The month of May was the traditional time for love, in medieval custom and romantic literature. The earliest surviving Anglo-Norman love-song is a chance survival of part of a mid-thirteenth-century parchment sheet which was re-used as a flyleaf at the end of a later manuscript of the Speculum historiale of Vincent of Beauvais. It preserves a polyphonic setting for three voices, opening approximately, ‘Would you hear the sad story, how Guyot wastes his effort, for his lady love, who is too distant from him? [Night] and day he goes imploring her not to be unkind’, with the refrain, “Mes amerousette, /Douce camousette, /Kar éez pité’ De vos amourettes”, ‘My dearest love, Sweet snub-nosed one, Take pity on your lover!’. Parker Library MS 8, f. i verso.