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

Ronsard repose ici, qui, hardi des...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ronsard repose ici, qui, hardi des l'enfance, 
Détourna d'Helicon les muses en la France,
Suivant le son du luth et les traits d'Apollon. 
Mais peu valut sa muse encontre l'aiguillon 
De la mort, qui cruelle en ce tombeau l'enserre: 
Son âme soit à Dieu, son corps soit à la terre.

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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , "Ronsard lies here, bold from childhood", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 6
Word count: 50

Ronsard lies here, bold from childhood
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Ronsard lies here, who, bold from childhood
Turned the Muses away from Helicon and towards France,
Following the sound of the lute and Apollo's darts.
But little worth was his muse against the prick
Of death, who cruelly sealed him in this tomb:
If his soul may be with God, his body can rest in the earth.


  • 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.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-07-26
Line count: 6
Word count: 57