Secourez-Moi, Ma Dame Par Amours

written by Clement Marot

Secourez-Moi, Ma Dame Par Amours

— Clement Marot

Secourez-moi, ma Dame par amours,
Ou autrement la Mort me vient quérir.
Autre que vous ne peut donner secours
A mon las coeur, lequel s'en va mourir.
Hélas, hélas, veuillez donc secourir
Celui qui vit pour vous en grand détresse,
Car de son coeur vous êtes la maîtresse.

Si par aimer, et souffrir nuits et jours,
L'ami dessert ce qu'il vient requérir,
Dites pourquoi faites si longs séjours
A me donner ce que tant veux chérir ?
O noble fleur, laisserez-vous périr
Votre servant, par faute de liesse ?
Je crois qu'en vous n'a point tant de rudesse.

Votre rigueur me fit plusieurs détours,
Quand au premier je vous vins requérir :
Mais Bel Accueil m'a fait d'assez bons tours,
En me laissant maint baiser conquérir.
Las, vos baisers ne me savent guérir,
Mais vont croissant l'ardent feu qui me presse :
Jouissance est ma médecine expresse.

About the poet


Clement Marot

Clément Marot (23 November 1496 – 12 September 1544) was a French poet of the Renaissance period. Marot was born at Cahors, the capital of the province of Quercy, some time during the winter of 1496-1497. His father, Jean Marot (c. 1463-1523), whose more correct name appears to have been des Mares, Marais or Marets, was a Norman from the Caen region and was also a poet. Jean held the post of escripvain (a cross between poet laureate and historiographer) to Anne of Brittany, Queen of France. Clément was the child of his second wife. The boy was "brought into France" — it is his own expression, and is not unnoteworthy as showing the strict sense in which that term was still used at...

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