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Las ! Pleust à Dieu n'avoir jamais tasté

Language: French (Français)

Las ! Pleust à Dieu n'avoir jamais tasté
Si follement le tetin de m'amie!
Sans [ce malheur]1, l'autre plus grande envie
[Jamais, helas! ne m'eust]2 le coeur tenté

Comme un poisson, pour s'estre trop hasté
Par un appast, suit la fin de sa vie,
Ainsi je vais où la mort me convie,
D'un beau tetin doucement apasté.

Qui eust pensé que le cruel destin
Eust enfermé sous un si beau tetin
Un si grand feu, pour m'en faire la proye?

Avisez donc quel seroit le coucher
Entre ses bras, puis qu'un simple toucher
De mille morts [innocent]3 me foudroye!

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Bertrand: "luy vrayment"
2 Bertrand: "Helas ! ne m'eust jamais"
3 Bertrand, Boni: "sans joüir"

Submitted by David Wyatt


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in a modified version by Jean de Castro.

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

  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "Alas, would to God I'd never nibbled", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2012-06-23 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-10-29 11:12:16
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Word count: 99

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Alas, would to God I'd never nibbled

Language: English after the French (Français)

Alas, would to God I'd never nibbled
So madly my lady's nipple!
Without [that mistake]1, the other still greater desire
Would never, alas, have entered my heart.

Like a fish, which too hasty
For the bait hurries to the end of its life,
So I am going where death takes me
Sweetly baited by that lovely nipple.

Who would have thought that cruel fate
Would have enclosed beneath so lovely a nipple
So great a fire to make me its prey?

Beware, then, what would happen when lying
In her arms, since one little touch
[Obliterates me, innocent as I am, with]2 a thousand deaths.

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1 Bertrand: "that indeed"
2 Bertrand, Boni: "Without any enjoyment obliterates me with"


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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Anthoine de Bertrand, Guillaume Boni. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-06-23 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-10-29 11:13:42
Line count: 14
Word count: 105