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To moralize a similitude who list these ballades sue
The Craft of Lovers, a dialogue between Cupido and Diana — twenty-six stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Stanzas 3, 7, 11, 15 same as stanzas 3, 4, 5, 10 of 3027; printed Stowe (1561) (which was ed. Chalmers (1810), 1.558-60) and Speght (1598) then by Urry (1721), 552; Bell (1782), 13.110; Anderson (1793), 1.581.
Subjects: dialogues, lovers’; satires; courtly love
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 154v-156
First Lines:
[to] MOralyse a similitude who lyst theyr balades sew
The craft of louers curious Argumentes
ffor som byn fals and som be foundyn trew
And som byn double of entendementes…
Last Lines:
…O prepotent pryncesse conserue trulouers all
And graunt hem thy Region and blysse celestiall
Note: 23 stanzas.
Attributed Author: Chaucer (later hand f. 154v)
Attributed Title: The craft of lovers Chaucer (added by later hand f. 154v); Explicit the Craft of louers (scribe, f. 156)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 73v-77
First Lines:
[T]O moralise a similitude who list þese balettes fewe
The craft of louers curyous argument…
Last Lines:
…Come on dere spouse Ioy ye me til
Triewe hert of me shal have his wyll
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 52-54v
First Lines:
To moralise asymilitude who list these balettes fewe
The craft of lovyers curyous argument…
Last Lines:
…Com on my deere spowse Ioy ye me tell
Triew hert of me shal have his wyll
Editions:
Forni, Kathleen, ed. The Chaucerian Apocrypha: A Selection. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2005.