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Se ma dame je puis veir Le primier jour de ceste annee, D'un bon jour sera estrinee Pour vraye amour entretenir. Cuer, corps et biens luy vueil offrir Sans quelque vilaine pensee, Se [ma dame je puis veir Le primier jour de ceste annee.] Et se je ne la puis choisir, Qu'elle soit trop fort enseree, Je l'aray bien pour escusee, Mais g'y pouray bien pourveir. Se ma dame [je puis veir Le primier jour de ceste annee, D'un bon jour sera estrinee Pour vraye amour entretenir.]
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- ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "If I might see my Lady", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti
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Line count: 16
Word count: 87
If I might see my Lady On the first day of this year, She will be gifted with a good day In which to nurture true love. Heart, body and goods I wish to offer her Without a single wicked thought If I might see my Lady On the first day of this year. And if I cannot make my suit to her Because she is too closely guarded I will consider it as a good excuse for her But I'll still be able to provide against it! If I might see my Lady On the first day of this year, She will be gifted with a good day In which to nurture true love.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by David Wyatt, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2012-05-22
Line count: 16
Word count: 115