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1868. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX I. THE ENGLISH POEMS OF CHARLES OF
ORLEANS. During his long residence in England, Charles learned to
write English with as much fluency as French. His English poems,
some of which deserve to be better known, are mostly translations
or imitations of his French works. They have been published for the
Roxburghe Club. It does not come within my limits to consider these
poems in detail, but I cannot refrain from giving one or two
illustrations of his English style. It will be remarked that the
English of the fifteenth century was much farther from the language
of Shakespeare than the French of the same time from that of
Corneille. ' When y am leyd to slepe as for a stound To have my
rest y can in no manere For all the nyght myn hert aredith round As
in the romaunce of plesaunt Chaucer Me praiying so as him to hark
and here And y ne dar his welle disobeye In dowting so to do hym
displesere This is my slepe y falle into decay." This is on his
mistress, and is almost literally translated: "Fresshe bewtie riche
of yowthe and lustines The smiling lookis casten so lowely The
pleasaunt speche governyd bi wittynes Body well shape of port so
womanly The high estat demenyd so swetely The well ensewridnes of
word and chere Without disdeyne shewyng to lowe and hye Alle thewis
goode this hath my lady dere For whiche all folk hir prayse and so
do y. So well becometh the nobill good princes To synge or daunce
in all disport trewly That of such thing she may be called maystres
What that she doth is done so pratily That none it may amenden
hardily She is the skol of all goodly manere Also hir beholt may
lere that is witty Or in sight hath his deedes to aspy Alle thewis
goode this hath my lady dere." Here I have altered some of the
spelling: "As for farewell, farewell, ...
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