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1–487 of the Franklin's Tale, p. 351-5 below, Har). paging), render it less fitted for the basis of a complete edition of The Canterbury Tales than the fine illuminated Ellesmere MS.1 Moreover, Harl. 7334 sticks 8 spurious lines—2004 b, c; 2012 b, c; 2037 b, c; 2048 b, c,p. 193=1, into the Summoner's Tale, and one, 1. 592 (p. 1}}) into the Squire's Tale. It also has not 2 lines, A 252 b, c, in the General Prolog, p. 8; 2 in the Cook's Tale, A 4375-6, p. 127; and 8 at the end of the Cook's Tale, A 4415—4422, p. 128; 7 lines in the Knight's Tale, A 2013-18, p. 58, A 2958, p. 84; 2 lines in the Miller's Tale, A 3721-2, p. 106; 2 in the Reeve-Cook Link (A 4355, 4358, p. 125-6; 4 lines alterd into two); one line in the Man of Law's Tale, B 417, p. 1), and five at the end of the Man of Law's End-Link, B 1186–1190, p. 193; thirty lines in the Wife's Preamble, D 575—584, 605—612, 619—626, 717—720, p. 118=4it, ; eight in the Second Nun's Tale, G 155, 210—216, p. t, 3!4; the 8 genuine Ellesmere lines? in the Franklin's Tale, 1455-6, 1493-8, p. 3:1=}, besides leaving out 2 lines (2356-7, p. 133) in the Merchant's Tale,3 four (299-300, 305-6, p. 141) in the Doctor-Pardoner Link, two in the Pardoner's Tale, C 478-9 (p. 1}); five in the Shipman's Tale, B 1355 (p. 173) and B 1376-9 (p. 153); one in Sir Thopas, B 1995 (p. !); about a dozen of prose (trebles) in Melibe, 4 one stanza of 8 in the Monk's Tale, B 3213-20 (p. 337), four lines in the Nun's Priest's Tale, 4136-7 (p. 3:9), 4478-9 (p. 399), and all its End Link, 16 lines, (for which see p. 694,) and about 23 treble ones in the Parson's Tale : see the gaps in pages 3=454 as you
1 The Ellesmere has not the Man-of-Law-Shipman Link which Harl. 7334 has.
2 No other MS yet examind by me has these 8 lines.
3 Lines like these, due to the scribe's jumping from one sight' to the other, might well have been dotted differently in the print, so as to show the jump.
4 B 2252-3 (p. 785), 2264 (p. 45), 2432, 2444 (p. 35.-14, 2623-4 (p. 489=32), part of 2646-7 (p. 48), 2708 (p. 314), part of 2726, 2730, 2741' (p. 3 14-45), part of 2851 (31%), 3031 (p. 344).
turn over the leaves. Altogether, at least, 760 lines are wanting in Harl. 7334 : a serious loss. But on the other hand, this Harl. 7334 puts lines 1307-8 of Group D, the Friar's Tale, in their right place, on p. }}} instead of their wrong one as lines 1293-5 of the Wife-Friar Link, on p. 131.
That in some cases the Harl. readings are not so good as those of the Ellesmere, I showd in my article Recent Work at Chaucer'in Macmillan's Magazine for March 1874; but I admitted that in other instances the Harleian readings were the better. Of the MSS which contain the spurious * Tale of Gamelyn'—the A-type ones don't-Prof. Skeat found Harl. 7334 much the best. See his ls. 6d. edition of Gumelyn for the Clarendon Press.
I once hoped to have edited the Tales and all Chaucer either with Mr. Bradshaw or alone; but alas, what with the Philological Soc., and occasional work for its Dictionary, Early English Texts and Wyclif, Shakspere and his Quartos and Folios, Browning and Shelley Societies, Sculling-Fours, Kangaroo bicycles, evenings out, and general laziness, I fear that edition must be left for some more learned and energetic person than myself. Let it suffice that the Chaucer Society has cleard the way for the coming man. I am due now at our Rowing-Club Dance.
1 The Harl. 7334 also has not the (?) original but rejected EndLink to the Clerk's Tale, p. 127. of the Ellesmere MS.
2 The epithet of Sir G. Grove, the then Editor. I wanted 'late.
$ 6. Reeve's Tale (of the Trumpington Miller
and Cambridge Clerks) ...
$ 8. Cook's Tale (of the London Victualler's
Apprentice) unfinisht? ... ... 127127
1 It has not the Friar lines 252 b, c of the Ilengwrt MS.
D. § 1. Wife of Bath's Preamble (of her 5 Hus-
... ... 334194
§ 4. Friar's Tale? (of the Summoner being
1 The ordinary lines G. 1295-6 of this Link which are wrongly
shifted in the Six-Texts, &c. (p. 371) from The Friar's Tale', of
which they form lines G. 1307-8, p. 3 , are put in their right
place on p. 371, by the Harl. MS 7334.
2 Eight spurious lines, D. 2004 b, c ; 2012 b, c; 2037 b, c;
2048 b, c, p. are stuck into Harl. 7334.
3 The stanzas of this are in their right order.
4 The end of what there is, is out of the Harl. US, as 8 leaves
of the MS are missing here, p. 199=355.
1 Four lines, 299-300 and 305-6, are left out in this.
2 Dr Richard Morris was the first to track this to its source in
3 For B § 1—3 see Man-of-Law's Head-Link, Tale and End.
4 The four modern instances '-1, Peter (the Cruel) of Spain,