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

Voici le bois
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Voici le bois que ma sainte Angelette
Siur le printemps réjouit de son chant :
Voici les fleurs où son pied va marchant
Quand à soi même elle pense seulette.

Voici la prée et la rive mollette ,
Qui prend vigueur de sa main la touchant
Quand pas à pas en son sein va cachant
Le bel émail de l'herbe nouvelette.

Ici chanter, là pleiurer je la vis ,
Ici sourire, et là je fus ravi
De ses discours par lesquels je desvie :

Ici s'asseoir, là je la vis danser :
Sur le métier d'un si vague penser,
Amour ourdit les trames de ma vie.


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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Here is the wood", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Here is the wood
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Here is the wood which my holy angel
Makes happy during the spring with her singing;
Here are the flowers where her feet pass
When she is thinking to herself, on her own.

Here is the meadow and the languid riverbank
Which gain vigour from her hand as they touch it,
As step by step she walks, hiding in her bosom
The lovely jewels of the new-grown grass.

Here I see her singing, there weeping,
Here smiling, and there I was delighted
By her diverting conversation:

Here I see her sitting, there dancing;
On the loom of such wandering thoughts
Love weaves the threads of my life.


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