François de Malherbe

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François de Malherbe

François de Malherbe (1555October 16, 1628) was a French poet, critic, and translator.


  • Our days and nights
    Have sorrows woven with delights.
    • To Cardinal Richelieu. Longfellow's translation.
  • To will what God doth will, that is the only science
    That gives us any rest.
    • Consolation, Stanza 7. Longfellow's translation.
  • Mais elle était du monde, où les plus belles choses
    Ont le pire destin;
    Et Rose, elle a vécu ce que vivent les roses,
    L'espace d'un matin.
    • But she bloomed on earth, where the most beautiful things have the saddest destiny;
      And Rose, she lived as live the roses, for the space of a morning.
    • Letter of condolence to M. Du Perrier on the loss of his daughter, as quoted in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 680

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