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For deathlike life my living death I wit
On the death of his mistress, by Charles d’Orléans — three 8-1ine stanzas and 4-line envoy
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Subjects: lovers, death of; envoys; lover’s lament
Versification: — eight-line, three-line — ababbcbc, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 2585, Part I, f. 1v
First Lines:
For ded i lif my lyv i deth y wite
ffor ese of payne in payne of ese I die…
Last Lines:
…As y is noon of payn and heuenes
O wooful wrecche o wrecche lesse onys thi[ ]
Note: From the flyleaves of a copy of the Sphaera of John de Sacrobosco, MS M.11.62 (nineteenth-century note kept with MS).
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Some Charles d’Orleans Fragments.” Modern Language Note 66 (1951): 501-5: 504-5.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, f. 40v
First Lines:
FOr dedy lijf my lyvy deth y wite
ffor ese of payne in payne of ese y dye…
Last Lines:
…Bot wolde y dey allas yet y ne may
[O wofull wrecche o wrecche lesse onys thi speche]
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: 91-2.
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: 71.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 181-2.
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: 201-11.