Critical prefaces of the French Renaissance

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ANDRÉ DE RIVAUDEAU
DEDICATION AND PREFACE TO Aman
1566

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Les Oevvres d'André de Rivavdeav Gentilhomme dv Bas Poitov. Aman. Tragedie Saincte, Tiree dv VII. Chapitre d'Esther, Livre de la Saincte Bible. A Ianne de Foix, Tres illustre & tres-vertueuse, Royne de Nauarre. Outre deux Liures du mesme autheur, Le premier, Contenant les Complaintes, Le second, Les Diuerses Poësies. A Poitiers, Par Nicolas Logeroys. M.D.LXVI. [Arsenal, Paris.]

[Cf. Brunet, IV, 1319.]

Although Rivaudeau's tragedy, Aman, was produced in 1561 (cf. Lanson, Revue d'histoire littéraire, X [ 1903], 200), the dedication to Jeanne de Foix and the "Avant-parler" were not written until the collected works were being prepared; the latter is dated May 1, 1565. Both of these selections are included in a reprint of the complete works by Mourain de Sourdeval, Paris: Aubry, 1859, pp. 37-52. This edition is inaccurate and does not give a satisfactory text of the selections; but some materials on Rivaudeau are presented in the introductory pages.


[¶2] A JANNE DE FOIX
TRÈS ILLUSTRE ET TRÈS VERTUEUSE ROYNE DE NAVARRE

Madame, tous ceux-là qui consacrent aux grans
Leurs escritz serieux, les sçavent ignorans;
Et si ne les font pas juges de leur doctrine.
Mais ilz pensent cecy, que la grandeur est digne
Des muses, ou plustost enseignent aux seigneurs 5 D'avancer les sarans aux biens et aux honneurs; Et en particulier atendent recompense
De leur docte labeur, d'une vaine esperance
Dont ilz restent trompés; et mieux il leur vaudroit
S'en adroisser à tel qui leur cause entendroit, 10 Et, bien que d'ailleurs fust sa puissance petite, Certes peust dignement estimer leur merite.
L'honneur soustient les artz, le vertueux desir
De louange adoucist le travail en plaisir.
Mais quoy? la povreté, presque aux doctes commune, 15 Assise en leur fouyer les foule et importune, Et très mal aisement maintz se peuvent sauver

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