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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
 
Paris
Song
Old French Song
 
        
Anonymous translation
  
“Le rime n’est pas riche et le style en est vieux.”
—Molière    

IF the king had given to me
Paris his great town,
And if I were forced to flee,
  And leave my love alone;
To King Henry I would say:        5
Take your Paris back, I pray;
Better I love my love, O gay,
  Better I love my love.
 
 
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