Le rossignol plaisant et gratieux

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Le rossignol, plaisant et gratieux,
habiter veut toujours au verd bocage,
aux chams voler et par tous autres lieux,
aimant mieux sa liberté que sa cage.

Mais le mien coeur qui demeure en ostage
sous triste deuil le tient en ses lacs
du rossignol ne cherche l'avantage
ne de son chant, recevoir le soulas.

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From Musica Transalpina.
The nightingale so pleasant and so gay,
In greenwood groves delights to make his dwelling,
In fields to fly chanting his roundelay,
At liberty against the cage rebelling.

But my poor heart with sorrows overswelling,
Through bondage vile, binding my freedom short,
No pleasure takes in these his sports excelling,
Nor of his song receiveth no comfort.