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. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. I Am the Only Being Whose Doom, Emily Jane Brontë
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  8. Love After Love, Derek Walcott
  9. Alone With Everybody, Charles Bukowski
  10. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Jane Brontë

I am the only being whose doom
No tongue would ask no eye would mourn
I never caused a thought of gloom
A smile of joy since I was born

In secret pleasure - secret tears
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. I Live, Tanja Henderson
  2. This year, maryline vautravers
  3. Friends, maryline vautravers
  4. Cuba…..God's Betrayal……….Perhaps, James B. Earley
  5. Poetic-Spectator*, Tushar Ray
  6. True Love Never Dies, lou parks
  7. Untitled VII, Sierra Staten
  8. The unblamenesses allay wounds, Pijush Biswas
  9. I Move, So I Am, Tanja Henderson
  10. Life Dances, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
[Hata Bildir]