68. Le Dit de Loiauté
GRANSON, 68. «LE DIT DE LOIAUTÉ»: EXPLANATORY NOTES
This is the shortest of Granson’s poems in couplets; it is the only one that uses only two rhymes throughout. Though it makes no direct allusion to any of the poems in 100B and though not itself in ballade form, this poem may constitute another contribution to the debate between Loiauté and its opposite initiated by the authors of that collection; see the note to 42 above.
9 Fors ung tout seul d’autre nature. One might expect fors a ung tout seul [except to one alone], completing the thought from the preceding line. As it is, it is not clear what ung, as another object of the verb a [has] in line 3, refers to, nor why it might be something in which Loiauté takes comfort and pleasure (lines 10–12). To make that change while preserving the meter, however, would also require altering d’autre nature to remove one syllable.
GRANSON, 68. «LE DIT DE LOIAUTÉ»: TEXTUAL NOTES
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.
GW44, Piaget p. 336.
Base MS A. No other copies.
25 aigait. A: aigard.
26–27 Ne nul engin . . . nuysance. The order of these lines is reversed in A, disturbing the rhyme scheme.
28 percevance. A: perceverance.
32 est. A: et.