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When Phoebus dwelled here in this earth adown
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Manciple’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 258 lines in rhyming couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Manciple’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; women, against; tale, against
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 263v-267
First Lines:
Whan Phebus duelt here in this erthe adoun
as olde bookes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…whereso euere thow come amonges highe or lowe
kepe wel thi tonge & thenke vppon the crowe
Attributed Title: …And / next folowyng bigynneth his tale (f. 263v); the Maunciple (RT); Here endith the Maunciple his prolog… (sic; f. 263v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 256v-260
First Lines:
Whan Phebus dwellid in þis erth adoun
As old bokes maken mencion…
Last Lines:
…W[her?]so þou come among high or lowe
Ke[pe?] wel þy tong and þenke vpon þe crowe
Note: IX.297-304 omitted. A ten-line blank space follows, with the verso also blank.
Attributed Title: …& here begynnyth þe tale (f. 256v); here endith þe Manciples tale (f. 260)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 181-184v
First Lines:
[W]hen Phebus duelt here in þe erþe adoun
As olde Bokis maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wherso thou come among high or lowe
Kepe wele thy tung and think on the Crowe
Note: IX.209-20 omitted.
Attributed Title: The Maunciples tale of the Crow (f. 181)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 173v-176v
First Lines:
When phebus dwelt in þis worlde a doun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so euer þou come among high or lowe
Kepe wel þi tonge and þinke wel on þe crowe
Note: IX.209-10 omitted; 319-20 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And begynneþ / A lytel Tretis of þe Crowe (f. 173v); Lydgate (RT); Here endeth the tale of þe Crowe… (f. 176v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 225v-228v
First Lines:
Whan Phebus dwelt in þis erth here adowne
As olde bokis maketh mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come amonges hie or lowe
Kepe wele thi tonge and thenk vpon the crowe
Note: IX.207-304 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And next / beginneth the tale of the Maunciple (f. 225v); The Maunciple (RT); Here endeth the tale of the maunciple… (f. 228v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 265-268
First Lines:
WHen Phebus duelt hire in þis erþe adoun
As olde bokes make mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so þou comest amonges hie or lowe
Kepe wel þi tonge and þenke vpon þe crowe
Attributed Title: …HEre begynneþ þe tale (f. 264v); þe maunciple (RT); Here endeþ þe manciples tale of þe crowe… (f. 268v)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 157-157v
First Lines:
When that Phebus dwelled in this world adoun
As olde bokes maken mensyoun…
Last Lines:
…Now had this Phebus in his hous a wyf
Wheche that he loued more than his lyf…
Note: Everything after IX.140 lost. Catchphrase on f. 157v: ‘And night & day’.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Maunciples tale of a crow (f. 157); The Maunciple (RT)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 119v-121v
First Lines:
When phebus here dwelled in the worlde adoun
As olde bokes make mencion…
Last Lines:
…Wherso thou comeste amonge hihe or lowe
Kepe wel thi tunge and thynke on the crowe
Note: IX.219-20 lost.
Attributed Title: here begynneth the maunciples tale (f. 119v); fab mansiple (f. 119v, margin); maunsiple (RT); here endith the maunciples tale… (f. 121)
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 177-180v
First Lines:
Whan phebus dwellid in this world adoun
As olde bokes make mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come among hiȝe or lowe
Kepe well thi tonge and thenke vpon the crowe
Note: IX.148, 219-20 omitted; 319-20 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth his tale folwing (f. 176v); Manciple (RT); Here endith the Manciples tale… (f. 180v)
10.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 175v-178v
First Lines:
Whan Phebus dwelled here in this erthe adown
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so þou come amonges heyghe or lowe
Kepe wele thy tunge and thynke vpon the crowe
Attributed Title: Here bygynnyth the manciples tale of the Crowe (f. 175v); Here endeth the manciplis tale of the Crowe… (f. 178v)
11.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 257v-261
First Lines:
Whan phebus dwelde heer in þis erþe adoun
As olde booke maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so þou come amonges heihe or lowe
kepe wel þy tunge and þenk vpon þe crowe
Attributed Title: Explicit fabula mancipij (f. 261, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
12.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 260v-264
First Lines:
WHenne Phebus dwellid here in the erthe adoun
As olde bokis make mencion…
Last Lines:
…Wher so þou come among hie or lowe
Kepe wel thi tonge and think on þe crowe
Note: IX.316 omitted.
Attributed Title: …begynnyng / his tale (f. 260v); Mauncipil (RT); Here endith þe Maunciplis tale… (f. 264)
13.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 258v-261v
First Lines:
Whenne Phebus dwellid here in this erth adowne
as olde bokis maken mencion…
Last Lines:
…wher so thou be come a monge highe and lowe
kepe well thy tonge and thinke on the Crowe
Note: IX.154, 194, 306 omitted. Lacks prologue.
Attributed Title: …The Mauncepill tale (f. 258v); Maunciple (RT); Explicit (f. 261v)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 395-398v
First Lines:
WHan phebus dwellede heere in this erthe adoun
As olde bokys makyn mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wheere so thow come a mongis highe or lowe
Keek [sic] weel thyn tunge & think vp on the Crowe
Note: IX.215-16 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Manci ple hys tale (f. 395); Here is endit the Mauncipell tale (f. 398v)
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. 220-223
First Lines:
When phebus dwelled here in erthe adoun
As olde bokes makith mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come amonge highe or lowe
Kepe wele thy tonge and thinke vpon the crowe
Note: IX.135, 251 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale (f. 220); Maunciple (RT); Here endeth the maunciples tale… (f. 223)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 218v-221v
First Lines:
When phebus dwelled here in þis erthe adoun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so þou com amonges hie or lowe
Kepe wele thi tonge and thenke upon the crowe
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth þe tale (f. 218v; þe maunciple (RT); Thus endith þe tale of þe maunciple… (f. 221v)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 263v-266v
First Lines:
[W]Han Phebus dwellud here in þis erth adoun
As olde bokes maken mencyoun…
Last Lines:
…Where so þou come among hiȝe or lowe
Kepe wel þi tonge and thenk on þe krowe
Note: IX.109-10, 121-2, 223-36, 315-16, 355-8, 357-8 omitted; 275-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Mauncipull tale (f. 263v); Her endeth þe Mauncypull tale (f. 266v)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 85vb-87rb
First Lines:
Whan Phebus dwellid hiere in this world adoun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come amonges high or lowe
Kepe then wel thi tonge and thinke vpon the crowe
Note: IX.319-20 reversed.
Attributed Title: A tale of the Manciple (f. 85rb); Hiere endeth the Manciples tale… (f. 87rb)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 272v-276v
First Lines:
Whanne Phebus dwelled here in erth adoun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come amonge hye or lowe
Kepe wel thy tonge and thynke on the crowe
Note: IX.316 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale (f. 272); Here endith the mauncipiles tale… (f. 276v)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 311-314
First Lines:
WHan phebus dwelled in eerthe here adoun
As olde bookes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so thou come among hih or lowe
Keep wel thy tonge and thynk vpon the crowe
Attributed Title: Incipit / ffabula eiusdem de Coruo (f. 311); Mancyple (RT); Explicit fabula mancipij… (f. 315)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 210-214v
First Lines:
Whanne Phebus dwelled here in this erthe adoun
As olde bookes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so thow come amonges hie or lowe
Kepe wel thi tonge and thenke vpon the crowe
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth the maunciples tale of the crowe (f. 210); the Maunciple (RT); Here endeth the tale of the maunciple… (f. 214v)
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. 237v-240v
First Lines:
Whan Phebus was dwellyng in erth adoun
As old bokes maken mensyoun…
Last Lines:
…Where so þou com amonges hie or lowe
Kepe wele þy tung and thynk vpon þe crowe
Attributed Title: et / Incipit fabula sua de la Crowe (f. 236v); Hic desinit fabula Mancipij de la Crowe… (f. 240v)
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], ff. 183-186
First Lines:
…That is or was sithen þe world bygan
What nedeth hit his fetures forto discryue…
Last Lines:
…Wher so þou come aomnges hye or lowe
Kepe wel thi tonge and thinke vpon þe crowe
Note: IX.105-19 lost.
Attributed Title: The Maunciple (RT); Here endith þe manciples tale… (f. 186)
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).
24.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 255-258
First Lines:
[W]Han Phebus dwelled in eerthe heer adoun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so thou com a mong hih & lowe
Keep wel thi tonge and thynke vpon the crowe
Attributed Title: Incipit narracio mancipij de corvo (f. 255); The manciple (RT); Heer eendith the Manciple is / tale of the Crowe (f. 258)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 201v-204
First Lines:
WHan Phebus dwellid here in þis erþe adoun
As olde bokis maketh mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so thou come amonges hye or lowe
Kepe well thi tunge and thenke vpon the Crowe
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the tale (f. 201); The Manciple (RT); Here endith the Manciples tale (f. 204)
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 115ra-116ra
First Lines:
WHan phebus duellid here in þis erthe adoun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so that thow Come a monges hie or lowe
kepe wel thi tounge & think vpon þe crowe
Note: IX.215-16 omitted.
Attributed Title: Her begynnyth þe maunciple tale (f. 115ra, rubric); Here Endithe þe Manciple… (f. 116ra, rubric)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 247v-251
First Lines:
Whan phebus duelt her in þis erþe a doun
As olde bookes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so þou comest amonges heih or lowe
kep wel þy tonge and thenk vpon þe crowe
Attributed Title: Narrat (f. 247v, margin); The maunciples Tale (RT); Here endiþ þe tale of the crowe… (f. 251)
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 Lansdowne 851, ff. 226v-229v
First Lines:
WHan phebus dwelled here in þis erþe adoune
As olde bokes makeþ mencioune…
Last Lines:
…Where so þou come amonges hihe or lowe
Kepe wele þi tonge & þinke vpon þe crowe
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula Mancipij (f. 226v); þe Manciple (RT); Explicit ffabula Mancipij… (f. 229v)
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.
29.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 286-289v
First Lines:
WHanne Phebus was dwellyng in erth adoun
As old bookes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…[tear]hye or lowe
[tear]ynk vpon the crowe
Note: IX.165-72, 207-40, 275-307, 339-62 partially lost [MS torn].
Attributed Title: …[tear] begynnyth the tale of th[tear] (f. 285v); Here endith the tale of / the Maunciple… (f. 289v, margin)
30.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 234-237
First Lines:
Whan phebus dwelled here in this erthe adoun
As olde bokes maketh mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so þou come amonges hye or lowe
Kepe wel thi tonge and thinke vpon þe crowe
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale of the Maunciple (f. 234); The Maunciple (RT)
31.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 291v-295v
First Lines:
WHan Phebus dwellid here in erthe adoun
As olde bookes makith mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come amonges high or lowe
Kepe wele thy tunge and thynke on the crowe
Note: IX.248-9 omitted; blank line follows 125; 313-4, 33-4 partially lost (MS torn).
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale folowyng (f. 291); [A] tale of the Manciple (RT); Deo gracias (f. 295v)
32.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 108v-111v
First Lines:
Whan Phebus dwelled here in this erthe adoun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so thow come amonges heye or lowe
Kepe wel thy tonge and thynk vp on the Crowe
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Manciples tale of the Crowe (f. 108v); The Manciple (RT); Here is ended the Manciples tale of the Crowe… (f. 111v)
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, ff. 282v-286
First Lines:
WHen phebus dwellid here in erth adown
As old bookis maken mencioune…
Last Lines:
…Where so þow com among hiȝ or low
Kepe wele thy tung and thynk oppon þe crow
Note: IX.261-3, 281-6, 346-8, 354 omitted; 135-6 reversed; spurious line follows 345.
Attributed Title: …And here þe mancipil his tale (f. 280v); [trimmed]e mancipil (f. 282v, margin); Here endith the mancipil his tale… (f. 286)
34.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 63ra-64rb
First Lines:
WHan Phebus dwelled in þis world here adoun
As olde Bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so þou come a mong high or lowe
Kepe weel thy tungge and thynke vpon þe crowe
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale of the Manciple (f. 63ra); The Tale of the Manciple (RT); The Manciple (RT)
35.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 30ra-31vb
First Lines:
When phebus dwelte here in erth adoun
As olde bokes maken mancioun…
Last Lines:
…Where soo thou comme amonge hie or lowe
kepe well thie tunge and thenke on the crowe
36.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 251-254
First Lines:
Whan phebus dwelled here in þis erth adoun
As olde bokes maken mencyoun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so þou come amonges hye or lowe
Kepe wel þi tunge and þenk vpon þe crowe
Note: IX.172 left blank, with the spurious line ‘As by nature to hym appropred ys’ supplied subsequently.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynnyþ his tale (f. 251, rubric); The tale (RT, rubric); Here endeþ þe Manciple his tale… (f. 254, rubric)
37.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 242-245v
First Lines:
Whanne Phebus was dwellynge in erthe adoun
As old bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so þou come among hiȝe or lowe
Kepe well thy tunge and þenke vpon þe crowe
Attributed Title: Heere bigynneth the Maunciplis / tale of þe Crowe (f. 242); The Maunciple (RT)
38.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), f. 314v-319
First Lines:
WHan Phebus dwelled in the erth adoun
As old bookes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so thow come among hie or lowe
Kepe wele thy tunge and thynk on the crowe
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 314v); Explicit ffabula… (f. 319)
39.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 168-170v
First Lines:
Whan Phebus was dwellyng in erth A doun
As olde Bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so þou come Amonge hie or lowe
kepe well þi tonge and þinke vpon þe Crowe
Attributed Title: …And bigynnyth / the Maunciples tale (f. 168); MAunciple (RT); Here endith þe Maunciples tale of / þe Crowe… (f. 170v)
40.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 268-271v
First Lines:
Whan phebus dwelt here in þis erþe adoun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…where so þou come amonges hie or lowe
Kepe wel þi tunge and þenk upon þe crowe
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ þe manciple his tale (f. 268, rubric); The Manciple Tale (RT) þus endeþ þe prologe [sic] of þe manciple… (f. 271v)
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. 213-216
First Lines:
[W]hen phebus was dwellyng yn erth a dovn
As olde bokys makyth mencyoun…
Last Lines:
…wher so þou come a monge hy or lowe
kep well thi tong and thinke vpon the crowe
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the maunciplys tale of the Crowe (f. 213); The mauncipyle (RT); Here endyth the maunciplis tale of the Crow… (f. 216)
42.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 171-175
First Lines:
When þat Phebus dwelled in þis world adoun
As olde bokes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so þou come among heye or lowe
Kep wel þi tonge and þenk vpon þe crowe
Note: IX.179, 319 omitted; spurious line follows 320.
43.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 240v-244
First Lines:
Whan Phebus dwelled here in this erthe adoun
As olde bookes maken mencyoun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so thou come amonges hye or lowe
Kepe wel thy tunge and thenke vpon the Crowe
Note: IX.338 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth the his tale (f. 240v); The manciples Tale (RT); Thus endeth the manciples tale… (f. 244)
44.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 201-202
First Lines:
…ffor on thy bed thy wyf I sawe him swyve
What wol yee more A non the Crowe him told…
Last Lines:
…Where so thowe com among hy or lowe
Kepe wel thy tong and think on the Crowe
Note: VIII.105-255 lost.
Attributed Title: Mauncipil (RT); Here endith the Maunsipil his tale… (f. 202)
45.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 203-205v
First Lines:
WHan Phebus dwelled heere in this world adoun
As olde bookes maken mencioun…
Last Lines:
…Wher so thou come amonges hye or lowe
Kepe wel thy tonge and thenk vp on the Crowe
Attributed Title: Heere bigynneth the Maunciples tale of the Crowe (f. 203); Maunciple (RT); Heere is ended the Maunciples tale of the Crowe… (f. 205v, below the written space)
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.
46.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 82va-83vb
First Lines:
Uhan Phebus duellid here in erþe adoun
as old bokis makyn mencioun…
Last Lines:
…where so thou come amonges hy or low
kepe wel thi tung and thenk vppon þe crowe
Note: On fol. 83v is a scribal colophon: ‘a elle magre xij xij quod Duxworth scriptor xij’.
Attributed Title: & / subsequenter narrat fabulam & cetera (f. 82vb); Explicit fabula mancipij & cetera (f. 83vb)
47.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 234v-237v
First Lines:
Whan Phebus was duelling in the erthe adoun
As olde bokes maken mencion…
Last Lines:
…Wher so thou come amonges high or lowe
Kepe well thi tunge and thinke vpon the crowe
Attributed Title: Et incipit / ffabula sua de la Crowe (f. 234v); Manciples Tale (RT); Hic desinit fabula Mancipij de la Crowe… (f. 237v)
48.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 132va-134ra
First Lines:
Whanne phebus dwelde here in this erthe adown
As olde bokis makyht often menciown…
Last Lines:
…Wheer so thow come amongys heye or lowe
kepe weel thy tungge and thenke vppon the krowe
Note: Preceded by twenty blank lines. VIII.1238-9 omitted; spurious line follows 1393.
Attributed Title: Thee Mauncipplis tale (RT); Explicit (f. 134ra); here endyht the Manciplis tale of the krowe (f. 134ra)
49.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 212-215
First Lines:
WHen Phebus duelt here in þis erþe adoun
As olde bokis maken mencion…
Last Lines:
…& wher so þou come among high or low
kepe wel thi tong & think on the crowe
Note: IX.205-38, 289-90 omitted.
Attributed Title: The manciples tale of the Crow (f. 212, 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. 321-325v
First Lines:
[W]Hen Phebus dwellid her in erthe a doun
As olde bokis maken mencion…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come among hye or lowe
Kepe wel thy tonge and think on the crowe
Note: IX.316 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth his tale (f. 321); Here endith the Maunciplis tale… (f. 325v)
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. F.5v-G.1
First Lines:
Hen phebus dwellyd her in erthe adoun
As olde bokis maken mencion…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come among hye or lowe
Kepe wel thy tuuge and thynk on the crowe
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth his tale (sig. F.5v); The Tale of the Mauncipyl (RT); Here endeth the maunciplis tale (sig. G.1)
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. F.3-F.7
First Lines:
Whan phebus duellyd here in erthe a doun
As olde bokes maken mancioun…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come among high or lowe
Kepe wele thy tounge and thynke on the crowe
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale (sig. F.3); The manciples tale (RT); Here endith the manciples tale (sig. F.7)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. x.4ra-x.5vb
First Lines:
WHan phebus dwellyd here in erthe adoun
As olde bokys make mencyon…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come amonge hye or lowe
Kepe well thy tonge & thynke on the crowe
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the maunciples tale (sig. x.4); The tale of the maunciple (RT); Here endyth the maunciples tale… (sig. x.5vb)