Love Poem

ImageBe well, you jewel, my girl and let your lover say

As the  huge heaving sea makes other waters small

And the Morning Star shines the brightest in the sky

You are that much fairer than any other girl

And that is why I want to love you, my sweet love.


For Valentine’s Day I have translated a poem in Latin from the Carmina Rivipullensia, the Songbook of Ripoll which was collected in the twelfth century.  These medieval poems are usually thought of as the work of dissolute clerircs- clerici vagantes- called goliardos in Spanish.  I am not a wandering monk in the style of Goldmund but I thought the image of the immense sea making all other waters little responded very well to the way I feel about Carmen.

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9 Responses to Love Poem

  1. [?][?][?][?][?] I love you [?][?][?][?][?]


  2. Beatuful, Jason! A lovely way to celebrate Valentines Day…


  3. Thank you for visiting my blog ~

    I am enjoying your paintings and translations.


  4. julespaige says:

    Inspired by your post:

    Just Desserts

    When in true love one dines
    Each day is a delightful meal
    The plate is always full
    That any one day
    Is equal or betters the next
    As crumbs are kissed from
    Our partners lips…
    Each day is a celebration.



  5. julespaige says:

    Ah, I see Carmen is your beloved…


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