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From From Songs & Sonnets of Pierre de Ronsard, Translated into English Verse with an Introductory Essay and Notes by Curtis Hidden Page; Houghton Mifflin Company; Boston and New York; 1924; p. 17.


Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)

Translated from the French by Curtis Hidden Page


CARNATIONS and lilies are hueless
    When set by the face of my fair,
And fine-woven gold is but worthless
    If weighted with the wealth of her hair;
        Through arches of coral passes
    Her laughter that banisheth care,
        And flowers spring fresh ’mongst the
    Wherever her feet may fare.

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