by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by Peter Low

Les épis sont à Cérès
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Les épis sont à Cérès,
Aux [Dieux bouquins]1 les forêts,
À Chlore l'herbe nouvelle,
À Phoebus le vert laurier,
À Minerve l'olivier,
Et le beau pin à Cybèle ;
Au Zéphires le doux bruit,
À Pomone le doux fruit,
L'onde aux Nymphes est sacrée,
À Flore les belles fleurs ;
Mais les soucis et les pleurs
Sont sacrés à Cythèrée.

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1 Schmitt: "chèvre-pieds"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , title 1: "Attributes", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English ((Edward) Robert Bulwer-Lytton) , title 1: "Les espices sont a Ceres"
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 60

Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Ears of corn are sacred to Ceres,
forests to the Fauns,
new grass to Chloris,
green laurels to Phoebus,
olive-trees to Minerva,
handsome pines to Cybele,
gentle rustlings to the Zephyrs,
sweet fruit to Pomona,
waters to the Nymphs,
and beautiful flowers to Flora;
but heart-ache and tears
are sacred to Aphrodite.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 52