‘Chevrefoil’

'Chevrefoil'

It’s my pleasure and I want truly
For the lai men call Chevrefoil
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(Honeysuckle), the truth to tell:
Why it was made, how it all befell.
More than one has told me or spoken,
And I’ve found it also written
About the Queen and Sir Tristram,
Their love so true, so pure, from
Which their sorrows multiplied–
Then, in a single day, both died.

Marie de France’s Breton Lai, translated by Judy Shoaf

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