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When cold Winter has taken his leave and Spring clothes the world in green again, and when bushes and flowers bloom in profusion in the fields, and birds sing sweetly for joy, you can hear the song of the nightingale which makes the hearts of lovers happy and carefree.
As faithful love demands, I Creton – your devoted servant – send this letter to you Richard of England, most noble Christian Prince. And you should know that, as I write, the anger in my heart makes tears flow down my face when I think of your unhappy life. And yet my spirits are greatly comforted and I have high hopes for your well-being, because it is said over here that you are free and in good health; I pray to Our Lord that this may be so.