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So fresh beauty so much goodliness
An Epistle to his Mistress (associated with Charles d’Orléans) — three 8-line stanzas and 4-line Envoy, including ‘So’ anaphora
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Subjects: love letters; envoys
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — ababbcbc, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, ff. 146v-147
First Lines:
SO fresshe bewte so moche goodlynes
So skace of grace so large of crewelte…
Last Lines:
…For me to ioy my sorowis and to hide
How may it be owt sleyng me in payne
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: 292-3.
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: 218.
“Poems, written in English, by Charles Duke of Orleans, during his Captivity in England, after the Battle of Agincourt.” Gentleman’s Magazine n.s. 17 (May, 1842): 459-72: 471-2.
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: 378-9.