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ROMAN DE LA ROSE, ETC.

MRJ number: 
173
College classmark: 
G.5

    Vellum, 9.375 x 6.75, ff. 163 + 4, mainly double columns of 34 lines.  14th (and 15th) cent., well written in a rather round hand.

    Old binding, skin over boards.  Precium xxs on flyleaf.

    Donor, T. C. S.                                                                                2 fo. quant ioi.

    Collation : 2 flyleaves, 18 – 208 | 214 (wants 1), 2 flyleaves.

    Described by M. Paul Meyer, Romania VIII, p. 334.

 

    Contents :

         1.    Roman de la Rose                .               .               .               .               .          f.   1

                     Aucunes gens dient quen songes

                     Na se fables non et menconges.

                A miniature (rough) in the initial of a man in bed, a rose tree

                   growing above : gold ground.

                Ends f. 160a : A tant fu ior et ie mesueille.

                Then in large letters : Ci faut le romanz | De la rose. Ou

                   lart | damors est tou|te enclose. le mi|Roer aus amoreus | Car

                   moult i a de bien | pour eus. |

                Iehen du clos es|crist cest liure | Qui nestoit pas | ne fols ne

                   yure |

                On 160b : Richardus d. g. Rex anglie...Sciatis quod per finem

                   quem Wymund Bonuyle nobiscum fecit consesc(i)mus et

                   licenciam dedimus pro nobis et heredibus nostris quantum

                   in nobis est quod iuste et sine delacione intret in tene-

                   mentum suum de stanton.

         2.    In double columns : later hand (XV).

                La Bonté des Femmes         .               .               .               .               .               161

                                (C)il fablers trop me greuent

                                Rimer qe ne seuent

                Partly printed by M. Meyer : another copy in Univ. Library

                   (Gg. 1. 1).

                Ends 163a : Veingne amoy quant serray a layser

                                      Et ieo ly dirray a plaiser.

                Ci finist comendacion de dames.

         3.    Pastourelle            .               .               .               .               .               .               163

                        A mon deduit a moys de may

                        Pensant aloy iuxt une boscage.

                Ends imperfectly 163b :

                        Ceo qe le cors vers vous mesprent

                        Al alme voilles relesser.

                On flyleaves at end verses on the Temperaments in another hand :

                                Sanguineus.  Largus amans hylaris, etc.

                Above these a faint inscription in French.

Supplementary information 

K. V. Sinclair, French Devotional texts of the Middle Ages (Westport, Conn., 1979).

Fol. 86a has a miniature of a forearm in a blue sleeve and an extended left hand, on a gold ground.

For part 3 see Helen Estabrook Sandison, '"En mon Deduit A Moys de May".  The Original of Hoccleve's "Balade to the Virgin and Christ"', Vassar Medieval Studies (1923).

E. Langlois, Les manuscrits du Roman de la Rose: description et classement (Lille & Paris, 1910) p. 151.

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