Wednesday, November 22, 2023


Joachim du Bellay (1522-1560), Regrets 127, lines 1-4 (tr. Richard Helgerson):
Here treason disguises itself with a thousand masks.
Here a thousand crimes multiply in abundance.
Here they do not punish homicide or poison.
And riches are here acquired by usury.

Icy de mille fards la traison se desguise,
Icy mille forfaitz pullulent à foison,
Icy ne se punit l'homicide ou poison,
Et la richesse icy par usure est acquise.