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Aitals cum ieu seria
Si·l poder n'avia,
Volgra que [tals] fos
Qui n'es poderos.
Qu'ieu seria gen tenens
D'armas e de vestimens,
Seria larcs conduchiers,
Seri' en cort ufaniers,
Volria domnas vezer,
Soven donar mon aver,
Seguir guerras e torneis,
Agradar mi a dompneis.

Aisso·m par que valria
Mas que raubairia,
Don vei cobeitos
Totz nostres baros;
Que si vos es plus manens
Qu'us autres, e vostras gens,
Ajustaran cavalhiers
Ab us guarnimens leugiers
Per plus leu cossegr' aver,
O, s'atrobavon poder,
Plus leu fugir, so·m pareis;
Aisso tolh pretz e·l descreis.

Temps fo qu'om conoissia
Drutz quan los vezia,
A las grans messios
Et als [manhs] belhs dos
Et als azautz guarnimens
Et als belhs aculhimens.
Mai er, qui es belhs parliers,
Qu'avers to[r]tz los bos mestiers;
Mas ab gienh ni ab saber
No pot hom pretz retener,
S'ab faitz no·l fai o no·l creis;
Aissi vai aquesta leis.

Nulhs hom per cortezia
No·s desviaria.
E si fon sazos
Qu'om er' amoros
E [que] paria jovens
E renhav' entendemens.
Mas eras qui vai primiers
Penre los buous e·ls boviers,
Dizon que sap mais valer.
Vos, guardatz s'ilh dizon ver
Qui d'aquelh gauazanh mezeis
Porton malazautz arneis.

The thing I would be,
if I had such faculty,
would be such
as has power.
For I'd be nicely provided
with weapons and clothing,
I'd be generous with guests,
I'd be sumptuous in court,
I'd want to see ladies,
give gifts often,
follow wars and tournaments,
and take pleasure in courting.

And this, it seems to me, would be virtue
more than rapine
of which are fond
all our barons;
for if you are richer
than others, and so are your people,
they'll prepare riders
with light equipment
to snatch the loot more easily,
or, if they are met with force,
to flee more easily; it'd seem to me
that this debases and discredits them.

There was a time when one recognized
lovers, when he saw them,
by their great expenses
and by the many beautiful gifts
and by the pleasant apparels
and by the beautiful receptions.
But, today, it's the smooth talkers,
for riches corrupt all good qualities;
but through ingenuity or through learning
one can't keep his virtue
unless one establishes or enhances it through [his] actions:
such is the way these things go.

No man loses himself
through courtesy.
And there was a time
when one was in love
and youth showed
and congeniality reigned.
But now he who first goes
get the oxen and the cattlemen
is thought of as the most valiant.
You, see if they tell the truth,
those who, thanks to these same earnings,
show themselves in disgraceful attire.