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

Pour estre en vain tes beaux soleils...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Pour estre en vain tes beaux soleils aimant,
Non pour ravir leur divine etincelle,
Contre le roc de ta rigueur cruelle
Amour m'attacheà mille clous d'aimant.

En lieu d‘un Aigle, un Soin horriblement
Claquant du bec et tresmoussant de l'aisle,
Ronge, goulu, ma poitrine immortelle
Par un desir qui naist journellement.

Mais de cent maux, et de cent que j'endure,
Fiché cloué dessus la rigueur dure,
Le plus cruel me seroit le plus dous,

Si j'esperois apres un long espace
Venir [à]1 moy l'Hercule de ta grace,
Pour delacer le moindre de mes nouds.

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1 Boni: "vers"


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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "For being a lover in vain", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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For being a lover in vain
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
For being a lover in vain of your lovely suns [eyes],
Though not to steal their divine sparkle,
Love has pinned me with the thousand nails of a lover
Against the rock of your cruel harshness.

In place of an Eagle, Care cruelly
Snapping his beak and flapping his wings
Gnaws, the glutton, at my immortal heart
Through a desire which is re-born daily.

But of a hundred ills and a hundred more which I endure,
Stuck, nailed to that severe harshness,
The cruellest will be for me the sweetest,

If I can hope that, after a long interval,
The Hercules of your grace will come [to]1 me
To untie the least of my bonds.

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1 Boni: "toward"


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Text added to the website: 2015-02-27 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-04-23 23:42:14
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Word count: 115