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Certes far extendeth my Reason
‘The X Commaundments of love’ — fourteen stanzas rhyme royal including Envoy
Title(s): ‘The X Commaundments of love’
Subjects: love lyrics; parody; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 184-185v
First Lines:
Certes ferre extendeth yet my reason
This mater as yet should be to discryue…
Last Lines:
…For true seruice him to auance
And call him into your remembrance
Note: Added by a hand of the 17th century.
Attributed Title: The x Commaundements of Love (f. 184); Explicit the x commandements of Love (f. 185v)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 109-110
First Lines:
Certes fer extendeth yet my Reson
Thys mater as yet shuld be to discryue
But trust youre grace wyll in thys season
Consider how with connyng that I scryue…
Last Lines:
…ffor tru seruice hym to Auaunce
And call hym in to your Remembraunce
Attributed Author: by Chaucer (added by later hand, f. 109)
Attributed Title: The x Commaundementes of loue (f. 109); Explicit the x Commaundmentes of loue (f. 110)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Stowe, John, ed. The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer…with diuers addicions, with the Siege of Thebes, compiled by J. Lidgate. London, J. Kyngston for J. Wight, 1561 (STC 5075).
Speght, Thomas, ed. The Workes of…Geffrey Chaucer. London, [A. Islip,] imp. G. Bishop, 1598; rev. ed. A. Islip, 1602 (STC 5077, 5080).
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 554.
Bell, John, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 14 vols. in 7. The Poets of Great Britain. Edinburgh, 1782; repr. London: Cadell and Davies, 1807: 13.17.
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.582.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.560-1.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 165-8.