sometimes misattributed to Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585) and by Jacques Grévin (flourished c1560)
Translation © by David Wyatt

O doux plaisir, ô mon plaisant dommage!
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
O doux plaisir, ô mon plaisant dommage!
O beau soleil, lumiere de mes yeux!
O mon printans, et doux et gratieux,
Qui me detient en un si doux servage!

O douce fiere, appaisez le courage
Trop fier, helas! mais bien peu vous en chaut:
Et, si j’ay mis l’espoir en lieu trop haut,

Pensez qu’Amour est un soldat peu sage,
Qui desarmé se jette en un assaut. 

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Jacques Grévin, Olympe, 1560.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-30
Line count: 9
Word count: 67

O sweet pleasure, o pleasant pain!
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
O sweet pleasure, o pleasant pain!
O lovely sun, light of my eyes!
O my springtime, sweet and charming,
Who holds me in such sweet servitude!

O sweet proud girl, calm your too-proud
Spirit – alas, how little you care for that.
And if I have set my hopes too high,

Think how Love is an unwise soldier
Who though disarmed throws himself into the attack.

About the headline (FAQ)


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This text was added to the website: 2019-10-30
Line count: 9
Word count: 66