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There nis so high comfort to my pleasance
Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘Complaint of Venus’, from the French of Sir Oton de Graunson — nine eight-line stanzas (possibly three balades) and 10-line Envoy
Note: Usually follows 1518.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer; Oton de Graunson Sir
Title(s): ‘Complaint of Venus’
Subjects: Venus; envoys; complaints, lovers’
Versification: — eight-line, ten-line — ababbccb, aabaabbaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 24 (SC 3354), ff. 136-137
First Lines:
There nys non sa hie confort to my plesance
Quhen þat I am In any heuyness…
Last Lines:
…To folowe word all the curiositee
Off Graunsoun the best þat matrith france
Note: Here a 10-line envoy, aabaabbaab.
Attributed Author: Quod Galfridus Chaucere (f. 137)
Attributed Title: The compleynt of venus folowith (f. 136)
Facsimiles:
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards, eds. Chaucer, Works. Bodleian Library MS Arch Selden B.24: Facsimile Edition. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1995.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 43v-44
First Lines:
There nys so hye comfort to my plesaunce
Whane þat I am in any hevynesse
As for to haue leysier of remembraunce
Vppon þe manhode and þe woþynesse…
Last Lines:
…To folowe worde by worde þe curyoustee
Of Gransoun flour of hem þat make in ffraunce
Note: 74 lines; occurs twice: a complete text and Lenvoy added at the end of 5803-4 on f. 38v.
Attributed Author: Here begynneþe a balade made by þat worþy knight of Savoye in frenshe calde sir Otes Graunsoun translated by Chauciers (f. 43v); Lenvoye by Thomas Chaucier to alle prynces and princesses of þis translacoun of þis complaynte and Laye (nest to Lenvoy)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 38v
First Lines:
And to resceyve þis compleynte in gree
Vn to youre excellent benignytee
Directe affter my litel suffisaunce
ffor eelde in my spirit so dulleþe me…
Last Lines:
…ffor to folowe by wordes þe curyoustee
Of hem þat vsen for to make in ffraunce
Note: 10 lines; occurs at the end of Chaucer’s ‘Fortune’ (5803-4); second occurrence in this manuscript.
Attributed Author: Lenvoye by Chaucer(f. 38v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 19-20v
First Lines:
Ther nys so high comfort to my plesaunce
When that I am in eny heuynesse…
Last Lines:
…To folowe worde by worde the curiosite
of graunson floure of hem that maken in fraunce
Note: Preceded by 1518 and treated as if one work; includes 10-line envoy beginning, ‘Princes resseyueth this compleynt in gre’ (ff. 20-20v).
Attributed Title: The compleynt of Venus (scribal, in margin beside first line, f. 19); Complaynt of Mars and Venus (f. 15); Here endith the complaynt of venus and Mars (f. 20v)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 633-4; 1957, 537-8.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 648-9.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 346 (SC 10173), ff. 69v-71
First Lines:
Ther nys none so hieh comforte to my plesaunce
When that I am in eny heuynesse…
Last Lines:
…To folow worde by worde the curiosite
Of gransoun flor of hem that make in fraunse
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Tanner 346: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1980.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], ff. 68-69v
First Lines:
There nys so high comfort to my plesaunce
Whanne that y am in any hevynesse
As for to haue leyser of remembraunce
Vpon the manhoode and the worthynesse…
Last Lines:
…To folwen word be word the curiosite
Of Graunson flour of hem þat maken in ffraunce
Note: Occurs separately.
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. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2006, pp. 122-124
First Lines:
Ther nys so hye confort to my plesaunce
Whenn that I am in eny hevenesse…
Last Lines:
…And folowyn word by word the curiosite
Of Graunson floure of hem that make in fraunce
Note: Treated in this MS as continuation of 1518; 75 of the usual 82 lines; lines 65-72 missing.
Attributed Title: Compleynt of Venus (added to left marg. p. 122)
Facsimiles:
Edwards, A. S. G. “Introduction.” Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile. Magdalen College, Cambridge. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and [Woodbridge, Suffolk]: Boydell and Brewer, 1985.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2006, pp. 381-382
First Lines:
…Thus be euer in drede and suffrynge
In none certene wee langwishe in penaunce…
Last Lines:
…To folowen word by word the curiosite
Of Grawnsoun floure of hem þat make in ffraunce
Note: Begins imperfectly top p. 381 at line 45.
Facsimiles:
Edwards, A. S. G. “Introduction.” Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile. Magdalen College, Cambridge. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and [Woodbridge, Suffolk]: Boydell and Brewer, 1985.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 139-141
First Lines:
Þer nys so hye counfort to my plesaunce
Whane þat I am in any hevynesse
As for to haue leyser of Remembraunce
Vpon þe manhoode and þe Worþynesse…
Last Lines:
…To folowen word y word þe curyosytee
Of Graunsomme flour of hem þat make in ffraunce
Attributed Author: Chaucier Geffrey (p. 139); Chaucer (RT); Graunsomme (p. 142)
Attributed Title: þus eondeþe here þis complaint whiche some men sayne was made by my…and filowing begynneþe a balade translated out of frenshe in to englisshe by Chaicier Geffrey þe frenshe made sir Otes de Grauntsoune knight Savosyen (p. 139); A Balade made by Chaucer At þe reverence of a lady þat loved a knyght (RT); Hit is sayde þat Graunsomme made þis last balade for venus resembled to my lady of york aunswering þe complaynt of Mars (p. 142)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Supplementary Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 22, 59. London: Trübner, n.d.; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 46
First Lines:
Princis receyvith this complaynt in gree
Vnto yowre excelent benyngnite…
Last Lines:
…ffor to folowe by wordis the curiosite
Of them that vsen for ta make in fraunce
Note: ‘Envoy’ only, following as if part of the same poem, ‘Truth’ (5803).
Attributed Title: lenvoye (f. 46, margin)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Supplementary Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 22, 59. London: Trübner, n.d.; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532
2.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Editions:
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.363.
3.Source: STC 5089. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Mars and Venus, J. Notarii, [1500?]