“In this world-age there is no perfect love”

en icest siecle nen at parfite amour

la vide est fraile, n’i at durable onour

“In this world-age there is no perfect love

Life is frail, there is no lasting honour”

Chanson d’Alexis (Song of Saint Alexius), 11th century, Old French – courtesy of Erich Auerbach, Mimesis, ch. 5.

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