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Constraint of pain thought and heaviness
His hard-hearted mistress by Charles d’Orléans — three 8-line stanzas and 4-line envoy
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Subjects: envoys; lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — ababbccbc, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, ff. 127v-128
First Lines:
COnstraynt of payne thouȝt and hevynes
Ay to pursewe the sewt of my servise…
Last Lines:
…As with yowre word sumwhat comfortith me
That y may fynde yow softer then a stoon
Editions:
Taylor, G. Watson. Poems Written in English by Charles Duke of OrleansOrleans, during his Captivity in England after the Battle of Azincourt Roxburghe Club 44. London, 1827: 246-7.
Steele, Robert, ed. Charles of Orleans: The English Poems. Vol. 1. EETS o.s. 215 (1941); vol. 2. ed. Robert Steele and Mabel Day, o.s. 220; repr. as one volume, 1970: 2.184.
Arn, Mary-Jo, ed. Fortunes Stabilnes: Charles of Orleans’s English Book of Love. A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1994: 343-4.