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

Page, suis‑moi
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
[ Page suy moy[:] par l'herbe plus espesse;
Fausche l'esmail ]1 de la verte saison,
Puis à plein poing en-jonche la maison
Des fleurs qu'avril enfante en sa jeunesse.

Despen du croc ma lyre chanteresse:
Je veux charmer, si je puis, la poison
Dont un bel oeil enchanta ma raison
Par la vertu d'une oeillade maistresse.

Donne-moy l'encre et le papier aussi:
En cent papiers, tesmoins de mon soucy,
Je veux tracer la peine que j'endure;

En cent papiers plus durs que diamant,
Afin qu'un jour nostre race future
Juge du mal que je souffre en aimant.

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1 variant: "Fauche, garcon, d'une main pilleresse, / Le bel esmail"


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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Page, follow me", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: David Wyatt

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:24
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Page, follow me
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
[Page, follow me through the thickest grass;
Scythe down the jewels ]1 of the fresh season,
Then scatter in the house fistfuls
Of the flowers that April has borne in her youth.

Take down from its hook my singing lyre;
I want to charm away, if I can, the poison
With which a fair eye has enchanted my reason
Through the power of a masterful2 glance.

Give me ink and paper too:
On a hundred sheets, witnesses of my cares,
I want to set out the trouble I'm enduring;

On a hundred sheets harder than diamond,
So that one day in the future our countrymen
Can judge the harm I suffer from being in love.

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1 variant: "Scythe, my boy, with a pillaging hand, / the fair jewels"
2 in French, Ronsard can pun on "masterful" and "mistress"; in English we'd have to say "mistress-ful"


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Text added to the website: 2012-07-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:00
Line count: 14
Word count: 115