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I live, i die, i burn i drown

 

I live, I die, I burn, I drown

I endure at once chill and cold

Life is at once too soft and too hard

I have sore troubles mingled with joys

 

Suddenly I laugh and at the same time cry

And in pleasure many a grief endure

My happiness wanes and yet it lasts unchanged

All at once I dry up and grow green

 

Thus I suffer love's inconstancies

And when I think the pain is most intense

Without thinking, it is gone again.

 

Then when I feel my joys certain

And my hour of greatest delight arrived

I find my pain beginning all over once again.

   

Louise Labe

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Taken on October 7, 2005