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A blissful life a peaceable and a sweet
Chaucer, The Former Age [Aetas Prima] — eight 8-line stanzas
Note: Cf. Pace (1961).
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): The Former Age; Aetas Prima
Subjects: Boethius, influence on; Golden Age
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 43v-44
First Lines:
A blisful lyfe a peseable and a swete
leddyn the peplis in the former age…
Last Lines:
…Dowblenesse treson and enuye
Poysonne manslawtyr mordre and enuye in sondre wyse
Attributed Author: Chaucer (f. 44)
Attributed Title: ffinit Etas prima Chaucers (f. 44)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.21, ff. 52v-53
First Lines:
A Blysful lyf a paysyble & a swete
ledden the poeples in the former age…
Last Lines:
…dowblenesse & tresoun & enuye
poyson & manslawhtre & mordre in sondry wyse
Attributed Author: Chawcer (f. 52v)
Attributed Title: Chawcer vp on this fyfte meter of the second book (f. 52v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A One-Text Print of the Minor Poems. 2 pts. London: Trübner, 1871, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 1.380-2.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 534.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 308-10.
Pace, George B., and Alfred David, eds. The Minor Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer: A Variorum Edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer vol. 5, part 1. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1982: 97-101.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 650-1.