Amours merchi (Gilles Binchois)

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  • (Posted 2019-03-01)  CPDL #53423:     
Editor: Mark Szabó (submitted 2019-03-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 212 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: According to GB-Ob MS. Canon. Misc. 213 - Bodleian Library, Oxford, England (GB-Ob).

General Information

Title: Amours merchi
Composer: Gilles Binchois

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: Cantus, Contra, Tenor
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1400-1460

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Amours merchi de trestout non poir
tant que je puis quant il m'a fait choisir.
Tres douchement, et tout a mon voloir
Agatie m'a un tres riche plaisir.

Cescune fois que j'en ay souvenir
Le cuer de moy devient tout joieux,
Prendre ne puis nul espoir doloreux
Si richement t'ay choisi a mon gré
Et par amours que le m'a commandé.

English.png English text

With all my strength I thank Love,
as much as I can, for she has
given me the choice,
very sweetly , and exactly as I wanted,
she has selected a rich delight for me.

Each time I think of this
my heart is filled with joy:
melancholic feelings have no grip on me,
for I had the luxury to choose him freely,
and also Love who recommended him to me.