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Alone am I and will to be alone
On the death of his mistress — three 8-line stanzas and 4-line Envoy (including ‘Alone’ anaphora and refrain, ‘Alone y lyue an ofcast creature’)
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Subjects: lover’s lament; lovers, absence/separation of; envoys
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — ababbcbc, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 2585, Part I, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
Alone am y and will to be allone
Alone withouten pleser or gladnes
Alone in care to sigh and grone
Alone to waile the deth of my mastres…
Last Lines:
…Alone I lyue that willith hit were lesse
Alone y lyue an of cast creature
Note: Transcript of the twentieth century in the same MS on f. 2, ‘from the flyleaves of a copy of the Spaera of John of Sacrobosco’, giving old shelfmark for this MS ‘M.11.62’.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Some Charles d’Orleans Fragments.” Modern Language Note 66 (1951): 501-5: 504.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, f. 41
First Lines:
Alone am y and wille to be alone
Alone withouten polesere or gladnes…
Last Lines:
…Alone y lyue that willith it were lesse
Alone y lyue an ofcast creature
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: 90-1.
Cohen, Helen Louise. The Ballade. New York: Columbia UP, 1915: 276.
Cohen, Helen Louise. Lyric Forms from France. Folcroft, PA: Folcroft Library Editions, 1922; repr. 1971: 20-1.
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: 70.
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: 209-10.