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

Mignonn', allon voir si la rose
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
  Mignonn', allon voir si la rose
Qui ce matin avoit declose
Sa robe de pourpr' au soleil,
A point perdu, cette vesprée,
Le plis de sa robe pourprée,
Et son teint au vostre pareil.

  Las, voyés comm' en peu d'espace,
Mignonn', ell' a dessus la place,
Las, las, ses beautés laissé cheoir!
Ô vrayement maratre nature,
Puis qu'une telle fleur ne dure,
Que du matin jusques au soir!

  Donc, si vous me croiés, mignonne:
Tandis que vostr' age fleuronne
En sa plus verte nouveauté,
Cueillés, cueillés vostre jeunesse,
Comm' à cette fleur, la viellesse
Fera ternir vostre beauté.

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Modernized version (used by Chaminade, Manduell, Wagner, and perhaps others):
Mignonne, allons voir si la rose,
Qui ce matin avait desclose
Sa robe de pourpre au soleil,
N'a point perdu cette vesprée
Les plis de sa robe pourprée
Et son teint au vôtre pareil.

Las! voyez comme en peu d'espace,
Mignonne, elle a, dessus la place,
Las! Las! ses beautés laissé cheoir!
Ô vraiment marâtre nature,
Puisqu'une telle fleur ne dure,
Que du matin jusques au soir!

[Or donc, écoutez-moi,]1 Mignonne,
Tandis que votre âge fleuronne
[En]2 sa plus verte nouveauté,
Cueillez, cueillez votre jeunesse:
[Comme à cette fleur la vieillesse
Fera ternir votre beauté.]3
1 Chaminade, Manduell: "Donc, si vous m'en croyez" (So if you believe me)
2 Chaminade: "Dans"
3 Manduell: "Comme à ceste fleur la vieillesse/ Fera ternir vostre beauté."

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bruno Sauer (1861 - 1919) , "Mignonne" ; composed by Richard Wagner.

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

  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "Mignonne", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Mignonne
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 Sweetheart, let us see if the rose
 that only this morning unfolded
 its scarlet dress in the sun
 has lost, at vesper-time,
 the folds of its scarlet dress
 and its colour, so like yours.
 
 Alas! See how rapidly,
 Sweetheart, she has let 
 her beauty fall all over the place!
 Nature is truly a cruel stepmother
 when such a flower only lasts
 from dawn to dusk!
 
 So if you hear me, Sweetheart,
 while your age flowers 
 in its greenest newness,
 gather, gather your youth.
 Age will tarnish your beauty
 as it has faded this flower.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:47
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