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By god of love commanded lo am I
The strong castle of the Heart, translated from the French of Charles d’Orléans (Champollion-Figeac (1842), 104) — three 8-line stanzas and 5-line Envoy
Author(s): Charles d’Orléans
Title(s): The strong castle of the Heart
Subjects: love lyrics; envoys
Versification: — eight-line, five-line — ababbcbc, aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 682, f. 34
First Lines:
BI God of Loue comaundid lo am y
And bi the best and fayrist eek of Fraunce…
Last Lines:
…And mars vs graunt to wynne him bi sum chaunce
Which y shall kepe to deth me hath assaylid
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: 76-8.
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: 60.
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: 199.