CANT VOI L'AUBE DOU JOR VENIR ... WHEN I SEE THE DAWN OF DAY APPEAR ...
Anon. Trouveres (12-13c.) tr. Samuel N.Rosenberg
Cant voi l'aube dou jor venir,
Nulle rien ne doi tant haïr,
K'elle fait de moi departir
Mon amin, cui j'ain per amors.
Or ne hais riens tant com le jor,
Amins, ke me depairt de vos.

Je ne vos puis de jor veoir,
Car trop redout l'apercevoir,
Et se vos di trestout por voir
K'en agait sont li enuios.
Or ne hais riens tant com le jor,
Amins, ke me depairt de vos.

Quant je me gix dedens mon lit
Et je resgairde encoste mi,
Je n'i truis poent de mon amin,
Se m'en plaing a fins ameros.
Or ne hais riens tant com le jor,
Amins, ke me depairt de vos.

Biaus dous amis, vos en ireis;
A Deu soit vos cors comandeis.
Por Lieu vos pri, ne m'oblieis!
Je n'ain nulle rien tant com vos.
Or ne hais riens tant com le jor,
Amins, ke me depairt de vos.

Or pri a tous les vrais amans
Ceste chanson voixent chantant
Ens en despit des mesdixans
Et des mavais maris jalos.
Or ne hais riens tant com lou jor -,
Amins, ke me depairt de vos.
When I see the dawn of day appear,
Dawn that I hate, ..... day that I fear,
I see it take my love away.
Nothing I hate so much as day;
For it robs me, my love, of you.


I can't see my, love by day, don't dare:
Gossiping lips, ..... ears everywhere
Are envy's truly spiteful way.
Nothing I hate so much as day,
For it robs me, my love, of you.


When I lie in bed and see his place
Empty of him, ..... gone without trace,
To all true lovers I then say:
Nothing I hate so much as day',
For it robs me, my love, of you.


You will leave me now, my dear sweet friend,
You whom I love; ..... do not suspend
Me from your thoughts, good God, I pray.
Nothing I hate so much as day,
For it robs me, my, love, of you.


Now I pray that loved and lovers proud
Sing this dawn song, ..... never be bowed,
Though spies and husbands hiss or bray.
Nothing I hate so m uch as day,
For it robs me, my love, of you.

Trans. Copyright © Samuel N.Rosenberg

First published "Metamorphoses" by Smith College, Northampton, Mass. U.S.A.



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