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Rondel II (1904) L115

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Trois Chansons de France (L115)

Rondel II

Pour ce que Plaisance est morte
Ce may, suis vestu de noir;
C’est grand pitié de véoir
Mon cœur qui s’en desconforte.
Je m’abille de la sorte
Que doy, pour faire devoir;
Pour ce que Plaisance est morte,
Ce may, suis vestu de noir.
Le temps ces nouvelles porte
Qui ne veut déduit avoir;
Mais par force du plouvoir
Fait des champs clore la porte,
Pour ce que Plaisance est morte.

Rondel II

Because Plaisance is dead
This May, I am attired in black;
It is so pitiful to see
My heart distressed.
I dress in the manner
That is becoming;
Because Plaisance is dead
This May, I am attired in black.
The elements proclaim the news
And will brook no diversion;
Instead, by means of rain,
They make the meadows close their door,
Because Plaisance is dead.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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