Pour ung plaisir a 3 (Tielman Susato)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-10)  CPDL #37171:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-10-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Pour ung plaisir à 3
Composer: Tielman Susato

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1544 in Premier livre des chansons a trois parties, no. 26
    2nd published: 1569 in Recueil des fleurs second livre (Pierre Phalèse), no. 23

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Old French
Pour ung plaisir qui si peu dure,
jen ay souffert pain'et travaulx,
jen ay souffert douleur trop dure,
jen ay receu mille maulx,
jen ay eu de trop grans assaulx,
Or Dieu me doint bon' aventure,
fortun'a faict sur moy ses saulx.

Modern French
Pour un plaisir qui si peu dure,
j'en ai reçu peine et travaux,
J'en ai souffert douleur trop dure,
j'en ai reçu mille maux,
J'en ai eu de trop grands assauts,
Or Dieu me doit bonne aventure,
Fortune n'a fait sur moi ses saulx.

English.png English translation

For pleasure that was all too brief,
Have I sustained travails and woes,
Have I full suffered every grief,
Have I received a thousand blows,
Have I hurt more than any knows,
Now God doth owe me some relief,
Ill fortune’s had me in its throes.

Translation by Thomas Daughton