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XV.: LAK OF STEDFASTNESSE. - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, vol. 1 (Romaunt of the Rose, Minor Poems) 
The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, edited from numerous manuscripts by the Rev. Walter W. Skeat (2nd ed.) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1899). 7 vols.
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LAK OF STEDFASTNESSE.
The MSS are: Harl. (Harl. 7333); T. (Trin. Coll. R. 3. 20); Ct. (Cotton, Cleop. D. 7); F. (Fairfax 16); Add. (Addit. 22139); Bann. (Bannatyne); and others. Th. = Thynne (1532). I follow Ct. chiefly. The title Balade is in F.
Title. T. Lenvoye to Kyng Richard; F. Harl. Th. Lenvoy.
[1. ]Ct. Sumtyme. Ct. F. the; Harl. T. Add. this. Ct. worlde.
[2. ]Ct. worde.
[3. ]Ct. nowe it; false; deseiuable.
[4. ]Ct. worde; dede.
[5. ]Harl. T. Beon; Add. Ar; Ct. Is; F. Ys. Ct. lyke.
[6. ]Ct. all; worlde.
[8. ]Ct. worlde; veriable.
[9. ]Ct. folke; discension.
[10. ]The MSS. have For among vs now, or For nowe a dayes; but Bann. omits For, which is not wanted.
[11. ]Bann. Harl. T. Th. collusion; Ct. F. Add. conclusioun (but see l. 4).
[12. ]Ct. Do; neyghburgh.
[15. ]Ct. putte.
[17. ]Ct. Pite.
[18. ]Ct. Thorugh.
[19. ]Ct. worlde. T. F. Add. Th. a; Bann. ane; Ct. om.
[20. ]Ct. trought; F. trouthe.
[22. ]Ct. honurable.
[23. ]Ct. Cherice thi.
[25. ]Ct. thine estaat doen; thi.
[26. ]Ct. Shewe; swerde.
[27. ]Ct. Drede; truthe.
[28. ]Ct. thi; ayen. Ct. Th. add Explicit.
[4.]Word and deed; or read Word and werk, as in Harl. 7333 and T.
[5.]Lyk, alike; or read oon, one, as in Harl. and T. Up so doun is the old phrase, and common. Modern English has ‘improved’ it into upside down, where side has to mean ‘top.’
[10.]Unable, not able, wanting in ability or strength.
[21.]Here the Bannatyne MS. inserts a spurious fourth stanza. It runs thus:—
This is very poor stuff.
[24, 25.]Suffre . . don, suffer (to be) done; correct as being an old idiom. See my note to the Clerkes Tale, E 1098.
[28.]For wed, two MSS. have drive; a reading which one is glad to reject. It would be difficult to think of a more unfitting word.