Egidius Song - VALENTINE
Egidius waer bestu bleven - Egidius where arest thou
Mi lanct na di gheselle mijn - I long for thee, my friend
These are the opening phrases of an old Dutch song of an unknown Midieval poet and they speak of the hurt of a friend, longing for his friend who obviously had passed away and 'seeing' him in heaven.
In a way, it makes me think of the (a) Valentine story, with the christian Valentine locked in by an angry, not-christian pope for execution and who performed a miracle to the blind daughter of his guardian(, who had served him in prison).
How nice it is, to have heard the opening phrase of the Egidius Song right on Valentine's Day, on television, expressed by a professor who was talking about the roaring fourteenth century (amongst others the times of the great pest disease, killing 30 millions of people in Europe).
I did not hear or read these lines since I read the text in my schooldays, decades ago.
A perfect example of synchronicity.