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But for because that dainty lo is lief
The Food of Love, by Charles d’Orléans — three 8-line stanzas and 4-line Envoy
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Title(s): The Food of Love
Subjects: love lyrics; envoys
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — ababbcbc, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, ff. 60-60v
First Lines:
But for bi cause that deynte lo is leef
Which doth oft tyme the grose mete sett aside…
Last Lines:
…But pardon me that hit is lo so small
At sum tyme if y mende hit shall among
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: 135-6.
“Poems, written in English, by Charles Duke of Orleans, during his Captivity in England, after the Battle of Agincourt.” Gentleman’s Magazine n.s. 17 (May, 1842): 459-72: 467 (2 st. only).
Sauerstein, Paul. Charles d’Orléans und died englishce übersetzung seiner dichtungen. Halle: Karras, 1899: 42-3.
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: 104.
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: 248-9.