Parting by Jean Froissart

The body goes, the spirit stays;
Dear lady, till we meet, farewell!
Too far from thee my home must be;
The body goes, the soul delays; —
Dearest of ladies, fare thee well!

But sweeter thoughts that in me dwell
The anguish of my grief outweigh; —
Dearest of ladies, fare thee well!
The body goes, the soul may stay.

From: Taylor, Edgar, The Minnesingers or German Troubadours of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Illustrated by Specimens of the Contemporary Lyric Poetry of Provence and Other Parts of Europe, 1825, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green: London, p. 294.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=XNkGAAAAQAAJ)

Date: 14th century (original in Old French); 1825 (translation in English)

By: Jean Froissart (c1337-c1405)

Translated by: Edgar Taylor (1793-1839)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: