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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Raimon de Miraval (1190–1200)
Fair Summer-Time
Provençal Literature (The Troubadours), 1090–1290
 
Translation of Harriet Waters Preston

FAIR summer-time doth me delight,
  And song of birds delights no less;
  Meadows delight in their green dress,
Delight the trees in verdure bright;
  And far, far more delights thy graciousness,        5
Lady, and I to do thy will, delight.
Yet be not this delight my final boon,
Or I of my desire shall perish soon!
    For that desire most exquisite
      Of all desires, I live in stress—        10
      Desire of thy rich comeliness;
    Oh, come, and my desire requite!
  Though doubling that desire by each caress,
Is my desire not single in thy sight?
Let me not then, desiring sink undone;        15
To love’s high joys, desire be rather prone!
    No alien joy will I invite,
      But joy in thee, to all excess:
      Joy in thy grace, nor e’en confess
    Whatso might do my joy despite.        20
  So deep my joy, my lady, no distress
That joy shall master; for thy beauty’s light
Such joy hath shed, for each day it hath shone,
Joyless I cannot be while I live on.
 
 
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