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For Laetitia, beaute des beautes.

 

O beautiful Laetitia,

Your form by Nature made,

Lovelier than the flowers

That grace a summer glade,

What sweet and tender torture

It is to see your eyes,

Though only in an image;

My heart they crystallize

And shatter it as surely

As steel must vanquish glass.

O merciless Laetitia,

My torments never pass!

Mellifluous as music,

Your name is joy enshrined;

A richly perfumed blossom

Around my soul entwined.

How wonderful, how exquisite,

How glorious are you;

A star that shines eternal

For all the world to view!

O kindly fair Laetitia,

If these poor lines you read,

I live and die a poet;

A joyful man indeed!

***********ENVOY************

They praise your name in old Marseilles

And in Saint Jean de Luz,

Where sunshine on a summer’s day

Cannot inspire the Muse

As surely as the thought of you

Inspires my noblest art,

As surely as the love of you

Sustains my beating heart.

 

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