Il est bel et bon (Pierre Passereau)

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General Information

Title: Il est bel et bon
Composer: Pierre Passereau

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1534 in Vingt et huyt chansons musicales a quatre parties (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 1
    2nd published: 1536 in Tiers livre contenant XXI chansons à quatre esleves de plusieurs livres (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 7
    3rd published: 1536 in Libro secondo delle canzoni francese (Ottaviano Scotto), no. 19
    4th published: 1555 in Second recueil de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), no. 13

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Il est bel et bon, commère, mon mari.
Il estoit deux femmes toutes d'ung pays.
Disanst l'une à l'aultre - "Avez bon mary?"
Il ne me courrousse, ne me bat aussy.
Il faict le mesnaige,
Il donne aux poulailles,
Et je prens mes plaisirs.
Commère, c'est pour rire
Quand les poulailles crient:
Petite coquette (co co co co da), qu'esse-cy?

Modern French
Il est bel est bon, bon, bon, commère, mon mari,
Il était deux femmes toutes d'un pays,
Disant l'une à l'autre avez bon mari?
Il ne me courrouce ne me bat aussi.
Il fait le ménage,
Il donne aux poulailles,
Et je prends mes plaisirs.
Commère c'est pour rire
Quand les poulailles crient:
Petite coquette (co co co co da), qu'est ceci?

English.png English translation

"I tell you, girl, my husband is handsome and fine,"
Once two women from the same village were gossiping,
Saying one to the other, "Do you have a good husband?"
"He doesn't scold me, or beat me either.
He does the chores,
He feeds the chickens
And I take my pleasure.
Girl, you have to laugh
to hear the cries of the chickens,
'Little flirt (co, co, co, co, da), what is that?'"

[Note: ”Petite coquette” (“little flirt”), which the husband is calling to his wife from the yard as she misbehaves, is also used (along with “co co da”) to imitate the sound of hens.]

Italian.png Italian translation

«Mio marito è bello e buono, comare.»
Così due donne dello stesso paese
dicevano l'una all'altra: «Hai un buon marito.»
«Non mi sgrida e neanche mi picchia,
sbriga le faccende di casa,
dà da mangiare alle galline
e io me la godo.
Comare, c’è davvero da ridere
quando le galline chiocciano.»
Co co co coccodè, civettuole, cos'è questo
«Mio marito è bello e buono, comare»?

Polish.png Polish translation

Translation by Stanisław Jonczyk
Cny i ładny jest mój mąż mąż mąż
W pewnym mieście plotkowały dwie kobiety
Czy dobrego męża masz? Bo ja niestety…
Rzekła druga – mnie nie ruga i nie bije
I kury nakarmi i świniom da pomyje
A i o mojej uciesze nie zapomina
Śmiać mi się chce gdy sobie przypominam
Że jak kury i koguty ludzie gdaczą
Ko ko ko- przecież małe flirty nic nie znaczą

German.png German translation

Er ist schön und gut, Gevatterin, mein Mann.
Es waren zwei Frauen, beide aus einem Dorf,
Die eine sagte zur andern: Haben Sie einen guten Mann?
Er erzürnt mich nie, er schlägt mich auch nicht
Er versorgt den Haushalt,
Er füttert die Hühner,
Und ich habe mein Vergnügen.
Gevatterin, es ist zum Lachen,
Wenn die Hühner gackern:
Co, co, co, co, da, kleine Kokette, was ist das hier?