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.


About Pernette Du Guillet


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...

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Little is known about Robert Henryson's life, who was a very well-known Scottish author much admired by his contemporories (often described as the 'greatest' Scottish medieval author); who wrote in middle-scots in the second half of the fifteenth century, and mainly during the reign of James III. He 'possibly' attended...
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Festlig bredte sig Faklernes Glands fra kneisende Høisal
I den dæmrende Nat, da Ikarios, Høvding i Sparta,
Fæsted sin Datter bort, den yndigtrødmende Jomfru,
Penelopeia med hviden Slør til Drotten Odysseus.
Hundrede Harper klang i den kølige Nat, medens Maanen
Iled med Jomfrugang i den...
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