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To all folks virtuous
Reson and Sensuallyte, attributed to Lydgate, freely translated from Les Echecs amoureux (lines 1-4873) — 7042 lines in couplets
Author(s): John Lydgate (attrib.)
Title(s): Reson and Sensuallyte
Subjects: allegories; chess, game of; Venus; Diana; love, pleasures of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 202-300
First Lines:
TO alle folkys vertuouse
That gentil ben and amerouse…
Last Lines:
…Ther stood a povne of gret renoun
Callyd delectacioun…
Attributed Title: Reson and sensuallyte compylid by John lydgat (add by hand of 16th century, f. 202)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 184-186v
First Lines:
to all folkys vertuouse
that gentill ben and amerouse…
Last Lines:
…next by the povne of thynkynge
so comfortable in all thinge
ther stood a povne of gret renon
Callyd delectacion…
Note: Ends incomplete, breaking off after four lines of the description of the fourth pawn on his side in the chess game between himself and the damsel.
Editions:
Sieper, E., ed. Lydgate’s Reson and Sensuallyte. EETS e.s. 84 (1901); repr. 1965.