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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1
page 113



B'elle veut eftre t'amiette, Oferoistu demander mieux ! What compartì is earthly gain, Could you her confent obtain ! The ihepherdefs has two chaplets of flowers ; flie gives one to her lover, who is tranfported with joy ; the two fhepherds then take her by the hand. E t puis prirent à caréler * E t le bergerette à chanter Une chançon moult nouvelette ; E t difoit en chançonette, D i moi, aufel, fi t'ayt diex. Si je vocìi eftre t'amiette, Ofcroie-tu demander mieux ! Sweetly lung the gentle fwains ; Sweetly (he returnM their ftrains In notes they never hopM to heir, While thofe (oft accents charm'd the ear, Tell me, îhould the Gods provide Such a bleifing in a bride, What could you wifh on earth befide ? The fubjeûs of Rondeaus are almoft always uniform. The moft part of Froiffart's fpeak the natural fentiments of a lover fometimes well treated ; at otherrimes the reverfe : at times gay and happy; at others melancholy and in defpair. The expreffions are ever lively, tender and fimple,' and perfectly paint the paflion with which his breaft is agitated. Underneath are two examples. The firft Rondeau begins Amours, Amours, que voulés de moi faire I En vous ne puis veoir riens de feur. 1 * Danfer, Je


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