There to the fountain I would take

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There to the fountain I would take

Postby Lord Ewen » Sun Dec 04, 2005 4:48 pm

(As requested, below are the lines of verse which Ewen recited after dinner, endeavoring to woo Rahel.)

There to the fountain I would take
My darling who makes sport with me
And in the cooling spray to slake
This love which burns so ardently
A thousand sweetnesses, soft words, disports,
A thousand loving pastimes we would share
A thousand kisses, sweet embraces there.

Across the flowery meadow would we tread,
The gold and carnine would we gather, with the white
And wreath them into chains for her delight.
If destiny should give us fief of all these gifts
Should we do other than accept them with a will?
For spring is ours, whose age is springtime still.
Think well: what is this world, my darling dear?
If love and pleasure fail, then nothing boots
So from this repast let us keep the fruits


And the original source, for the curious:

A la fontaine je voudrais
Avec ma belle aller jouer.
Là dedans l’eau nous irions tous deux rafraîchir
Notre amour trop ardent.
Mille douceurs, mille bons mots, mille plaisirs,
Mille gentils amoureux jeux se feraient là,
Mille baisers, mille doux embrassements là nous donn’rions.

Nous irions par le fleuri pré courir aux fleurs,
Cueillerions l’or fin et l’argent et le pourprin,
Chapelets ronds et bouquets, chaînes et tortils nous y lî’rions.
Si le destin le nous permet que feignons-nous,
Que n’allons-nous jouir heureux de so beaux dons?
En le printemps nous y convie de notre âge la saison.
Pèse bien: Qu’est-ce du monde, ô mon amour doux?
Si l’amour manqué et la plaisance, ce n’est rien:
Du désir donc et du plaisir recueillons, belle, le doux fruit.

Song by Jean-Antoine de Baïf (1532-1589)
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