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I have great wonder by this light
Chaucer, The Book of the Duchesse — 1334 lines in couplets
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): The Book of the Duchesse
Subjects: dream poems; chess, game of; elegies; envoys
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 638 (SC 2078), ff. 110v-141
First Lines:
I haue grete wondir be this light
how that I leue for day ne nyght…
Last Lines:
…As I kan best & that Anone
This was my sweuyn now it ys done
Note: Lacking lines 24-96.
Attributed Title: The boke of the Duchesse (f. 110v and RT); Explicit The Boke of the Duchesse (f. 141)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Bodley 638: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1982.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Odd Texts of the Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 23, 60. London: Trübner, 1868, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 130-147v
First Lines:
I Have grete wonder be this lyghte
How that I lyve for day ne nyght…
Last Lines:
…As I kan best and that anoon
This was my sweuene now hit ys doon
Note: Followed by 3954 as its envoy.
Attributed Title: The booke of the Duchesse (f. 130) …made by Geffrey Chawcyer at þe request of þe duck of lancastar pitously complaynynge the deathe of þe sayd dutchesse blanche (added by John Stow, 16th century, f. 130); Explicit the boke of the duchesse (f. 147v)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
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: 1.277-322.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 316-29; 1957; 266-79.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 330-46.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 346 (SC 10173), ff. 102-119v
First Lines:
I haue gret wondir be þis liȝte
hou þat I lyve for day ne nyȝt…
Last Lines:
…[ ] best [ ]at a non
The [ ] my sweuyn now hit is don
Note: Damaged by damp.
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Tanner 346: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1980.
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.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , ff. cclxxii-cclxxviiiv
First Lines:
I haue great wonder by this light
Howe I lyue for day ne nyght…
Last Lines:
…As I can best and that anone
This was my sweuen nowe it is done
Note: Followed, after ‘Explicit’, by ‘Lenvoy de Chaucer a Bukton’ (2262), ff. cclxxviiiv-cclxxix; further prints by Stow, Speght, etc. (see STC 5075, 5077, etc.).
Attributed Title: The Dreame of Chaucer (f. clxxiv) and RT
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.