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With this chanon I dwelt have seven year
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 762 lines in rhyming couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; alchemy, failure of; corruption
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 225-235v
First Lines:
With this Chanoun dwelt haue I seven yere
and of his science am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…and there a poynt for endid is my tale
god sende euery trewe man bote of his bale
Note: Spurious line follows VIII.1393.
Attributed Title: …And next folwyng bigynneth his tale of philosophie (f. 225); the Chanons yoman (RT); Here endith the Chanons yoman his tale… (f. 235v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 172-180b
First Lines:
Sith this Chanonon dwelled haue I seuen ȝere
And of his science am I neuer þe Nere…
Last Lines:
…And ther a poynt for endid is my tale
God sende euery trew man bote of his bale
Attributed Title: …and here bygynnyth þe tale (f. 172); yoman (RT); Here endith þe yomans tale… (f. 180b)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 414 (SC 27880), ff. 120v-128v
First Lines:
[W]ith this chanon duellid haue I this vij yer
And of his science am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And ther a point for endid is my tale
God send euery true man boot of his bale
Note: VIII.722-3, 787-9, 814-15, 1200-1 omitted; 1028-9 reversed.
Attributed Title: The tale of the Chanons yoman (f. 120v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 144-153
First Lines:
WIth þis Chanon dwelt haue I seuen yere
And of his sciens am I neuer þe nere…
Last Lines:
…And þere a pointe for ended is my tale
God send eueri true man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.781, 818, 872, 1159 omitted; blank line follows 819.
Attributed Title: …And next / beginneth þe tale of the Chanons yoman (f. 144); The Chanons yoman (RT); Here endeth the Chanons yomans tale… (f. 153)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 195-204v
First Lines:
…As on five or five vnces mai wel be
Of siluer or of sum oþer quantite…
Last Lines:
…And there apoynt for ended is my tale
God sende euery trew man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.720-55 lost (resupplied in the seventeenth century on f. 194v).
Attributed Title: þe chanons yoman (RT); H[blank] (f. 204v)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 200v-212
First Lines:
[W]yth this chanon dwelled haue I seuene ȝere
And of his science am I neuer þe nere…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynte for endyd is my tale
God send euery trwe man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.941, 1103 omitted.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 87v-92
First Lines:
With this chanon dwelled haue I vij yere
And of his science am I nevir the nere…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynte for endid is my tale
God sende everi trew man boot of his bale Amen
Note: VIII.1037-172 lost.
Attributed Title: here begynnyth the chanons yomans tale / of multiplicacion (f. 87v); here endith the chanons yomans tale… (f. 92)
8.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 240-248v
First Lines:
With this chanon I dwelte haue this seuene yere
And of his science am I neuer the neer…
Last Lines:
…And ther a poynt for ended is my tale
God sende euery man bote of bale Amen
Note: VII.744, 793, 1087, 1289 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth tale of the Chanons yeman (f. 240); Here is ended the tale of the Chanons yeman… (f. 248v)
9.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 180v-190v
First Lines:
With þis chanoun dwelled haue I seuen ȝere
And of his science I am neuer þe neer…
Last Lines:
…And þere a poynt for ended is my tale
God sende euery trewe man boote of his bale amen
Attributed Title: Chanoun (RT, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
10.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 172-183v
First Lines:
With this Chanoun I dwellid vij yeer
And of his science am I nevir þe neer…
Last Lines:
…And þere Apoynt for endid is my tale
God sende euery good man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.787-9, 838-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth / the tale of the Chanons yeman (f. 172); Chanons yeman (RT); Here endith þe tale of þe Chanons yeman of / multiplicacion… (f. 183v)
11.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 248v-258v
First Lines:
Wyth this Chanoun haue I dwellid seuen yere
and of his science I am neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…and ther a pointe and endid is my tale
god sende euery trewe man bote of bale amen
Note: VIII.802-3, 819-20, 826-9, 884-97, 1003, 1260-5 omitted; spurious lines follow 818, 825, 1259, 1374, 1375, 1385; 916-17 reversed.
Attributed Title: Chanons yoman (RT); Explicit fabula seruientis Canonici… (f. 258v)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 204-205v
First Lines:
With this Chanon I dwelt haue seuene ȝere
And of his science am I heuere the nere…
Last Lines:
…And of bodies mollificacioun
And also of here induracion…
Note: Everything after VIII.855 lost in this MS.
Attributed Title: …and / bigynneth his tale of Multiplicacion (f. 204)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Cambridge MS. Dd.4.24 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Completed by the Egerton MS. 2726 (The Haistwell MS). The Chaucer Society 1st Series, no. 95 (Part 1, issue for 1901) and 96 (Part 2, issue for 1902).
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 384-393
First Lines:
…And besye me to telle ȝow the namys
Of orpemynt brend bonys Iren squamys…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynt for endit is myn tale
God sende euery trewe man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.720-57 lost; 1046-7 omitted; 941 inserted at foot.
Attributed Title: Here is endit the chanounys manys tale… (f. 393)
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. The Cambridge MS (University Library, Gg.4.27) of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 4, 10, 17, 28, 33, 40, 52, 66. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 158v-167
First Lines:
With this chanon dwelled have I seven yere
And of his science ame I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynte for Endid is my tale
God sende euery true man bote of euery bale
Note: VIII.855, 1057, 1378-9, 1437 omitted; 1086-7 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth his tale (f. 158v); The chanons yeman (RT); Here endeth the chanons yemans tale… (f. 167)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 178-186v
First Lines:
With þis Chanon dwelled haf I seuen ȝere
And of his science am I neuer þe nere…
Last Lines:
…And þer a poynte for ended is my tale
God sende euery trewe man bote of his bale
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 178); þe Chanons ȝoman (RT); Explicit… (f. 186v)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 186-195
First Lines:
[W]ith this Chanoun haue y dwellud þis seven yere
And of his scyens am y neuer þe nere…
Last Lines:
…And þer a poynte for ended ys my tale
God send euery trewe man bote of his bale Amen
Note: VIII.748-9, 858-9, 880-1, 886-9, 904-5, 210-11, 916-19, 924-5, 948-50, 953-9, 962-5, 972-7, 996-1001, 1006, 1009, 1034-5, 1046-51, 1054-5, 1066-73, 1078-101, 1131-5 omitted; spurious lines follow 1130, 1303.
Attributed Title: …The tale of þe Chanouns yeman (f. 186); Here endeth þe Chanounz yeman tale (f. 195)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 71ra-75va
First Lines:
With this Chanon I dwelled haue vij yere
Yit of his science am I neuer þe ner…
Last Lines:
…And there a point for endid is my tale
God send eueri trewe man bote of his bale Amen
Note: VIII.769-7, 989, 1219 omitted; 818-19, 976-7 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And hiere beginneth his tale folwing / Of Multiplicacioun (f. 71ra)
18.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 297v-309
First Lines:
Wyth this Chanoun dwellid I haue seven yeer
And of his science I am nevir the neer…
Last Lines:
…And ther apoynt for eendid is my tale
God sende every good man boote of his bale
Note: VIII.838-9, 941 omitted.
Attributed Title: Incipit narracio eiusdem de multiplicacione (f. 297v); Chanoun yeman (RT); Explicit fabula famuli Canonici… (f. 309)
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 218-228
First Lines:
With this Chanoun I dwelte haue vij yeer
And of his science am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And ther a poynt for ended is my tale
God send euery trew man boote of his bale
Attributed Title: Here bygynneth the chanons yemans tale (f. 218); the chanons yeman (RT); Here endeth the tale of the chanons yeman… (f. 228)
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. 226v-236
First Lines:
Wyth this Chanon I dwelt haue vii yere
And of his science am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And there appoynt for ended is my tale
God send euery true man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1238-9 omitted; spurious line follows 1393.
Attributed Title: & incipit fabula sua de Multiplicacione (f. 226v); Hic desinit fabula seruientis Canonici… (f. 236)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Cambridge MS. Dd.4.24 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Completed by the Egerton MS. 2726 (The Haistwell MS). The Chaucer Society 1st Series, no. 95 (Part 1, issue for 1901) and 96 (Part 2, issue for 1902).
21.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 130-137v
First Lines:
…Now it is wan and of a ledene hewe
Who so it vseth sore schal he rewe…
Last Lines:
…And þere apoynt for ended is my tale
God sende euery trewe man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.720-9, 1108-83, 1260-1335 lost.
Attributed Title: The yeman (RT); Here endith the tale of þe Chanouns ȝeman… (f. 137v)
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 243v-253v
First Lines:
[W]ith this Chanon dwelled I have sevene yeere
And of his science I am nevir the neere…
Last Lines:
…And ther a poynt for eended is my tale
God sende every good man boote of his bale
Note: VIII.838-9, 941 omitted; spurious lines follow 1301.
Attributed Title: Incipit Narracio famuli Canonici de multiplicacione (f. 243v); The Chanons is tale (RT); Heer eendith the tale of the Chanoun / is yoman of multiplicacion… (f. 253v)
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 145-149v
First Lines:
With this Chanoun dwellid haue I this 7 yere
And of his science am I neuyr the nere…
Last Lines:
…But taketh hede now sires for goddis loue
He toke his cole of whiche I spake of a boue…
Note: VIII.1178-481 lost.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (f. 145); The Chanounys yeman (RT)
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 89vb-93ra
First Lines:
Withe this chanoun I have dwellid vij yeer
And of his science I am neuer þener…
Last Lines:
…And þer a poynt for endid is my tale
God sende euer gode man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.838-9, 1182, 1451 omitted.
Attributed Title: Here Endithe þe Chanounes yoman / of multiplicacioun (f. 93ra, rubric)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 171v-181v
First Lines:
WIth þis Chanoun I duelled haue seuen ȝer
And of his science am I neuer þe ner…
Last Lines:
…And þer a poynt for ended is my tale
God send euery trewe man boote of his bale
Note: VIII.1057 left blank and supplied later; 1283-4 omitted and inserted at foot later.
Attributed Title: Narrat (f. 171v); Chanouns ȝemans Tale (RT); Here endeth þe chanouns ȝeman his tale (f. 181v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
26.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 160-169
First Lines:
Wythe þis chanon dwelled haue I seuen ȝere
And of his science am I neuer þenere…
Last Lines:
…And þere a pointe for endid is my tale
God sende euery trewman bote of his bale
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 160); Þe ȝoman (RT); Explicit fabula… (f. 169)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Lansdowne Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 7, 13, 20, 36, 43, 55, 69. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
27.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 201v-213
First Lines:
Wyth this chanoun I dwelt have vij yeere
And of his science I am neuer the neere…
Last Lines:
…And there apoynt for ended is my tale
God sende euery triew man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1238-9 omitted; 1300-1 reversed; spurious line follows 1393.
Attributed Title: …and begynnyth the / tale of the chanons / yeman (f. 201v, margin); Here endith the tale of / the chanons yeman… (f. 213, margin)
28.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 165-174
First Lines:
WIth þis Chanon dweld haue I seuen ȝeer
And of his science am I neuere þe neer…
Last Lines:
…And þere a poynt for endid is my tale
God sende euery trewe man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1103 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynnethe the Tale (f. 165); Incipit fabula (f. 165, margin); The chanouns yoman (RT); Explicit (f. 174, margin)
29.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 167v-178
First Lines:
Wyth þis Chanon dwellyd haue I seuen ȝeere
And of hys science neuere þe nere…
Last Lines:
…And þere a poynte for endid ys my tale
God sende euery trewe man bote of hys bale
Note: VIII.740-5 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and be gynneþ þe tale (f. 167v); The Chanon yoman (RT); Here endethe þe tale of the Chanon yoman… (f. 178)
30.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 172-181v
First Lines:
With this Chanoun I have dwellid vii yeer
And of his science am I nevir the nere…
Last Lines:
…and there a poynt for endit is my tale
God send every tewe man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1238-9, 1298-301 omitted; 1302-3 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here he begynnyth his tale (f. 172); [trimmed]d tale of þe / [trimmed]anons yemAn (f. 181v, margin)
31.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 111ra-115rb
First Lines:
With þis chanon duelled haue y vij yeer
And of hise science am I neuer the neer…
Last Lines:
…And þere a poynte for ended is my tale
God sende euery true man bote of hise bale
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 111ra); The Chanons yoman (RT); Now is the tale of the chanons yoman ended (f. 115va); Orate pro salute animarum Galfridi Spirleng Ciuis Norwici Courtholder Clerici maioratus & Comitatis dicte Ciuitatis ac Thome Spirleng filij sui qui scribendo hunc librum compleuerunt mense Ianuariij anno domini Millesimo ccccmolxxvjto quo tempore dictus Galfridus quasi quinquaginta et dictus Thomas quasi Sexdecim etatis extiterunt annorum (f. 115va)
32.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 25ra-29va
First Lines:
With this chanon dwelte I haue vij yere
And of his science I am neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And there a pointe for ended is my tale
God sende euery gode man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.728-807, 838-9, 845-5 omitted; 1054-5. 1266-7 reversed; 1075 inserted at foot.
33.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 174-183v
First Lines:
With this chanoun dwelled haue I vij ȝere
And of his science am I neuere þe nere…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynt for ended is my tale
God sende euery trewe man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1337-40 omitted.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the tale (f. 174); The Chanons ȝoman (RT); Thus endeth the tale of the Chanons yoman… (f. 183v)
34.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 159-169
First Lines:
With this chanon dwelled haue I vij ȝere
Iit of his science am I neuer þe neer…
Last Lines:
…And þere apoynt for endith is my tale
God send eury man bote of his bale Amen
Note: VIII.797-7, 811, 818, 1046, 1306-7 omitted; 910-11, 976-7 reversed; spurious line follows 821. Lower half of f. 169 left blank.
Attributed Title: The yoman (RT)
35.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 213v-226v
First Lines:
Wyth this chanon dwelt have I this vij yeere
And of his science am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And there apoynt for endid is my tale
God sende euery triew man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1179, 1238-9 omitted; spurious line follows 1393.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula (f. 213v); Explicit fabula seruiens Canonici… (f. 226v)
36.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 160-167
First Lines:
With þis Chanon dwellid I vij yeer
And of his science am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And þere a poynt ffor endid is my tale
God send euery true man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1238-9 omitted; spurious line follows 1393.
Attributed Title: …And bigynnyth his tale of multiplicacioun (f. 160); Chanons yoman (RT); Here endith þe tale of þe Chanons / yoman of multiplicacion… (f. 167)
37.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 200v-211
First Lines:
With þis chanon dwelt haue seuene ȝere
And of his science am I neuer þenere…
Last Lines:
…And þer a poynte for ended is my tale
God seende euery trewe man boote of his bale
Attributed Title: …& here bygynneþ þe / Tale (f. 200v, margin, rubric); The chanons ȝeman (RT, rubric); The chanons ȝeman Tale (RT); þus endeþ þe chanons ȝeman his tale… (f. 211, rubric)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Petworth MS of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 6, 12, 19, 35, 42, 54, 68. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Autotype Specimens of the Chief Chaucer MSS, Part II. Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 56. London: Trübner, 1876.
38.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 143 [olim Deene Park; post Cardigan-Brudenell, sold Sotheby’s, Feb. 1959], ff. 203-212
First Lines:
[W]yth this Chanon dwellyd I vij yere
And of his scyence am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And ther a pont for endyd ys my tale
God send euery trew man bote of hys bale
Note: VIII.1238-9 omitted; spurious line follows 1393.
Attributed Title: …And be gynnyth his tale of myltyplycacion (f. 203); Chanons yoman (RT); Here endyth the Tale of the Chanons yoman of multiplica / cion… (f. 212)
39.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 564 [olim Ashburnham 126, post McCormick], ff. 186-192v
First Lines:
Wyth þis Chanon I dwelled haue vij ȝere
And of þis science am I neuer þe nere…
Last Lines:
…I wylt ȝow shewe & ȝif ȝow lust to leer
I wyl ȝow teche pleynly þe mateer…
Note: VIII.1058-1481 lost; 876-7 reversed; cathphrase on f. 195v: ‘How I can wyrchen’. In the foliation, ‘186’ is repeated and ‘189’ is omitted.
40.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 173v-183v
First Lines:
With this Chanon dwelled have I vij ȝere
And of his science am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And there apoynt for endid is my tale
God sende euery trewe man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1337-40 omitted; 915 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the tale (f. 173v); The Chanons ȝoman (RT); Thus endeth the tale of the Chanons yoman… (f. 183v)
41.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 130-139v
First Lines:
With thys chanoun dwelled haue I seuen ȝeer
And of hys science am y neuer the neer…
Last Lines:
…Thouȝ that he multiplye terme of all hys lyf
And ther a poynt for ended ys my tale
Note: VIII.1481 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And by gynneth þe tale (f. 130); The chanons ȝeman (RT); Here endyth the chanouns ȝemans tale… (f. 139v)
42.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/2 [olim Rosenbach 158; prior W. A. White], ff. 8-8v
First Lines:
…That can an hundrit fold more sotilte…
Last Lines:
…And othir thingis wiche I shall tell more…
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’). VIII.1131 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And be gynneth the tale (f. 122v); Here endeth the secunde nonnes tale… (f. 127)
43.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 194-202
First Lines:
With this Chanoun I dwelt haue seuen yeer
And of his science am I neuer the neer…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynt for ended is my tale
God sende euery trewe man boote of his bale Amen
Note: VIII.1238-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: …Heere bigynneth the Chanouns yeman his tale (f. 194); Chanouns yeman (RT); Heere is ended the Chanouns yemannes tale… (f. 202)
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.
44.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 81rb-81vb
First Lines:
Uith this Chanoun I duellid haue vij yeer
and of his science I am neuer the neer…
Last Lines:
…and that a poynt for endid is my tale
god send euery trew man boote of his bale
Note: VIII.750-1393 omitted.
Attributed Title: & subsequenter incipit fabu / la eiusdem hoc modo sequente (f. 81rb); maior pars istius fabule est pretermissa / usque huc quia termini sunt valde absurda… (f. 81rb); Explicit fabula seruientis ca / nonici… (f. 81vb)
45.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 223v-233
First Lines:
With this Chanoun I duelte haue seuene yere
And of his science am I neuer the ner…
Last Lines:
…And there a point for ended is my tale
God send eueri true man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1238-9 omitted; spurious line follows 1393.
Attributed Title: Et hic incipit fabula sua de la Multiplicacioun (f. 223); Yomans tale (RT); Hic desinit fabula seruientis… (f. 233)
46.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 90ra-94vb
First Lines:
Wiht this Chanown dwelled haue I vij yeer
And of his science am I never the neer…
Last Lines:
…And theer a poynt for eendid is my tale
God sende every trewe man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.1238-9 omitted; spurious line follows 1393.
Attributed Title: Thee Chanovnis yoman (RT); Explicit thee Chanovnis yoman… (f. 94vb)
47.Source: Geneva, Bibl. Bodmer, Geneva 48 [olim Rosenbach 156, prior Phillipps 8136], ff. 139v-150
First Lines:
With þis chanon duelt haue I þis vij yere
And of his science am I neuer þe nere…
Last Lines:
…And þere a point for endid is my tale
God send euery true man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.722-3, 787-9, 814-15, 1200-1 omitted; 1028-9 reversed.
Attributed Title: The tale of þe chanouns yoman (f. 139v, 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. 219-232
First Lines:
[W]Ith this Chanon I duellid vij yeer
And of his science am I neuer the neer…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynt for endid is my tale
God sende euery good man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.787-9, 838-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth / the tale of the Chanons yeman (f. 219); Here endith the tale of the Chanons / yeman of multiplicacoun… (f. 232)
Facsimiles:
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
2.Source: STC 5083. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster], W. Caxton, [1483] , sigs. dd.7v-ff.1v
First Lines:
[W]Ith this chanon I duellyd vij yere
And of his science am I neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynt for endyd is my tale
God sende euery good man bote of his bale
Note: VIII.838-9 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the tale (sig. dd.7v); The tale of the chanons yeman (RT); Here endeth the tale of the Chanons / yeman of multiplicacion… (sig. ff.1v)
Facsimiles:
The Canterbury Tales (a facsimile of the Pepys copy of Caxton’s Second Edition). London: Cornmarket Reprints in association with Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1972.
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
3.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. ff.4v-gg.8
First Lines:
[W]Ith this chanon I duelled seuyn yere
And of his science am neuir the nere…
Last Lines:
…But there a poynte for endyd is my tale
God sende euery gode man bote of his bale
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale (sig. ff.4v); The tale of the chanons yeman (RT); Here endith the tale off the chanons yeman… (sig. gg.8)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. o.4va-p.3ra
First Lines:
[W]Yth this chanon I dwelled seuen yere
And of his scyence I am neuer the nere…
Last Lines:
…And there a poynt for endyd is my tale
God sende euery good man bote of his bale
Attributed Title: …Here begynneth his tale (sig. o.4va); The tale of the chanons yeman (RT); Here endyth the tale of the chanons yoman of multiplycacion… (sig. p.3)