If I were Jupiter, mistress, you would be my spouse Juno;
if I were king of the waves, you would be my Tethys,
queen of the deep waters, and for your palace
you would have the world.
If the world were mine, you would hold sway with me
over the earth with its fertile breasts, and in a splendid coach,
with your long fair tresses, you would ride
among the people honored as a goddess.
But I am not a god, and I cannot be one;
heaven gave me life only to serve you.
My hazardous fate depends on you alone.
You are my whole pleasure, my pain, and my fortune.
If it pleases you to love me, I shall become Neptune, wholly Jupiter,
wholly king, wholly rich, and wholly happy.
Pierre de Ronsard