by Anonymous / Unidentified Author and sometimes misattributed to Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by David Wyatt

Las! ô pauvré Didon
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Las! ô pauvre Didon contre amour qui fostine,
Furieux dans ton coeur ne scauroit on trouver
Quelque piteux secours qui te puisse sauver
Des assaus de la mort ja preste à ta ruine:

Laisse laisse forcer les flotz de la marine
A ce traistre cruel. Ha, te veux je priver
Encore de tout espoir, et toy-mesme grever
D’un fort glaive enfonçant ton indigne poitrine.

S’il te laisse pourtant il n’eschapera pas
La vengeance des dieux qui talonne ses pas.
He voy avec ta seur, ta tumbante Cartage.

Ne croy helas ne croy cest amour desraiglé
Qui te force le sens car il est aveuglé
Et ne trompe ton mal par un plus grand dommage.


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Text added to the website: 2019-10-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-10-30 23:19:26
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Word count: 114

Alas, poor Dido, you rage against love
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Alas, poor Dido, you rage against love
Furiously; no-one could hope to find in your heart
Any pity to assist in saving you
From the attacks of death, now ready to ruin you.

Leave, yes leave that cruel traitor to storm
The waves of the sea! Yes, I would take away from you
All hope, and burden you
With a strong sword driven into your unworthy heart.

If he leaves you, yet he won’t escape
The vengeance of the gods who hound his steps.
Watch with your sister as your Carthage falls.

But do not believe that love goes unpunished 
Which overwhelms your senses, for he too is blinded,
And do not betray your wrongs with a greater sin.

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Text added to the website: 2019-10-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-10-30 23:19:48
Line count: 14
Word count: 119