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Madame ye been of all beauty shrine
A Balade to Rosamond, by Chaucer — twenty-four lines, with refrain, ‘Thogh ye to me ne do no daliaunce’
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): A Balade to Rosamond
Subjects: women, praise of; women, virtues of; lovers, praise of beloved; lovers’ plea
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 163 (SC 14655), f. 114
First Lines:
Madame ye ben of al beaute shryne
As fer as cereled is the mapamonde…
Last Lines:
…Do what you list I wyl your thral be sounde
Though ye to me ne do no daliance
Note: 3 stanzas.
Attributed Author: tregentil chaucer (f. 114)
Facsimiles:
Skeat, Walter William. Twelve Facsimiles of Old English Manuscripts. Oxford: Clarendon, 1892.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William. “An Unknown Poem by Chaucer.” The Athenaeum (London, April 4, 1891): 1.440: 1.440.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 1.389.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 627-8; 1957; 533.
Kökeritz, Helge. “Chaucer’s ‘Rosemounde,’” Modern Language Notes 63 (1948): 310-18: 311-12.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 133-4.
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: 167-70.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 649.