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XI.: TO MY SOVERAIN LADY. - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, vol. 7 (Supplement: Chaucerian and Other Pieces) 
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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TO MY SOVERAIN LADY.
From Th. (Thynne, ed. 1532); I note rejected spellings.
[1. ]none englysshe.
[2. ]heale; the; to honour.
[4. ]thyne hande; socoure.
[5. ]helpe; flour.
[13. ]withouten; disceueraunce.
[15. ]Where; beset.
[17. ]bonde; knyt.
[18. ]se the; myne.
[24. ]els say.
[25. ]fayre one; myne.
[26. ]begynne; read ginne.
[31. ]owne; maistres.
[36. ]wolde (twice).
[38. ]nylte; I supply never; breake.
[39. ]Sythe; dwel.
[43. ]Nowe; myne sithe.
[44. ]euer fynde (om. euer).
[47. ]Myne; se.
[48. ]sithe; wotte; meanyng.
[49. ]Plures; moy.
[61. ]sithe myne.
[66. ]Short line; I insert per cas.
[67. ]Short line; I insert sone. for to; I omit for.
[68. ]Lette; se where.
[71. ]my hert shuld.
[72. ]best remedy.
[76. ]none; I insert here.
[86. ]your loue alone; om. loue.
[90. ]Whose; I insert pitous.
[97. ]Sythe; amerous.
[98. ]Estreynes; I insert lady to fill out the line.
[102. ]meane; porte.
[106. ]myght; none.
[110. ]I supply alle; gladde.
[111. ]Ayenst saynt.
[112. ]chese (read chose).
[1.]Imitated from C. T., B 778: ‘I ne have noon English digne,’ &c. Cf. l. 41. And see the Introduction.
[8.]‘For if I could sing what I feel in love, I would (gladly do so).’
[14.]‘I have all my trust in thee.’ The scansion is got by grouping the syllables thus: J’áy . en vóus . tóute . má . fiáunce. It is a line of the Lydgate type, in which the first syllable in the normal line, and the first syllable after the cæsura, are alike dropped.
[17.]thou knette, mayst thou knit; the subj. or optative mood.
[21.]This quotation is most interesting, being taken from the first line in ‘Merciless Beauty’; Ch. Minor Poems; no. XI. Cf. l. 54.
[23.]it is; pronounced either as it’s or ’t is. The latter sounds better.
[26.]The substitution of ginne for beginne much improves the line. on esperaunce, in hope.
[44.]in o degree, (being) always in one state.
[49.]‘Weep for me, if a lover pleases you.’
[56.]‘So much it grieves to be away from my lady.’
[59.]‘Now my heart has what it wished for.’
[64.]were, should be, ought to be (subjunctive).
[68.]go love, go and love, learn to love. wher, whether.
[77.]and also, including. The ‘fair’ Rosamond is mentioned in P. Plowman, B. xii. 48; which shews that her name was proverbial.
[98.]‘Embrace me closely with a joyful heart.’
[100.]‘The ardent hope that pricks my heart, is dead; the hope—to gain the love of her whom I desire.’
[103.]‘And I know well that it is not my fault; (the fault of me) who sing for you, as I may, by way of lament at your departure.’ O. F. sai, I know, is a correct form.
[107.]sad, fixed, resolute, firm, constant.