Translation © by David Wyatt

À sa maîtresse
Language: French (Français)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ma petite colombelle,
Mon petit oeil, baisez-moi,
Ma petite toute belle,
Mon petit oeil, baisez-moi.
D'une bouche toute pleine
D'amour, chassez-moi la peine
De mon amoureux émoi.

Quand je vous dirai: Mignonne,
Approchez-vous; qu'on me donne
Neuf baisers tout à la fois,
Donnez m'en seulement trois.

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  • Also set in French (Français), [adaptation] ; composed by Marc-Antoine Muret.

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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "To his mistress", copyright © 2012, (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: 11
Word count: 46

To his mistress
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
My little turtledove,
Apple of my eye, kiss me,
My beautiful little one,
Apple of my eye, kiss me.
With lips full 
Of love, chase from me the pain
Of my lover's agitation.
When I say to you, "Darling",
Come here; I wish you'd give me
Nine kisses all at once,
But at least give me just three.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-07-25
Line count: 11
Word count: 58