Or perdz-ie celle (Claude Gervaise)

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  • (Posted 2018-03-22)  CPDL #49133:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-03-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Or perdz-ie celle
Composer: Claude Gervaise

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1550 in Livre 7: XXIX chansons nouvelles (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 15

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Or perds-je celle qui possède tout mon bien
et sans laquelle je dis: "Fi" du monde.
Car ayant tout, sans elle je n'ai rien.
Et l'argent seul en moi tout abonde.
Un point il y a où mon salut je fonde:
c'est que sans elle, je ne peux vivre ici.
Prends donc confort en ta douleur profonde:
la mort est près qui te rendra délivré.

English.png English translation

I am losing the one woman who has everything that is of value to me
and without whom I do not care a fig for the world.
For, even if I have everything, without her I still have nothing.
And money is the one thing that I have plenty of.
What will decide my future is this:
without her, I can live no more.
Take heart, therefore, in your deep sorrow:
the death that will release you is approaching.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank