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When that April with his showers soot
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Canterbury Tales — ten fragments in various rhyme schemes; Prologue, frame, and most tales in couplets.
Note: For individual [verse] Tales and links see: the General Prologue (6415), Knight’s Tale (6530), Miller’s Prologue (6427), Miller’s Tale (6537), Reeve’s Prologue (6307), Reeve’s Tale (724), Cook’s Prologue (5238), Cook’s Tale (145), Introduction to the Man of Law’s Tale (4315), Man of Law’s Prologue (3929), Man of Law’s Tale (2587), ‘Man of Law’s Endlink’ (4316), Wife of Bath’s Prologue (1242), Wife of Bath’s Tale (2618), Friar’s Prologue (5802), Friar’s Tale (6536), Summoner’s Prologue (5756), Summoner’s Tale 3255, Clerk’s Prologue (4860), Clerk’s Tale (5573), ‘Clerk’s Endlink’ (5801), Merchant’s Prologue (6185), Merchant’s Tale (6535), ‘Merchant’s Endlink’ (745), ‘Squire’s Headlink’ (5024), Squire’s Tale (725), ‘Squire-Franklin link’ (2499), Franklin’s Prologue (5617), Franklin’s Tale (2476), Physician’s Tale (5599), ‘Physician-Pardoner link’ (4314), Pardoner’s Prologue (3251), Pardoner’s Tale (2502), Shipman’s Tale (120), ‘Shipman-Prioress link’ (6206), Prioress’s Prologue (3970), Prioress’s Tale (5601), Prologue to Sir Thopas (6401), Sir Thopas (3097), ‘Thopas-Melibee link’ (3700), Monk’s Prologue (6295), Monk’s Tale (2316), Nun’s Priest’s Prologue (2033), Nun’s Priest’s Tale (142), ‘Nun’s Priest’s Epilogue’ (4870), Prologue of the Second Nun’s Tale (5405), Second Nun’s Tale (5729.4), Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue (6296), Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale (6753), Manciple’s Prologue (6711), Manciple’s Tale (6390), Parson’s Prologue (941); for the Tale of Gamelyn, see 3090. For the Tale of Beryn, see 6270. For two texts sometimes referred to as the Plowman’s Tale, see 5277 and 6603. For an edition based on San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], but that incorporates numerous readings from other MSS, see Benson (1987), 123-328.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 4-309v
First Lines:
Whan that Apprill with his shouris soote
The drought of Marche hath pershid to the roote…
Last Lines:
…beth fructuous & that in litel space
and to do wel god send yow his grace
Note: Ends X.1086. Verse ends f. 268.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the prolog of this book the which is namede the talis of Caunturbury in the whiche prolog thauthour openly declarith the names of alle the pilgremes there condiciouns & there array (f. 4)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 1-260
First Lines:
…That swiche a lewed mannes witte shal pace
The wisdom of an hepe of lerned men…
Last Lines:
…W[her?]so þou come among high or lowe
Ke[pe?] wel þy tong and þenke vpon þe crowe
Note: I.574-IX.362.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 1-185
First Lines:
Whan that April with his shouris sote
The drought of March hath percid to þe Rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litle space
And to do wele god send you his grace
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 1-184v
First Lines:
Whan that april with his showres swote
The drouth of March hath perced the rote…
Last Lines:
…In which into þis day in noble wyse
Men don to Crist and to his seint seruise
Note: Incomplete; ends with the Second Nun’s Tale.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce d.4 (SC 21981)
First Lines:
…Þ had bot lytell golde in coffre
But all þat he myght of his frendys hente…
Last Lines:
But alle with siluer wrought full clene and well
Theire girdelis and theire pouchis euerydeell
Note: A single leaf: I.298-368.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 1-257v
First Lines:
Whan that Aprill with his showres swote
The drought of Marche hath perced þe rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuose and that litul space
And to done wele god sende yow his grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 229.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 4-304v
First Lines:
That in hir cuppe was no ferthing seene…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and þat in litil space
And to do wel god sende you grace
Note: I.134-X.916. Verse ends [269]v.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 1-239v
First Lines:
[W]hanne that aueryll wyth hys schoures sote
The droghte of marche had perced vnto rote…
Last Lines:
…ffull strong hit was of plate
And ouer that his cote armure
Note: Ends VII.866.
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), pp. 1-436
First Lines:
Bi ordynaunce thrugh out the cyte large
Honged with cloth of gold & not with sarge…
Last Lines:
…Now had this Phebus in his hous a wyf
Wheche that he loued more than his lyf
Note: Contains I.2567-IX.140. Catchwords on p. 436: ‘And nyght & day’.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale, a Six-Text Print from 6 MSS not containing the Pardoner’s Tale. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 92. London: Trübner, 1899.
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 1-136v
First Lines:
Olde ypocras holy and galyene
Serapion rafi and auysene…
Last Lines:
…Bethe fructuouse and that in litil space
And to do wel god sende yow his grace
Note: I.431-X.1092. Verse ends on f. 122. On f. 136v is the colophon: ‘Expliciunt fabula script[us?] per snnevets mlliW’ (mirror writing for William Stevenns.
11.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 1-270
First Lines:
There as this lord was keper of the selle
The rule of seint Maure or of seint Beneit…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do wel god send you his grace
Note: Begins I.172. Verse ends f. 232.
12.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 2-276v
First Lines:
Whan that Auerell with his shoures soote
The droght of Marche hath perced to the roote…
Last Lines:
…Beeth fructious and that in litel space
And to do wele god send yow his grace
Note: Missing VIII.627-719; X.887-943; X.1044-1092 due to loss of leaves. Verse ends on f. 249v.
13.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 2-266v
First Lines:
…ffor to telle ȝow of his array
his hors were goode but he was not gay…
Last Lines:
…That I wol stonde to correccioun
vppon þis word we han assented sone
Note: Begins I.73; ends X.290.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
14.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 2-265v
First Lines:
…fforto be wise in byinge of vitail
ffor wheþir he paide or took be tail
Algate he waitid so on his acate
That he was ay before & in good state…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuos and þat in litil space
And to do wel god sende you his grace
Note: Two leaves missing at beginning, so begins I.569; verse ends 265v; prose ends 311v.
Attributed Author: Explicit tractatus Galfridi Chaucer… (f. 311v)
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus Galfridi Chaucer de gestis peregrinorum versus Cantuarium (f. 311v)
15.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 1v-295v
First Lines:
When that Aperil with his shouris swote
the drought of Marche hath percid the rote…
Last Lines:
…bithe fructuous and that in litil space
and to do well god sende you his grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 262v.
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 6-205v
First Lines:
…though a wydewe had nouȝt a shoo
So plesant was his In Principio
Ȝet wold he haue a ferthyng or he went
His purchas was wel betir than his rent…
Last Lines:
…Of watres corosif and of lymail
And of bodies mollificacion
And also of here induracion…
Note: I.253-VIII.855. The scribe writes ‘Quod Wytton’ and ‘Amen quod Wytton’ at the ends of the Knight’s Tale, Miller’s Tale, Man of Law’s Tale, and Summoner’s Tale (ff. 39, fol. 47, 67, and 92).
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).
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 132-443v
First Lines:
…Me thynketh it acordaunt to resoun
To telle ȝow al the conchusyoun condition
Last Lines:
…Or art a Persoun sey soth by thyn fey
Be what thow be ne breke thow nat oure pley…
Note: Folios 127-131 missing so begins imperfectly; these supplied by two 17th-century hands copying from Speght’s 1598 edition onto folios 10-28v; verse ends 398v but prose ends 443v with ‘here takyt the makere of this bok his leue.’ Begins I.37.
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.
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 2-237
First Lines:
…And euermore he hadde the souereyn pris
And though that he was war he was wise…
Last Lines:
…Bethe fructuouse and that in litle space
And forto do wele god sende vs grace
Note: Begins I.67, and missing text supplied by a later hand in top nad right margin of f. 2; verse ends f. 224, prose ends f. 237.
Attributed Author: Explicit Liber Galfridi Chawcer de gestis Peregrinorum versus Cantuarium (f. 237)
Attributed Title: Explicit Liber Galfridi Chawcer de gestis Peregrinorum versus Cantuarium (f. 237)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 1-252v
First Lines:
…Syngynge he was or floytynge alle þe daye
He was as fresshe as is þe moneth of Maye…
Last Lines:
…Beeth fructuous and þat in litell space
And to do wele god sende us his grace
Note: Begins I.91.
20.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 2-304
First Lines:
[W]Han that Aprile with his schoures soote
The drouthe of marche hathe persed þe rote…
Last Lines:
…Telle quod he your meditacoun
And hasteth you þe sonne goth a doun
Note: Verse ends on f. 267v at X.70, with a catchphrase for the first line of the Parson’s Tale.
Attributed Author: Here bigynneth the Talys of Caunterbiry / Compiled by Geffrei Chaucers (f. 1)
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Talys of Caunterbiry / Compiled by Geffrei Chaucers (f. 1)
21.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 1-130v
First Lines:
Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote
The drouȝt of Marche hath perced to the roote
And bathed eueri veyne in such licoure
Of wich vertu engendred is the floure…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do well god sende you his grace
Note: Ends X.880. Verse ends. on f. 118.
22.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 5-315v
First Lines:
…In granade at the siege eke had he be
In algreth had he ryden and in belmarye…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do wel god sende you his grace
Note: Begins I.56; lines 1-55 supplied by a later (sixteenth-century) hand on ff. 3v-4v. Verse ends on f. 277v.
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 2-359v
First Lines:
Whan that Aprylle wyth hys showres soote
The drowhte of Marche hath percede to the rote…
Last Lines:
…Beeth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do wel god send you his grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 314.
Attributed Author: Explicit prohemium Rectoris Incipit narracio eiusdem et est ultima de hijs quas Chauncer composuit (f. 314)
24.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10340, f. 41rb
First Lines:
Þere was a pore person of a toune
And was a goode man of religioune…
Last Lines:
…But cristes lore & hys apostles twelue
he tauȝt but first he folwed it hym selue
Note: Lines I.478-528.
25.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25718, ff. 1-88v
First Lines:
…Now trewly how sore that me smerte…
Last Lines:
…Helpe me to telle hit in thin reuerence…
Note: Contains lines I.1394-1524, 1584-1706, 1829-1950, 2011-3108; 3109-3486; II.31-517, 702-822; III.1891-2294; Fragment VI; IV.1-1013; VII.303-452, VII.453-473 (474-523 are partially present on a very damaged folio), 1256-1564 (with missing leaves taking 1311-1316; 1371-1538).
26.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 1-238v
First Lines:
…But sykerly she hadde a fair forheed
It was almost a spanne brood y trowe…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litel space
And to do wel god sende yow his grace
Note: Contains lines I.154-X.472. Verse ends on f. 229.
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
27.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 1-270v
First Lines:
Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The drought of Marche hath pershed þe roote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and þat in litle space
And to do wele god send yow his grace
Note: Ends at X.1084, with the missing text supplied on an eighteenth-century leaf. Verse ends. f. 261v.
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).
28.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 1-214v
First Lines:
…Or who haþ ȝow mysboden or offendid
And telleth me ȝif it may be amended…
Last Lines:
…I take but the sentence trusteth well
Therefore I make protestacioun…
Note: Begins at I.909 and ends X.937, with losses elsewhere. Verse ends on f. 186v with X.59.
29.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 1-292
First Lines:
[W]han that Aprille with his showres soote
The drowhte of marche hath perced to the roote…
Last Lines:
…Beeth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do weel god send you his grace Amen
Note: Verse ends on f. 259.
Attributed Author: Incipit liber Galstid Chaucer de gestis peregrinorum versus Cantuariam (f. 1)
Attributed Title: Incipit liber Galstid Chaucer de gestis peregrinorum versus Cantuariam (f. 1)
30.Source: London, British Library Harley 1239, ff. 63-106v
First Lines:
…Thys duke of qwhom I make mencyoun
Whan he was all most comyn to the towne…
Last Lines:
…Wych was þe most gentyl thynkys ȝow
Now tel me or þat þe forthere ride
I can no more my tale is at Anende
Note: Begins I.893; ends V.1624, followed by a colophon:
Vestre magnifice & generosissime dominacionis humilimus seruiens
& ser Orate heremita de Grenewych mundo quasi totaliter
segregatus ac mentibus suorum fortune amicorum & hominum per
oblitus
’.
31.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 1-231
First Lines:
Whan that Aprill with his schoures swote
The drought of Marche hath perced to þe rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous & that in litell space
And to do well god sende you his grace
Note: The Parson’s Prologue ends on f. 205.
Attributed Author: [H]Ere begynneth the book of tales of Caunterburye compiled by Gef / fraie Chaucers of Brytayne chef poete (f. 1)
Attributed Title: [H]Ere begynneth the book of tales of Caunterburye compiled by Gef / fraie Chaucers of Brytayne chef poete (f. 1); Prologus libri (RT)
32.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 37-118
First Lines:
Whanne þat Aperyll with his shoures swoote
Þe Drowght of marche hathe perced to þe rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuos and that in litle space
And to do wel god sende you his grace
Note: The Parson’s Prologue ends on f. 116.
Attributed Title: On f. 37, the poem is introduced as ‘The Prologue of the Knyghtes Tale’, followed by the heading: ‘O yee so noble and worthi pryncis and princesse oþer estatis or degrees. what euer yee beo þat haue disposicione or plesaunce. to rede or here þe stories of olde tymis passed to kepe yow frome ydelnesse and slowþe. in escheuing oþer folies þat might be cause of more harome filowyng vowcheth sauf I be seche yowe. to fynde yowe occupacioun in þe Reding here of þe tales of Caunterburye wiche beon compilid in þis boke filowyng ffirst foundid ymagenid and made boþe for disporte and leornyng of all þoo that beon gentile of birthe or of condiciouns by þe laureal and moste famous poete þat euer was to fore him as in þemvelisshing of oure rude moders englisshe tonge. clepid Chaucyer a Gavfrede of whos soule god for his mercy have pitee of his grace Amen’.
33.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 1-285v
First Lines:
WHan that aprille with his schowres swoote
The drought of Marche haþ perced to þe roote…
Last Lines:
…Beþ fructuous and þat in litil space
And to do wel God sende ȝow grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 252.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
34.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 1-163v
First Lines:
…Duk Perotheus loued wel Arcite
And had him knowe at thebes yeer by yere…
Last Lines:
…Ther cam a priue theef men clepen deth
That in this contre al the peple sleth
Note: Contains I.1202-VI.676.
35.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 2-255
First Lines:
Whan þat Aprill wyþe his schoures soote
þe drought of Marche haþe perced to þe roote…
Last Lines:
…Beþ fructuous & þat in litel space
And to do wele god send ȝowe his grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 230v.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus fabularum Cantuarensis (f. 3)
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.
36.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 1-301
First Lines:
And of his porte As Meke as is a Mayde
He neuer yett no villanye ne sayde…
Last Lines:
…litel space
…grace
Note: Contains I.69-X.449, with the last folios being badly damaged. Verse ends on f. 290v.
37.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 3-271
First Lines:
WHan that Aprill wit his shoures soote
The drought of marche hath perced to þe roote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and þat in litel space
And to do wel god send ȝow his grace
Note: Verse ends f. 238.
Attributed Title: Here endeth the book of the tales of Caunterburye compiled by Geffrey Chaucer of whos soule Ihesu Crist haue mercy Amen (f. 271)
38.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 1-222v
First Lines:
He wolde suffre for a quart of wyne
A good felowe to haue his concubyne…
Last Lines:
…But sir I dyd it nouȝt in no wicked entente
Cometh doune & I shalle telle you what I ment
Note: Contains I.649-VII.3424. Catchwords on f. 222v: ‘I shalle’.
39.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 1-295v
First Lines:
In lystes thries and aye slayne his foo
This ilke worthy knyght had be also…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come amonges high or lowe
Kepe wele thy tunge and thinke on the crowe
Note: Contains I.63-IX.362.
40.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales MS 21972D [Merthyr fragment], ff. 1-3v
First Lines:
[ ]no[ ]
[ ]ne compleyne
[ ]als it is[ ]
[ ]here of heuynesse…
Last Lines:
Yis Sire quod [ ] þis hoost s[ ] mote I go
But I be mery ywis I wil be blamed
And right anoon his tale he hath attamed
And thus he said vnto vs euerychon
This swete preest this goodly man Sire Iohn
Note: Three damaged leaves containing: VII.2784-2820; VII.2822-2860; VII.3021-3058; VII.3060-3098; VII 3184-3222; VII.3223-3262.
Facsimiles:
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
Editions:
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000: Contains a digital facsimile and transcription of the Merthyr Fragments.
41.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 2-235v
First Lines:
Whan that Aueryll with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litel space
And to do wel god sende yow his grace
Note: Ends incomplete in Parson’s Tale, f. 250v.
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.
42.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 1-181v; 237v-291v
First Lines:
fful fetouse was hir cloke as I was ware
Of smale corall a bouȝt hir arme she bare…
Last Lines:
…Be fructuouse and þat in litill spase
And to do wele God send ȝew his grase
Note: Contains I.157-X.989 plus the Tale of Beryn (6270). Verse ends on f. 286v.
Editions:
Bowers, John M., ed. The Canterbury Tales: Fifteenth-Century Continuations and Additions. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 1992: 55-200.
43.Source: Derbyshire, Chatsworth House ‘Devonshire Fragment’, ff. [1]-[2]v
First Lines:
…Now ladie bright to whom all wofull crien
Þou glorie of womanhed þu faire may…
Last Lines:
…Send me no more vn to non hethenes
Bot þank my lord here of hys kyndnes…
Note: Two fragments of the Man of Law’s Tale: II.850-924; 1076-1144.
44.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 1ra-115
First Lines:
…His table dormaunt in his halle alweye
Stode redy couered all the long daye…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and þat in litel space
And to do weel god sende you his grace
Note: Begins I.353. On f. 102v is a scribal colophon: ‘Orate pro salute animarum Galfridi Spirleng Ciuis Norwici Courtholder Clerici Maioratus & comitatus dicte Ciuitatis ac Thome Spirleng filij sui qui scribendo hunc librum compleuerunt mense Ianuariij anno domine Millesimo CCCCmolxxvjto quo tempore dictus Galfridus quasi quinquaginta et dictus Thomas quasi sexdecim etatis extiterunt annorum’. The Parson’s Prologue ends on f. 89v; the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale ends on f. 115 with: And þere a poynte for ended is my tale
God sende euery true man bote of hise bale
.
45.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 1ra-86rb
First Lines:
Was risen and romed in a chambre in high
In which he alle the noble citee sigh…
Last Lines:
…That of his mercy god soo merciable
On vs his grete mercy multeply
Note: Contains I.1065-VII.1479. Verse ends on f. 81vb.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale, a Six-Text Print from 6 MSS not containing the Pardoner’s Tale. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 92. London: Trübner, 1899.
46.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 2-293v
First Lines:
…With hym ther was his sone a ȝong squier
A louier a lusty bacheler…
Last Lines:
…Beþ fructuous and þat in litel space
And to do wel god sende ȝou his grace
Note: Begins I.79; verse ends f. 255; prose ends f. 292v.
Attributed Author: …compiled by Geffray Chaucers of whoos soule Ihesu crist haue mercy Amen (f. 292v)
Attributed Title: Here endeth the boke of the tales of Canterbery compiled by Geffray Chaucers of whoos soule Ihesu crist haue mercy Amen (f. 293v)
47.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 1-266v
First Lines:
…And pouder marchaunt tart and gallyngale
Wel coude he knowe a drauȝt of londoun ale
He coude roste and sethe & boyle & friȝe
Make mortrews and well bake a pie…
Last Lines:
…Beþ fructuous & þat in litil space
And to do wel god sende ȝow his grace
Note: I.381-X.639; original scribe ends f. 258v mid-way through Parson’s Tale and remaining text (ff. 259-266v) supplied by a hand of sixteenth century.
48.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 1-320v
First Lines:
Whanne that Aprill with his showris soote
The drought of marche hath perced the Roote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do wele god sende yow his grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 320v. Parson’s Tale ends X.1062 on f. 358v.
49.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 63 (‘Oxford Fragments’), ff. 1-2v
First Lines:
I have a wyfe parde as wel as thow
yit nold I nat for the Oxen in my plowe…
Last Lines:
…Ne clepe ne cry but be in his preyer
ffor it is Goddis hest leve and dere
Note: An 11-folio fragment: this leaf containing VIII.1091-167 of the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale. Part of the same MS as Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 63 (‘Oxford Fragments’).
50.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 6-194
First Lines:
Whan þat Aprill with his shoures swote
Þe drowth of Marche hath perced to þe rote
And bathed euery vayne with soche vertu licour
Of which vertue engendred is þe flour…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and þat in litle space
And to do wel god send you his grace
Note: Verse ends 171v. On f. 194 is the scribal colophon ‘Iste liber Constat Johanni Brode Juniori’.
Attributed Title: Expliciunt fabule Cant. (f. 194)
51.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 1-307
First Lines:
Whan that aprille with his shoures soote
The drouht of marche hath perced to þe roote…
Last Lines:
…Beeþ fructuous and þat in litel space
And to do wel god sende ȝow his grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 272v.
Attributed Title: Here endeþ þe boke of þe talys of Caunterbury compiled / by Geffray Chawcer on whoos soule Ihesu crist haue mercy / Amen (f. 307v)
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.
52.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 46 [olim Chicago, Newberry Library, Louis H. Silver 2; prior Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 159, prior Phillipps 6750], ff. 1-12; 13-24
First Lines:
And þanne shal al this gold departed bee
My deere freend bitwixe me and thee…
Last Lines:
…And therfore herkeneth what þat I shal seye
And lat me tellen al my tale I preye
Note: Part (a) = Lines VI.831-968 and VII.1-1353; Part (b) = Lines X.587-1092. Part (a) signed ‘vj-viiij’; Part (b) signed ‘ffj-ffiij’.
53.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. 1-244
First Lines:
…Her mouthe full small and therto softe and rede
But sikirly she had a faire forehede…
Last Lines:
…Byth ffructuous and þat in lytyll space
And to do well god send you his grace
Note: Begins I.153. Verse ends f. 217.
54.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 1-192v
First Lines:
…Ne at his tale sawe I no man hym greue
But hit were only oswalt þe Reue…
Last Lines:
…I wylt ȝow shewe & ȝif ȝow luste to leer
I wyl ȝow teche pleynly þe mateer
Note: I.859-VIII.1057. Catchwords: ‘how I can wyrchen’.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale, a Six-Text Print from 6 MSS not containing the Pardoner’s Tale. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 92. London: Trübner, 1899.
55.Source: New York, Columbia University Library Plimpton 253 [olim Phillipps 9970], ff. 1-2v
First Lines:
…Ey god mercy sayde our oste tho
Now suche awyff y pray god kepe me fro…
Last Lines:
…To make his iapes and his wrechednes
Of whiche a substiciens cursidnes…
Note: f. 1: Epilogue to the Merchant’s Tale (IV.2419-2440), followed by V.1-8 (adapted for the Franklin rather than the Squire); V.709-752 of Franklin’s Tale; fol. 2: V.1198-1272.
Facsimiles:
Digital Scriptorium: Facsimile of Plimpton MS 253. Columbia University, 1996-.
56.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 4-274v
First Lines:
Whan that April with […]
The droughte of Marche had perced to […]
Last Lines:
…Both fructuous and that in lytel space
And to do wel god sende you his grace
Note: Ends at X.1013. Verse ends on f. 245.
57.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 1-199v
First Lines:
Vn to þe straunge lordes as it was Ryght
Ne ther was holden no discomforture
ffor fallyng is an vn auenture…
Last Lines:
…Hath not lucres y sleyn hirself allas
At rome ther sche oppressed was
Note: Contains I.2718-X.917. Verse ends on f. 191v at VI.1406 with the catchwords ‘Of Tarquyne.’
58.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2 [olim Rosenbach 158; prior W. A. White]
First Lines:
Wich that I help my fadir for to stele
And good lemman God the save and keep…
Last Lines:
…Was nat made there but it was made to fore
And othir thingis wich I shall tell more
Note: An 11-folio fragment: I.4246-4372 of the Reeve’s Tale, Cook’s Prologue, and Cook’s Tale; II.95-140, 211-350, 1051-1120 of the Man of Law’s Tale; V.57-132 of the Squire’s Tale; VIII.1091-1167 of the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale; VII.836-922 of the Tale of Thopas and the Thopas-Melibee Link; X.256-297, 1043-1073 of the Parson’s Tale. Part of the same MS as Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 63 (‘Oxford Fragments’).
59.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 1-215v
First Lines:
…ffirst on þe wal was peyntid a forest
In wich there dwellith nethir man ne best…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and þat in litil spase
And for to do wel God send vs grace
Note: Contains I.1975-X.754. Verse ends on f. 203.
60.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 1-232v
First Lines:
Whan that Aprill with hise shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litel space
And to do wel god sende yow his grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 206v.
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.
61.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 1-83v
First Lines:
Whan that april with his shoureȝ swote
þe drought of March haþ percyd to þe rote…
Last Lines:
…Where so thou come amongis hy or lowe
kepe wel thi tung and thenk vppon þe crowe
Explicit fabula mancipij et cetera
Note: A ‘U’ lombard initial precedes the first word of the text, ‘Whan’. On fol. 83v is a scribal colophon: ‘a elle magre xij xij quod Duxworth scriptor xij’.
62.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 22 [olim Sion College, Arc. L 40 2/E 23], ff. 1-77v
First Lines:
SIr Clerk of Oxinford owre Oste sayde
ȝe ryden as style and coy as doth a mayde
Were newe spowsyd syttyng at a borde
This day ne herde I of your mouth a worde…
Last Lines:
…And Johnkyn hath I wonne a newe gowne
my tale is done and we be nygh at towne
Syr clerk of Oxynford oure ost seyde
Note: Extracts from the Canterbury Tales: Clerk’s Prologue (ff. 1-2); Clerk’s Tale (ff. 2v-29); ‘Lenvoye de Chau[n]cer’ (ff. 29-30); Wife of Bath’s Prologue (ff. 30-47v); Wife of Bath’s Tale (ff. 48-56); Friar’s Prologue (ff. 56v-57); Friar’s Tale (ff. 57r-64v); Summoner’s Prologue (ff. 64v-65v); Summoner’s Tale (ff. 65v-77v).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Clerk’s Tale, a Six-Text Print from 6 MSS not containing the Pardoner’s Tale. The Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 92. London: Trübner, 1899.
63.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 1-274
First Lines:
Whan that aprille with his shoures soote
The drouȝte of Marche hath persed the roote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do well god sende you his grace
Note: Verse ends f. 238v.
Attributed Title: Of your charite praieth for the writer of this booke / Explicit (f. 274)
64.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 20-157v
First Lines:
…He yaf nowt of the text a pulled hen
That seyht that hvnteris be noun holy men…
Last Lines:
…Beht fructuous and that in lytell space
And to doon weell god sende yow of his grace
Note: Begins I.177. Verse ends f. 132v.
Attributed Author: Here endyht thee boke of the talis of Caunterbery compiled by giffrey Chauceris of whoos so / wle Ihu Crist haue Mercy Amen (f. 157v)
Attributed Title: Here endyht thee boke of the talis of Caunterbery compiled by giffrey Chauceris of whoos so / wle Ihu Crist haue Mercy Amen (f. 157v)
65.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 1-247v
First Lines:
Whan that Aprile with his shouris sote
The drought of March hath percid to þe Rote…
Last Lines:
…Beþ fructuous & þat in litle space
And to do wele god send you his grace
Note: Ends X.1061. Verse ends on f. 216.
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. 2-373
First Lines:
[W]han that Apprill with his shouris sote
And the droughte of marche hath percid þe rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do wel god send you his grace
Note: Verse ends on f. 327.
Attributed Author: Explicit Tractatus Galfrydi Chaucer de Penitencia vt dicitur pro fabula Rectoris (f. 373)
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. a.3-L.4
First Lines:
[W]han that Apryll wyth hys shouris sote
The droughte of marche hath percyd the rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in litil space
And to do wel god sende you his grace
Note: Verse ends on sig. G2.
Attributed Author: Explicit Tractatus Galfridi Chaucer de Penitencia vt dicitur pro fabula Rectoris (sig. L3v)
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. a.2-K.6
First Lines:
[W]han that Aprille with his showres sote
The droughte of marche hath persed the rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in lytel space
And to do wel god sende you his grace
Note: Verse ends on sig. F.8.
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. a.3-⁂.3
First Lines:
[W]han þat Apryll wyth his shoures sote
þe drouȝt of Marche had percid þe rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in lytyll space
And to do wel god sende you his grace
Note: Verse ends on sig. x.8.
Attributed Title: The Boke of Chaucer named Canterbury tales (sig. [a.1])
5.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Here begynneth the boke of C[a]nterbury tales dilygently [and] truely corrected, an[d] newly printed, [Imprinted at London: In fletestrete, by me Rycharde Pynson, printed vnto the kynges noble grace: and fyuished [sic], the yere of our lorde god. a. M.CCCCC. and xxvi. the fourth day of Iune. [1526]] , sigs. a.2-Y.3v
First Lines:
[W]han that Aprill wyth his shoures sote
The drought of march hath perced þe rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in lytell space
And to do well god sende you the grace
Note: Verse ends on sig. T,1v.
Attributed Author: Explicit tractatus Galfridi Chaucer de Penitencia vt dicitur pro fabula rectoris (sig. Y,3v)
Attributed Title: Thus endeth the boke of Caunterbury tales (sig. Y,3v)
6.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , sigs. b.iira-v.vvb
First Lines:
Whanna that Apryll with his shoures sote
The drought of Marche had perced the rote…
Last Lines:
…Beth fructuous and that in lytel space
And to do wel god sende you his grace
Note: Folio numbering begins at folio 14 at beginning of The Miller’s Tale, by which count foliation would begin at beginning of Knight’s Tale; verse (Parson’s Prologue) ends folio 107rb, or sig. v.vrb; prose (Parson’s Tale) ends f. 126vb or sig. z.vivb.
Attributed Title: The Caunterbury tales (sig. b.i); Thus endeth the boke of Caunterbury Tales (f. 126vb, or sig. z.vivb).
7.Source: STC 5069. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes, [R. Grafton f.], W. Bonham 1542
Editions:
Stowe, John, ed. The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer…with diuers addicions, with the Siege of Thebes, compiled by J. Lidgate. London, J. Kyngston for J. Wight, 1561 (STC 5075).
Speght, Thomas, ed. The Workes of…Geffrey Chaucer. London, [A. Islip,] imp. G. Bishop, 1598; rev. ed. A. Islip, 1602 (STC 5077, 5080).
Speght, Thomas, ed. The Workes of…Geffrey Chaucer. London, [A. Islip,] imp. G. Bishop, 1598; rev. ed. A. Islip, 1602 (STC 5077, 5080).