Translation © by Jean-Pierre Granger

Counsel
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Wear not the rubies that I gave
Like wine, a glow with lurid heats;
But diamonds whiter than the wave
That down the northern channel beats.

Press pallid jewels to thy breast;
For they are free from dangerous fires;
They are not reddened with unrest,
Nor fierce unsatisfied desires.

Keep thine affection free from blame;
Austere, yet ardent purely shine;
To set thy crystal heart aflame
Shall never be a sin of mine

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  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , title 1: "Conseil", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-19
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Word count: 73

Conseil
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Ne porte pas les rubis que je t'ai offert
Qui, comme du vin, flambe d'un éclat criard;
Mais des diamants plus blanc que la vague
qui s'abat dans les canaux du nord.

Dépose sur ton sein des joyaux livides
Car ils sont exempts des feux redoutables ;
Ils ne rougissent pas de honte,
ni d'intenses désirs insatisfaits.

Garde libres de tout blâme, tes sentiments
Qui, autères, brillent pourtant d'une ardeur pure ;
D'enflammer ton cœur de cristal
Est un péché que jamais je ne commettrai.

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  • Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2009 by Jean-Pierre Granger.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 85