Madrigal a Ophelie
|Madrigal a Ophelie (1787)
by , translated by Angelo S. Rappoport
|Translation appeared in the 1913 Robespierre and the Women He Loved.|
Young Ophelia fair, believe me;
Whate'er the world may say, your glass may sing,
Be satisfied to hear our praises ring;
Always keep your modesty!
Fear the power of your charm;
Seek not to abuse it;
You will but be loved the more
If you fear to lose it.