C'est un grand mal se sentir offensé,
Et ne s'oser, ou savoir à qui plaindre :
C'est un grand mal, voire trop insensé,
Que d'aspirer, où l'on ne peut atteindre :
C'est un grand mal que de son coeur contraindre,
Outre son gré, et à sujétion :
C'est un grand mal qu'ardente affection,
Sans espérer de son mal allégeance :
Mais c'est grand bien, quand à sa passion
Un doux languir sert d'honnête vengeance.
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...
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath. He is considered the supreme genius of modern German literature. His works span the fields of poetry, drama, prose, philosophy, and science. His Faust has been called one of the greatest dramatic works of modern...