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Wit ye not where there stands a little town
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Manciple’s Prologue of the Canterbury Tales — 104 lines in rhyming couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Manciple’s Prologue; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; wine; contest
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 262-263v
First Lines:
WEte ye nought where stondith a litel toun
whiche that cleped is bobbe vp & doun…
Last Lines:
…tell on thi tale Maunciple I the pray
wel quod he herkeneth what I say
Attributed Title: …And next folwyng bigineth the Maunciple (f. 262); the Maunciple (RT); Here endith the Maunciple his prolog… (f. 263v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 255-256v
First Lines:
WOte ȝe not where stant a lytul toun
wiche þat is clepid bob vp & doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on þy tale þou manciple I the pray
Wel sir quod he now herkenyth what I saye
Note: IX.25-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and / here begynnyth þe prologe of þe Maunciple (f. 255); here endith þe prologe… (f. 256v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 180-181
First Lines:
[W]Ote ye not wher þere stant a litle town
Which that clepid is Bobupandoun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thy tale Manciple I thee prey
Wel sir coth he now herkneth what I sey
Attributed Title: The Maunciples prolog (f. 180)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 224-225v
First Lines:
Wote ye not where stondeth a litel towne
Which is cleped bob vp and downe…
Last Lines:
…Tel on þou maunciple I the pray
Wele sir quod he herkeneth what I say
Attributed Title: …And next begynneth / þe Prolog of the Maunciple (f. 224); The Maunciple (RT); Here endeth the Prologg of the Maunciple… (f. 225v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 264-264v
First Lines:
…Of me certain þou shalt not ben glosid
Se how he ganuþ loo þis dronke wight…
Last Lines:
…Tel on þou maunciple I þe praie
Wel sir quod he now herken what I saye
Note: IX.1-33 lost.
Attributed Title: þe maunciple (RT); Here endeþ þe prolog of þe maunciple… (f. 264v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 141 (SC 14635), ff. 156-157
First Lines:
…Al though hit be not worth a botel hay
Awake thou Coke god gif the sorewe…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thou maunciple I the prey
Wel sire quod he herkeneth what I say
Note: IX.1-13 lost.
Attributed Title: The Mauncyple (RT)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 119-119v
First Lines:
Wete ye not where ther stante a litil toun
which that cleped is bobvp and doun…
Last Lines:
…tel on thi tale maunsiple I the prey
Wel quod he now herkenyth what I say
Attributed Title: …and / here begynneth the maunciples prolog (f. 119); prolog mansiple (f. 119, margin)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 175-176v
First Lines:
Wote ye not where ther stont a litel toun
Which that clepid is Bobbe vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on Manciple I they prey
Wel sir quod he now herkeneth what I sey
Attributed Title: …And here beginneth the Manciples Prolog (f. 175); Manciple (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Manciple… (f. 176v)
9.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 174-175
First Lines:
WOot ye nat where there stante a litel toun
Whiche that cleped is Bobbe vp & down…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thy tale Manciple I the prey
Wel sire quod he now herkeneth what I sey
Note: IX.64 inserted interlinearly.
Attributed Title: …And folowith the prologe of the Maunciples tale (f. 174); Explicit prohemium… (f. 175)
10.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 256-257v
First Lines:
Wot ȝe not wher þer stant a litel toun
Which þat is cleped Bobbe vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on þi tale þou maunciple I þe preye
Wel sire quod he now herkeneþ what I seye
Attributed Title: …Here folweþ þe Prologe of þe maun / ciples tale (f. 256); Camxxiijm (f. 256, margin); Prologus (RT, rubric); Explicit prologus… (f. 257v, margin)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
11.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 259-260v
First Lines:
Woot ye not where þer stondith a litil toun
Whiche that is clepid Bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thi tale thou mauncipil I the prey
Wel sere quod he herkenyth what I say
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe Mauncipelis Prolog (f. 259); Here endith þe Maunciplis prolog… (f. 260v)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 393v-394v
First Lines:
WOte ȝe not where there stant alityl toun
Which that I clepid is Bobbe vp & doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thyn tale manciple I the preye
Weel sere quod he herkenyth what I schal seye
Attributed Title: …Hereyth the merye wordys of the Host to the cok of Lundene (f. 393v)
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.
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 219-220
First Lines:
Wote ye not where stondeth a litle town
Which that is cleped bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tell on thy tale Maunciple I the pray
Wele sir quod he herkenyth what I shall say
Note: IX.5, 85 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the maunciples prologe (f. 219); Prologe (RT); Here endeth the maunciples prologe… (f. 220)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 217v-218v
First Lines:
Wote ȝe not where stondeth a litill town
Which þat is cleped bob up and down…
Last Lines:
…Tell on þou maunciple I þe preye
Wele sir quod he nowe herkenyth what I seye
Note: IX.47-52 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here edneth Chaucers tale of Meloby & prudence / Here begynneth the prologe of the Maunciple (f. 217v); þe prologe of þe maunciple (RT); Thus endith þe prologe… (f. 218v)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], f. 263
Transcription:
WOte ye not wher ys a Toun
That me calleth bob up and doun
There our oste spake now lete se with þe best
Who schal tell as meryly as hath þe preste
Come nere Mauncypull and tell a tale here
Alle Redy oste quoth he with gode chere
But have me excused ful sympully y kan
And with a glad chere his tale he bygan
Note: IX.3-104 omitted; six spurious lines follow IX.2 (see above).
Attributed Title: …The prolog of the Mauncypal (f. 263)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 85rb-85vb
First Lines:
Uot ye not where stant a litill toun
Wich that is cleped Bobbe vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thou Mancipill I the preye
Wel sir quod he now herkeneth what I say
Attributed Title: …And hiere beginneth a Prolog of the Manciple (f. 85rb)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 271-272v
First Lines:
WOte ye not where stondith a litil toun
Whiche is called bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thy tale thou maunciple I the prey
Welle sir quod he herkeneth whate I sey
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Maunciples Prologe (f. 271); Here endith the mauncipiles prologe… (f. 272)
18.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 309-311
First Lines:
WOt ye nat wher ther stant a litel toun
which I cleped is Bobbe vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thi tale maunciple I the preye
Wel sire quod he nowe herkeneth what I seye
Attributed Title: Incipit Prologus Mancipij (f. 309); Mancyple (RT); Explicit prologus mancipij… (f. 311)
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 209v-210
First Lines:
Woot ye nat where ther stant a litel toun
Which that I cleped is Bobbe vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thi tale maunciple I the preye
Wel syr quod he now herkeneth what I seye
Attributed Title: …Here bigynneth the prologe of the maunciples tale (f. 209v); the Maunciple (RT); Here endeth the prologe of the maunciple… (f. 210)
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. 236-237v
First Lines:
Wot ye nat where þere stant a litle toun
Which þat clepd is bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tell on thy tale Maunciplie I the prey
Wele sir koth he now herken what I sey
Attributed Title: et incipit prologus Mancipuly (f. 236); Hic desinit prologus Mancipij… (f. 236v)
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 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 253v-255
First Lines:
[W]ot ye nat where there stant a litel ton
Which I cleped is Bobbe vp and don…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thi tale manciple I the praye
Weel sire quod he now herkeneth what I seye
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Mancipij (f. 253v); The tale of the Manciple (RT)
22.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 200-201
First Lines:
WOte ye not where stont a litell towne
Whiche that is clepid Bob vp & downe…
Last Lines:
…Tell on thou Manciple I the preie
Sir quod he now herkenyth what I seie
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prolog of the Manciples tale (f. 200); The Manciple (RT); Here endith the Prolog… (f. 201)
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 114va-115ra
First Lines:
Wot ye not wher þer stant a litle toune
whiche that I clepid is bobbe vp & doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thi tale maunciple I þe pray
Wel sir quod he harkenith what I shall say
Attributed Title: …The mery wordes of þe hoste to þe cook of / londoun (f. 114va)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 246-247v
First Lines:
WOt ȝe not wher þer stont a litel toun
Which þat cleped is Bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on þi tale mauncipel I þe pray
Wel sir quod he now herkyn what I say
Attributed Title: …Here bygynneþ þe prologe of þe maunciples tale (f. 246); Þe prologe of þe maunciple (RT)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
25.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 225-226v
First Lines:
WEte ȝe nouht where þere stant a litel toune
Whiche þat cleped is Bobe vp & doune…
Last Lines:
…Tel on þou Manciple I þe preie
Sires quod he nowe herkeneþ what I seye
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Mancipij (f. 225); þe Maunciple (RT); Explicit prologus… (f. 226v)
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.
26.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 284-285v
First Lines:
Wote ye nat where ther stant a litel d towne
Whiche that clepid is bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thi tale [tear]le I the pray
Wele sir quod he n[tear]th what I say
Note: IX.32 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth / the prolog of the Maunciple (f. 284, margin); Here endith the [tear]… (f. 285v)
27.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 290-291v
First Lines:
Wote ye nought where there stant a litle toun
Which that men cleped bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thy tale þou manciple I the praye
Sir quod he now herkeneth what I saye
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Prolog of the Manciple (f. 290); [A] Prolog of the Manciple (RT); Here endith the Prolog of the Manciple… (f. 291v)
28.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 107-108v
First Lines:
Woot ye nat where ther stant a litel town
Which þat clepid is Bobbe vpanddown…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thy Manciple I the preye
Wel sir wuod he now herkneth what I seye
Attributed Title: …And here folweth the prologe of the/ Manciples tale (f. 107); The Manciple tale of the Crow[tear] (RT)
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.
29.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 62va-63ra
First Lines:
WOte ye nat where ther stant a litel toun
Whiche þat cleped is Bobbeth vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on Manciple I the preye
Wel sir quod he herkeneth what I seye
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the prologe of the manciple (f. 62va); the Manciple (RT)
30.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 29va-30ra
First Lines:
Wote ye nat where there stant a litle toun
Which that cleped is bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tell on thy tale maunciple I the prey
Well sir quod he now herken what I sey
31.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 249v-251
First Lines:
Wote ȝe not wher stont a litel toun
Whiche þat is cleped bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on þou manciple I þe preye
Sir quod he nowe herkeneþ what I seye
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneþ þe prologe of þe manciple tale (f. 249v, rubric); The prologe (RT); Here endeþ þe prologe of þe manciples tale… (f. 251, rubric)
32.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 240v-242
First Lines:
WOte ȝe not where þer stant a litil toun
Whiche þat clepid is bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on þy tale maunciple I þe preye
Wel sir quod he now herkene what I seie
Attributed Title: …And heere bigynneth the prolog / Of the Maunciplis tale (f. 240v); The Maunciple (RT)
33.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), f. 226v
Transcription:
WOte ye nat where there stant alitel towne
Whiche that clepid is Bobvp and downe
Vnder the blee in Caunterbury way
Note: IX.1-3, crossed out.
Attributed Title: Incipit prologus Mancipij (f. 226v)
34.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 312v-314v
First Lines:
Wote ye nat wher there stant a litel toun
Whiche that clepid is Bobvp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thy tale Manciple I the pray
Wele sir quod he now herkenyth what I say
Note: Second occurrence of IX.1-3 in MS. IX.15-16 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit Prologus Mancipij (f. 312v); Explicit prologus… (f. 314v)
35.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 167-168
First Lines:
Wote ye not wher þer stont A litle Toun
Which þat is cleped bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tell on þi tale mAnciple I þe pray
Well sir quod he now herken what I say
Attributed Title: …And bigynnyth / the prologe of the Maunciples tale (f. 167); MAunciple (RT); Here endith þe prologe… (f. 168)
36.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 266v-268
First Lines:
WEte ȝe not where stont a litel toune
which þat is cleped bob vp and doune…
Last Lines:
…Telle on þou manciple I þe pray
Wel sir quod he now harkene what I say
Note: IX.47-52 omitted
Attributed Title: …And þus / bygynnes þe manciples tale (f. 266v, rubric); The prologe (f. 266v, margin); The Prologe (RT); Thus endeþ þe prologe of þe Manciple… (f. 268)
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.
37.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. 212-213
First Lines:
Wot ye not where ther stondyth a lityll tovn
Which that ys callyd bob vp and dovn…
Last Lines:
…Tell on thy tale mauncypyl I the pray
Now wille syr quod he herkyn what I say
Attributed Title: …and be gynnyth the prolog of the mancipill tale (f. 212)
38.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 169-171
First Lines:
Wote ȝe not where stondeth a lyttel toun
Which þat cleped bob vp & doun…
Last Lines:
…Tell on þou maunciple y þe prey
Well sir quod he herkeneth what y say
39.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 239-240v
First Lines:
Wote ye not wher stont a lytel toun
Which that is cleped bob vp and down…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thou manciple I the preye
Sir quod he nowe herkeneth what I seye
Attributed Title: …And here bygynneth the prologe of the Manciples tale (f. 239); The prologe (RT); Thus endeth the prologe of the manciples tale… (f. 240v)
40.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 200-200v
First Lines:
WHote yee nat where there stondith a litil Town
Wich that is clepid bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…And with that spech the cook wex al wrawe
And on the mancipil he gan to nod fast…
Note: VIII.48-104 lost.
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth þe Mauncipil his prolog (f. 200); Nonn Prologg (RT)
41.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 202-203
First Lines:
Woot ye nat where ther stant a litel toun
Which þat ycleped is Bobbeup and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thy tale Manciple I thee preye
Wel sire quod he now herkneth what I seye
Attributed Title: …Heere folweth the Prologe of the Maunciples tale (f. 202); Maunciple (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.
42.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 81vb-82va
First Lines:
Uot yee not where ther standiþ a litel toun
which þat clepid is bobbe vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…telle on thi tale maunciple I the preye
wel sir quoth he now herkyn what I seye
Attributed Title: & subsequenter incipit fabu / la mancipij & primo de prohemio / fabule dicendum est hoc modo & cetera (f. 82vb); Explicit prohemium ffabule… (f. 83vb)
43.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 233-234v
First Lines:
Wot ye nat wher ther stant a litil toun
Wich that cleped is Bob vp & doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thi tale Manciple I the prey
Wel sir quod he now herkeneth what I sey
Attributed Title: Et incipit Prologus / Mancipuli (f. 233); Hic deficit Prologus Mancipuli… (f. 234v)
44.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 210v-212
First Lines:
WOt ye not wher þer stant a litil town
which clepid is bob up and doun…
Last Lines:
…Telle on thi tale maunciple I þe prey
Wel sir quod he now herkneth what I sey
Attributed Title: The prolog of the Manciple (f. 210v, 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. 319v-321
First Lines:
[W]Oot ye not where ther stondith a litil toun
Whiche that is clepid bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thy tale thou mauncipil I the prey
Wel sire quod he herkenyth what I say
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Mauncipelis prolog (f. 319v); Here endith the Maunciplis prolog… (f. 321)
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.3v-F.5
First Lines:
Woot ye not where there stondyth a litil toun
Whiche that is clepyd bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thy tale thou mauncypyl I the preye
wel syr quod he herkenyth What I seye
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the mauncyplis prologue (sig. F.3v); The Prologue (RT); Here endyth the mauncyplys prologue… (sig. F.5)
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.1v-F.3
First Lines:
Wot ye nat where there stondith a lytel toun
Whiche that is clipyd bob vp and doun…
Last Lines:
…Tel on thy tale thou manciple I the pray
Wele sir quod he herkneth what I say
Attributed Title: The manciples prologue (RT); The tale of the chanons yeman (RT); Here endith the manciples prologue… (sig. F.3)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. x.3rb-x.4rb
First Lines:
Wote ye not where stondyth a lytyll towne
Whyche that is called bob vp & downe…
Last Lines:
…Tell on thy tale þou maunciple I the preye
Well syr quod he herkenyth what I seye
Attributed Title: The manciplys prologe (RT); Here endyth the maunciple prologe… (sig. x.4)