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La Madeleine. Nouvellement convertie. Du Guide

Language: French (Français)

Icy d'vn repentir celebre & glorieux,
Madelaine à soy-mesme indulgente & cruelle,
Guerit de son peché, la blessure mortelle ;
Et par ses larmes tire vn nouveau feu des Cieux.

Son luxe converti devient religieux :
L'esprit de ces parfums se fait devot comme elle.
Ces rubis sont ardens de sa flame nouvelle :
Et ces perles en pleurs, se changent à ses yeux.

Beaux yeux, sacrez canaux d'vn precieux deluge,
Innocens corrupteurs de vostre amoureux Juge,
Ne serez-vous jamais sans flames. ni sans dards ?

Au moins pour vn moment faites cesser vos charmes :
La terre fume encor du feu de vos regards :
Et dés-ja vous bruslez le Ciel avec vos larmes.

Confirmed with Les Œuvres poétiques du P. Le Moyne, Paris, chez Louis Billaine, 1671, page 432.

Note: this is a free poetic comment on one of the Maddalenas painted by Guido Reni (1575-1642), who is called Le Guide in French.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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  • Also set in French (Français), [adaptation] ; composed by André Jolivet.

Text added to the website: 2018-07-09 00:00:00.

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