Homilius
"The queen took notice and saw the two of them frequently flush and grow pale, sigh and tremble, but she did not know why and attributed it to the sea over which they sailed. Surely she would have recognized the cause had the sea not deceived her; but the sea tricked and deceived her, so that she could not recognize love on the sea. For they were on the sea; but bitter pain caused their suffering, and love was their malady. But of the three — love, bitterness, and the sea [amer, l’amer, la mers] — the queen knows only to blame the sea, for the two of them denounce to her the third and by the third the two are excused, though they are guilty in the matter. Often he who is innocent of any wrong pays for another’s sin. Thus the queen laid all the guilt and blame upon the sea, but it was wrong to do so, for the sea had done no wrong.”Chrétien de Troyes, Cligès (1176), trans. William Kibler

"The queen took notice and saw the two of them frequently flush and grow pale, sigh and tremble, but she did not know why and attributed it to the sea over which they sailed. Surely she would have recognized the cause had the sea not deceived her; but the sea tricked and deceived her, so that she could not recognize love on the sea. For they were on the sea; but bitter pain caused their suffering, and love was their malady. But of the three — love, bitterness, and the sea [amer, l’amer, la mers] — the queen knows only to blame the sea, for the two of them denounce to her the third and by the third the two are excused, though they are guilty in the matter. Often he who is innocent of any wrong pays for another’s sin. Thus the queen laid all the guilt and blame upon the sea, but it was wrong to do so, for the sea had done no wrong.”

Chrétien de Troyes, Cligès (1176), trans. William Kibler

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    Voilà à quoi ressemble un texte en ancien français, la langue d’oil de Chrétien de Troyes n’a pas d’orthographe fixe....
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    If you have never read Cligès by Chrétien de Troyes, I highly recommend it. It’s like Romeo and Juliet, only Cligés and...
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