RONDEAU RONDEAU
Christine de Pisan tr. A.S.Kline
Se souvent vais au moustier
Cíest tout pour veoir la belle
Fresche com rose nouvelle.

Díen parler níest nul mestier,
Pour quoy fait on tel nouvelle
Se souvent vais au moustier?

Il níest voye ne sentier
Ou je voise que pour elle;
Folz est qui fol míen appelle
Se souvent vais au moustier.
If I often go to church today,
Itís to see that girl so good,
Fresh as a new rosebud.

What does anyone need to say:
Why such a stirring of mud,
If I often go to church today?

Thereís no path, no right of way,
I take but for her, or would:
Fools call me fool, understood,
If I often go to church today.

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Trans. Copyright© A.S.Kline 2005


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