Text: Gaunt, Harvey and Paterson, 2000 (XVI). – Rialto 2.i.2003.
Mss: A (30r), C (172r-v), E (153), I (118v), K (104v), T (204v-205r), d (304v-305r).
Previous editions: Jean-Marie-Lucien Dejeanne, Poésies complètes du troubadour Marcabru, Toulouse 1909, p. 65 (XVI); Aurelio Roncaglia, «Il gap di Marcabruno», Studi medievali, 17, 1951, 46-70; reprinted in La critica del testo, a cura di Alfredo Stussi, Bologna 1985 (Strumenti di filologia romanza), pp. 77-100, second edition with the title Fondamenti di critica testuale, Bologna 1998, pp. 101-129; Simon Gaunt, Ruth Harvey and Linda Paterson, Marcabru: A Critical Edition, Cambridge, D. S. Brewer, 2000, p. 209.
Versification: a4 a4 b8 c4 c4 b8 (Frank: 193.7). Nine coblas singulars with two tornadas (Frank sees X and XI as one complete stanza) and the ‘b’ rhyme constant. The versification could alternatively be seen as a8 b8 c8 b8 with internal rhymes at ‘a’ and ‘c’. This form is the so-called versus tripertitus caudatus.
Notes: The identity of the first-person speaker has been much discussed. We see it as drawing on contemporary representations of carnality linked to the insipiens of Psalm 52 and the wicked and boastful deceitful speaker of Psalm 51, the poem forming the first part of a sequence Marcabru BdT 293.16 - Audric 293.20 - Marcabru 293.43 (see the Marcabru edition, pp. 276 and 530). Audric may have been a real patron, or a dramatic construct.