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Jean Antoine de Baif

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Jean Antoine de Baïf was a French poet and member of the Pléiade.

Life

He was born in Venice, the natural son of the scholar Lazare de Baïf, who was at that time French ambassador at Venice. Thanks, perhaps, to the surroundings of his childhood, he grew up an enthusiast for the fine arts, and surpassed in zeal all the leaders of the Renaissance in France. His father spared no pains to secure the best possible education for his son. The boy was taught Latin by Charles Estienne, and Greek by Ange Vergèce, the Cretan scholar and calligraphist who designed Greek types for Francis I.

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Best Poem of Jean Antoine de Baif

De Rose

Ce n'est point la paquerete,
La marguerite, le lis,
L'oeillet ny la violete,
La fleur où mon coeur j'ay mis.

J'aime entre les fleurs la rose,
Car elle porte le nom
D'une qui mon ame a close
A toute autre affection.

La rose entre les fleurétes
Gagne l'honeur et le pris :
Parféte entre les parfétes
Est la Rose qui m'a pris.

L'autre rose l'on voit nestre,
Comme fille du printems,
Mais un printems prend son estre
De cette Rose en tout tems.

La mienne, où queue se place
Cent mille fleurs fèt lever,
Et, fust-ce dessus la ...

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