Christine de Pisan (1363?-1431?)
One of the brightest figures of the Middle Ages, Christine de Pisan was born in Venice and lived much of her life in France. Her works include light poems and serious treatments of historical and moral subjects. Among other works, she wrote a chronicle of the deeds of the French king and hero of the Hundreds Years War, Charles V, as well a poetic homage to Joan of Arc, whom she likely preceded in death by only a short time. The short " ballade" below was written after the death of the poet's husband in 1389.
See also these links: CHRISTINE DE PISAN ; Christine de Pizan ; Florilège Christine de Pisan ; Christine de Pisan
Seulete sui. . .
(Alone am I)
|Seulete sui et seulete vueil estre,
Seulete m'a mon douz ami laissiee;
Seulete sui, sanz compaignon ne maistre
Seulete sui, dolente et courrouciee,
Seulete sui, en langueur mesaisiee,
Seulete sui, plus que nulle esgaree,
Seulete sui, sanz ami demouree.
Seulete sui a uis ou a fenestre,
Seulete sui partout et en tout estre;
Prince, or est ma douleur commenciee:
Braunschvig, Marcel, ed. Notre Littérature étudiée dans les textes. Tome I. Paris: Armand Colin, 1923. p. 73.
Alone am I and alone I wish to be,
Alone am I at door or at the window,
Alone am I in every place and state,
Prince, now is my pain begun.
Traduction de Michael Lastinger.