Plus tu connais que je brûle pour toi,
Plus tu me fuis, cruelle;
Plus tu connais que je vis en émoi,
Et plus tu m'es rebelle.
Te laisserai-je? hélas! je suis trop tien,
Mais je bénirai l'heure
De mon trépas; au moins s'il te plais bien
Qu'en te servant je meure.
The more you know that I burn for you,
the more you flee me, cruel one;
the more you know that I live in agitation,
and the more you spurn me.
Shall I leave you? Alas! I am too much yours,
but I shall bless the hour
of my passing away; at least if you are well pleased
that in serving you I die.
© translated by Christopher Goldsack
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