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Counseled in HUMILITY by the only person from whom I can accept this message.


Stances Marotiques À Mon Esprit

Non mon esprit vous n'êtes sot,
Mais onc ne fûtes Philosophe,
Point n'est sagesse votre lot,
Pourtant ne manquez pas d'e'toffe.

Point trop mal vous dites le mot,
Assez bien raillez sans de'plaire,
Or un sot ne le pourrait faire :
Non mon esprit vous n'êtes sot.

Mais flatter ne fut mon me'tier,
Partant souffrez cette apostrophe ;
Bien êtes un peu singulier,
Mais onc ne fûtes Philosophe.

Triste, gai, libertin, de'vot,
Sans fin variez votre assiette,
Et donc à bon droit je re'pète :
Point n'est sagesse votre lot.

Or e'vitez des esprits vains,
Commune et triste catastrophe,
Car certes n'êtes des plus fins,
Pourtant ne manquez pas d'e'toffe

Joseph Quesnel est ne' cette journee en 1746

Stanzas for my heart, after Cle'ment Marot

No, dear heart, you are not dumb,
But nor are you a mystic sage,
Of wisdom you have ne'er a crumb
But you can read what's on the page.

Well-mannered you know how to be
And when you're rude, you know your bound
That proves to me your mind is sound
None charge you with stupidy.

But flattery is not my craft
And as myself I do address
(This makes me just a little daft)
We are no sage, we must confess.

Sad, gay, devout or libertine-
At life's buffet you'll choose your dish;
You can be generous or mean,
Live freely as you freely wish.

You need not fall flat on your face,
Or spring the traps that tempt our race-
Just know you're not a know-it-all
And fix you eye upon the ball.

- Translation by JJM

 

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Josh Mitteldorf, a senior editor at OpEdNews, blogs on aging at http://JoshMitteldorf.ScienceBlog.com. Read how to stay young at http://AgingAdvice.org.
Educated to be an astrophysicist, he has branched out from there to mathematical (more...)
 

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