Belle, bonne, sage (Baude Cordier)

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Editor: N. Nakamura (submitted 2006-07-31).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright (C) 2006 by N. Nakamura.

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Title: Belle, bonne, sage
Composer: Baude Cordier

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c.1390 in the Chantilly Codex, no. 1
Description: From the Chantilly Codex. A rondeau written in the shape of a heart.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Belle, bonne, sage, plaisante et gente,
A ce jour cy que l'an se renouvelle,
Vous fais le don d'une chanson nouvelle
Dedans mon cuer qui a vous se presente.

De recevoir ce don ne soyés lente,
Je vous suppli, ma doulce damoyselle;
Belle, bonne, sage…

Car tant vous aim qu'aillours n'ay mon entente,
Et sy scay que vous estes seulle celle
Qui fame avés que chascun vous appelle:
Flour de beauté sur toutes excellente.
Belle, bonne, sage…

English.png English translation

Lovely, good, wise, gentle and noble one,
On this day that the year becomes new
I make you a gift of a new song
Within my heart, which presents itself to you.

Do not be reluctant to accept this gift,
I beg you, my sweet damsel;
Lovely, good, wise…

For I love you so well that I have no other purpose,
And know well that you alone are she
Who is famous for being called by all:
Flower of beauty, excellent above all others.
Lovely, good, wise…