Thibaut de Champagne

(1201 - 1253 / France)

Mercy, my lady! One thing I ask you,


‘Mercy, my lady! One thing I ask you,
As God may bless you, answer me fairly:
When you are dead, and I – for it’s true
After you there can be no life for me –
What of Love, without our company?
For there’s such wisdom and worth in you
And I love so: after us, He’ll not be.’

‘Before God, Thibaut, I judge it true
No one’s death ever killed Love. I see
You mean perhaps to mock me too,
Since you don’t seem wasted much to me.
When we’re dead (Long may our lives be!)
I’m sure Love will suffer a pang or two,
But Love’s worth holds for eternity.’

‘Lady, you mustn’t merely imagine
But know in your heart I love you deeply.
That is why I have put on flesh again,
This joy makes me love myself more dearly:
For God never made a creature so lovely
As you, but it makes me fear that when
We die it will end all Love completely.’

‘Thibaut, silence! No one should begin
A discussion developed so foolishly.
It’s only your means of softening
My heart, when you’ve already beguiled me.
I don’t say I hate you, certainly,
But if Love’s fate’s left for me to sing,
He would still be served honourably.’

‘Lady God grant that you judge aright
And see the ills that you make me suffer:
Since I well know, that if die I might,
Whatever the judgement Love will wither,
If you, Lady, don’t keep him together,
In the place he has always occupied:
To your wisdom aspires no other.’

‘Thibaut, if Love is making you suffer,
For me, don’t regret it, if I love ever,
Mine is a heart that will fail you never.’

Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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

What do you think this poem is about?



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 (Mercy, my lady! One thing I ask you, by Thibaut de Champagne )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Realize, my dear, gajanan mishra
  2. Should not mind, hasmukh amathalal
  3. Bridegroom to His Bride, Frank Avon
  4. What Is Life?, Abhishek Dubey
  5. Useless exercise, hasmukh amathalal
  6. Never letting, hasmukh amathalal
  7. Truth is in south, gajanan mishra
  8. Student, Paul Sebastian
  9. "While drifting away..." / Bla.., Jeff Gangwer
  10. Teacher, Paul Sebastian

Poem of the Day

poet Joyce Kilmer

(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.)

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's hair?
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. Like the Touch of Rain, Edward Thomas
  10. Daffodils, William Wordsworth

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]