Critical prefaces of the French Renaissance

By Bernard Weinberg | Go to book overview

JOACHIM DU BELLAY
PREFACE TO L'Olive
1549

TEXT:

L'Olive et qvelqves avtres oevvres poeticqves. Le contenu de ce liure. Cinquante Sonnetz à la louange de l'Oliue. L'Anterotique de la vieille,& de la ieune Amye. Vers Lyriques. Par I. D. B. A. Caelo Mvsa Beat. Imprimé à Paris pour Arnoul l'Angelier tenant sa Bouticque au second pillier de la grand' sale du Palays. 1549. Auec priuilege. [Yale University Library.]

[Cf. Brunet, I, 750; Tchemerzine, V, 42.]

Du Bellay's preface to the first edition of the Olive was suppressed in the second and later editions in favor of a new preface. It has been reprinted in various modern editions, notably that of Léon Séché ( Œuvres complètes, Paris: Revue de la Renaissance, 1903, I, 87-88) and that of Chamard ( Œuvres poétiques, Paris: Cornély, 1908, I, 7-9).


[A ii] AU LECTEUR

Quand j'ecrivoy' ces petiz ouvraiges poëtiques, lecteur, je ne pensoy' rien moins qu'à les exposer en lumiere; et me suffisoit qu'ilz fussent aggreables à celle qui m'a donné la hardiesse de m'essayer en ce genre d'ecrire, à mon avis encore aussi peu usité entre les François comme elle est excellente sur toutes, voyre quasi une deesse entre les femmes. Or depuis, ayant fait part de ces miens ecriz à quelques amys curieux de telles choses, qui les ont aussi communiquez à beaucoup d'autres, j'ay esté adverty que quelqu'un les avoit baillez à l'imprimeur; au moyen de quoy, doutant ou qu'il voulust les publier soubz son nom (en quoy toutesfois il m'eust paravanture vengé de luy-mesmes) ou faire tort à ma renommée, les exposant soubz le mien incorrectz et pleins d'erreurs, cela craignant (dy-je) je me suis hasté d'en faire un petit recueil et tumultuairement le jecter en lumiere avecques la permission de celle qui est et sera seule mon laurier, ma muse, et mon Apolon. Je croy, lecteur, entendu ceste contrainte, que je te jure par la troupe sacrée des neuf sœurs estre veritable, que tu excuseras benignement les faultes de cest ouvraige precipité, semblable à un fruict abortif ou à ces tableaux ausquelz le peintre n'a encores donné la derniere main; protestant si je congnois que ces fragmentz te plaisent te faire bientost present de l'oeuvre entier. Ce[A ii v]pendant tu jugeras (comme on dit) le lyon aux ungles.

Si je ne craignois que le prologue fust plus long que la farce, je respondroy' voluntiers à ceulx qui, congnoissans Petrarque de nom seulement, diront

-139-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Critical prefaces of the French Renaissance
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 294

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.