by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

Ciel, air et vents, plains et monts...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ciel, air et vents, plains et monts découverts, 
Tertres [vineux]1 et forêts verdoyantes, 
Rivages tors et sources ondoyantes, 
Taillis rasés et vous, bocages verts, 
Antres moussus à demi-front ouverts, 
[Prés, boutons, fleurs et herbes rousoyantes, 
[Coteaux vineux]2 et plages blondoyantes,]3
[Et vous rochers, écoliers de mes vers!]4
Puisqu'au partir, rongé de soin et d'ire, 
A ce bel œil adieu je n'ai su dire, 
Qui près et loin me détient en émoi, 
Je vous suppli', ciel, air, vents, monts et plaines, 
Taillis, forêts, rivages et fontaines 
Antres, prés, fleurs, dites-le-lui pour moi. 

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1 Roussel: "fourchus"
2 Escher: "Vallons bossus"; Roussel: "Coutans vineus"
3 Leguerney exchanges these lines.
4 Escher: "Et vous rochers, les hostes de mes vers"; Roussel: "Gâtine, Loir, et vous mes tristes vers"; in another version Ronsard has "Et vous rochers, les hostes de mes vers!"


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  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "Sky, air and winds", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jeroen Scholten

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Sky, air and winds
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Sky, air and winds, naked hills and plains,
vine-covered mounds and green forests, 
twisting banks and flowing springs, 
fallen thickets, green woods, 
mossy caves half-concealed, 
fields, buds, flowers, warming grasses, 
viney slopes and pale beaches, 
and you, rocks, schooled by my verses,
because when parting, full of care and anger, 
I could not say adieu to this fair eye
which stirs me whether near or far, 
I beg you, sky, air, winds, mountains and plains, 
thickets, forests, banks and springs, 
caves, fields, flowers, tell her for me.


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Text added to the website: 2005-02-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
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