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ADDITIONS TO ‘THE MINOR POEMS’ IN VOL. I. - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, vol. 4 (The Canterbury Tales) 
The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, edited from numerous manuscripts by the Rev. Walter W. Skeat (2nd ed.) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1899). 7 vols. Vol. 4.
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ADDITIONS TO ‘THE MINOR POEMS’ IN VOL. I.
[Further researches have brought to light some more of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. I first met with the excellent Balade on ‘Womanly Noblesse’ in MS. Phillipps 9030 (now MS. Addit. 34360) on June 1, 1894; and on the following day I noticed in MS. Harl. 7578 (partly described in vol. i. p. 58) two Complaints that may perhaps be attributed to our author. As, from the nature of the case, they could not be included in Vol. i, they are inserted here.]
NOTES TO THE PRECEDING POEMS.
—I take the title from l. 25; cf. Troil. i. 287.
The metre exhibits the nine-line stanza, as in Anelida, 211-9; but the same rimes recur in all three stanzas. The six-line Envoy, with the rime-formu a a b a b a a, is unique in Chaucer. There are nineteen lines ending in -aunce, twelve in -esse, and two in -ede.
1. Note how ll. 1 and 2 are re-echoed in ll. 32, 33. For a similar effect, see Anelida, 211, 350.
8. ful chose, fully chosen; parallel to ful drive in C. T., F 1230.
14. souvenance, remembrance; not found elswhere in Chaucer.
16. humblely is trisyllabic; see Leg. 156, Troil. ii. 1719, v. 1354.
20. lo emphasises swich; cf. lo, this, T. v. 54; lo, which, T. iv. 1231.
22. allegeaunce, alleviation; the verb allegge is in the Glossary.
26. outrance, extreme violence, great hurt; see Godefroy.
27. unbuxumnesse, unsubmissiveness; cf. buxumnesse, Truth, 15.
—I take the title from l. 26; cf. Compl. to his Lady, 41, 64.
1. Cf. Amorous Complaint, 87; Troil. v. 1318, i. 960.
3. ‘Love hath me taught no more of his art,’ &c.; Compl. to his Lady, 42-3.
9. Cf. Compl. of Mars, 13, 14; p. xxx above, l. 43; Parl. Foules, 386-9; Amorous Complaint, 85-6.
19. eche, augment; ‘hir sorwes eche,’ T. i. 705.
27. ‘And to your trouthe ay I me recomaunde;’ T. v. 1414. ‘I am a boistous man;’ C. T., H 211.
—I take the title from l. 12; see T. v. 232, 638, 1392.
7. sounde, heal, cure; as in Anelida, 242.
8. Perhaps read hertes sorwes leche; see T. ii. 1066.
10. Cf. ‘as in his speche;’ T. ii. 1069.
26. impresse; cf. T. ii. 1371.
28. spille; cf. Compl. to his Lady, 121.
32. reyne, bridle. For this image, cf. Anelida, 184.
39. MS. deth the kerue. As e and o are constantly confused, the prefix to (written apart) may have looked like te, and would easily be altered to the. Cf. forkerveth in the Manc. Tale, H 340.
47. Here spac-e rimes with embrac-e, but in l. 5 it rimes with allas. This variation is no worse than the riming of embrace with compas in Proverbs, 8 (vol. i. p. 407). Cf. plac-e in C. T., B 1910, with its variant plas, B 1971.
N. B. The Complaints numbered XXV and XXVI are obviously by the same author; compare XXV. 26 with XXVI. 15; XXV. 9 with XXVI. 43; and XXV. 29-31 with XXVI. 39, 40. They were probably written nearly at the same time.
From MS. Addit. 34360, fol. 21, back (with ascription by Shirley); hitherto unprinted. Rejected readings of the MS. are here given.
[2. ]Yowre (throughout); hoole; stidefast.
[3. ]al; hie.
[4. ]yow; sette.
[5. ]likith;for womanly perhaps read wyfly.
[7. ]whiles; myn hert; maystresse.
[10. ]I insert you.
[11. ](Accent on Al); live.
[13. ]Dr. Furnivall supplies this lost line; cf. Complaint to Pity, l. 84.
[15. ]hert suffrith grete.
[16. ]I supply loke; humbly.
[18. ]for to (I omit for).
[20. ]service suche loo.
[21. ](Perhaps omit that).
[22. ]grete woo; do.
[24. ]rebatyng; myn hevynesse.
[25. ]And thynkith be raison that (too long).
[26. ]desire; for til do the (I omit the).
[27. ]fyndith non vn-.
[29. ]Soueraigne; floure.
[31. ]receyvith; goodelyhede.
[33. ]hole; stidefast.
From MS. Hail. 7578, fol. 15. At the bottom of fol. 14, back, is the last line of Chancer’s Complaint to Pity, beneath which is written ‘Balade.’ But the present poem is really a Complaint, like the preceding one. Rejected readings of the MS. are here given. There is no title in the MS. except ‘Balade.’
[1. ]holly; others parte.
[2. ]I wisse.
[3. ]By (surely an error for My); arte.
[4. ]lernynge; desire; euer (and u for v often).
[5. ]while; leue.
[6. ]trought (sic); youre; abide.
[7. ]be (for by).
[9. ]valentine; Renouele.
[12. ]grete; whanne; remembringe.
[13. ]Bytwene howe kende.
[14. ]Vppon youre; doith eche foule.
[15. ]lyste; suche comforte.
[21. ]cry helpe; vnto (for to); gentelnesse.
[24. ]peine; fynde I may (for I finde); remydie.
[25. ]konnyngge; princes.
[29. ]prey; swerne.
[31. ]herte wol kerue (I omit wol).
[32. ]haue; routh.
From MS. Harl. 7578, fol. 15, back. No title but ‘Balade’; but it is really a Complaint. Rejected readings of the MS. are here given.
[2. ]y (for I); hath me sette in swiche.
[5. ]whenne; haue.
[6. ]sheo; werry (for verray).
[7. ]Wolle; wise; (sounde means heal).
[9. ]Ys; swide (miswritten for swiche).
[10. ]I supply in; alle manere.
[12. ]mys; loode-.
[14. ]alle; remydie.
[15. ]souueraine; foo.
[16. ]alle; lustynesse.
[17. ]Liste; wise; say hoo.
[18. ]lete; heuinesse.
[19. ]wooful; grette.
[20. ]sheo; I supply at; euery.
[21. ]oute; guyde.
[22. ]liste; wise.
[23. ]Haue pitee.
[24. ]kanne; manere seruice.
[25. ]be (for me); oute; heuynesse.
[26. ]sheo nowe.
[27. ]herre (for her); trough (sic); eke.
[28. ]lette; lake.
[29. ]woote; why that I thus smerte so sore (two syllables too much).
[30. ]couth; sayne (for feyne).
[31. ]Thanne nedes; lyue.
[32. ]whenne; vnteye.
[33. ]into (for in); a-nothre.
[35. ]punisshede both of high (I omit both).
[36. ]Swiche; defie.
[37. ]yette; sterue.
[38. ]Thanne; hoorde.
[39. ]falshode; til deth the kerue (but see note on p. xxxii).
[40. ]neuere swerue.
[41. ]youre (for my).
[42. ]atte youre; abide.
[43. ]prey; sainte valentine.
[47. ]whiles; haue lyues.
[48. ]yitte; neuere none; lyfe.