Madrigal

written by Francois de Malherbe

Madrigal

— Francois de Malherbe

Ma Crisante avec une foi
Dont l'âge atteste l'innocence,
M'a fait serment qu'en mon absence
Elle aura mémoire de moi.

Cette faveur si peu commune
Me donne tant de vanité
Qu'à la même divinité
J'ose comparer ma fortune.

Peut-être qu'elle me déçoit
De m'assurer que cela soit,
Mais si le tiens-je véritable

Pour me garantir du trépas
Qui me serait inévitable,
Si je croyais qu'il ne fût pas

About the poet


Francois de Malherbe

Francois de Malherbe a French poet, critic, and translator. Biography Born in Le-Locheur (near Caen, Normandie), his family was of some position, though it seems not to have been able to establish to the satisfaction of heralds the claims which it made to nobility older than the 16th century. He was the eldest son of another Francois de Malherbe, conseiller du roi in the magistracy of Caen. He himself was elaborately educated at Caen, at Paris, at Heidelberg and at Basel. At the age of twenty-one, preferring arms to the gown, he entered the household of Henri d'Angoulême, the third son of Henry II and future King Henry III. He served this prince as secretary in Provence, and married...

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