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O thou Fortune which hast the governance
Charles d’Orléans, a Compleynt — four stanzas rhyme royal with refrain, ‘Why wyltow not wythstand myn heuynesse’
Note: Champollion-Figeac (1842), 268-9.
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Subjects: Fortune, complaint against; complaints
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Grenoble, Bibl. municipale, Grenoble 873: (?) said to be ed. Champollion-Figeac (1842), 268-9.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 321-321v
First Lines:
O thou ffortune whyche hast the gouernaunce
Of alle thynges kyndly mevyng to and fro…
Last Lines:
…ffor thys thou doost of very wylfulnesse
Why wyltow not wythstand myn heuuynesse
Attributed Title: Compleynt (f. 321)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “An English Friend of Charles d’Orleáns.” PMLA 26 (1911): 142-180: 160-1.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 185-6.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 141-2.
2.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 25458, p. 313
First Lines:
[O] thou fortune which hast the gouernnance
Of alle thynges kyndely meuyng to se fro…
Last Lines:
…For thys thou doste of verrey wylfulnes
Why wylt thou not wythstand myn heuynes
Editions:
Champion, Pierre. Charles d’Orleans: Poesies. Paris: Librairie H. Champion, 1923-4; repr. 1966: 2.571-2.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 222-3.
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: 1.223.
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: 385-6.