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À Cupidon

Language: French (Français)

Le jour pousse la nuit,
Et la nuit sombre
Pousse le jour qui luit
D'une obscure ombre.

L'Autonne suit l'Esté,
Et l'aspre rage
Des vents n'a point esté
Apres l'orage.

[Mais la fièvre d'amours
Qui me tourmente,
Demeure en moy tousjours,
Et ne s'alente.]1

Ce n'estoit pas moy, Dieu,
Qu'il falloit poindre,
Ta fleche en autre lieu
Se devoit joindre.

Poursuy les paresseux
Et les amuse,
Mais non pas moy, ne ceux
Qu'aime la Muse.

Helas, delivre moy
De ceste dure,
Qui plus rit, quand d'esmoy
Voit que j'endure.

Redonne la clarté
A mes tenebres,
Remets en liberté
Mes jours funebres.

Amour sois le support
De ma pensée,
Et guide à meilleur port
Ma nef cassée.

Tant plus je suis criant
Plus me reboute,
Plus je la suis priant
Et moins m'escoute.

Ne ma palle couleur
D'amour blesmie
N'a esmeu à douleur
Mon ennemie.

Ne sonner à son huis
De ma guiterre,
Ny pour elle les nuis
Dormir à terre.

Plus cruel n'est l'effort
De l'eau mutine
Qu'elle, lors que plus fort
Le vent s'obstine.

Ell' s'arme en sa beauté,
Et si ne pense
Voir de sa cruauté
La récompense.

Monstre toy le veinqueur,
Et d'elle enflame
Pour exemple le coeur
De telle flame,

Qui la soeur alluma
Trop indiscrete,
Et d'ardeur consuma
La Royne en Crete.


Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG

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J. Leguerney sets stanzas 1-5
D. Milhaud sets stanzas 1-5

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1 A five-stanza version of this poem exists with a different third stanza:

Mais le mal nonobstant 
D'amour dolente 
Demeure en moi constant 
Et ne s'alente.
The text set by Leguerney and Milhaud has five stanzas but uses the third stanza of the longer poem. Here is the modernized form they set (with spelling changes only):
Le jour pousse la nuit
  Et la nuit sombre
Pousse le jour qui luit
  D'une obscure ombre.

L'Automne suit l'Été
  Et l'âpre rage
Des vents n'a point été
  Après l'orage.

Mais la fièvre d'amours
  Qui me tourmente
Demeure en moi toujours
  Et ne s'alente.

Ce n'était pas moi, Dieu,
  Qu'il fallait poindre;
Ta flèche en d'autre lieu
  Se devait joindre.

Poursuis les paresseux
  Et les amuse,
Mais non pas moi, ni ceux
  Qu'aime la Muse...

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Authorship


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (David Jonathan Justman) , title 1: "To Cupid", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , title 1: "To Cupid", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) , title 1: "To Cupid", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-11-02 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:57

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Word count: 217

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To Cupid

Language: English after the French (Français)

Day pushes night, 
and dark night
pushes gleaming day
with dark shades.

Autumn follows Summer
and the winds
no longer rage
after the storm.

But the love fever
that torments me
burns in me
forever unabated. 

I'm not the one 
you should have aimed at, god.
Your arrow should have
had another target.

Go after the lazy
and amuse them,
not me or those
who love the Muse.




















































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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585), "À Cupidon"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jacques Leguerney, Darius Milhaud. Go to the text.

 

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