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Baise m’encor, rebaise moy et baise:
Donne m’en un de tes plus savoureus,
Donne m’en un de tes plus amoureus:
Je t’en rendray quatre plus chaus que braise.

Las, te pleins tu? Ça que ce mal j’apaise,
En t’en donnant dix autres doucereus.
Ainsi meslans nos baisers tant heureus
Jouissons nous l’un de l’autre à notre aise.

Lors double vie à chacun en suivra.
Chacun en soy et son ami vivra.
Permets m’Amour penser quelque folie:

Tousjours suis mal, vivant discrettement,
Et ne me puis donner contentement,
Si hors de moy ne fay quelque saille.


Kiss me again, remiss me, and then kiss
Me again, with your richest, most succulent
Kiss; then adore me with another kiss, meant
To steam out fourfold the very hottest hiss

From my love-hot coals. Do I hear you moaning?
This is my plan to soothe you: ten more kisses, sent
Just for your pleasure. Then, both sweetly bent
On love, we’ll enter joy through doubleness,

And we’ll each have two loving lives to tend:
One in our single self, one in our friend.
I’ll tell you something honest now, my love:

It’s very bad for me to live apart.
There’s no way I can have a happy heart
Without some place outside myself to move.


from Sept Sonnets de Louise Labé (2021), released March 18, 2022


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Thomas Oboe Lee Cambridge, Massachusetts

Thomas Oboe Lee was born in China in 1945. He lived in São Paulo, Brazil, for six years before coming to the United States in 1966. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he studied composition at the New England Conservatory and Harvard University. He has been a member of the music faculty at Boston College since 1990. ... more

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