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

Bon jour, et puis, quelles nouvelles?
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Bon jour, et puis, quelles nouvelles?
N'en sçauroit-on de vous avoir ?
S'en bref ne m'en faites sçavoir,
J'en ferai de toutes nouvelles.
  Puis que vous estes si rebelles,
  Bon vespre, bonn nuict, bon soir,
     Bon jour.

Mais si vous cueillez des groyselles,
Envoyez m'en: car pour tout veoir,
Je suis gros: mais c'est de vous veoir
Quelque matin mes Damoiselles:
     Bon jour.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Œuvres de Clement Marot ...: Revûes sur plusieurs manuscrits ..., Volume 2, a la Haie, chez P. Gosse & J. Neaulme, 1731, page 183.


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  • ENG English (Peter Low) , "To the Damsels that are too Lazy to Write to their Suitors", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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To the Damsels that are too Lazy to Write to their Suitors
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 Good day! And may I add, What's new? 
 Is there no way of hearing from you? 
 If you don't inform me soon
 I'll make up news of you all. 
 Since you are so recalcitrant,
 I bid you good afternoon, good night,
 good day! 
 But if you're picking berries,
 do send me some, because I'm desperate
 to see things - and "berry keen" to see
 you, my ladies, some morning soon. 
 Good day! 


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 73