Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X. 1876–79.



By Old French Song

  • Anonymous translation
  • “Le rime n’est pas riche et le style en est vieux.”
  • —Molière

  • IF the king had given to me

    Paris his great town,

    And if I were forced to flee,

    And leave my love alone;

    To King Henry I would say:

    Take your Paris back, I pray;

    Better I love my love, O gay,

    Better I love my love.