Je prens en gré (Josquin Baston)

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  • (Posted 2010-11-11)  CPDL #22598:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2010-11-11).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Je prens en gré
Composer: Josquin Baston

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: STTTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1544 in Cincquiesme livre contenant trente-deux chansons a cinq et six parties, no. 23

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Je prends en gré la dure mort,
pour vous madame par amours,
navré m'avez mais à grand tort
dont brief je finiray mes jours.

La chose me vient à rebours,
souffrir si tost la mort amère,
O dure mort, que faictes vous,
mourir me fault, c'est chose claire.

English.png English translation

I will accept a death in pain
For you my dear from love’s malaise,
You’ve wounded me with great disdain
And therefore soon I’ll end my days.

This mess snuck up on me sideways,
To meet so soon a bitter end,
O cruel death, no more delays,
I have to die, let’s not pretend.

Translation by Thomas Daughton