Excerpt from The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales
The text of the Prologue in the present edition, founded on the excellent Ellesmere ms., has been carefully revised with a special view to representing more accurately and systematically the 'true middle-english pronunciation.... With this view, a few inconsistencies in the spelling employed by the scribe have been avoided.
The text is amended, where emendation seemed necessary, by comparison of the Ellesmere ms. With six others; and the various readings are given in the footnotes. The mss. Are de noted by the following abbreviations. E. (ellesmere ms.)
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