by Clément Marot (1496 - 1544)
Translation © by Peter Low

Estreines à Anne
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ce nouvel an pour Estreines vous donne
Mon cueur blessé d'une novelle playe.
Contrainct y suis; Amour ainsi l'ordonne,
En qui ung cas bien contraire j'essaye;
Car ce Cueur là, c'est ma richesse vraye;
Le demeurant n'est rien où je me fonde;
Et fault donner le meilleur bien que j'aye
Si j'ay vouloir d'estre riche en ce monde.

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A Gift for Anne
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 I give you as a New Year's present
 my heart which is newly wounded. 
 I'm forced to - this is commanded by Love
 in whose service I'm attempting a paradoxical thing:
 for my heart is my true wealth
 (the rest of my goods are nothing to build on),
 yet I have to give away my best possession
 if I wish to be rich in this world. 

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2001 by Peter Low, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:40
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Word count: 67