Carnations mixed with lilies In no way equal the pink of her face, Nor does golden thread surpass her hair, When it’s dressed or when it’s loose. Arching from her coral lips Is born that sweet smile which wipes away my cares; And with envy, the earth where she passes Bejewels the meadow with flowers beneath her feet. Her lips overflow with amber and musk; What more to say? I’ve seen upon the plain When the thunderous air bursts in a hundred places Her calm brow, which has made itself master of the gods, Calming the right hand of Jupiter, And the whole of heaven obeying her eyes. In this sonnet, Blanchemain offers a version where the final rhyming lines of each tercet are different, but the rest of the poem is essentially unchanged. (Though line 7 becomes “Et cà et là, partout où elle passe” (‘And here and there, wherever she passes‘.) Here then is the modified final sestet: D’ambre et de musq sa bouche est toute pleine ; Que diray plus ? J’ay veu dedans la plaine, Lorsque plus fort le ciel vouloit tancer, Son front serein, qui des dieux s’est fait maistre, De Jupiter rasserener la destre, Ja, ja courbé pour sa foudre élancer.
Her lips overflow with amber and musk; What more to say? I’ve seen upon the plain When heaven prepares to scold more strongly Her calm brow, which has made itself master of the gods, Calming the right hand of Jupiter, Already bent to throw his thunderbolt.