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Guillaume de Machaut: Joye, plaisance, et douce nourreture

By December 3, 2016Joye

Performers: VivaBiancaLuna Biffi – voice and fiddle;
Angélique Mauillon – gothic harp;
Pierre Hamon – double flute and director.

CD info: http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/cds/elq0918.htm
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Joye, plaisance, et douce nourreture
Vie d’onneur prennent maint et en amer
Et plusseurs sont qui n’i ont fors pointure
Doulour ardour plour tristesse et amer
Ce dient mais acorder
Ne me puis qu’en la sousfrance
D’Amours ait nulle grevance
Car tout ce qui vient de li
Plaist a cuer d’ami
Car vraye Amour en cuer d’amant figure
Tres dous Espoir et gracïeus Penser
Espoir atrait Joie et Bonne Adventure
Dous Penser fait Plaisance en cuer entrer
Si ne doit plus demander
Cilz qui a bonne Esperance
Doulz Penser Joye, et Plaisance
Car qui plus requiert, je di
Qu’Amours l’a guerpi
Dont cilz qui vit de si douce pasture
Vie d’onnour puet bien et doit mener
Car de tous biens a comble mesure
Plus qu’autres cuers n’en saroit desirer
Ne d’autre merci rouver
N’a desir, cuer, ne beance
Pour ce qu’il a Souffissance
Ne je ne sçay nommer cy
Nulle autre merci
Mais ceulz qui sont en tristresse, en ardure
En pleurs en plains en doulour sans cesser
Et qui dient qu’Amours leur est si dure
Qu’il ne peuent sans morir plus durer
Je ne puis ymaginer
Qu’il aiment sans decevance
Ete qu’en euls trop ne s’avance
Desirs. Pour ce sont ainssi
Qu’il l’ont deservi
Qu’Amours, qui est de si noble nature
Qu’elle scet bien qui aimme sans fausser
Scet bien paier as amans leur droiture
C’est les loyaus de joye saouler
Et d’eaus fair savourer
Ses douçours en habondance
Et les mauvais par sentence
Sont com traïtres failli
De sa court bani
L’envoy
Amours, je sçay sans doubtance
Qu’a .c. doubles as meri
Ceuls qui t’ont servi

Many who fall in love find joy,
Pleasure, sweet sustenance, and a life of honor;
And there are many who find only hurt,
Distress, sorrow, tears, sadness, and bitterness.
They say this, but I cannot
Agree, for there is no pain
In the sufferings Love brings,
Because whatever comes from her
Is pleasing to a lover’s heart;
For True Love in a lover’s heart creates
Very Sweet Hope and amiable Thought;
Hope attracts Joy and Good Luck;
Sweet Thought causes Pleasure to enter the heart;
So he who has Good Hope,
Sweet Thought, Joy, and Pleasure
Must not ask for more;
For I tell you, if he demands more,
Love will abandon him.
Therefore he who lives on such sweet nourishment
Can easily and must live a life of honor,
For he has all blessings in abundance,
More than another heart would dare desire;
Nor does he have the heart, desire, or longing
To implore any other reward,
Because he has Sufficiency;
Nor can I name her
Any other reward to ask for.
But those who are sad, distressed,
Weeping, moaning, and in constant sorrow,
And who say that Love treats them so harshly
That they cannot go on any longer without dying
I cannot conceive
That they love without deceit
And that they are not overwhelmed By Desire.
They are in such a state Because they have deserved it;
For Love, who is such a noble nature That she well
Knows who loves without duplicity,
Knows well how to pay lovers their due:
She satiates the loyal with joy
And has them savor her Sweetnesses abundantly;
But the wicked are banished
By decree from her court as traitors.
Envoy
Love, I know beyond a doubt
That you have rewarded those who’ve served you
A hundred times over.
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