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Farewell! thou art too dear for my...

Language: English

Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing,
And like enough thou know'st thy estimate:
The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;
My bonds in thee are all determinate.
For how do I hold thee but by thy granting,
And for that riches where is my deserving?
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
Thyself thou gavest, thy own worth then not knowing,
Or me, to whom thou gavest it, else mistaking;
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
Comes home again, on better judgment making.
  Thus have I had thee, as a dream doth flatter,
  In sleep a King, but waking no such matter.

Translation(s): ITA FRE


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

Text added to the website: 2004-08-09.

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Adieu ! tu es un bien trop précieux pour...

Language: French (Fran├žais)

Adieu ! tu es un bien trop précieux pour moi, 
et tu sais trop sans doute ce que tu vaux : 
la charte de ta valeur te donne la liberté, 
et tes engagements envers moi sont tous terminés.
Car ai-je d'autres droits sur toi que ceux que tu m'accordes ? 
Et où sont mes titres à tant de richesses ? 
Rien en moi ne peut justifier ce don splendide, 
et aussi ma patente m'est-elle retirée.
Tu t'étais donné à moi par ignorance de ce que tu vaux 
ou par une méprise sur mon compte. 
Aussi, cette grande concession, fondée sur un malentendu, 
tu la révoques en te ravisant.
  Ainsi, je t'aurai possédé, comme dans l'illusion d'un rêve : 
  roi, dans le sommeil, mais, au réveil, plus rien !


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Text added to the website: 2010-08-18.