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Non, la fidélité

Language: French (Français)

Non, la fidélité
  N'a jamais été
Qu'une imbécillité.
    J'ai quitté
  Par légèreté
  Plus d'une beauté.
Vive la nouveauté !
Mais quoi ! la probité ?
Le serment répété ?
  Style usité.
A-t-on jamais compté
  Sur un traité
  [Dans]1 la volupté,
    Sans liberté ?
  On feint par vanité 
    D'être irrité.
  L'amant peu regretté
    Est [imité]2 :
  La femme avec gaîté, 
Bientôt s'arrange de son côté.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Un million de rimes gauloises: Fleur de la poésie drolatique et badine depuis le XVe Siècle, ed. by Alfred de Bougy, Paris, Adolphe Delahays, 1858, pages 394-395.

1 Tailleferre: "Par"
2 Tailleferre: "invité" (but we could assume this is a misprint)

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

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

Text added to the website: 2010-11-06.
Last modified: 2017-08-11 14:27:31
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Word count: 66

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No, fidelity

Language: English after the French (Français)

No, fidelity 
has never been 
anything but stupidity.
I've left 
more than one beautiful woman.
Long live novelty!
But morality, you say?  
Repeated vows?  
Out of fashion.
Could one ever count 
on a treatise 
by pleasure
that omits the value of freedom?
You pretend, out of vanity, 
to be annoyed.
The un-regretted lover 
is copied by others.
The woman, for her part, gaily, quickly
makes alternative arrangements.

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Translations of titles:
"Non, la fidélité..." = "No, fidelity..."
"La légèreté" = "Frivolity"


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Text added to the website: 2017-08-11.
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Word count: 70