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

S'il y a quelque fille en toute une...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
S'il y a quelque fille en toute une contrée,
Qui soit inexorable, inhumaine et cruelle,
Tousjours elle est de moy pour dame rencontrée,
Et tousjours le malheur me fait serviteur d'elle.

Mais si quelq'une est douce honneste aimable et belle,
La prinse en est pour moy tousjours desesperée:
J'ay beau estre courtois jeune accort et fidelle,
Elle sera tousjours d'un sot enamourée.

Sous tel astre malin je nasquis en ce monde!
Voyla que c'est d'aimer: ceux qui ont merité
D'estre recompensez sont en douleur profonde:

Et le sot volontiers est tousjours bien traité.
O traistre et lasche Amour que tu es malheureux!
Malheureux est celuy qui devient amoureux.

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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "If there is any girl in the whole land", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2015-03-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-04-24 08:42:19
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Word count: 108

If there is any girl in the whole land
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
If there is any girl in the whole land
Who'd be inexorable, inhuman and cruel,
She is always the one I encounter as my Lady,
And always ill-fortune makes me her servant.

But if there is some sweet, decent, loveable and fair lass
My hope of getting her is always defeated;
I might be courteous, young, attractive and loyal,
But she will always fall in love with some fool.

Beneath such a malign star was I born in this world!
That's what it is to love: those who have deserved
To be rewarded are in deep sadness;

And the willing fool is always well treated.
O treacherous and cowardly Love, what ill-fortune you bring!
Unfortunate is he who falls in love.


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Text added to the website: 2015-03-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-03-04 17:06:50
Line count: 14
Word count: 121