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Giraut de Bornelh

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Bel dous companh, tan sui en ric sojorn
Qu'eu no volgra mais fos l'alba ni jorn,
Car la gensor que anc nasques de maire
Tenc et abras, per qu'eu non prezi gaire
Lo fol gilos ni l'alba.
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Fair, gentle friend, I’ve found so dear a home I wish that dawn might never come again; The loveliest lady ever born of woman Lies in my arms, and I care not a straw For jealous fool or dawn!
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"Reis glorios", line 31; translation from Peter Dronke The Medieval Lyric (1996) p. 176.

 
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