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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
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To the Queen of Navarre

By Clément Marot (1496–1544)

MOURN for the dead, let who will for them mourn;—

But while I live, my heart is most forlorn

For those whose night of sorrow sees no dawn

On this earth.

O Flower of France whom at the first I served,

Those thou hast freed from pain that them unnerved

Have given pain to thee, ah! undeserved,

I’ll attest.

Of ingrates thou hast sadly made full test;

But since I left thee (bound by stern behest),—

Not leaving thee,—full humbly I’ve addrest

A princess

Who has a heart that does not sorrow less

Than thine. Ah God! shall I ne’er know mistress,

Before I die, whose eye on sad distress

Is not bent?

Is not my Muse as fit and apt to invent

A song of peace that would bring full content

As chant the bitterness of this torment


An! listen, Margaret, to the suffering

That in the heart of Renée plants its sting;

Then, sister-like, than hope more comforting,

Console her….