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Half in a dream not fully awaked
La Belle Dame sans Mercy’, perhaps by Sir Richard Roos, translated from Alain Chartier — 856 lines (including 4-stanza Envoy) in rhyme royal and 8-line stanzas
Author(s): Roos Roos (??)
Title(s): La Belle Dame sans Mercy
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 50v-62v
First Lines:
HAlffe in a dreme not fully wel awakyd
The golden slepe me wrapt vndir his wing…
Last Lines:
…And in their trouth purpose hem to endure
I pray god sende hem bettir aventure
Attributed Title: Balade de la bele Dame sanz mercy (f. 50v); Explicit la bele dame sanz mercy (f. 62)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.299.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], ff. 117-134v
First Lines:
Halfe in a dreme not fully well a waked
The golden slepe me wrapt vndir his wyng…
Last Lines:
…And in þair trouth purpose hem to Endure
I pray god sende hem bettyr aventure
Attributed Title: Chaucer La belle dame sans mercy (f. 117, post-medieval hand)
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: rev. ed. 80-111.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 85-8.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 98-108v
First Lines:
Halfe in a dreme nat fully well awakyd
The goldyn slepe me wrappyd vndyr hys wyng…
Last Lines:
…And in theyre trowthe purpose theym to endure
I pray god sende hem bettyr Auenture
Attributed Author: by Chaucer (f. 98)
Attributed Title: labell dame saunce mercy (f. 98)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], f. 90r2
First Lines:
O marble herte and yet more harde perde
wych mercy may not perce for no labor…
Last Lines:
…ryght as ye lyst yt be ryght so wyll I
to bynd myself were I was at lyberty
Note: Lines 717-24, 229-36.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 372, ff. 61-69v
First Lines:
[H]Alf in a dreme not fully weel a wakid
the golden sleep me wrapt vndir his wieng…
Last Lines:
…And in there trouthe purpose hem to endure
I praye god sende hem better aventure
Note: Some stanzas disarranged.
Attributed Title: La belle dame sanz mercy translatid out of ffrenche by sir Richard Ros (f. 61, in right margin beside first line, by original scribe); speakers’ names, ‘La dame’ or ‘Lamant’ written in outer margins beside alternating stanzas in the dialogue, and ‘Verba Auctoris’ and ‘Verba translatoris’ on ff. 69 and 69v; after conclusion on f. 69v, original scribe has written ‘Qui legit emendat scriptorem non reprehendat’.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 52-80.
6.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1710, ff. 164-176v
Note: Lines 93-140, 191-764.
7.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 258, ff. 120-136v
First Lines:
[H]alf in a dreme nat fully wele awaked
The golden slepe me wrapt vndre his whynge…
Last Lines:
…And in thair trouth purpose hem to endure
I pray god sende hem better aventure
Attributed Title: Here endith la bell / dame sanz mercy (f. 136v)
Editions:
Symons, Dana M., ed. Chaucerian Dream Visions and Complaints. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2004.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5088. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The Boke of Fame...with dyuers other of hid workes, Pynson, [1526?] , sigs. d.iiva-e.iiiva
First Lines:
Halfe in a dreme nat fully well awaked
The golden slepe me wrapped vnd his wing…
Last Lines:
…And in hym selfe toke so great heuynesse
That he was deed within a day or twayne
Note: With lenvoy de limprimeur, 6 added stanzas rhyme royal, pr. Hammond (1927), 432.
Attributed Title: This boke called la bele Dame Sauns mercy was translate out of ffrenche in to Englysshe by Geffray Chaucer flour of peotes [sic] in our mother tong (sig. d.iiva); La bell dame sauns mercy (RT); Thus endeth the boke called La bell dame sauns mercy (sig. e.iiivb)
2.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , ff. 286vb-291vb
First Lines:
Halfe in a dreme not fully wel awaked
The golden slepe me wrapped vnder his wing…
Last Lines:
…And in her trouth purpose hem to endure
I pray god sende hem better auenture
Attributed Title: La belle dame sans mercy (f. 286va); La belle dame sans mercy (RT)
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley. “Introduction.” The Workes of Geffray Chaucer: Thynne, 1532. Cambridge, 1969; repr. 1976.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.299-326.
3.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Note: Further editions by Speght ( Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes, Speght, 1598 ), etc.
Editions:
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 422.
Bell, John, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 14 vols. in 7. The Poets of Great Britain. Edinburgh, 1782; repr. London: Cadell and Davies, 1807: 10.133.
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.446.
Todd, Henry John. Illustrations of the Lives and Writings of Gower and Chaucer. London: Rivington, 1810: 296.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.518-26.