Douleur me bat (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2013-11-02)  CPDL #30477:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-11-02).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Douleur me bat
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: STTTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Septiesme livre contenant vingt-quatre chansons a cinq et six parties (Tielman Susato), no. 19
    2nd published: 1550 in Livre 36: 30 chansons tres musicales (Pierre Attaingant), no. 20

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Douleur me bat et tristesse ma folle
Amour me nuyt et malheur me console
vouloir me suit mais aider ne me peult
iouir ne puis dung grant bien
quon me veult
de vivre ainsi pour dieu quon me decolle

Modern French
Douleur me bat, tristesse m'affole.
Amour me nuit et malheur me console.
Vouloir me suit mais ne peut m'aider.
Jouir ne puis d'un grand bien qu'on me veut.
De vivre ainsi, pour Dieu, qu'on me tranche la tête!

English.png English translation

I am struck by sadness, maddened by sorrow.
Love hurts me, bad luck is my consolation.
My yearning follows me around yet cannot help.
I cannot enjoy the great good that some wish for me.
To lead such a life, by Jove, I'd rather be decapitated!