27. Balade amoreuse: «Car vrayement ce martelé me tue»
GRANSON, 27. BALADE: «CAR VRAYEMENT CE MARTELÉ ME TUE»: EXPLANATORY NOTES
This ballade contains one of Granson’s more extravagant images, of an anvil in his heart, being pounded by the hammers of his desire. (For another, see 59.11–12.) While the refrain is memorable, it is not clear that the poet has been able to sustain the metaphor, particularly in lines 9–10.
7–8 Languir me fault ou a la mort aler, / Car vrayement ce martelé me tue. One of three examples of a 2-line refrain. See 21.7–8 and 43.8–9.
9–10 Celle enclume qu’en mon cuer est entee, / C’est le cler vis de ma dame honnorer. Honnoree [honored], rhyming with the preceding and following lines, would be easier to deal with: “It is the bright face of my honored lady.” The infinitive honnorer, however, is required by the abab rhyme scheme. Without pour, it expresses only the action in French and not the purpose, and the phrase might better be translated as “the honoring of the bright face of my lady.” It is difficult, however, to associate that action with the concrete image of the anvil.
GRANSON, 27. BALADE: «CAR VRAYEMENT CE MARTELÉ ME TUE»: TEXTUAL NOTES
Abbreviations: A: Lausanne, Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire, MS 350; B: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 1727; C: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 1131; D: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 24440; E: Barcelona, Biblioteca de Catalunya, MS 8, Catalan, 1420–30; F: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fr. 2201; G: London, Westminster Abbey Library, MS 21; H: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 833, c. 1500; J: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 1952; K: Lausanne, Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire, IS 4254; L: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, Rothschild MS I.I.9; M: Carpentras, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS fr. 390; N: Brussels, Bibliothèque royale Albert 1er, MS 10961–10970, c. 1465; O: Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, MS 410, c. 1430; P: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library, MS Codex 902 (formerly Fr. MS 15), 1395–1400; Q: Berne, Burgerbibliothek da la Bourgeoisie, MS 473, 1400–40; R: Turin, Archivio di Stato, MS J. b. IX. 10; S: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fr. 24404, 13th century (16th century addition); T: Besançon, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS 556, 1826; V: Carpentras, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS 411; W: Brussels, Bibliothèque royale Albert 1er, MS IV 541, 1564–81; Y: Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale e Universitaria, MS L.II.12.
For each poem, we provide the following:
Other editions: The location of the poem in the editions of Grenier-Winther (GW) and Piaget.
Base MS: The manuscript from which our text is taken, using the sigla listed on this page.
Other copies: The other manuscripts in which the poem appears, with the line numbers for excerpts.
Selected variants: Most of the notes record the editors’ emendations. A small number (for instance, regarding the titles) record alternative readings when we did not emend the base text. We do not, however, provide a complete list of variants, for which one may consult Grenier-Winther’s edition. Each note consists of a line number, a lemma (the reading from our text), the manuscript source for the reading that we have chosen, selected readings from other manuscripts; and the reading from the base manuscript when it was rejected. If no manuscript source is listed following the lemma, the adopted reading is the editors’ conjecture.
Other comments on the text, as required.
GW28, Piaget p. 325.
Base MS A. No other copies.
4 mail. A: mal.