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Amelette Ronsardelette, Mignonnelette doucelette, Treschere hostesse de mon corps, Tu descens là bas foiblelette, Pasle, maigrelette, seulette, Dans le froid Royaume des mors : Toutesfois simple, sans remors De meurtre, poison, [ou]1 rancune, Mesprisant faveurs et tresors Tant enviez par la commune. Passant, j'ay dit, suy ta fortune Ne trouble mon repos, je dors.
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1 Hawley: "et"
Modernized version (used by Ravel):
Amelette Ronsardelette, Mignonnelette, doucelette, Trés chére hostesse de mon corps, Tu descens là-bas, faiblelette, Pasle, maigrelette, seulette, Dans le froid royaume des mors; Toutesfois simple, sans remors De meurtre, poison, et raucune, Méprisant faveurs et trésors, Tant enviez par la commune. Passant, j'ay dit: suy ta fortune, Ne trouble mon repos, je dors.
- by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585), "À son âme", appears in Pièces posthumes, Les derniers vers, first published 1586 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by William Hawley (b. 1950), "Envoy: À son âme", first performed 1997 [ SATB chorus and piano ], from Chansons de Ronsard, no. 6 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Raymond Moulaert (1875 - 1962), "Ronsard à son âme", 1939 [ medium voice unaccompanied ], from Poèmes de la Vieille France (4e recueil), no. 3 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937), "Ronsard à son âme", M. 75 (1923-24) [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (David Wyatt) , "To his Soul", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- SPA Spanish (Español) (Victor Torres) , "Ronsard a su alma", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2010-10-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 54
Little soul of poor little Ronsard Sweet and soft Dear dear inhabitant of my body You descend below all weak, Pale, thin and lonely, Into the cold kingdom of Death: All the while simple, without fear Of murder, prison or malice, Despising favours and treasures So envied by the common herd. Passer-by, I have spoken: follow your fortune, Trouble not my rest, I am sleeping.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2012 by David Wyatt, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in French (Français) by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585), "À son âme", appears in Pièces posthumes, Les derniers vers, first published 1586
This text was added to the website: 2012-05-18
Line count: 12
Word count: 65