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

Las ! sans la voir à toute heure je voy
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Las ! sans la voir à toute heure je voy
Ceste beauté dedans mon cœur presente :
Ny mont, ny bois, ny fleuve ne m'exente,
Que par pensée elle ne parle à moy.

Dame, qui sçais ma constance et ma foy,
Voy, s’il te plaist, que le temps qui s'absente,
Depuis sept ans en rien ne desaugmente
Le plaisant mal que j'endure pour toy.

De l'endurer lassé je ne suis pas,
Ny ne seroy-je, [allassé-je]1 là bas
Pour mille fois en mille corps renaistre.

Mais de mon cœur, [sans plus je]2 suis lassé,
Qui me desplaist et qui plus ne peut estre
Mien comme il fut, puis que tu l'as chassé.

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1 Boni: "tombassai-je"
2 Boni: "desaurmais"

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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "Alas! Without sight of it, at every moment I see", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Alas! Without sight of it, at every moment I see
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Alas! Without sight of it, at every moment I see
That beauty present within my heart;
No hill, no wood, no river gives me relief
That in thought she does not speak to me.

My Lady, you know my constancy and faithfulness,
Please see that the time which has gone
Has not, in seven years, in any way reduced
The pleasing pain that I endure for you.

Of enduring it I am not weary,
Nor shall I be, even if after death I [was allowed]1
To be born again a thousand times in a thousand bodies.

But of my heart I am [weary without anymore]2;
It displeases me, and can no longer be
Mine as it was, since you hunted it down.

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1 Boni: "fell"
2 Boni: "henceforth weary"

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Text added to the website: 2015-02-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-04-23 21:28:52
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Word count: 122