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III

Sung

Aucassin was from Beaucaire,
A very agreeable dwelling.
From Nicole who was made to delight,
No one could pull him away:
Didn't his father refuse him his blessing?
Didn't his mother threaten him?
"Come on, fool, what do you want to do?"
Nicolette is gracious and gentle.
But she was driven out of Carthagene,
and sold to a Saxon.
If you wish to marry,
choose a high-ranking wife."
"Mother, I cannot behave differently:
Nicolette is of noble birth;
her charming body, her face,
her beauty eases all the pain of my heart.
It is only just that I love her,
because she is sweetness itself."

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