:
Whenne folke had lawghe at this nys cas
of absolone and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He caun wel in myn eie now se a stalke
But in his owne he can nat se a balke
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 47v-48
First Lines:
WHane folk han laughen at þis nyce cas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn eye sen a stalke
But in his owen he can nat sen a balke…
Attributed Title: …& bygynneth the prologe of the Reve (f. 47v)
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).
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), f. 186
First Lines:
…For sekyrly whan I was boryn anon
Deth drow þe tappe of lyf & let it gon…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn eye sen a stalke
But in hese owene he can not sen a balke
Note: I.3855-90 lost.
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.
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 45v-46
First Lines:
When folkes hadde laghen of this nyce caas
Of Absalon and hende nycholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wele in myn Eye se a stalke
But in his owne eye he can not se a balke
Attributed Title: …and / begynneth the prologe of the Reve / Prologus Reve (f. 45v); Prologus Reve (RT)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 42v-43
First Lines:
Whan folke hauen laghen at þis nyce case
Off Absolon and hende Nicolas…
Last Lines:
…He can well in myn eye seen a stalke
But in his owne he can not sene a balke
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe prologe of þe Reves tale (f. 42v); Capitulum tercium (f. 42v, margin); The prologe of þe Reue (RT)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 57-57v
First Lines:
[W]Han folke haue lawghen at þis nyse case
Of Absolon and hende Nycolas…
Last Lines:
…And kan well in myn yȝe see a stalke
But in his own he kan not see a balke
Note: I.3891-4, 3899-902, 3911-12 omitted.
Attributed Title: …The prolog of þe Carpenter (f. 57)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 22vb-23ra
First Lines:
Whan folk han laughen at the nice caas
Of Absolon & hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can well in myn yhe seen a stalk
But in his ougne he can nat sene a balke
Attributed Title: Hiere endeth the prolog of the / Reue… (f. 23ra)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 65-66
First Lines:
Whan folke had he laughen at this nyse caas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can welle in myn eye se a stalke
But in his owne he cannot se a balke
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Reves Prologe (f. 65); Here endeth the Reues Prologe… (f. 66)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 57v-58v
First Lines:
Whanne folke have lawhen at this nyce cas
Of Absolon and hende Nycholas…
Last Lines:
…He kan se wel in myn eye a stalke
But in his owne he kan nat fynde a balke
Note: I.3873-4 omitted.
Attributed Title: & incipit prologus de le Reeve (f. 57v); prologus (RT)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], f. 37v
Transcription:
Whan folk han laughen at this nyce cas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas
Diuerse folk dyuersly thei seide
But for the moore part thei lough and pleyde…
Note: I.3859-930 lost.
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth the prolog of the Reues tale (f. 37v); The Reue (RT)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 49-49v
First Lines:
Whan folke han laughen at this nyce cas
Of Absolon and hend Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wele in myn yie se a stalk
But in his owen he can nat se a balk
Attributed Title: …and begynneth þe prologe of þe Reve (f. 49)
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).
23.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], f. 33v
First Lines:
Whan folk han lawhen at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…We olde men I drede so fare we
Til we be roten can we not be ripe…
Note: I.3876-920 lost.
Attributed Title: …And here byginneth þe prologe of the Reue (f. 33v)
24.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 57-57v
First Lines:
[W]Han folk hadde lawhen at this nyce cas
Of Absolon & hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can se wel in myn eye a stalke
But in his owne he kan nat fynde a balke
Note: I.3873-4 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Heer bigynneth the prolog of the Reve (f. 57v); prolog of the Reve (RT)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 40v-41
First Lines:
Whan folk han laughen at this nyce caas
Of Absolon & hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can well in myn ye seen a stalke
But in his owne he can nought seen a balke
Attributed Title: here be gynneth the Prolog of the Reuys tale (f. 40); The Reues Tale (RT); here endeth the Prolog… (f. 41)
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 57rb-57va
First Lines:
Whan folkes had laughen at þis nyce cas
Of Absolon & of hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He cane wele in myne eye fynde a stalke
But in his owne he can not fynde a balke
Attributed Title: …And next folwyng now begynneth the / Prolog of the Reves Tale (f. 57rb); The prolog of the Reves Tale (RT); Þus eondiþe here þe prologe of þe Revis tale… (f. 57vb)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 51v-52v
First Lines:
Whan folk hadde lawhen of þis nyce caas
Of absolon and heende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…he can wel in myn eye see a stalke
But in his owne he can nought seen a balke
Attributed Title: …And bygynneþ þe prologe of þe Reeue (f. 51v); The Reeue (RT); HEre endeþ þe prologe of þe Reue… (f. 52v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 36-36v
First Lines:
[W]han folk han laughen this nyce cas
Of Absoloun and hendy Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He kan wel in myne eye seen a stalke
But in his owene he kan nat seen a balke
Attributed Title: Prologus Prepositi (f. 36, margin)
29.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 47v-48
First Lines:
Whan folk han lawhen att þis nyce caas
Of Absolon & hende Nicholas
Last Lines:
…He can wele in myne eye seen a stalke
Bot in his owne he can nouht sene a balke
Note: I.3896 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus (f. 47v); þe reve (RT)
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.
30.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 58-59
First Lines:
Whan folke haþe laughen atte this nyce case
Of Absolon & heende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can well in myne eye seene A stalke
Butte in his owne he can notte sene a balke
Attributed Title: …And / begynnythe the prolog of the reve (f. 58); Here endith the prologe of the reve… (f. 59)
31.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 50-50v
First Lines:
Whan folk han laughwen at þis nyce cas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn Eye seen a stalke
But in his owne he can nouȝt seen a balke
Attributed Title: …The prolog of the Reues th tale (f. 50); The reue (RT); Here endith the prolog… (f. 50v)
32.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 43v-44
First Lines:
WHanne folk han laughwen at this nyce cas
Of Absolon and hynde Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn ye se a stalk
But in his owne he can nouȝt seen a balk
Attributed Title: …Heere bigynneth the prolog of the Reues tale (f. 43v); The Reue (RT)
33.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 61v-62v
First Lines:
WHan folke han laughen at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wele in myn eye seen A stalke
But in his owne he can not seen A balke
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Prolog of the Reves tale (f. 61v); [t]He Prolog of the Reue (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Reve… (f. 62v)
34.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 50v-51
First Lines:
Whan folk hadde laughen at this nyce cas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He kan wel in myn eye seen a stalke
But in his owene he kan noght seen a balke
Attributed Title: …The prologe of the Reues tale (f. 50v)
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.
35.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 49v-50v
First Lines:
When folk had lauȝen at þis nyce case
Of Absolon and of end Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wele in myne eye fynd a stalk
But in his own he can nat fynd a balk
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Reve his prologg (f. 49v); Here endith the Reve his prologg… (f. 50v)
36.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 20vb-21rb
First Lines:
Whan folk han laghen at this nyce caas
Of Absalon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can weel in myne eye seen a stalke
But in hise owen he can seen a balke
Attributed Title: …And now begynneth the prologe of / the Reves tale (f. 20vb); The Reve (RT)
37.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 19rb-19va
First Lines:
Whenne folke hadde laughed at this nyce cas
Of Absloune and hiende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He canne well in myne yie seen a stalke
But in his owen he can nat seen a balke
38.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 50-51
First Lines:
Whan folk han laughen at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and heende Nicolas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn eye seen a stalke
But in his owne he can not seen a balke
Attributed Title: …And begynneth / the Prologe of the Reue (f. 50); Prolog Reue (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 51)
39.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 46v-47
First Lines:
Whanne men had laugh at this nise caas
Of absolon and of hende nycholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn ye sen astalke
But in his owne he can not se abalke
Attributed Title: The prolog of þe Reve (RT)
40.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 68-69
First Lines:
Than folk had I laughen at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and hend Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wele in myn eye see a stalk
But in his owne he can nat seen a balk
Attributed Title: …The prolog of the Reves tale (f. 68); Explicit prologus… (f. 69)
41.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 41-42
First Lines:
Whan folke had laughed as þis nyce cas
Of Absolon and of hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…he can wel in myn eye se a stalke
But in his own he can not se a balke
Attributed Title: Hic incipit prologus fabule praepositi (f. 41); Reve (RT)
42.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 54-55
First Lines:
Whan folk han laughen at þis nyce cas
Of absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…he can wel in myn ye seen a stalk
But in his owne he can not seen a balk
Attributed Title: …And þus bygynneþe þe Prologe of þe Reues tale (f. 54); Cap. 3m (margin, f. 54); Thus endeþ þe Prologe of þe Reue… (f. 55)
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.
43.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. 44-44v
First Lines:
Whenne folke haue laughen at this nyce cas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…he can well in myn ye se a Stalke
But in his owne he cannot see a Balke
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prologge of the Reve (f. 43v, foot); Prologus praepositi (f. 43v, bottom margin); Reve (RT)
44.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 1-2
First Lines:
…Ne at his tale sawe I no man hym greue
But hit were only oswalt þe Reue…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn eye fynde a stalk
But in his owne he can not see a balk
Note: I.3855-8 lost.
45.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 54v-55v
First Lines:
Whan folk han laughen at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and heende Nicolas
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn eye seen a stalke
But in his owne he can not seen a balke
Attributed Title: …And here bigynneth / the Prologe of the Reve &cetera (f. 54v); Prologus Reve (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 55v)
46.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 26v-27v
First Lines:
WHen folk had laghyn at þis nyce case
Of Absolon and of Nycholase…
Last Lines:
…He can wele in myn ye se astalk
But in his own he can nat se abalk
Note: I.3870-1 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the Reve his Prolog (f. 26v); Prologg (RT); Here endith the prologg… (f. 27v)
47.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 41v-42
First Lines:
Whan folk had laughen at this nyce cas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He kan wel in myn eye seen a stalke
But in his owene he kan nat seen a balke
Attributed Title: …The Prologe of the Reues tale (f. 41v); Reue (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.
48.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, f. 22ra-22rb
First Lines:
Uhan folk had laugh at þis nyce caas
of absalon and hend nicholas…
Last Lines:
…he can wel in myn eye seen a stalke
but in his owne he can not see a balke
Note: I.3873-4, 3891-2 omitted.
Attributed Title: & susequenter incipit prohemium fa / bula prepositi hoc modo (f. 22ra); Explicit prohemium fabule prepositi… (f. 22rb)
49.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 47-48
First Lines:
Whan folk han laughen at this nice cas
Of Absolon and hende Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn yhe see a stalk
But in his ougne he can nat se a balk
Attributed Title: Hiere beginneth the prolog of the Reue (f. 47)
50.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 41vb-42ra
First Lines:
Whanne folk hade lawghed at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and hendy Nicholas…
Last Lines:
…hee can weell in myn Eeye seene a stalke
But in his owne hee can nowght seene a balke
Attributed Title: here be bynnyht the prolog of the Revis tale (f. 41vb); Thee Revis tale (RT)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 67-68v
First Lines:
[W]An folk hadde lawghyn at this nyce caas
Of absolon and of hende Nicholas …
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn ye se a stalk
But in his owen he can not se a balk
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Reues prolog (f. 67); Here endeth the Reuys prolog… (f. 68v)
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. h.5v-h.6v
First Lines:
[W]han folk had lawghen at this nyce caas
Of Absolon and of hend Nycholas …
Last Lines:
…He can wel in myn eye se a stalk
But in hys owen he can not se a balk
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the reues prolog (sig. h.5v); The Reues prologe (RT); Here endeth the Reuys prolog… (sig. h.6v)
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. i.2v-i.3
First Lines:
[W]whan folke hadde laughen at this nyce caas
Of absolon and of hende nycholas…
Last Lines:
…He can wele in myn eye se a stalke
But in his own eye he can nat se a balke
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the reues prologue (sig. i.2); The Reues Prologue (RT); Here endith the Reues prologue… (sig. i.3v)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. e.3ra-e.3vb
First Lines:
[W]Han folke had laughe at this nyce caas
Of absolon and of hynde nycholas…
Last Lines:
…He can well in myn eye se a stalke
But in his owe he can not se a balke
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the reues / prologue (sig. e.3ra); The reues prologue (RT); Here endyth the reues pro logue… (sig. e.3v)