by John Walcot (1738 - 1819), as Peter Pindar
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Dear Silvia
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Dear Silvia lay aside those airs,
And let me share thy kisses;
Why, after so much toil and pray'rs,
Refuse the tender blisses?

Then let me press those lips so sweet,
And, bee-like, honey rifle!
To me the gain were wond'rous great,
The loss to thee a trifle.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Chère Sylvia", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2013-03-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 48

Chère Sylvia
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Chère Sylvia  laisse de côtés ces airs,
Et laisse-moi partager tes baisers ;
Pourquoi, après tant de labeur et de prières,
Refuser le stendres béatitudes ?

Alors laisse-moi presser ces lèvres si douces,
Et comme l'abeille cueillir le miel !
Pour moi, le gain serait merveilleusement grand,
Pour toi la perte serait peu de chose.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-11-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 55