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de melodie et si doulce que il nest nulz noms que sil le
avoit oye que jamais lui preist talent ne volente de fai
re chose qui fut contraire a nostre seigneur de riens quil
soit tant desireroit de parvenir la ou il peust tousjours
oyr si tres doulces melodies et estre tousjours avec / dont
aucuns furent jadiz qui disoient que les petiz enfans
oient celle melodie quant ilz rient en dormant. Car
len dist que ilz oient chanter les angeles de nostre seigneur
en paradis pour quoy ilz ont telle joie en dormant mais
de che ne scet nulz la verite fors dieu qui tout poeut sa
voir qui les estoilles mist ou ciel. et qui leur fist avoir
tel povoir Car il na si diverse chose dedens la terre ne
dedens la mer tant soit perverse quelle ne soit ou ciel
figuree et compassee par estoilles dont nulz ne poent
savoir le nombre fors dieu tant seulement qui a son
plaisir les nombre et scet le nom de chascune comme
celui qui tout fist par bonne raison. Au regard des
estoilles que len poeut veoir poeut len bien savoir le
nombre et enquerre par astronomie. Mais cest une
moult belle maistresse. car il nya estoille tant peti
te qui nait entierement sa vertu en verbe [see note] en fleur


Translation

and sweet melody that there is no name for it. If one
ever hears it, he will not wish to do anything at all
that is contrary to Our Lord, so much would he
desire to come to that place where he can always
hear such sweet melodies and be with them forever.
Of this there were those once who said that little
children heard this melody when they were seen to
laugh in their sleep. For they said that they heard
the angels of Our Lord singing in paradise, and had
thereby such joy while sleeping. But no one knows
the truth of this except God, who knows everything. He
set the stars in heaven and caused them to have
this power. For there is no thing so diverse on earth
or in the sea - even if it be perverse - that it is not figured
in the sky and encompassed by the stars, whose
number no one can know but God alone, who numbers
them at his pleasure and knows the name of each,
being the one who made them with his good reason.
Regarding the visible stars, one can know their
number and investigate them through astronomy.
But astronomy is a very good mistress. For there is
no star, no matter how small, whose entire virtue lies in herbs, or

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de melodie et si doulce que il n'est nulz noms que s'il le
avoit oye que jamais lui preist talent ne volente de fai-
re chose qui fut contraire a nostre seigneur de riens qu'il
soit tant desireroit de parvenir la ou il peust tousjours
oyr si tres doulces melodies et estre tousjours avec / dont
aucuns furent jadiz qui disoient que les petiz enfans
oient celle melodie quant ilz rient en dormant. Car
l'en dist que ilz oient chanter les angeles de nostre seigneur
en paradis pour quoy ilz ont telle joie en dormant mais
de che ne scet nulz la verite fors dieu qui tout poeut sa-
voir qui les estoilles mist ou ciel. et qui leur fist avoir
tel povoir Car il n'a si diverse chose dedens la terre ne
dedens la mer tant soit perverse qu'elle ne soit ou ciel
figuree et compassee par estoilles dont nulz ne poent
savoir le nombre fors dieu tant seulement qui a son
plaisir les nombre et scet le nom de chascune comme
celui qui tout fist par bonne raison. Au regard des
estoilles que l'en poeut veoir poeut l'en bien savoir le
nombre et enquerre par astronomie. Mais c'est une
moult belle maistresse. car il n'y'a estoille tant peti-
te qui n'ait entierement sa vertu en verbe [see note] en fleur


Translation

and sweet melody that there is no name for it. If one
ever hears it, he will not wish to do anything at all
that is contrary to Our Lord, so much would he
desire to come to that place where he can always
hear such sweet melodies and be with them forever.
Of this there were those once who said that little
children heard this melody when they were seen to
laugh in their sleep. For they said that they heard
the angels of Our Lord singing in paradise, and had
thereby such joy while sleeping. But no one knows
the truth of this except God, who knows everything. He
set the stars in heaven and caused them to have
this power. For there is no thing so diverse on earth
or in the sea - even if it be perverse - that it is not figured
in the sky and encompassed by the stars, whose
number no one can know but God alone, who numbers
them at his pleasure and knows the name of each,
being the one who made them with his good reason.
Regarding the visible stars, one can know their
number and investigate them through astronomy.
But astronomy is a very good mistress. For there is
no star, no matter how small, whose entire virtue lies in herbs, or