Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. III. Sorrow and Consolation
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
I. Disappointment in Love
To Diane de Poitiers
Clément Marot (1496–1544)
From the French by Louise Stuart Costello

FAREWELL! since vain is all my care,
  Far, in some desert rude,
I ’ll hide my weakness, my despair:
  And, ’midst my solitude,
I ’ll pray, that, should another move thee,        5
He may as fondly, truly love thee.
Adieu, bright eyes, that were my heaven!
  Adieu, soft cheek, where summer blooms!
Adieu, fair form, earth’s pattern given,
  Which Love inhabits and illumes!        10
Your rays have fallen but coldly on me:
One far less fond, perchance, had won ye!

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