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La grenade

Language: French (Français) after the Latin

Lesbie, lumière de mon âme, m'a envoyé une grenade:
maintenant je fais peu de cas des autres fruits.
Je dédaigne le coing au blanc duvet,
et la châtaigne hérissée de dards;
je ne veux ni des noix, ni des prunes luisantes.
De tels present sont assez bons pour le grossier Corydon.

Lesbie m'a aussi envoyé des gateaux
que ses dents ont légèrement mordus;
le miel de ses lèvres en a augmenté la douceur.
Je ne sais ce qui est le meilleur à respirer,
du doux parfum du miel, ou de son haleine,
plus embaumée que le thym de Cécropie.

Translation(s): ENG

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "The pomegranate", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
Line count: 12
Word count: 99

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The pomegranate

Language: English after the French (Français)

Lesbia, the light of my soul, has sent me a pomegranate:
and now I don’t care for other kinds of fruit.
I disdain the quince with its white down,
and the chestnut with all its spikes,
I want neither walnuts nor shiny plums.
Such presents are good enough for crude Corydon.

Lesbia has also sent me cakes
which her teeth have lightly nibbled;
the honey of her lips has increased their sweetness.
I don’t know which is better to inhale,
the sweet smell of honey, or that of her breath
more aromatic than Cecropian thyme.

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Text added to the website: 2017-08-02.
Last modified: 2017-08-02 19:22:33
Line count: 12
Word count: 95