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

Plus tu connais que je brûle pour toi
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Plus tu connais que je brûle pour toi
Plus tu me [fuis]1, cruelle
Plus tu connais que je vis en émoi
Et plus tu m'es rebelle
[Te laisserai-je ? hélas !]2 je suis [trop tien,
Mais]3 je bénirai l'heure
de mon trépas : au moins s'il te plaist bien
qu'en te servant je meure.

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1 Janequin, Goudimel, Millot, Sweelinck, Utendal: "hais"
2 Janequin, Goudimel, Millot, Sweelinck, Utendal: "Mais c'est tout un : car las !"
3 Caietain, Janequin, Goudimel, Millot, Sweelinck, Utendal: "tant tien,/ Que"

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Line count: 8
Word count: 54

Song of Ronsard
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
The more you realise that I burn for you,
The more you [avoid]1 me, cruel one;
The more you realise that I live in agony
The more you rebel from me.
[Will I abandon you? Alas!]2 I am [too much yours
But]3 I shall bless the hour
Of my demise, at least if it pleases you
That in serving you I die.

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1 Janequin, Goudimel, Sweelinck, Utendal: "hate"
2 Janequin, Goudimel, Sweelinck, Utendal: "But it’s all one: for alas"
3 Caietain, Janequin, Goudimel, Sweelinck, Utendal: "so much yours/ That"

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This text was added to the website: 2012-07-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 62