Reading 18: On Making Rounds
The prior or the sub-prior, or whomever he has delegated, provided he is a devout and honorable person, can make the rounds after Compline, and also during the other hours, whenever he might wish. He who makes the rounds should walk around the workplaces of the monastery and observe misbehavior of the brothers and breaches of the ordo. Whenever he makes a round, he should indeed proceed so piously and orderly, as to strike fear into those watching, and set an example of piety. Indeed he who has been sent by the prior or the subprior should make his round so quietly and skillfully, that he does not speak to anyone, nor make a sign, but he should only examine and look into the offences and misbehavior. After Compline, in the wintertime he should light the lamp, and after he has reached the workplaces, standing in the middle or at the door he should bring his lamp around so that he can see everything. He shall also light the cloister and chapter room and all corners, and also all the way to the gate which looks at the garden , so that all brothers both inside and outside can see and hear him; immediately after the rounds they should prepare themselves, and go into the dormitory.
But if in the hour of making the rounds someone has been eating, immediately after the meal he should go into the dormitory. If he has not done this he should be punished, unless he has a legitimate excuse. If a person himself has seen anyone behaving inordinately, he should denounce him on the next day in chapter; then going back, he should ascend to the dormitory. He, who is sending a brother to make the rounds, should be careful to send him neither too early nor too late. And if anyone whether with permission or without permission is not found after Compline in the workplaces he [i.e. the person making the rounds] should see whether the brother or brothers themselves are in their beds, and in the next day in chapter meeting he should report these things truthfully. He should also see whether the covers are extended to the [full] length of the beds, which should not be done, but instead the covers should extend to only part of the bed, so that they do not pass beyond the middle.