Chanson (Amours retranch. 38a)

Plus tu connois que je brusle pour toy,
       Plus tu me fuis cruelle :
Plus tu connois que je vis en esmoy,
       Et plus tu m’es rebelle.
Te laisseray-je? Helas je suis trop tien,
       Mais je beniray l’heure
De mon trespas : au moins s’il te plaist bien
       Qu’en te servant je meure.
                                                                            The more you realise that I burn for you,
                                                                                  The more you avoid me cruelly;
                                                                            The more you realise that I live in agony
                                                                                  The more you rebel from me.
                                                                            Will I abandon you? Alas, I am too much yours
                                                                                   But I shall bless the hour
                                                                            Of my demise, at least if it pleases you
                                                                                   That I should die serving you.
Short & sweet – or rather, short and bitter!
Blanchemain’s version differs only in the punctuation of line 2, which he prints as “Plus tu me fuis, cruelle”  (‘The more you avoid me, cruel woman’)

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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