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The double sorrow of Troilus to tellen
Extracts from Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde — rhyme royal stanzas
Note: For further extracts appearing as separate poems, see 1398, 2370, 2379, 3146, 4085.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Troilus and Criseyde
Subjects: romances; Troilus and Cressida, story of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 99 (SC 1123), f. 252
Note: One stanza, ‘Cantus Troili’ (1.400-6), in an English prose treatise, Disce Mori.
2.Source: Oxford, Jesus College 39, p. 631
First Lines:
…If no loue is O god what fele I so
And if loue is what þinge and whiche is he…
Last Lines:
…That from it cometh may me sauoury þenke
ffor ay thrust I þe more þat I it drynke…
Note: One stanza, ‘Cantus Troili’ (1.400-6), in an English prose treatise, Disce Mori.
Editions:
Wager, Willis J. “‘Fleshly Love’ in Chaucer’s Troilus.” Modern Language Review 34 (1939): 62-6: 62.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 150
Note: 3 stanzas: 3.302-33; cf. 5581.
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Odd Texts of the Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 23, 60. London: Trübner, 1868, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967: (with Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600)).
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.12, f. 106v
First Lines:
…If Love be not o Lord What fele I so
If Love be what thyng and whiche is he…
Last Lines:
…That comyth of hym may to me savery thynke
for als thirst I the more I yt drynke
Note: One stanza, ‘Cantus Troili’: 1.400-6; folio formerly numbered 105v.
Attributed Title: Cantus Troili (f. 106v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), p. 361
First Lines:
…A whestone is no kerving instrument
And yitte it makeþe sharp kerving toolis
If þou wost ought where þat I haue miswent
Eschuwe þou þat for suche thing to þee scoole is…
Last Lines:
…If þowe do so þy witte is wele bewared
By his contrarie is every thing declared
Note: One stanza: 1.631-37; after it, ‘Qui servit nequam mercedem non capit equam / Omnia qui querit perdere dignus erit’.
Attributed Title: Pandare to Troylus (p. 361)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Odd Texts of the Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 23, 60. London: Trübner, 1868, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967: (with Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS]).
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.4.20 (652), f. 171v
First Lines:
…O sade tonge so often here byfore
has þu made mony oon bryghte of hewe…
Last Lines:
…No wonder is so god me sende hele
Þoghe wymmen drede with vs men to dele…
Note: 3 stanzas: 3.302-33; cf. 5581.
7.Source: London, British Library Cotton Otho A.XVIII (MS destroyed by fire; transcribed by William Thomas, 1721)
Note: Shelfmark BL Cat.643.m.4 is a transcript by William Thomas in 1721, pasted into copy of Urry (1721) 2.548.
Editions:
Pace, George B. “Otho A.XVIII.” Speculum 26 (1951): 306-16: 307-8.
8.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.11, f. 100v
Transcription:
…So fer forþ am I broght in louys daunce
That endles I hop all way a bovt…
Note: 2.1106-7 misquoted.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel Text Print of Troilus and Criseyde. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 63, 64. London: Trübner, 1881; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
9.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 230-230v
Note: 5 stanzas: 1.400-34. See 2379 for transcription.
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 3.304-5 (‘Cantus Troili’).
10.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown
Note: Two vellum slips: 5.1443-98; Hamer (1995) says destroyed.
Editions:
Stephens, George. “Note on two Fragments of a MS. of Chaucer’s Troilus and Cressida.” Communicated by the Rev. Professor Skeat. Cambridge Antiquarian Society Communications 6 (1884-88): 331-5: 334-5.
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.A.13 [olim Bridgewater], f. iii
Note: Extract. See 2379