Learn More

François Villon

(c. 1431 – after 5 January 1463 / Paris)

Arbor Amoris


I have a tree, a graft of Love,
That in my heart has taken root;
Sad are the buds and blooms thereof,
And bitter sorrow is its fruit;
Yet, since it was a tender shoot,
So greatly hath its shadow spread,
That underneath all joy is dead,
And all my pleasant days are flown,
Nor can I slay it, nor instead
Plant any tree, save this alone.

Ah, yet, for long and long enough
My tears were rain about its root,
And though the fruit be harsh thereof,
I scarcely looked for better fruit
Than this, that carefully I put
In garner, for the bitter bread
Whereon my weary life is fed:
Ah, better were the soil unsown
That bears such growths; but Love instead
Will plant no tree, but this alone.

Ah, would that this new spring, whereof
The leaves and flowers flush into shoot,
I might have succour and aid of Love,
To prune these branches at the root,
That long have borne such bitter fruit,
And graft a new bough, comforted
With happy blossoms white and red;
So pleasure should for pain atone,
Nor Love slay this tree, nor instead
Plant any tree, but this alone.


L'ENVOY.

Princess, by whom my hope is fed,
My heart thee prays in lowlihead
To prune the ill boughs overgrown,
Nor slay Love's tree, nor plant instead
Another tree, save this alone.

Submitted: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Edited: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Arbor Amoris by François Villon )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  4. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. The Return of The Romantic, Bijay Kant Dubey
  8. Longest Night, Nassy Fesharaki
  9. The Tiger, William Blake
  10. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Life of Love, Moriah Schutt
  2. SONNET IV, Sir Toby Moses
  3. Love is Complicated, Moriah Schutt
  4. Let Me Be With My Conscience, Abdulrazak Aralimatti
  5. That you are beautiful, Gert Strydom
  6. Morning, Gert Strydom
  7. Niagara's Yulia, Nassy Fesharaki
  8. SONNET III, Sir Toby Moses
  9. during eve of next moment..., veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  10. Eliot, Your Modern Hollow Men, Bijay Kant Dubey
[Hata Bildir]