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La Cygalle

Remy Belleau 1528 (Nogent-le-Rotrou) – 1577 (Paris)



O que nous t'estimons heureuse,
Gentille Cygale amoureuse,
Car aussi tost que tu as beu
Dessus les arbrisseaux un peu
De la rosée, aussi contente
Qu'est une princesse puissante,
Tu fais de ta doucette vois
Tressaillir les monz et les bois.

Tout ce qu'aporte la campagne,
Tout ce qu'aporte la montagne,
Est de ton propre. Au laboureur
Tu plais sur-tout, car son labeur
N'offences ni portes dommage
N'à luy, ni à son labourage.
Tout homme estime ta bonté,
Douce prophette de l'été.

La Muse t'aime, et t'aime aussi
Apollon, qui t'a fait ainsi
Doucement chanter. La vieillesse
Comme nous jamais ne te blesse,

O sage, o fille terre-née,
Aime-chansons, passionnée
Qui ne fus onc d'affection,
Franche de toute passion,
Sans estre de sang ni de chair,
Presque semblable à Jupiter.

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Remy Belleau

Remy Belleau was a poet of the French Renaissance. He is most known for his paradoxical poems of praise for simple things and his poems about precious stones. Remy was born in Nogent-le-Rotrou. A nobleman, he did his studies under Marc Antoine Muret and George Buchanan. As a student, he became friends with the young poets Jean de La Péruse, Étienne Jodelle, Jean de La Taille and Pierre de Ronsard and the latter incorporated Remy into the "La Pléiade", a group of revolutionary young poets. Belleau's first published poems were odes, les Petites Inventions, inspired by the ancient lyric Greek collection attributed to Anacreon and featuring poems of praise for such things as butterflies, oysters, cherries, coral, shadows, turtles. In the 1560s, Belleau tried his hand at a mixed verse and prose form modeled on the Italian pastoral Arcadia by Jacopo Sannazaro: this became La Bergerie, in which narration is interspersed with poems on love and the countryside. His last work, les Amours et nouveaux Eschanges des Pierres precieuses, is a poetic description of gems and their properties inspired by medieval and renaissance lapidary catalogues. He died in Paris. more…

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