By Eugene Mason

The main lyric and gorgeous of early French romances is preserved to us by way of a unmarried reproduction within the nationwide Library of Paris. with out that one ill-written manuscript the area may were poorer via how beautiful a dream !H advert now not this specific bloom remained, it should were very unlikely to visualize that so infrequent and mild a flower may have sprung within the unsheltered fields of mediaeval France. the writer and the date of the recognized cantefable are alike unknown. He speaks of himself at first of his paintings because the viel caitif. a few have thought of, accordingly, that the author was once an previous soldier, escaped from among the Saracens. however the phrases translated elderly captive may well suggest simply as kind of the unlucky outdated guy person who used to be really the prisoner of lifestyles. basically this turns out definite that the writer of A ucassin and Nicolette used to be a qualified minstrel, and person who now not had a good time in his youth.
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This she did. Ó So Aucassin was glad at heart. Now is sung: When he learned that in Beaucaire Lodged his lady, sweet and fair, Aucassin arose, and came To her hostel, with the dame; Entered in, and passed straightway To the chamber where she lay. When she saw him, Nicolette Had such joy as never yet; Sprang she lightly to her feet Swiftly came with welcome meet. When he saw her, Aucassin Oped both arms, and drew her in, Clasped her close in fond embrace, Kissed her eyes and kissed her face. In such greeting sped the night, Till, at dawning of the light, Aucassin, with pomp most rare, Crowned her Countess of Beaucaire.

So the oarsmen rowed until the galley cast anchor beneath the city of Carthage, and when Nicolette gazed on the battlements and the country round about, she called to mind that there had she been cherished, and from thence borne away when but an unripe maid; yet she was not snatched away so young but that she could clearly remember that she was the daughter of the King of Carthage, and once was nourished in the city. Now is sung: Nicolette, that maid demure, Set her foot on alien shore. Marked the city fenced with walls, Gazed on palaces and halls.

He pledged his word, and caused her to be given twenty pounds. So she bade him farewell, and he was weeping for the sweetness of Nicolette. Ó When Aucassin knew this he rejoiced greatly. So she parted from him, and fared in the town to the house of the Viscountess, for the Viscount, 33 her godfather, was dead. There she lodged, and opened her mind fully to the lady on all the business; and the Viscountess recalled the past, and knew well that it was Nicolette whom she had cherished. So she caused the bath to be heated, and made her take her ease for fully eight days.

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