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The Laugh of Madame d’Albret

By Clément Marot (1496–1544)

SHE has indeed a throat of lovely whiteness,

The sweetest speech, and fairest cheeks and eyes;

But in good sooth her little laugh of lightness

Is where her chiefest charm, to my thought, lies.

With its gay note she can make pleasure rise,

Where’er she hap to be, withouten fail;

And should a bitter grief me e’er assail,

So that my life by death may threatened be,

To bring me back to health will then avail

To hear this laugh with which she slayeth me.