Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | June 30, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: I Live, I Die, I Burn, I Drown

by Louise Labe (1524 – 1566).

 

I Live, I Die, I Burn, I Drown

 

 

I live, I die, I burn, I drown

I endure at once chill and cold

Life is at once too soft and too hard

I have sore troubles mingled with joys

 

Suddenly I laugh and at the same time cry                                 5

And in pleasure many a grief endure

My happiness wanes and yet it lasts unchanged

All at once I dry up and grow green

 

Thus I suffer love’s inconstancies

And when I think the pain is most intense                                10

Without thinking, it is gone again.

 

Then when I feel my joys certain

And my hour of greatest delight arrived

I find my pain beginning all over once again.

 

Notes:

http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5832

http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Labe_Louise.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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