Für kunst geht gunst (Ivo de Vento)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-19)  CPDL #50915:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2018-08-19).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatic edition.

General Information

Title: Für kunst geht gunst
Composer: Ivo de Vento

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1573 in Teutsche Lieder, 5 vv
Description: from Iuonem de Vento: Teutsche Lieder mit fünff stimmen ... 1573

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Für kunst geht gunst/
 werschmiert der fehrt/
 bey diser welt gilt nicht der glert/
 bruder Fuchßschwantz,
 bruder fuchßschwantz der steht am spitz/
 und ist doch klein sein witz/
 noch hat er grösser ehr/
 als wann er gscheider wär/
 fromb seyn,
 fromb seyn das gilt nicht mehr.

English.png English translation

Favor goes before art,/
 though the ladder to success is smudged./
 In this world learning does not count./
 Brother Foxtail,
 Brother Foxtail who turns the spit
 and is of little witt/
 still has greater honor/
 than when he was a monck./
 To be devout,
 To be devout is no longer in fashion.