by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by David Wyatt

Chère vesper, lumière dorée
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Chère vesper, lumière dorée
De la belle Vénus Cytherée,
Vesper dont la belle clarté luit
Autant sur les astres de la nuit
Que reluit par dessus toy la lune ;
Ô claire image de la nuict brune,
En lieu du beau croissant tout ce soir
Donne lumière, et te laisse choir
Bien tard dedans ta marine source.

Je ne veux, larron, oster la bourse
A quelque amant, ou, comme un meschant
Voleur, dévaliser un marchant ;
Je veux aller outre la rivière
Voir m'amie : mais sans ta lumière
Je ne puis mon voyage achever.
Sors doncques de l'eau pour te lever,
Et de ta belle nuitale flame
Esclaire au feu d'amour qui m'enflame.


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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Dear evening star, golden bright", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2011-06-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:24
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Dear evening star, golden bright
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Dear evening star, golden bright,
Of the beautiful Venus Cytherea,
Evening star whose beautiful light outshines
The stars of night as much
As the moon outshines you;
O bright image of the dark night,
In place of that pretty crescent give us
Your light, and allow yourself to sink
Much later into the sea, your birthplace.

I do not want like a thief to relieve some lover
Of his purse, or like a wicked
Burglar to rob a merchant.
No, I want to go over the river
To see my beloved; but without your light
I cannot complete my journey,.
So rise from the waters, get up,
And with your beautiful light of the night,
Light up the fire of love which burns me.


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Text added to the website: 2012-05-22 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:55
Line count: 18
Word count: 124