David's Lament

by Pierre le Pallet, 1079-1142
(Nogent-sur-Seine, France)

Abelard and Heloise

Abelard and Heloise

Low in thy grave with thee

Happy to lie,

Since there's no greater thing
left love to do;

And to live after thee

Is but to die,

For with but half a soul
what can life do?

So share thy victory,

Or else thy grave,

Either to rescue thee,
or with thee lie:

Ending that life for thee,

That thou didst save,

So death that sundereth
might bring more nigh.

Peace, O my stricken lute!

Thy strings are sleeping.

Would that my heart could still

Its bitter weeping!

by Pierre le Pallet, aka,
Peter Abelard, 1079-1142

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Painting of Abelard and Heloise, by
Edmund Blair Leighton, 1853-1922.
Some believe Abelard's poem
describes his sense of loss at
being separated from Heloise.

This public domain painting
courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Poem translated by Helen Wadell

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