de LANVALfrom LANVAL
Marie de Franceprose tr. Glyn S.Burgess
& Keith Busby
L'aventure d'un autre lai,
Cum ele avient, vus cunterai.
Fait fu d'un mut gentil vassal;
En bretans l'apelent Lanval.
A Kardoel surjurnot li reis,
Artur li pruz e li curteis,
Pur les Escoz e pur les Pis
Que destrueient le paÔs;
En la tere de Logre entroŽnt
E mut suvent la damagoŽnt.
A la Pentecuste en estť
I aveit li reis sujurnť;
Asez i duna riches duns,
E as cuntes e as baruns.
A ceus de la Table RoŁnde
- N'ot tant de teus en tut le munde -
Femmes e tere departi,
Par tut, fors un ki l'ot servi.
Ceo fu Lanval; ne l'en sovient
Ne nul des soens bien ne li tient.
Pur sa valur, pur sa largesce,
Pur sa beautť, pur sa pruŽsce,
L'envioŽnt tut li plusur.
Tel li mustra semblant d'amur,
S'al chevalier mesavenist,
Ja une feiz ne l'en pleinsist.
Fiz a rei fu, de haut parage,
Mes luin ert de sun heritage.
De la meisnee le rei fu;
Tut sun aveir ad despendu,
Kar li reis rien ne li dona
Ne Lanval ne li demanda.
Ore est Lanval mut entrepris,
Mut est dolent, mut pensis.
Seignurs, ne vus esmerveillez,
Hume estrange descunseillez
Mut est dolent en autre tere,
Quant il ne seit u sucurs quere.
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Just as it happened, I shall relate to you the story of another lay, which tells of a very noble young man whose name in Breton is Lanval. Arthur, the worthy and courtly king, was at Carlisle on account of the Scots and the Picts who were ravaging the country, penetrating into the land of Logres and frequently laying it waste. The king was there during the summer, at Pentecost, and he gave many rich gifts to counts and barons and to those of the Round Table: there was no such company in the whole world. He apportioned wives and lands to all, save to one who had served him: this was Lanval, whom he did not remember, and for whom no one put in a good word. Because of his valour, generosity, beauty and prowess, many were envious of him. There were those who pretended to hold him in esteem, but who would not have uttered a single regret if misfortune had befallen him. He was the son of a king of noble birth, but far from his inheritance, and although he belonged to Arthur's household he had spent all his wealth, for the king gave him nothing and Lanval asked for nothing. Now he was in a plight, very sad and forlorn. Lords, do not be surprised: a stranger bereft of advice can be very downcast in another land when he does not know where to seek help.
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Trans. Copyright © Glyn S.Burgess & Keith Busby 1986, 1999 - publ. Penguin Classics


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