by Elkanah Settle (1648 - 1724)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Secresy's Song
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
One charming night
Gives more delight
Than a hundred lucky days:
Night and I improve the taste,
Make the pleasure longer last
A thousand, thousand several ways.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 27

Une nuit charmante
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Une nuit charmante
Donne plus de plaisir
Que cent jours heureux.
La nuit et moi améliorons le goût,
Rendons le plaisir plus long,
De mile et mille manières.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-03-29
Line count: 6
Word count: 28