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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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De bien amer grant joie atent
Car c’est ma greigneur envie.
Et sachiez bien certainement
Qu’Amours a tel seignorie
Qu’a double guerredone et rent
Celui qui en li se fie,
Et cil qui d’amer se repent
S’est bien traveilliez por noient.
Onques ne fis a encient
Vers Amours sens ne folie
Ainz sui en son conmandement
Et serai toute ma vie.
Cil remaint enuieusement
De qui Amours est partie;
Ma dame m’ensaigne et aprent
Qu’eneurs est d’amer loiaument.
Grant amor ne me puet grever:
Quant plus m’ocit, plus m’agree.
Et melz vuel morir et amer
Q’un jor vos aie oubliee
Dame, qui me poëz doner
Ma grant joie desirree.
Ce me fet souvent conperer
Que vers vos n’ose regarder.
Dame, de toutes la nonper,
Bele et bone, a droit loee,
Ja ne devriez escouter
Fausse gent malëuree
Qu’a mentir et a deviner
Ont Bone Amour destorbee
Qui puis ne savoit assener
La ou ele deüst aler.
I expect great joy from loving well
for it is my greatest desire.
Know well, for sure,
that Love is a lord of such power
that he doubly rewards and pays
the man who trusts in him,
and he who repents of loving
has certainly laboured in vain.
I have never deliberately done anything
wise or foolish against Love
but rather I am subject to his command
and will be all my life.
He whom Love has abandoned
lives a troubled life;
my lady teaches and instructs me
that it is honourable to love loyally.
Great love cannot distress me:
the more it kills me, the more it pleases me.
And I would rather die and love
than forget you for a single day,
lady, who can give me
the great joy I desire.
This often makes me pay for the fact
that I do not dare to glance in your direction.
Lady, without peer among all women,
fair and good, rightly praised,
you should never listen to false
and wretched people
who, in their lying and misleading talk,
have troubled Good Love
who then did not know how to guide himself
where he had to go.