Thibaut de Champagne

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Thibaut de Champagne Biography

Born in France in 1201, Thibaut IV was the Count of Champagne and King of Navarre. The countship was inherited from his father, but he had to defend it twice - first against his uncle, Count of Brienne in 1221 and later against his aunt, Alice, Queen of Cyprus. In 1234 he succeeded his childless uncle Sancho VII as King of Navarre.

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Thibaut de Champagne Poems

1.
Lady, The Fates Command

Lady, the fates command, and I must go,---
Leaving the pleasant land so dear to me:
Here my heart suffered many a heavy woe:
But what is left to love, thus leaving thee?
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2.
Pastourelle

The other day I went wandering
Without any companion
On my palfrey, thinking
To make a song,
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3.
I Can’t Prevent Myself From Singing

I can’t prevent myself from singing,
And yet I’m full of grief and sadness,
Though joy is always a lovely thing,
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4.
Love I Have Served, For Such Length Of Time

Love I have served, for such length of time
If I forsake Him no man should blame me,
Now I go, and commend him to God in rhyme,
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5.
Mercy, My Lady! One Thing I Ask You,

‘Mercy, my lady! One thing I ask you,
As God may bless you, answer me fairly:
When you are dead, and I – for it’s true
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