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IN FOURTEEN VOLUMES.
From Urry's Edition 1721,
From Tyrwhitt's Edition 1775.
Grete well CHAUCER whan ye mete----
O reverend CHAUCER! rose of rethouris all,
CANTERBURY TALES, viz. THE COKES TALE OF GAMEL. THE PARDON. AND TAPST.
1 THE PLOWMANS TALE,
THE MARCH. SECOND TALE, esc. &c.
But natheles certain
Dan CHAUCER, well of English undehl'd,
THE CANTERBURY TALES.
THE COKE'S TALE OF GAMELYN.
The Coke's Tale of Gamelyn] so many of the mfl. hare this Tale that I can hardly think it could be unknown to the former editors of this poet's Works; nor can I think of a reason why they negleded to publith it. Posibly they met only vil those mfi. that had not this Tale in them, and contented therselves with the number of Tales they found in those mil. If they had any of thote ml. in which it is I cannot give a reale! why they did not give it a place amongft the reft, uniets at:cy doubted of its being genuine; but because I find it in fi mar.y ml. I have no doubt of it, and therefore make it publick, and call it the fifth Tale. In all the mil. it is called The Coke's 'Tale, and therefore I call it so in like manner: but had I fod it without an inscription, and liad been left to my fancy to have bettowed it on which of the pilgrims i liad picale, I thould certainly have adjudged it to the squre's Ye:man, who though as minutely described by Chaucer and characterized in the third place, yet I find no 'Tale of his in any file mil.: and because I think there is not any one that would fit liim so well as this, I have ventured to place liis picture hefore this 'Tale, tho' I leave the Cook in potleifion of the title. Urry.