En non Dieu​/​Quant voi​/​Nobis

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Medieval motet

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In God’s name, whatever people say,
when I see the fresh green grass
and the fine weather
and the nightingale singing,
then true love compels me
to sing sweetly about a pretty girl:
‘Marion, leave Robin
and love me!
I ought to try my best
and wear a wreath of flowers
for such a pretty sweetheart,
when I see the rose in bloom, the
fresh green grass and fine weather.’

When I see the rose in bloom, the
fresh green grass and fine weather
and the nightingale singing,
then true love urges me
to be joyful, for he
who does not love does not live;
so anyone who wants lasting
happiness ought to try his best
to find love and a sweetheart
and to serve and honor them both.
In God’s name, whatever people say,
the pangs of love assail my heart.

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from Ennemi du Sommeil, released November 20, 2015
13th Century, Anonymous, Bamberg MS ed. IV.6

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