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Madame a trouth not wot I what to say
An absent lover, translated from the French of Charles d’Orléans (Champollion-Figeac (1842), 59) — three 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) and 4-line Envoy (abab)
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Subjects: envoys; lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — ababbcbc, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, ff. 9v-10
First Lines:
MAdame a trouthe not wot y what to say
Nor bi what ende that y shulde first bigynne…
Last Lines:
…That more y lust to wayle then llaughe or gren
Syn hit is so that y am from yow fare
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: 21-2.
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: 17-18.
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: 154-5.