22 FEBRUARY 1952, Page 14


Set by J. M. Cohen A prize of £5, which may be divided, is offered for a verse translation in the same metre and rhyme scheme of the following sogig of the fourteenth century : Vrai Dieu, qui rn'y confortera Quand ce faulx jaleux me tiendra En sa chambre sea& enfermie ?

Mon Pere m'a donne ung viellart Qui tout le jour crie : Helas I Et dart au long de la nuytee.

II me fausist ung vert galant Qui fust de l'aage dg. trente amts Et qui dormist la matinee.

Roussignolet du bois plaisant Pourquoi me vas ainsy chantant, Puisqu'au viellart suis marl& Amy, to sois le bienvenu : Long temps a que t'ay attendu Au joly boys soulz la ramee. (N.B. fausist=faudrait.) Entries must be addressed to the Spectator, 99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1, in envelopes marked " Competition," and must be received not later than March 5th. Results will be published in the Spectator of March 14th.