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  • Print publication year: 2013
  • Online publication date: December 2013

7 - Remembered Pèlerinage: Deguileville's Pilgrim in Philippe de Mézières's Songe du Vieil Pelerin

from Part III - Influence

Summary

Helas, madame! Sans reigle et sans mesure chacun forge besans a lui plaisans et moins pesans, et des vostres n'ont cure. Et vrayment, madame, se ne fust le bourdon du noble moisne de Chaslis, au quel souvent je me appuye, de desesperacion je fusse cheue en abisme et ne fusse pas en vie. Mais la presence de la grant clarte de vostre reginale majeste, et les admirables vertuz de mes troys reverentes dames, qui avec vous confortent les predestinez en adroissant les corps et les ames, me presentent un grant confort pour parvenir a bon port de la gloire de voz besans et de vostre tressainte monnoye, la par laquelle on vient a pardurable joye.

Philippe de Nlézières, Le Songe du Vieil Pelerin [my italics]

[Alas, madam! Without rule and without measure each mints the bezants of less weight which suit him, and do not value yours. Truly, madam, were it not for the staff of the noble monk of Chaalis, on which i frequently lean, I would have fallen into the abyss of despair and would no longer be alive. But the presence of the great light of your royal majesty, [and] the admirable virtues of my three venerable ladies who, along with you, comfort the predestined, appealing to their bodies and their souls, represent for me a great support in arriving at the good port of the glory of your bezants and your most holy currency, through which one achieves eternal joy.]