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Aucassin and Nicolete, Tr.
Andrew Lang

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This etext was prepared from the 1910 David Nutt edition
by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk 

Aucassin and Nicolete 

INTRODUCTION 

There is nothing in artistic poetry quite akin to "Aucassin and
Nicolete." 

By a rare piece of good fortune the one manuscript of the Song-Story
has escaped those waves of time, which have wrecked the bark of
Menander, and left of Sappho but a few floating fragments.  The very
form of the tale is peculiar; we have nothing else from the twelfth
or thirteenth century in the alternate prose and verse of the cante-
fable.  {1} We have fabliaux in verse, and prose Arthurian romances.
We have Chansons de Geste, heroic poems like "Roland," unrhymed
assonant laisses, but we have not the alternations of prose with

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