D'argent me plains (4v.) (Tielman Susato)

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  • (Posted 2013-03-25)  CPDL #28628:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-03-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: D'argent me plains
Composer: Tielman Susato

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: STTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1543 in Premier livre des chansons a quatre parties, no. 22

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

D'argent me plains, non d'amours ou d'amye
dont je ne puis la jouyssance avoir,
car sans argent fortune est ennemye
à cel qui veult tout ses desirs avoir,
qui a d'argent et fust il sans scavoir,
pour le servir ung chascun s'appareille.
Mais comme on peult pour vray appercevoir,
faulte d'argent, c'est douleur non pareille.

English.png English translation

Money is the burden of my complaint –
not love and not a woman friend
with whom I can take no pleasure
because, with no reward to offer, fortune is the foe
of any man wishing to have his way with one.
A man with money can be the greatest dullard alive:
still all and sundry run to do his bidding.
But as you know, and no one can gainsay,
being penniless is the greatest agony of all.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank