Iamais ie neuz (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2010-02-15)  CPDL #21023:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2010-02-15).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Iamais ie neuz
Composer: Anonymous

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1543 in Premier livre des chansons a quatre parties, no. 18
Description: The Registre International de Sources Musicales (RISM) attributes this work to Gombert (catalogue 1543/16).

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Old French
Iamais ie neuz tant de soulas
que quant de vous prins accointance
soubdain me prins entre voz lacz
dont maintes fois iay dict helas
mon povre cueur est en souffrance.

Modern French
Je n'ai jamais eu tant de plaisir
que quand j'ai fait votre connaissance.
Soudain vous m'avez pris entre vos lacs*
dont tant de fois j'avais dit: "Hélas,
mon pauvre cœur est en souffrance."

* vos lacs : vos lacets, vos liens.

English.png English translation

Translation by Mick Swithinbank
Such delight I never knew
As when I first set eyes on you.
I am enmeshed now in your snares
And how I'm weary of my cares:
The day we met my heart does rue.