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IMEV 2427
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O fairest flower O flower of flowers all
Charles d’Orléans, a criticism of his mistress — 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. 141-141v
First Lines:
O Fayrist flowre o flowre of flowris alle
Whos fresheli coloure meynt twene whit & red…
Last Lines:
…For if y kan amende it lo y wol
If y not may y sory am therfore
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: 279-80.
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: 208-9.
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: 368-9.