by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by David Wyatt

Trop long temps ai esté en desplaisir
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
 Trop long temps ai esté en desplaisir
 Par Fortune, qui m'a volu servir
 De ses biaux tours, qu'elle scet bien desduire,
 Quant elle vuelt aucun aydier ou nuire
 Par faire que'l dirme ait son playsir.



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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "Too long have I been in despair", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 37

Too long have I been in despair
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Too long have I been in Fortune's
Bad books, who used to want to serve me
With her fine days, which she well knows how to take back
When she wants to help another or harm them1
By doing whatever her pleasure advises.


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1 Or 'harm me'


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This text was added to the website: 2012-05-22
Line count: 6
Word count: 44