Aucassin and Nicolette, translated by Eugene Mason by Eugene Mason

By Eugene Mason

The main lyric and gorgeous of early French romances is preserved to us by means of a unmarried replica within the nationwide Library of Paris. with out that one ill-written manuscript the realm could were poorer by way of how beautiful a dream !H advert now not this targeted bloom remained, it can were very unlikely to visualize that so infrequent and mild a flower may have sprung within the unsheltered fields of mediaeval France. the writer and the date of the well-known cantefable are alike unknown. He speaks of himself initially of his paintings because the viel caitif. a few have thought of, hence, that the author was once an previous soldier, escaped from among the Saracens. however the phrases translated elderly captive may possibly suggest simply as kind of the unlucky outdated guy person who used to be relatively the prisoner of existence. basically this turns out convinced that the writer of A ucassin and Nicolette used to be a qualified minstrel, and one that now not had fun in his youth.
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So she bade him farewell, and he was weeping for the sweetness of Nicolette. Ó When Aucassin knew this he rejoiced greatly. So she parted from him, and fared in the town to the house of the Viscountess, for the Viscount, 33 her godfather, was dead. There she lodged, and opened her mind fully to the lady on all the business; and the Viscountess recalled the past, and knew well that it was Nicolette whom she had cherished. So she caused the bath to be heated, and made her take her ease for fully eight days.

They hoisted sail, and voyaged over the rough seas until they came to the land of Provence; and Nicolette set foot on shore, 31 carrying her viol, and fared playing through the country, until she came to the castle of Beaucaire, in the very place where Aucassin was. Now is sung: ÕNeath the keep of strong Beaucaire On a day of summer fair, At his pleasure, Aucassin Sat with baron, friend and kin. Then upon the scent of flowÕrs, Song of birds, and golden hours, Full of beauty, love, regret, Stole the dream of Nicolette, Came the tenderness of years; So he drew apart in tears.

Length of days and joy did win, Nicolette and Aucassin, Endeth song and tale I tell With marriage bell.

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