Christine de Pisan tr. Sheenagh Pugh
Se souvent vais au moustier
Cest tout pour veoir la belle
Fresche com rose nouvelle.

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

Il nest voye ne sentier
Ou je voise que pour elle;
Folz est qui fol men appelle
Se souvent vais au moustier.
If I'm in church every day,
it's all to watch that young face
open like a new rose.

There is nothing to say:
why should it make news
if I'm in church every day?

I walk no path and no way
for any other cause.
Fools: call me fool as you please,
if I'm in church every day.

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Trans. Copyright© Sheenagh Pugh 1999 - publ. seren this book
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