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My master Bukton when of Christ our king
Geoffrey Chaucer, L’Envoy de Chaucer a Bukton — four 8-line stanzas including Envoy
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): L’Envoy de Chaucer a Bukton
Subjects: envoys; advice, on marriage; marriage, advice on; marriage, trials of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 193v-194
First Lines:
My maister Bukton whan of Criste our kyng
Was axed what ys trouthe or sothefastnesse…
Last Lines:
…God graunte yow your lyfe frely to lede
In fredam for ful harde it is to be bonde
Attributed Author: Lenvoy de Chaucer A Bukton (f. 193v)
Attributed Title: Lenvoy de Chaucer A Bukton (f. 193v)
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.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 1.398-9.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 176-7.
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: 424-5.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 635; 1957; 539.
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: 144-8.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 655-6.
2.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Acc. 325/1, ff. 76rb-76va
First Lines:
MI Master boughton whan Criste oure kinge
Was axed what is trouthe or sothfastnesse…
Last Lines:
…God graunte you youre life to lede
In ffreedom for ful harde is to be bonde
Attributed Title: Balade (f. 76rb)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5089. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Mars and Venus, J. Notarii, [1500?]
2.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , ff. cclxxviiivv-cclxxix
First Lines:
My mayster & cetera Whan of Christ our kyng
Was asked what is trouthe or sothfastnesse…
Last Lines:
…God graunt you your lyfe frely to lede
In fredome for foule is to be bonde
Note: Follows The Booke of the Duchess (2181) after only ‘Explicit’; no heading; further editions include Stowe (1561) (STC 5075).
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: 424-5.