Roman De La RoseSaturday, June 07, 2014
|Rosa 'English Elegance' June 7, 2014|
Roman de la Rose, Illustrated manuscript c.1398
MS 169 Fitzwilliam MuseumOriginally written circa 1230 by Guillaume de Lorris,
When I the age of 20 had attained –
The age when Love controls a young man’s heart –
As I was wont, one night I went to bed
And soundly slept. But there came a dream
Which much delighted me, it was so sweet...
Le Roman de la Rose, lines 14ff.
The Roman de la Rose was completed (de Lorris wrote the first 4058 lines) by Jean De Meun who added 17724 more between 1268 and 1285
This much more I’ll tell you: at the end,
when I dislodged the bud, a little seed
I spilled just in the centre, as I spread
The petals to admire their loveliness,
Searching the calyx to its inmost depths
Lines 21717 - 21.