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That good thinketh good may do
The Castle of Love, a translation of Grosseteste’s Chateau d’Amour — 1860 lines in couplets
Note: For other versions, see 2809, 3089, 6635.
Author(s): Robert Grosseteste
Title(s): The Castle of Love ; Chateau d’Amour
Subjects: treatises, devotional; allegories; instruction, religious
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. B.107 (SC 29560), ff. 1-45v
First Lines:
He þat good þenkeþ good may do
And god will helpen him þer to
ffor þer was neuer good werk I wrowght
Wiþ oute be gynnynge of good thowght…
Last Lines:
…How myȝht he þen for eny þowgt
Of goddis feyrenes þenkyn owght…
Note: On f. 37 includes the story of the 15 tokens before Doomsday beginning with: ‘Lvsteneþ ȝet forþer of ysayes spelle / ffor now ȝe han herd me telle / How swete Ihesu our fadur was / Herkenyth how he is now prince of pes…’; but Ends imperfectly due to the loss of folios.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. The Castle of Love. Brixton Hill, 1849: 1-80.
Sajavaara, K., ed. The Middle English Translations of Robert Grosseteste’s Chateau d’Amour. Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki 32. Helsinki, 1967: 260.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 293rc2-296va
First Lines:
ÞAt good þenkeþ good may do
And God wol helpe him þer to…
Last Lines:
…God leeue vs here to ende
Þat we ben worþi to heuene wende Amen.
Attributed Author: bisschop Gristeyȝt (see 1946)
Attributed Title: Castel of Loue (see 1946)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Weymouth, Richard Francis, ed. Castel off Loue = Chasteau d’amour or Carmen de creatione mundi. London: Asher, 1864.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 1.355-94.
Sajavaara, K., ed. The Middle English Translations of Robert Grosseteste’s Chateau d’Amour. Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki 32. Helsinki, 1967: 260.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 84vb-87va
First Lines:
ÞAt good þencheþ good may do
And God wol helpe him þer to…
Last Lines:
…God leue vs here so ende
Þat we ben worþi to heuene weende Amen
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
Editions:
Sajavaara, K., ed. The Middle English Translations of Robert Grosseteste’s Chateau d’Amour. Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki 32. Helsinki, 1967: 260.