Odes 4, 31 – Odelette (little ode)

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Janne, en te baisant tu me dis
Que j’ay le chef à demy gris,
Et tousjours me baisant tu veux
De l’ongle oster mes blancs cheveux,
Comme s’un cheveu blanc ou noir
Sur le baiser avait pouvoir.
Mais, Janne, tu te trompes fort :
Un cheveu blanc est assez fort
Au seul baiser, pourveu que point
Tu ne veuilles de l’autre poinct.
 
 
                                                                                               Jane, as I kiss you you tell me
                                                                                               That my head is half grey;
                                                                                               Still kissing me, you try
                                                                                               To pull out my white hairs with your fingernails
                                                                                               As if white or dark hair could
                                                                                               Have any effect on a kiss.
                                                                                               But Jane, you are completely mistaken:
                                                                                               White hair is good enough
                                                                                               For kissing alone, provided that
                                                                                               You aren’t after some other point.
 
 
 
 
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About fattoxxon

Who am I? Lover of all sorts of music - classical, medieval, world (anything from Africa), world-classical (Uzbek & Iraqi magam for instance), and virtually anything that won't be on the music charts... Lover of Ronsard's poetry (obviously) and of sonnets in general. Reader of English, French, Latin & other literature. And who is Fattoxxon? An allusion to an Uzbek singer - pronounce it Patahan, with a very plosive 'P' and a throaty 'h', as in 'khan')

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