Helen 2:6

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Tu es seule mon cœur, mon sang et ma Deesse,
Ton œil est le filé et le RÉ bien-heureux,
Qui prend quand il luy plaist les hommes genereux,
Et se prendre des sots jamais il ne se laisse. 
 
Aussi honneur vertu prevoyance et sagesse,
Logent en ton esprit, lequel rend amoureux
Tous ceux qui de nature ont un cœur desireux
D’honorer les beautez d’une docte Maistresse. 
 
Les noms ont efficace et puissance et vertu;
Je le voy par le tien lequel m’a combatu
Et l’esprit et le corps par armes non legeres. 
 
Son destin m’a causé mon amoureux souci.
Voila comme de nom d’effect tu es aussi
LE RÉ DES GENEREUX, Elene de Surgeres.

 

 
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                                                                            You alone are my heart, my blood, my goddess;
                                                                            Your eye is the happy line and net
                                                                            Which catches noble men whenever it wants
                                                                            And never allows itself to be caught by fools.
 
                                                                            Honour too, and virtue, foresight and wisdom
                                                                            Live within your soul, which makes all those
                                                                            Fall in love who naturally have a heart eager
                                                                            To honour the beauties of a learned mistress.
 
                                                                            Names have effect and power and magic;
                                                                            I see this through yours, which has overcome
                                                                            Me, body and soul, with its substantial weapons.
 
                                                                            It was the fate which caused my wound of love.
                                                                            So too by effectual name you are
                                                                            THE NET OF NOBLE SOULS, Elene de Surgeres.
 
 
A neat anagram.  Both Marty-Laveaux and Blanchemain print LE RÉ DES GENEREUX, but actually it needs to be LE RÉ DES GENEREUS (a common plural form in Ronsard anyway) for the anagram to work!
 
Elsewhere Blanchemain’s version diverges from Marty-Laveaux’s, with changes at the start of each ‘stanza’ but the first:
 
 
Tu es seule mon cœur, mon sang et ma deesse,
Ton œil est le filé et le ré bien-heureux
Qui prend, quand il lui plaist, les hommes genereux,
Et se prendre des sots jamais il ne se laisse. 
 
L’honneur, la chasteté, la vertu, la sagesse,
Logent en ton esprit, lequel rend amoureux
Tous ceux qui de nature ont un cœur desireux
D’honorer les beautez d’une docte maistresse. 
 
Les noms (a dit Platon) ont très grande vertu ;
Je le voy par le tien, lequel m’a combatu,
Et l’esprit et le corps par armes non legeres. 
 
Sa deïté causa mon amoureux soucy.
Voila comme de nom, d’effect tu es aussi
LE RÉ DES GENEREUX, Elene de Surgeres.
 
 
 
                                                                           You alone are my heart, my blood, my goddess;
                                                                           Your eye is the happy line and net
                                                                           Which catches noble men whenever it wants
                                                                           And never allows itself to be caught by fools.
 
                                                                           Honour, chastity, virtue, wisdom
                                                                           Live within your soul, which makes all those
                                                                           Fall in love who naturally have a heart eager
                                                                           To honour the beauties of a learned mistress.
 
                                                                           Names (said Plato) have very great magic;
                                                                           I see this through yours, which has overcome
                                                                           Me, body and soul, with its substantial weapons.
 
                                                                           It was the deity which caused my wound of love.
                                                                           So too by effectual name you are
                                                                           THE NET OF NOBLE SOULS, Elene de Surgeres.
 
 
 
Blanchemain also offers a second variant of line 12 (the opening of the final tercet): “Sa force à moy fatale a causé mon soucy” (‘Its power, fatal to me, caused my wound’).
 
 
 
 
 
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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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