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of Latin satires. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, 1647-1680, is best known as a satirist. The Court of Love, here called "A Tale from Chaucer," is adapted from a poem preserved in only one manuscript (Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, R.3.19). It was attributed to Chaucer by Stowe in his 1561 edition, and accepted by other editors thereafter, but it is not actually Chaucer's work. Skeat prints it with other apocryphal works in the Supplement (1897)to his 6-volume edition of Chaucer (Oxford, 1894). Based on its language, he dates it to the early 16th century. The pseudo-Chaucerian Court of Love is 1442 lines long, in rhyme royal stanzas (7 lines rhymed abbaacc). The adaptation, only a bit over 300 lines and in heroic couplets, omits the detailed recounting of the Laws of Love which makes up the bulk of the earlier poem; it also omits the "Birds' Matins" that closes the poem. The combination of Chaucer and Ovid is not as arbitrary as it might appear, since Ovid was one of th