Si de present (4v.) (Tielman Susato)

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  • (Posted 2013-03-25)  CPDL #28633:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-03-25).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Si de present (4v.)
Composer: Tielman Susato

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1543 in Premier livre des chansons a quatre parties, no. 27
    2nd published: 1560 in Septiesme livre des chansons à quatre parties (Pierre Phalèse), Edition 1

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Si de present peine j'endure,
dire puis par monts et par vaulx,
que c'est d'ung plaisir qui peu dure
dont j'ay souffert tant de travaulx
en endurant maintz griefs et assaulx,
mais Dieu fera par aventure,
qu'allégé seray de mes maulx.

English.png English translation

If I survive my current pain
I’ll say in poetry and prose
That ‘twas a pleasure without twain
To have so suffered in the throes
Of enduring near-endless blows.
But then, God might by chance ordain
Alleviation of my woes.

Translation by Thomas Daughton