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Her handmaidens urged him to make such haste That he arrived before her already on horseback. ‘Friend’, she said, ‘Now quickly, get going! Spur on after the knight! ’ With that he galloped away, Spurring on after the knight, Whom Love was tormenting with thoughts Of the very lady who was sending for him. In less than a league The messenger reached him and turned him back. You can be sure that he thought himself most fortunate To have been summoned back; He did not ask the messenger Why he had been called back; The ring she was wearing on her finger Was the reason for the summons.

Il m’est vis que vos m’apreingniez’, Fet il, ‘‘a chanter de Renart. Je me leroie ainz une hart Lacier ou col, que jel preïsse! ’ ‘Sire’, fet ele, ‘or voi je bien Que ce vos fet fere enresdie, [Qant] parole que je [vos] die Ne vos puet au prandre mener. ’ Or n’i a il, en Dieu amor, Tor c’un seul: qu’il ne li coviengne A reprendrë, ou qu’el nu tiengne A desloial ou a jengleus. ’ fet il, ‘li qex de ces geus Partiz m’est or li mains mauvais? Or sai je bien, se ge li lais, Ele dira je ne l’aim mie.

En non Dieu! ce n’i a il mie’ Fet ele, ‘ançois i a tot el: Ja puis n’istré de cest ostel Si m’aït Dex, se morte non, Que vos avroiz ne cri ne non De m’amor, por rien que je voie. Vos n’en estes pas en la voie, Ainz en estes molt forvoiez. Tenez! je veil que vos l’aiez, Vostre anel! que je n’en voil mie. ’ Or se despoire, or se deshete Cil qui cuidoit avoir tot pris. ; Today she had heard many things That touched her close to the heart. ’ Now there was nothing to hinder him, He said to himself, since she welcomed him so warmly!

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