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IMEV 1549
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In the forest of noyous heaviness
A meeting with Venus, translated from the French of Charles d’Orléans (Champollion-Figeac (1842), 123) — three 8-line stanzas and 5-line Envoy
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Subjects: Venus; dialogues, lovers’; chansons d’aventure; envoys
Versification: — eight-line, five-line — ababbcbc, aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, ff. 46v-47
First Lines:
IN the forest of noyous hevynes
As y went wandryng in the moneth of may…
Last Lines:
…For pite is that y lyue thus a day
The man forlost that wot not where he goth
Facsimiles:
Droz, E., and A. Piaget, eds. Le Jardin de Plaisance et Fleur de Rhethorique. Société des anciens textes français 59. Paris, 1910-25: 1.f cci.
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: 105-6.
Droz, E., and A. Piaget, eds. Le Jardin de Plaisance et Fleur de Rhethorique. Société des anciens textes français 59. Paris, 1910-25: 2.293.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 229-30.
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: 81.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 425-6.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 168.
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: 221-2.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 379-80.