Academic journal article The Hudson Review

In an Era Full of Wickedness . .

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

In an Era Full of Wickedness . .

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In an era full of wickedness,

Of envy and base treason,

Of outrage, wrong and scorn,

Lacking courtesy or goodness,

When even our own barons

Make the age decline, or worse,

And those who showed most sense

Are excommunicant, then even

A poet can only offer up a song.

Still would I wish to stay, however,

Here in the Holy Land, instead

Of straying far away, unlucky, poor,

Somewhere that only brings despair.11

Philippe, to win divine reward,

Great troubles must we suffer now,

For you'll not soon encounter

The laughter, pastimes, pleasures

To which we've grown accustomed here.

Love always runs in search of prey,

And thus it takes me, bound and tied,

Into the house from which, indeed,

I'd never seek to stray,

If it were only up to me. O Lady,

You who inherit beauty's legacies,

I want you to know this:

I'll never leave this jail alive,

For dius do loyal lovers die, in love. …

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