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Sith it is so we needs must depart
Exchange of faithful lovers’ hearts, by Charles d’Orléans — three 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) and 4-line Envoy
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved; envoys
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — ababbcbc, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, ff. 130v-131
First Lines:
Syn hit is so we nedis must depart
And when to mete þe tyme in nouncertayne…
Last Lines:
…Wherfore y yow biseche even hertily
As take myn hert and lete yowre bide with me
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: 254-5.
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: 190.
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: 349-50.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 385-6.