Je me contente (Tielman Susato)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-10)  CPDL #37159:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-10-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Je me contente
Composer: Tielman Susato

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1544 in Premier livre des chansons a trois parties, no. 23

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Je me contente sans avoir joyssance,
d'amours j'ay trop à souffisance,
pour ce, le jeu j'en veulx quicter,
car par trop longue est l’espérance
du bien qu'ay voulu désirer,
dont prendre veulx en patience,
en brief, d'amours me retirer.

English.png English translation

I satisfy myself but there’s no fun,
With love my cup has overrun,
Therefore, I want to quit this game.
It’s been too long, I’d fain be done
With endless waiting for my aim,
The which I’ve suffered ‘til I’m numb,
In short, this love I now disclaim.

Translation by Thomas Daughton