Point ne se faut sur Amour excuser,
Comme croyant qu'il ait forme, et substance
Pour nous pouvoir contraindre et amuser,
Voire forcer à son obéissance :
Mais accuser notre folle plaisance
Pouvons-nous bien, et à la vérité,
Par qui un coeur plein de légèreté
Se laisse vaincre, ou à gain, ou à perte,
Espérant plus, que n'aura mérité
Son amitié de raison moins experte.
Pernette Du Guillet (Lyon, c. 1520 - July 7, 1545) was a female French poet of the Renaissance. She was born in a noble family and married in 1537 or 1538 a man with the last name Du Guillet. In the spring of 1536, she met the poet Maurice Scève (she was 16; he was 35), and she would serve as Scève's poetic muse, inspiring his Délie. From this work has come the reputation of her beauty and significant culture. After her death, her poetry was published in Rymes de Gentille et Vertueuse Dame, Pernette du Guillet. Read more...
Katherine Fowler was born on New Year's day, 1631 in London, England. Her father, John Fowler, was a Presbyterian merchant. Katherine was educated at one of the Hackney boarding-schools, where she became fluent in several languages. After the death of John Fowler, Katherine's mother married a Welshman, Hector Philips, and,...