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The Duchess d’Alençon

By Clément Marot (1496–1544)

SUCH lofty worth has she, my great mistress,

That her fair body’s upright, pure, and fine;

Her steadfast heart, when Fortune’s star doth shine,

Is ne’er too light, nor elsetimes in distress.

Her spirit rare than angels is no less,

The subtlest sure that e’er the heavens bred.

O marvel great! Now can it clear be seen

That I the slave am of a wonder dread.—

Wonder, I say, for sooth she has, I ween,

A woman’s form, man’s heart, and angel’s head.