Il s'en va tard (Clément Janequin)

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  • (Posted 2008-12-20)  CPDL #18609:       
Editor: Augustin Roche (submitted 2008-12-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 162 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Il s'en va tard
Composer: Clément Janequin

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545
    2nd published: 1549 in Livre 31: 30 chansons a 4 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 15

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Il s'en va tard, il pleut, il vente,
Et n'est pas trop sûr le chemin,
Mais Amour si fort me tourmente
Que ne puis attendre à demain.
Le ciel fût-il tant inhumain,
Étant contraire à ma requête,
Qu'il plût cailloux, foudre ou tempête,
Puisqu'il faut aller voir madame.
Ni pluie ni vent ne m'arrête,
Trop plus violente est ma flamme.

English.png English translation

The hour is late, with wind and rain,
And blackest night upon the road,
But Love so strong gives me such pain
That I can’t wait though ill may bode.
The heavens have their cruelty showed,
Defying what my heart did seek,
Though hail fly and thunder shriek
To meet my lady is my aim.
Nor rain nor wind can make me weak,
So much more blinding is my flame.

Translation by Thomas Daughton