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Poésies de Charles d'Orléans - 15th Century

Charles d'Orléans was fond of Backgammon. He owned a copycat of Bonus Socius (BNF Ms latin 10286) and wrote a poem about this game.

Balade - BNF Fr 19139

Balade

Au court jeu de tables jouer,
Amour me fait moult longuement,
Car tousjours me charge garder
Le point d'actente seulement ;
En me disant que vrayement
Se ce point lye scay tenir,
Qu'au derrain je doy, sans mentir,
Gaaingnier le jeu entierement.

Je suy pris, et ne puis entrer
Ou point que desire souvent ;
Dieu me doint une fois gecter
Chance qui soit aucunement
A mon propos, car autrement
Mon cueur sera pis que martir,
Se ne puis, aninsi qu'ay desir,
Gaaingnier le jeu entierement.

Fortune fait souvent tourner
Les dez contre moy mallement ;
Mais Espoir, mon bon conseillier,
M'a dit et promis seurement,
Que Loyaulté prochainement
Fera Boneur vers moy venir
Qui me fera, à mon plaisir,
Gaaingnier le jeu entierement.


L'ENVOY.
Je vous supply tres humblement,
Amour, aprenez moy comment
J'asserray les dez sans faillir ;
Par quoi puisse, sans plus languir,
Gaaingnier le jeu entierement.

At the short game of tablis forto play
Loue hath me long had in his gouernaunce
And evyr this he chargid me alway
Myn entir-poynt to kepe hit in substaunce
And hath me sayd if so y haue puysshaunce
To kepe [t]his poynt that then withouten were
That at the last y shulde even verry clere
Wynne the game withouten more dowtaunce

But take am y and y not entre may
The poynt y wolde the more is my grevaunce
But Jhesu graunt me (loo, wat may y say?)
That y may onys attayne sum happe chaunce
To my purpos, forwhi ellis of penaunce
Shalle y haue more then evir had martere
Without so be y may to my desere
Wynne the game withouten more dowtaunce.

Fortune doth turne the dise so, welaway!
That weele and woo me wayfith in balaunce
But what good hope he saith me thus mafay
In whom y haue a fulle gret affyaunce
How that my trouthe shalle gete me suffisaunce
Of happy cast vnto myn owen plesere
But as for that yet am y neuyr the nere
To wynne the game withouten more dowtaunce.



O helpe me loue that sest myn atturbaunce
I the requere with humbille obeyshaunce
Sum praty moyan that thou wolt me lere
How that y myght avoyde this iupart here
To wynne the game withouten more dowtaunce.