Pierre Ronsard

Here you will find the Poem The Rose of poet Pierre Ronsard

The Rose

See, Mignonne, hath not the Rose, 
That this morning did unclose 
Her purple mantle to the light, 
Lost, before the day be dead, 
The glory of her raiment red, 
Her colour, bright as yours is bright? 

Ah, Mignonne, in how few hours, 
The petals of her purple flowers 
All have faded, fallen, died; 
Sad Nature, mother ruinous, 
That seest thy fair child perish thus 
`Twixt matin song and even tide. 

Hear me, my darling, speaking sooth, 
Gather the fleet flower of your youth, 
Take ye your pleasure at the best; 
Be merry ere your beauty flit, 
For length of days will tarnish it 
Like roses that were loveliest.