by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by Victoria de Menil

À sa guitare
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ma guitare, je te chante,
Par qui seule je déçois,
Je déçois, je romps, j'enchante
Les amours que je reçois.

Au son de ton harmonie
Je rafraîchis ma chaleur,
Ma chaleur, flamme infinie,
Naissante d'un beau malheur.

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Seiner Gitarre", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ENG ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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  • ENG English (Victoria de Menil) , "To his guitar", copyright ©, (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: 8
Word count: 37

To his guitar
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
My guitar, I sing to you
Whom alone I disappoint
I disappoint, I break, I enchant
The loves that I receive

At the sound of your harmony
I refresh my warmth
My warmth, an infinite flame
Born of a beautiful unhappiness

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 41