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

Terre, ouvre moy ton sein, et me laisse...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Terre, ouvre moy ton sein, et me laisse reprendre
Mon thresor, que la Parque a caché dessous toy:
Ou bien si tu ne peux, ô terre, cache moy
Sous mesme sepulture avec sa belle cendre.

Le traict qui la tua, devoit faire descendre
Mon corps aupres du sien pour finir mon esmoy:
Aussi bien, veu le mal qu'en sa mort je reçoy,
Je ne sçaurois plus vivre, et me fasche d'attendre.

Quand ses yeux m'esclairoient, et qu'en terre j'avois
Le bon-heur de les voir, à l'heure je vivois,
Ayant de leurs rayons mon ame gouvernée.

Maintenant je suis mort: la Mort qui s'en-alla
Loger dedans ses yeux, en partant m'appella,
Et me fit de ses pieds accomplir ma journée.

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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Earth, open for me", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2011-09-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:34
Line count: 14
Word count: 119

Earth, open for me
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Earth, open your breast for me, and let me take back
My treasure, which Fate hid beneath you:
Or if you cannot, o earth, hide me
Beneath the same monument with her fair ashes.

The blow which killed her ought to have brought down
My body beside hers, to end my anguish;
No longer, given the hurt which I receive from her death,
Can I live, and I am frustrated by waiting.

When her eyes flashed at me and I had the good fortune
To see them on this earth, then I was alive,
My soul steered by their sweet glance.

But now, I am dead: Death, which has gone
To live in her eyes, called me as he left
And made me complete my journey at her feet.


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Text added to the website: 2012-07-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:00
Line count: 14
Word count: 129