Martin menait (Claudin de Sermisy)

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  • (Posted 2004-06-07)  CPDL #07155:   
Editor: Rolf Maeder (submitted 2004-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Previously hosted on external site. Uploaded to CPDL server 2007-11-24.

General Information

Title: Martin menoit son Pourceau au marché
Composer: Claudin de Sermisy
Lyricist: Clément Marot , Estrenne XXXV from the Suite de l'Adolescence clémentine

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1535 in Vingt et six chansons musicales a quatre parties (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 13
    2nd published: 1540 in Le Parangon des chansons, livre 2 (Jacques Moderne), Edition 2, no. 31

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

De Martin, et Alix
Martin menoit son Pourceau au marché
Avec Alix: qui en la plaine grande
Pria Martin de luy faire le peché
De l'ung sur l'aultre. Et Martin luy demande:
Et qui tiendroit nostre Pourceau, friande?
Qui? dist Alix: bon remede il y a.
Lors son Pourceau à sa jambe lya:
Puis Martin jusche, et lourdement engaine.
Le Porc eut peur, et Alix s'escria,
Serre Martin, nostre Pourceau m'entraîne.

English.png English translation

About Martin and Alix
To sell his pig young Martin took a spin
With Alix who, when they were in the wild
Asked Martin to commit with her the sin
Of him on her. And Martin asked, beguiled:
And who will hold our hog, you saucy child?
Who? Alix said: On me you can rely.
So with the pig well settled down close by,
On Martin climbed, and pumped with all his might
The swine got scared, and Alix gave a cry,
Our pig’s a-boltin’, Martin, hang on tight!

Translation by Thomas Daughton