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The second day of fair fresh lusty May
Charles d’Orléans, ‘Thoughts on the Second Day of May’, translated from the French (Champollion-Figeac (1842), 122) — three 10-line stanzas (ababbccdcd) and 4-line Envoy
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Title(s): ‘Thoughts on the Second Day of May’
Subjects: May, songs of; envoys
Versification: — ten-line, four-line — ababbccdcd, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, ff. 44-44v
First Lines:
THe secund day of fayre fresshe lusty May
As half in slepe in slombir half wakyng…
Last Lines:
…For where ye seme y axen shulde merce
Me thynke y haue deservid not wherfore
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: 99-100.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 228-9.
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: 1.77.
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: 217-18.