World Enough and Time 

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Had we but world enough, and time

This coyness, Lady, were no crime

Andrew Marvell  (1621–1678)




by Kate Greenaway, 1875 (from
この詩"To His Coy Mistress"に情景が似ている絵

■キーワード   以下を理解していると、この詩を堪能できるでしょう




gross exaggeration (hyperbole)

carpe diem  太く短く生きる?   tempus fugit   momento mori

metaphysical poem

iambic tetrameter     日本語での「五七五」のようなもの

17世紀の英語   シェークスピアのころ

関連表現  courtship    coy    playing hard to get


Had we but world enough, and time,  

= If only we had enough (world and) time,

= I wish we had enough time, (but we do not have enough time)








●To His Coy Mistress  ←これがタイトル 




Had we but world enough, and time,  


This coyness, Lady, were no crime   


(= 若いうち、生きているうちが花。あまりじらさないでよ)


We would sit down and think which way
To walk and pass our long love's day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.     

(大げさな表現   二人に時間がありさえすれば、この世の終わりまでじらしていていいよ)
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, Lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.

But at my back I always hear       でも
Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near;   時は急いで飛んでいく
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,   今は若くて美しいけれど
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound     納骨堂の中に 
My echoing song: then worms shall try   
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust:
The grave's a fine and private place,  お墓って良き所、もう誰もかまってくれない
But none, I think, do there embrace.

Now therefore, while the youthful hue ゆえに、若いうちに
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,   楽しめるうちに楽しもう
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapt power.
Let us roll all our strength and all    全力で
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life:            
Thus, though we cannot make our sun  時を止めることはできなくても
Stand still, yet we will make him run.   充実させることはできる

To His Coy Mistress (1996) 洋書の表紙  coyのニュアンスが出ているかも


"World Enough and Time"というドラマがあったら、

「時間が十分にはない」 「いつまでも時は待ってくれない」 というテーマのドラマ



English Club 

Poetry analysis: To His Coy Mistress, by Andrew Marvell 

"Had we but world enough, and Time" "had enough time" -trek で検索

アンドリュー・マーヴェル 「はにかむ恋人へ」  「イギリス名詩選」(岩波文庫)

world enough, and time を含む本