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Prends cette rose aimable comme toi, Qui sers de rose aux roses les plus belles, Qui sers de fleur aux fleurs les plus nouvelles, [Dont la senteur me ravit tout de moi]1. Prends cette rose, et ensemble reçoi Dedans ton sein mon coeur qui n'a point d'ailes : [Il est constant, et cent plaies cruelles N'ont empêché qu'il ne gardât sa foi]2. La rose et moi différons d'une chose : Un soleil voit naître et mourir la rose, Mille Soleils ont vu naître m'amour, [Dont l'action jamais ne se]3 repose. Que plût à Dieu que telle amour [enclose]4, Comme une fleur, ne m'eût duré qu'un jour.
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1 de Maletty: "Qui sers de Muse aux Muses et à moy"
2 de Maletty: "Il vit blessé de cent plaies cruelles/ Opiniastr’ à garder trop de foy"
3 de Maletty: "Qui me consomme et jamais ne"
4 de Maletty: "esclose"
- by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ina Bottelier (b. 1943), "Prends cette rose aimable", published 2001, copyright © 1992 [voice and piano or guitar], from Quatre Poèmes de Ronsard, no. 2, Heiloo (Hollande / Netherlands), Éd. Nieuwe Lente/Red Frog Music [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Théodore Gouvy (1819 - 1898), "Prends cette rose", published 1876 [voice and piano], from 40 Poèmes de Ronsard, no. 2, Paris : Richault [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Jean de Maletty (flourished 16th century), "Pren ceste rose aymable comme toy" [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Take this rose", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: David Wyatt
Take this rose, lovely as yourself, Who are like a rose beside the prettiest roses, Who are like a flower beside the freshest flowers, [Whose scent so entirely delights me]1. Take this rose, and with it accept Into your breast my heart, which has no wings: [It is constant, and a hundred deep wounds Have not stopped it from keeping faith with you]2. The rose and I, we differ in one way: One day sees the rose born and die But a thousasnd days have watched my love born [And it]3 will never die. But would to God that this love [you will not let me show Should, like a flower, have]4 lasted me but a day.
1 de Maletty: "Who are like a Muse to the Muses and to me"
2 de Maletty: "It lives, hurt by a hundred deep wounds/ Determined to keep the firmest faith with you"
3 de Maletty: "Which consumes me"
4 de Maletty: "blossoming / Like a flower, had"
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