A knight and a lady live in two castles near the town of St. Malo. The knight was well respected and loved by all. They stood next to each other only divided by a tall wall.
They shared a feeling for each other, but could not meet. "They'd often send Love-gifts flying through the air--Toss and catch. Those evenings were fair: Nothing's missing from their pleasure!" narrates the poem. They could only talk because of the nightingale's tunes, but they were content nonetheless.
The husband of the lady knew this and devised a plan. He would trap the nightingale to block the communication between the two. He then caught the bird and shows it to the lady, claiming a favor.
The lady, upset and angered, asked for possession of the bird. Out of jealousy anger, he broke the bird's neck, to ensure no more communication.
The lady realized the consequences of her husbands actions and continued to morn. Alas," she said, "my love next door! "Never again I'll rise up at night" This shows the severity of the impact to her.
The knight overheard the lady's plan of covering the bird in samite and gold, and became quite depressed. He ordered a box made of gold and stone to seal the bird. "Then he sealed up this reliquary ,To ever after with him carry"