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King Henry IV. of France (1553–1610) (attributed)

Song to Gabrielle

Translation of John Oxenford

MORNING bright,

Rise to sight,—

Glad am I thy face to see:

One I love,

All above,

Has a ruddy cheek like thee.

Fainter far

Roses are,

Though with morning dew-drops bright;

Ne’er was fur

Soft like her,

Milk itself is not so white.

When she sings,

Soon she brings

Listeners out from every cot;

Pensive swains

Hush their strains,—

All their sorrows are forgot.

She is fair

Past compare;

One small hand her waist can span.

Eyes of light—

Stars, though bright,

Match those eyes you never can.

Hebe blest

Once the best

Food of gods before her placed:

When I sip

Her red lip,

I can still the nectar taste.