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All his desire was to go with the damsels, to that pavilion of silk and divers colours, pitched in so fair a place.
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Be sure that you speak with unfeigned lips.
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But sweetly and discreetly love passes from person to person, from heart to heart, or it is nothing worth.
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Fairest and dearest, your wrath and anger are more heavy than I can bear; but learn that I cannot tell what you wish me to say without sinning against my honour too grievously.
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For above all things Love means sweetness, and truth, and measure; yea, loyalty to the loved one and to your word. And because of this I dare not meddle with so high a matter.
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For good or ill the rhyme is known as the Lay of the Thorn. It begins well and endeth better, for these kisses find their fruition in marriage.
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For the sweeter the love, the more bitter is the pang that lovers know, when each deems the other to have bruited abroad the secret he should conceal.
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For what the lover would, that would the beloved; what she would ask of him that should he go before to grant. Without accord such as this, love is but a bond and a constraint.
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Great were the lamentation and the cry when the news of this mischance was noised about the city. Such a tumult of mourning was never before heard, for the whole city was moved.
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He who blabs and blazons his friendship gets not one kiss the more; but he who goes discreetly preserves life and love and fame.
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He who would tell divers tales must know how to vary the tune.
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I love no woman, for love is a serious business, not a jest.
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If one of two lovers is loyal, and the other jealous and false, how may their friendship last, for Love is slain!
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In Brittany there lived a knight, so courteous and so brave, that in all the realm there was no worthier lord than he. This knight was named Eliduc. He had wedded in his youth a noble lady of proud race and name.
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In Neustria - that men call Normandy - there is verily a high and marvellously great mountain, where lie the relics of the Two Children.
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In times gone by there lived a Count of Ponthieu, who loved chivalry and the pleasures of the world beyond measure, and moreover was a stout knight and a gallant gentleman.
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King Mark was sorely wrath with Tristan, his sister's son, and bade him avoid his realm, by reason of the love he bore the Queen. So Tristan repaired to his own land, and dwelt for a full year in South Wales, where he was born.
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Now will I rehearse before you a very ancient Breton Lay. As the tale was told to me, so, in turn, will I tell it over again, to the best of my art and knowledge. Hearken now to my story, its why and its reason.
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Out of five hundred who speak glibly of love, not one can spell the first letter of his name.
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She prayed her lord to grant her the nightingale for a gift. But for all answer he wrung his neck with both hands so fiercely that the head was torn from the body. Then, right foully, he flung the bird upon the knees of the dame, in such fashion that her breast was sprinkled with the blood.
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The dead and past stories that I have told again in divers fashions, are not set down without authority.
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The fool shouts loudly, thinking to impress the world.
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There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty, and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear, that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
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Whosoever counts these Lays as fable, may be assured that I am not of his mind.
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