by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by Peter Low

Fais rafraîchir mon vin de sorte
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
[Fais rafraîchir mon]1 vin de sorte
qu'il [passe en froideur un]2 glaçon;
fais venir Jeanne, qu'elle apporte
son luth pour dire une chanson;
nous ballerons tous trois au son,
et dis à Barbe qu'elle vienne,
les cheveux tors à la façon
d'une folâtre Italienne.

Ne vois-tu que le jour se passe?
Je ne vis point au lendemain;
Page, reverse dans ma tasse,
[que ce grand verre soit]3 tout plein.
Maudit soit qui languit en vain!
[Ces vieux médicins]4 je n'appreuve;
[mon]5 cerveau n'est jamais bien sain
[si beaucoup de vin ne l'abreuve.]6

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1 Leguerney: "Rafraîchis-moi le"
2 Leguerney: "soit aussi frais qu'un"
3 Leguerney: "remplis-moi ce verre"
4 Leguerney: "Les Philosophes"
5 Leguerney: "le"
6 Leguerney: "Que l'Amour et le vin n'abreuve."


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

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "To his page", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: LaDonna Manternach

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:47
Line count: 16
Word count: 92

To his page
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 Go and chill my wine so well
 that it's colder than an icicle!
 Fetch Jeanne and have her bring
 her lute to give me a song:
 all three of us will dance to the sound.
 And tell Barbe to come 
 with her hair in ringlets
 like a frolicsome Italian woman!
 Can't you see that time is passing?
 I refuse to live in the tomorrow.
 Page, come pour for me again
 so that this big glass is brimming!
 Cursed be those who engage in futile pining!
 I don't agree with those old doctors;
 my brain is never in good health
 unless it's irrigated with plenty of wine!


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:47
Line count: 16
Word count: 107