by Pierre de Ronsard (1524 - 1585)
Translation © by David Wyatt

Je ne suis seulement amoureux de Marie 
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Je ne suis seulement amoureux de Marie,
Anne me tient aussi dans les liens d'Amour,
Ore l'une me plaît, ore l'autre à son tour :
Ainsi Tibulle aimait Némésis, et Délie.

[On me dira tantôt]1 que c'est une folie
D'en aimer, inconstant, deux ou trois en un jour,
Voire, et qu'il faudrait bien un homme de séjour,
Pour, gaillard, satisfaire à une seule amie.

Je réponds à cela, que je suis amoureux,
Et non pas jouissant de ce bien doucereux,
Que tout amant souhaite avoir à sa commande.

Quant à moi, seulement je leur baise la main,
[Les yeux, le front]2, le col, les lèvres et le sein,
Et rien que ces biens-là d'elles je ne demande.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Bertrand: "Un loyal me dira"
2 Bertrand: "Le front, les yeux"


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I'm not just in love with Marie
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
I'm not just in love with Marie
Anne1 too holds me in the bonds of love
Now one pleases me, then the other in her turn
Thus did Tibullus love Nemesis and Delia2.

[Now you]3 will tell me this is folly
To love two or three of them a day, inconstantly,
Indeed it needs a man with plenty of leisure time
To stay lively and satisfy just one sweetheart.

I reply to that, that I am in love
And, not enjoying that smooth tongue
Which all lovers wish to have at their command,

As for me I just kiss their hand
Their eyes, brow, neck, lips and breast
And ask for nothing but those treats from them.

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1 Anne was apparently Marie's sister
2 Tibullus, a Latin poet of Virgil's time; his first book is for Delia, his second for Nemesis. His fellow-poet Ovid wrote (in Amores): "Sic Nemesis longum, sic Delia, nomen habebunt, altera cura recens, altera primus amor" -- 'thus Nemesis and Delia will long be famous, the latter his recent love, the former his first'
3 Bertrand: "A loyal friend"


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Text added to the website: 2012-06-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-10-27 12:39:00
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Word count: 117