by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by Faith J. Cormier

Je ne saurois aimer autre que vous
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
  Je ne saurois aimer autre que vous,
Non, Dame, non, je ne saurois le faire:
Autre que vous ne me sauroit complaire,
Et fust Venus descendue entre nous.

   Vos yeus me sont si gracieus et dous,
Que d'un seul clin ils me peuvent defaire,
D'un autre clin tout soudain me refaire,
Me faisans vivre ou mourir en deux coups.

   Quand je serois cinq cens mille ans en vie,
Autre que vous, ma mignonne [m'amie]1,
Ne me feroit amoureus devenir.
   Il me faudroit refaire d'autres venes,
Les miennes sont de vostre amour si plenes,
Qu'un autre amour n'y sauroit plus tenir.

J. Castro sets lines 1-8

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1 Bertrand: "ma vie"

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 101

I wouldn't know how to love any but you
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 I wouldn't know how to love any but you,
 no, Lady, never.
 No one but you could please me,
 even if Venus herself came down among us.
 
 I find your eyes so gracious and sweet
 that with one blink they unman me.
 Another, and I'm whole again.
 I live or die between the two.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 55