35. Balade: «Prouchaine mort en lieu de garison»
GRANSON, 35. BALADE: «PROUCHAINE MORT EN LIEU DE GARISON»: EXPLANATORY NOTES
This is the first of the six ballades that are presented under the single title “Les six balades ensuivans [The sequence of six ballades]” in manuscript F. The others are 52, 63, 62, 51, and 66. As noted in the Introduction (pp. 19–20), this group constitutes a unity neither thematically nor formally, consisting as it does of three different stanza forms of different lengths (but compare Carden, “Oton de Grandson,” p. 143, for whom the six ballades “develop an extended complaint”). Two of these poems (35 and 63) appear only in manuscript F. The other four appear in manuscript A, but not grouped together and in a different order; one of these (66) contains a third stanza that is lacking in F. None of the six appears in manuscript P, and only 52 appears in any other copy. Since this sequence has a far more dubious status than the “Cinq balades ensuivans” (see the note to 37–41, below), we have not preserved it here, and we have adhered to our decision to present the individual poems in order of length and for the text, to privilege A over F.
11–14 Se non par mort . . . par traison. The fear of slander is a recurring theme in Granson; see the note to 22, above. This is his strongest statement of its impact upon the lover. There is no reference to the slanderers, however, in any of the other five poems that make up the “Six balades ensuivans.”
GRANSON, 35. BALADE: «PROUCHAINE MORT EN LIEU DE GARISON»: 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.
GW80, Piaget p. 214.
Base MS F. No other copies.
Title Balade. F: Les six balades ensuivans.