In Poetry Courtly Love, Arnaut Daniel was known as the Grand Master of Love.
This is the last of four(4) poems from that great poet of the Poetry Courtly Love era, Arnaud Daniel, I have selected for your reading pleasure.
Ab gai so cuindet e leri (On a nice, gleeful and happy melody)
On a nice, gleeful and happy melody
I write, and polish and plane words
that will be true and certain
when I have filed them smooth,
since Love soon levigates and gilds
my song, which moves from her
upon whom Worth wakes and rules.
Every day I improve and polish,
because I love and crave for the kindest one
in the world: here I tell you openly
I'm hers from head to heel,
and even if the cold wind blows,
the love that rains in my heart
keeps me the warmer the colder it is.
I attend and offer a thousand masses,
and burn candles of wax and of tallow
for God to gift me with success
with her with whom fencing is useless;
and when I see her blond hair,
her body lean and fresh,
I love her more than [I would] one who'd give me
So much I love her and want her in my heart
that I fear to lose her out of excessive desire,
(if one can lose something out of excessive love)
because her heart overcomes
mine and doesn't part from it:
so, indeed, she holds me
like the inn holds the worker.
I don't want the throne of Rome
nor to be made Pope
if I can't find refuge near her
for whom my heart burns and flares;
and if she doesn't correct the wrong
with a kiss within a year,
she kills me and damns herself.
In spite of the pain I endure,
I don't sway from loving well;
even if she deserts me,
I write melody and rhyme for her:
I suffer more loving than one who labours
because, compared to me, the one from Moncli
didn't love Audierna more than an egg.
I am Arnaut who hoard the air
and hunt the hare with the ox
and swim against the flow.
I have quite a few more poems from Arnaud Daniel in my collection, but I think these four are fairly representative, and serve as good examples of his art of poetry courtly love.
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