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Quant voi la fleur nouvele

Language: Old French (Ancien français)

Quant voi la fleur nouvele
Paroir en la praele
Et j'oi la fontenele
Bruire seur la gravele,
Lors mi tient amors nouvele
Dont ja ne garai.
Se cist maus ne m'asoage
Bien sai qu'en morai.

«Je sui sade et brunete
Et jone pucelete;
S'ai coleur vermeillete,
Euz verz, bele bouchete;
Si me point la mamelete
Que n'i puis durer.
Reson est que m'entremete
Des douz maus d'amer.

«Certes, se je trouvoie
Qui m'en meïst en voie,
Volentiers ameroie;
Ja por nul nel leroie.
Car bien ai oï retrere,
Et por voir conter,
Que nus n'a parfete joie
S'el ne vient d'amer.»

Vers la tose m'avance
Por oïr s'acointance;
Je la vi bele et blanche,
De simple contenance.
Ne mist pas en oubliance
Ce que je li dis.
Maintenant, sanz demorance,
S'amor li requis.

Pris la par la main nue,
Mis la seur l'erbe dure;
Ele s'escrie et jure
Que de mon gieu n'a cure:
«Ostéz vostre lecheüre!
Dex la puist honir!
Car tant est asprete et dure
Ne la puis souffrir.»

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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