De toutes flours n'avoit et de tous fruis
En mon vergier fors une seule rose:
Gastés estois li surplus et destruis
Par Fortune qui durement s'opose
Contre ceste douce flour
Pour amatir sa coulour et s'odour.
Mais se cueillir la voy ou tresbuchier,
Autre après li ja mais avoir ne quier.

Mais vraiement ymaginer ne puis
Que la vertus, où ma rose est enclose,
Viengne par toy et par tes faus conduis,
Ains est drois dons naturex; si suppose
Que tu n'avras ja vigour
D'amanrir son pris et sa valour.
Lay la moy donc, qu'ailleurs n'en mon vergier
Autre après li ja mais avoir ne quier.

Hés! Fortune, qui es gouffres et puis
Pour engloutir tout homme qui croire ose,
Ta fausse loy, où riens de bien ne truis
Ne de seür, trop est decevans chose;
Ton ris, ta joie, t'onnour
Ne sont que plour, tristece et deshonnour.
Se ti faus tour font ma rose sechier,
Autre après li ja mais avoir ne quier.

***

Of all the flowers and all the fruit
in my orchard there remains a single rose:
The rest were spoiled and destroyed
by Fortune who harshly opposes itself
to this sweet flower
in order to take away her color and perfume.
But if I see her cut or fallen
I will never have or desire another.

But truly I cannot imagine
That the virtue in which my rose is enclosed
comes from you and from your false conduct.
Hers is a rightful gift of nature; so I suppose
that you will never have the strength
to abase her value and worth.
Leave her for me then, for elsewhere than in my orchard
I will never have or desire another.

Ah! Fortune, who is a gulf and pit
that gulps up any man who dares believe,
your false law, in which I find nothing good
nor sure, is too deceiving a thing;
Your laugh, your joy, your honour
are nothing more than tears, sadness and dishonour.
If your false turns make my rose wither,
I will never have or desire another.

guillaume de machaut: balade 31

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