Amour de moy tant bien servy (Pierre Certon)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-24)  CPDL #38683:      (Finale 2014)
Editor: Vaughn Roste (submitted 2016-02-24).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A piano reduction is included for rehearsal only. All accidentals and dynamic markings are editorial.

General Information

Title: Amour de Moy Tant Bien Servy
Composer: Pierre Certon

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1553 in Quart livre de chansons (Le Roy and Ballard), Edition 1, no. 10

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Amour de moy tant bien servy,
Au lieu de deve joissance,
Que par devoyr ay desservy,
S’au labeur on doit recompence;
Sans de mieux avoir esperance,
Pour guerdon me rend malheureux:
O que celuy la est heureux,
Qui aymant bien est bien aymay,
Que je fuce moyns amoureux,
Ou plus mon service estimay.

English.png English translation

My love has served me well,
Instead of giving [me] pleasure
That by seeing her [being] mistreated
We must make efforts to compensate [her]
There is nothing better than having hope,
for rendering me unhappy
Oo that he might be happy
He who loves is well loved,
that I might be less loving,
or my service more valued.